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I am not a man!

billwillbillwill Registered User regular
edited February 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm 20 years old and I just can't grow facial hair. Even if I don't shave for two weeks, the best I get is this patchiness on my jaw that looks absolutely terrible.

Is it going to be like this forever, or does facial hair sometimes kick in really late?

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    DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    not everyone can grow a beard. Sorry brosef, but if you can't grow one by 20, chances are you're just not a beardie.

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    facial hair can come in pretty late. and sometimes it's just not suited. i'm a really hairy guy and i grow a lot of facial hair, but since it's wiry and sticks straight out and isn't particularly dense, it never looks very good.

    some people just don't have good facial hair for a long time, or ever. i have a coworker with an excellent beard who was only able to finally grow one successfully when he hit his forties.

    basically try it every once in a while, but be prepared to wait for some time.

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    RuckusRuckus Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    billwill wrote: »
    I'm 20 years old and I just can't grow facial hair. Even if I don't shave for two weeks, the best I get is this patchiness on my jaw that looks absolutely terrible.

    Is it going to be like this forever, or does facial hair sometimes kick in really late?

    Keep shaving regularly, and then on the 1st of January each year, stop shaving for a week. If you grow a solid scruff, congratulations, bearding is now an option. If not, keep shaving for another year.

    That's just how it works.

    Seriously, it's different for everyone.

    I was able to grow a solid Goatee at like 17, but it wasn't until I was about 23 that I could do a full beard.

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    Seattle ThreadSeattle Thread Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    That "shaving makes hair grow in thicker" thing is a complete myth. You'll have to stick with what your genes have dealt you.

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    CorvusCorvus . VancouverRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Makershot wrote: »
    That "shaving makes hair grow in thicker" thing is a complete myth. You'll have to stick with what your genes have dealt you.

    Yup.

    Just, count your savings on razors and shaving cream OP. As a dude that started shaving in grade 8 having heavy facial hair isn't all that thrilling.

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    RaernRaern Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I didn't have much ability to grow a beard at 20, but a decade later it's fairly decent. Just got to wait for it and hope it gets to a point you're happy with. You might be able to find some style of handling it to have decent looking facial hair sooner, depends what you have to work with.

    Also, obligatory Penny Arcade comic, and one of my favorites in the archive:
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    An-DAn-D Enthusiast AshevilleRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Do you have Native American in you? My friend is like 1/16th Native American and he gets like three hairs popping out every three months.

    Its all about genes, man.

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    RikushixRikushix VancouverRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    An-D wrote: »
    Do you have Native American in you? My friend is like 1/16th Native American and he gets like three hairs popping out every three months.

    Its all about genes, man.

    No kidding. I'm sure Corvus can attest to this - living near Surrey I had a lot of East Indian friends, and the number of guys I knew who were growing moustaches since they were sixteen and beards not long after...too many to count.

    Turned out pretty well for me, I started growing a decent goatee right around my first year of university when I was 17 or so and a full on beard a year later. My beard grows pretty fast - within 36 hours and I look pretty rugged after a week. Thank god, I would look like a twelve year old if I didn't have my beard.

    There's absolutely no way to change it up, you gotta take the hand you're dealt genetically. You're no less of a man if you can't, though I'm sure you secretly know that :wink:

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    SarcastroSarcastro Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I couldn't grow decent sideburns or moustache until after my mid-twenties. I still don't have those little connector strips on the corners of my mouth, and I have a natural goatee; there are two bare patches on either side. I've always been pretty much hairless on my torso, barring one count it (whup count it again) one chest hair, dead center. I named him Steve.

    My brother, who is apparantly half goat, can grow a carpet from beard to belly-button, and gets a five o-clock shadow at noon. I am not kidding, if he's got the bidness at four, he's shaving again at 3. I always get a kick out of it, because my five o'clock shadow comes in at about the three day mark. Just one less thing I have to do in the morning.

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    RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I'm almost 26 and I still can't grow decent facial hair

    and yet my dad can grow a beard overnight

    it's just in the genes, although by about 30-35, almost every man can grow a respectable beard, there's is really nothing you can do to speed it up

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    OnTheLastCastleOnTheLastCastle let's keep it haimish for the peripatetic Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Growing facial hair doesn't make you a man. Don't worry about it.

    I mean, my face combines the elfin beauty of ... an elf... with the wild growth of a caveman... but... don't worry about whether or not you can get a beard. Seriously. Most real jobs in the adult world would recommend you shave!

