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I fully support your decision to start your beard journey over from a clean shave. It would have been possible to reshape the coverage you had after the trim, but it would require someone who knows what he's doing and who can understand exactly where you want this beard to go. You should be able to find a barber who can help you, but it's going to take some looking. As I said in my PM to you, ask around to bearded guys at your college and get a good recommendation. Otherwise, you will have to learn to trim your beard by yourself.
I think you should show your new journey every couple weeks because you most likely have a bit more coverage now than you even had a few months ago. Also, we want to hear your thoughts about progress on your way to the Spade beard. Go and get bearded again.
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You just look so ridiculously older and far more mature with this big beard on your face. Your left side is filled with transitional hairs that are going to form a very high but straight cheek line
and this is filling in fast. It won't be much longer until that side is showing intense and the Spade style is just going to accelerate that boldness. The other side is likely not far behind and this is why I think you should let both sides to their thing.
As to the Spade, it's got to be very long in the front and the undercarriage is tapered toward the neck. Your beard is exploding everywhere in the undercarriage and that length is going to give you a near horizontal hair line below the jaw. You want an angled hairline, parallel to the cheek line and you get that with tapering of just the undercarriage. A barber can easily do this tapering if you tell him not to touch goatee length, but taper the length shorter as it approaches the neck.
This is a good time to get that tapering because 1) you want the Spade style, 2) your beard is not heading in the direction of the Spade style and 3) you want to look very intentional for the photoshoot. The Spade style must be approached gradually... that is, gradual shaping of the undercarriage... it starts off rather horizontal and gradually gets a steeper angle as the front hairs lengthen. You can exaggerate the length in the front by combing the undercarriage toward the front.
At this point, just brush the beard down and not much toward the front. Let the side bulk come on and if it spreads out too wide on your face, give a slight trim with scissors.
I am moving your thread to Men's 20-25, but you should be claiming acceptance of this beard now and go to Esablished sections soon. The only thing left for you is to develop the Spade style... coverage is no longer an issue.
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