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Your beard is coming on strong [as expected]... you have plenty of younger coverage on the way and that is going to make a big difference in the next month or two... mentally, you are becoming prepared to have this beard be your normal look. All the pieces are lining up... keep it going, let it happen, embrace it.
I wouldn't be trimming anything at this point. With your beautiful wavy and bulked out head hair, a bulked out beard is going to be a real eye catcher. Don't wait too long to experiment with the stache... bulking there is also a good thing and training it horizontal will allow that to happen.
From the undercarriage picture, I'd say a tuneup of the neckline might give you a better look. Also, you are at the point where the hair below the ear can be addressed. The question is whether you want that corner so low or should it come up just a bit. Study Schnoz's journey thread as he went through this decision... it took almost a year. There you will learn the pros and cons... and if you don't understand something, send him a PM... he has great advice and would be willing to help you.
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mathewjoseph904 wrote:I'm still worried about my front coverage!!
It's natural to be concerned about some areas of your beard when you are growing at such a young age. But you must realize that you have tremendous coverage on the sides, your stache is strong and you are already getting good coverage below the lip. In the closeup picture of the stache and area below the lip, those sections seem to be coming along just fine. But then, looking at the last picture, the stache and underlip parts don't show as strong as the sides. That could just be the lighting but definitely you have the makings of strong coverage in those parts also.
I suggest you try not to worry about your coverage because it will be here before you realize... but in the meantime, look closely at your strongest parts and tell yourself that you are becoming very nicely bearded. This repetition of saying it out loud will refocus your brain to the strong areas and worry about the other areas will become minor. It's just going to take time for you mental acceptance to catch up with the physical progress you have already made. When it does... you have beard acceptance.
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1st and 4th pictures [closeups of the sides] tells your story quite well... sideburns are dark and heavy, covering most skin.... just in front of that area you have about 50% terminals and you can see the younger activity underneath that... then toward the front and all the way to the tips of the stache, you have pretty heavy transitional activity on the way. All those transitionals are going to make their move to terminal in a few months [or sooner] and at that time you will see more young activity coming. You have the same thing in the front with chin hairs moving up and underlip hairs moving down.
This is at the point where you want as much growing and developing as possible so you do not trim or shave during this time. If, after a month or so more, some areas are getting bulked too much, then a very light trimming with beard trimmer can help your presentation. The trouble with trimming too often is that you tend to remove too much beard and then it takes a lot longer to accept your beardedness.
Many older men [excluding me] tend to judge beard success with your heavy coverage. They tell some to shave completely or in your case may say keep the sideburns and stache but wait on the rest until it gets heavier. Trouble is, shaving does not help development at all... in fact, it does the opposite by giving you less beard. I see a developing beard much differently... since you are growing a first beard and are young, I expect you to have developing coverage. It takes time for you, family and friends to get used to you being bearded and the somewhat slower transition to an adult beard helps that process.
Since your dad is also growing his beard, it doesn't hurt to compare your progress to his... but this is only to see where your beard is headed in the future and not for you to have your adult beard at this time. It's a good time to open your thoughts to your dad so that he knows you have decided to stay bearded and you are excited to see how your coverage gets closer to his over the months ahead. Challenge him to stay bearded throughout this time so you can make this comparison. But remember, your beard will probably not match his for a few years... but that is not your goal at this time. Agree?
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