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    KarnackKarnack Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I was in an entirely similar situation as the op at 20

    couldn't grow much beyond a mustache and chin beard to save my life and was bare as the dickens on my chest

    one year later I sport a rockin' full beard (although it takes a solid three weeks for it to look nice) and for some reason my chest hair has kicked itself into overdrive

    I think I just caught a hiccup during puberty that lasted four or five years and then began again, who knows

    don't despair!

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    T-boltT-bolt Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I'm 32, and my facial hair grows in better, but there's still a place right under my chin where it just won't grow and I can't do sideburns for shit. Contrast that with my younger brothers who can do full beards no problem and my dad who had a full beard for most of my childhood. Genetics, wacky stuff. :)

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    AiouaAioua Ora Occidens Ora OptimaRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Shit, I'm 24 and I still can't grow sideburns. Not a single sideburn hair at all. What I can grow is useless--stoner chin beard, wispy pedostache.

    I just take it as a fair trade for not having back hair.

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    FoodAddictFoodAddict Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Dude, I'm 23 and I've got piss for facial hair. The only areas that actually has hair are just above the corners of my mouth and my chin. That means best case scenario, providing I grow hair faster than my snail's pace, is this:

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    NoisymunkNoisymunk Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I'm almost 30 and in the same boat as you. My friends think it's hilarious.

    Consider a Knitted Beard?

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    MagicToasterMagicToaster JapanRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I had a hard time growing a beard, but it comes in better every year. Find a style that suits your face until then.

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    FerrusFerrus Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    The men in my family, me included, all didn't really grow facial hair until their late 20s. There's a genetic factor.

    Seeing my friends use up razor blades like crazy makes me somewhat glad I only need to shave my chin every 4 days or so though. Those things are expensive.

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    chromdomchromdom Who? Where?Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    There also does seem to be some sort of time factor in my experience.
    When I first started growing my goatee, it took like a month to grow in properly. You may just be patchy to start and need to get some length to have the hairs, I dunno, 'layer' properly.
    Then again, you may be a woman. Look in your pants, what do you see?
    :wink:

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    EWomEWom Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I've got a cousin who when he was 16 sneezed really hard and grew a full beard out instantly. That's obviously exaggeration, but at 16 he was growing full lumber jack beards, and going into casino's and gambling w/ out being carded.

    I looked like I was twelve until I was about 25, then I finally started being able to grow a beard. But now I've come to a realization that mine will only grow about 3 inches long, and then it just stops. It also comes in way thicker right underneath the top of my jawbones.

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    schussschuss Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Count yourselves lucky. As fun as it is to grow a beard, shaving sucks more.

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    NylonathetepNylonathetep Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    or you can just do what Gordito did:

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    BlindZenDriverBlindZenDriver Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    schuss wrote: »
    Count yourselves lucky. As fun as it is to grow a beard, shaving sucks more.

    This!

    I have it the other way round. If I'm to attend something after work wanting to look sharp I have to shave before going as the morning shave does not really cut it. Oh, what I could do with all the time spend and for that matter all the money spend as well.

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    RobmanRobman Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Curse you, my scottish genes are such that people mistake me for a black sheep if I go sunbathing

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    HeirHeir Ausitn, TXRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Yep, I couldn't grow much at 20. In fact I didn't have my first real decent beard until I was 29.

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    schuss wrote: »
    Count yourselves lucky. As fun as it is to grow a beard, shaving sucks more.

    This!

    I have it the other way round. If I'm to attend something after work wanting to look sharp I have to shave before going as the morning shave does not really cut it. Oh, what I could do with all the time spend and for that matter all the money spend as well.

    Sometimes it's nice to go 3 days without shaving without looking like you're Jim Morrison.

    Relish in the fact you don't have to shave so much. Before I hit the all of a sudden "holy shit" phase of my facial hair, I love the fact I could go 3-4 days without shaving. Now I'm pissed because I have to shave everyday. Ugh.

    Oh and my beard didn't start coming in until 26.

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    SatsumomoSatsumomo Rated PG! Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    20 years old? Still young.

    My roomate didn't start actually growing full facial hair (and chest hair) until he was around 23-24

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    EggyToastEggyToast Jersey CityRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    The amount of facial hair I could grow when I was 20 is significantly different from what I can grow at 30. Shaving is still a pain in the ass, though. Don't worry about it.

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    mrt144mrt144 King of the Numbernames Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    For me, the sides of my face are pretty much borderline okay for beard growing. But the goatee section is thick and dense and ridiculous. But goatees only work on hockey players.

