The Beard

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I didn’t set out to grow a beard. It started unintentionally — and then it grew on me.

My shaving habit disappeared several weeks ago along with my daily work routine. I figured if I didn’t have to go to work, I could skip shaving for a day or so. One day led to another . . . and another . . . and another.

Before I knew it my scruffy facial hair started to look like a beard. It was then I decided I would try and grow a full beard. I’ve never grown one before, and thought I should do so at least once in my lifetime.

The closest I came to having a beard in the past was when I skipped shaving for two weeks while trekking in Nepal.

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That was because hot water was hard to come by.

Oh, and I also had a soul patch around the same time that Dan had a goatee. That was back in the days when inflatable suits were all the rage.

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I’ve received a lot of compliments about my beard (plus one thumbs down), but with five or six weeks of growth Dan told me I was starting to look a little scary.

Today I visited Madison at Studio 219 in Chelsea. Like Cher and Madonna, Madison goes by just one name, and it suits him.

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Madison has been cutting my hair for quite a few years and always seems keen for me to try a new cut — which I never do.

I haven’t seen Madison for a while, so he saw my bearded look for the first time today. He too was complimentary but agreed that the growth was in need of a groom.

As Madison set about cutting my hair, Dan joined us and sat in the chair next to mine.

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Dan told me afterwards that it brought back fond memories. It’s been more than a decade since he has sat in a salon chair (he trims his hair himself).

Madison gave me lots of pointers on how I should maintain my beard and then set about trimming it for me. Dan’s and my favourite tip was “You need to keep it at a consistent length. If it keeps going from big to small it will confuse people.”

I left Studio 219 feeling very pleased with my freshly groomed look and determined not to cause confusion.

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live. enjoy. repeat.

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