People that know my husband or have known my husband for a while most certainly has never seen him looking so rugged (sounds nicer than hairy). Spending 20 years in the military and having to look the part probably has a lot to do with what he is doing now, but, maybe it's not. Maybe we should ask ourselves, "Why do men grow beards?". To the best of my knowledge, and I'm no beard expert by far (Thank God!), there's 5 reasons that I can think of why men grow beards. I'm sure there's more but I can't think of them right now so if you have a reason, please share.
1. Beards look cool. This should come as a shock to no one, beards look good on a lot of dudes. Whether you’re going for a lighter, more groomed approach or just letting your beard run wild, you’ll at the very least make a more distinct impression when friends, family, or strangers notice you. Having a beard will give you a presence that can’t be replicated in any other way. Without doing anything besides letting your body act naturally, you’ll look more masculine, come off more confident, and suddenly appear capable of building your own cabin or taking down a bear.
2. Someone else might suggest you grow a beard. For some guys, wanting to grow a beard isn’t enough to get them to lay down the razor. Sometimes it helps if someone else makes the suggestion, thereby providing the boost of confidence and encouragement needed to wander into uncharted grooming territory. Particularly, if someone you’re fond of suggests it, many men will take this as a cue to think bearded thoughts and begin the journey towards hairy glory. Sometimes all it takes is a little encouragement. No, I did not encourage this!
3. Staying warm. Many, many generations ago, men grew beards not out of choice, but out of necessity. In the early days, unless you were very handy with a piranha (how I assume Fred and Barney stayed clean shaven for so long) or a sharp piece of rock, you probably weren't shaving too regularly. Since then, men in colder climates have relied on their beards to help stay warm and protect their faces against the harsh elements of winter. Although he has mentioned it, we are not staying in Alaska for the winter!!!
4. Utter laziness. This might surprise you, but by far the most common reason men grow beards is pure laziness. Shaving, as anyone can tell you, is not fun. It can be time consuming, painful, and even occasionally nerve racking. The best way to avoid these things? Skipping them entirely. At a certain point it might serve you to trim up parts of your beard, but for the most part you can just let it grow in whatever pattern nature intended. Kick back, throw on your favorite album, and just go with the grow.
5. Covering up what's beneath. Besides complimenting your other features and providing you with an aura of masculinity, beards are a great way to essentially redesign your facial features and choose what parts of your face are and aren’t seen. Maybe you want to cover acne, a scar or even a double chin. My husband has the perfect face so I know this is not the reason!
With all of these reasons I'm still not convinced I know the real reason why he won't shave. Maybe it just boils down to that he left his good razor in Ohio. Maybe he just wants to look like a mountain man. I'm open for suggestions...