Hairy Food

•October 30, 2012 • 2 Comments

It is often said that those who do not know their past are doomed to repeat it. It seems as though I have forgot my past. When I embarked on this journey I did so simply to achieve a goal. I had never grown a very long beard so I wanted to see how far I could take it. As I thought back to all the times I had grown a long beard I remembered how much my beard got in the way. Things like eating, drinking, kissing all became a pain in the ass. My Wife threatened to put gum in my beard countless times if I didn’t trim the beard to a reasonable length. Thus the dilemma I am now faced with. How did I get myself into this mess?

When I created this blog I did so without letting my Wife know what I’d done and what I had committed to. Stupid! However, she seems to be standing by me on this foolish endeavor. Time will tell how long that will last.

So here I am. The beard is started to gain some thickness and the mustache is starting to grow over my lip. I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep that part from being trimmed since I kind of enjoy kissing my Wife and don’t enjoy getting fur in my drinks. With the weather changing here in the San Francisco Bay Area I often find the facial hair getting warm in the sun. That will take some getting used to especially as we get back into the warm months.

This weekend I’ll begin treating the beard with tea tree oil. The oil helps condition the hair and allows the moisture to carry all the way to the tips so they don’t become brittle as it gets longer. I have already begun shampooing the beard since it can get a bit smelly if I let it go for more than a day. I’m still trimming my neck but I will stop doing that once the beard grows long enough to cover my neck. If I didn’t shave my neck it would look pretty nasty. Sorry, I know I said I wouldn’t trim but I also said I would groom. Part of grooming is at least making it look nice.

So that’s it for now. I’ll try to keep updating this blog as the writing bug bites me. I want to update this at least once a week. Be sure to follow me on Twitter so you can see what I’m up to all day long. I update that as often as I can, usually 5-10 times a day. I update it more if I’m interviewing a band or headed off to a show.

Enjoy!
-JC

 

 

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First post

•October 27, 2012 • 3 Comments

I’m sure you’re all wondering what the hell this is all about. I decided to chronicle my journey into growing my beard. I started growing my beard in September of 2012 and made a decision that I would grow it for an entire year. No trimming, no cutting, just grooming! I’m sure my Wife will get pretty upset when it has finally grown to a length that is beyond her acceptable limits, but we shall see.

The longest I’ve ever grown my beard was to a length of about 5 inches which took about 4 months to grow. At that point it was pretty burly and thick so I’m not sure what an additional 8 months will look like. However, I’m excited to see what it’s going to look like.

Now, I must disclose a few things:

1) I just so happen to be friends with the legendary World Beard Champion Jack Passion. In fact, I have a signed copy of his book, “The Facial Hair Handbook” which I highly recommend you pick up if you’re planning on growing a substantial beard. It is full of amazing tips and tricks on growing a luscious face squirrel.

2) I’ve grown a beard in the past but never gotten past the dreaded “awkward” phase that beards eventually hit which makes people wonder what the hell attacked your face. It’s not a fun phase but I’m SUPER excited to see what I can do to control this awkwardness.

3) I HATE the feel of a beard in the Summer. It’s like wearing a wool sweater on your face. This should be interesting.

Saying all this, I’m really excited to see what happens in the next few months and beyond. Who knows. Maybe I grow it and never cut it off! I’m sure my Wife will have some things to say about that however.

LET THE GROWING BEGIN!

-JC