How Long Before The Beard Stops Itching? The Answer From Ben Nunan

I often have a love / hate relationship with the cascade of questions that I will often get about the beard. I’m sure I am not the only one, be it at work or out socially, there will be always a question or two presented by someone who just needs to ask. 

Sometimes I think to myself that maybe these questions are more for the benefit of their own narrative than actually listening to my answer. Maybe they are not a fan of beards and they want to reinforce their opinion that they are rubbish or stupid or ugly. Perhaps they want an answer that indicates a previous argument they have had with someone about facial hair. Simply even, maybe they just wanted to get close enough to ask to touch it.

As you may have guessed, I used those examples because they have happened. 

However the first question, most asked question, easiest question remains the same. “So how long does it take before it stops being itchy?”.

4 Months.

Now, off the bat, I’ve never had an issue with the itching, even from a younger age. I found however that four months is the mean time for your beard to be at a situation where you can style, oil and preen.

4 months, in conversations with other bearded people, takes a fresh idea of a beard to a length that is manageable, about to be shaped and long enough that the hairs aren’t like tiny daggers.  

Now, when I am asked this question it is mainly by women, which at first I thought was odd. It took some time, but I realised that they weren’t asking (mostly) because of curiosity or on behalf of a partner; it was for themselves. You see, being asked how itchy it is, how manageable it is and how much work goes in to it…..isn’t for you to big up the beard lifestyle. 

It’s for them, to make them feel better about an impending beard in their life. It’s for them to know it’s ok, it won’t hurt, their significant other won’t look like a forest living outcast.  

They aren’t asking for you, to see how you’re getting on with being a bearded gent but how THEY will. And because of this it unveils the biggest aspect of being bearded; that you are now an ambassador for bearded people around the world. Your answers represent all of us, it is down to you to promote and explain the bearded lifestyle.

Most of the time however, you will be reassuring people that beards won’t make their face turn into one huge rash or rub the skin off of them.

So in future, if you get that question, remember they aren’t wanting to know if the beard itched you, they want to know if it will itch them.

Kindly provided by our Ambassador Ben Nunan

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