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    SammyFSammyF Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Robman wrote: »
    Curse you, my scottish genes are such that people mistake me for a black sheep if I go sunbathing

    My strange mix of Scots, German and Dutch genes has somehow contributed to creating a beast whose facial hair grows in fire-engine red (even though my hair is brown-bordering-on-black) and stays rigid even after the stubble face. It never, ever curls. I look like an Irish porcupine is dry-humping my mouth if I don't shave regularly.

    Fuck beards, who needs 'em.

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    iamthepiemaniamthepieman Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I can grow a great goatee and mustache and sideburns. But there's this little patch on my cheeks that refuses to grow anything but a a few thin messy strands and therefore I can not grow a full beard that doesn't look horrible.

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    Cannon GooseCannon Goose I need some GAGS! If only I had my gag book!Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    As annoying as it may sound, just give it a few more years.

    Facial hair is incredibly difficult to predict, it seems. I'm almost 19 and in the past year my facial hair has only really just started to properly come in, and even now I can still only grow a barely passable chinstrap and a nearly transparent moustache. Some people I know (who are a year younger than I am) have been able to grow full beards since they were 15.

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    tehmarkentehmarken BrooklynRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    It kicks in at different times for everyone. I had some facial hair growth starting around 17, but very light and thin. At around 21-22 it kicked in thicker and colored (a coppery red-brown, whereas my head is blond). Just last year at 25 I've had some stray chest hairs popping up, so who knows what the future holds (neither my older brother or father have chest hair).

    Now, I always keep my chin-goatee and sideburns in, and have to shave my mustache. But my cheeks and the jawline don't grow in well so I keep those shaved clean, along with keep my throat clear of stray dark hairs.

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    FyreWulffFyreWulff YouRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2011
    I wouldn't worry about it. You have to have the genes to allow you to do it in the first place, and at 20 you can still have not completed puberty, which can still last until you're 23-24.

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    CasualCasual Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Flap Flap Flap Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Deebaser wrote: »
    not everyone can grow a beard. Sorry brosef, but if you can't grow one by 20, chances are you're just not a beardie.

    I couldn't grow anything when I was 20, I'm 23 now and have to shave pretty much every day if I want to stay smooth. I know a couple of guys who took until their mid 20's to grow full on beards.

    When ever I see people say if you don't have facial hair by 20 you won't get any I remember that I haven't seen any middle aged guys who can't grow facial hair. Pretty much every guy must get there at some point.

    Also, seconding shaving sucks. Now I have to do it regularly I hate it.

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    brain operatorbrain operator Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    It's not the hair on your face that says you're a man. Forget about the beard. Be self-assured. Know your worth. Being a man is about being a man, not about looking the part - that's backwards. Be a man and you'll look like one.

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    mrt144mrt144 King of the Numbernames Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    It's not the hair on your face that says you're a man. Forget about the beard. Be self-assured. Know your worth. Being a man is about being a man, not about looking the part - that's backwards. Be a man and you'll look like one.

    My beard is a part time logger and crabber and is sometimes known to run into burning buildings to save the runts of the litter of every animal. What's your clean shaven face done today? Get all gussied up with fancy lathery creams in an effort to make you feel man-pretty?

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    ArbitraryDescriptorArbitraryDescriptor changed Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Casual wrote: »
    Also, seconding shaving sucks. Now I have to do it regularly I hate it.

    You'll get used to it around the time that ear hair starts coming in; which should be around the time you have to start getting prostate exams.

    Then you will truly know what it is to be a man.

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    brain operatorbrain operator Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    mrt144 wrote: »
    My beard is a part time logger and crabber and is sometimes known to run into burning buildings to save the runts of the litter of every animal. What's your clean shaven face done today? Get all gussied up with fancy lathery creams in an effort to make you feel man-pretty?
    I got me some. Twice, before breakfast.

    But I'm sure looking like something Puss in Boots coughed up has its y-chromosome enhancing perks too.

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    FyreWulffFyreWulff YouRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2011
    Casual wrote: »
    Deebaser wrote: »
    not everyone can grow a beard. Sorry brosef, but if you can't grow one by 20, chances are you're just not a beardie.

    I couldn't grow anything when I was 20, I'm 23 now and have to shave pretty much every day if I want to stay smooth. I know a couple of guys who took until their mid 20's to grow full on beards.

    When ever I see people say if you don't have facial hair by 20 you won't get any I remember that I haven't seen any middle aged guys who can't grow facial hair. Pretty much every guy must get there at some point.

    Also, seconding shaving sucks. Now I have to do it regularly I hate it.

    Actually, you do need the genes. I don't have nose hair even though the rest of my family does, and I never will. Every time people give me those trimmer+nose clipper packs for Christmas, I have to give away the nose trimmer part because it's uttery useless for me :P I am permanently nose-bald.

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