Should You Shave Your Beard for a Relationship?

So you've established a long-term relationship, and your other half suddenly feels comfortable enough to tell you what she really thinks about your beard. The burst of honesty is not a good thing. Words like jaggy, itchy, and smelly were all bandied about.

Initially, you might think you only have two choices a) say yes sweetheart, right away sweetheart, I never really liked this manly, badass, hard-earned facial feature anyway, or b) tell her the nearest bus back to her leaves in 10 minutes, then reactivate your tinder profile.

But what if I told you there was another possibility. One that not only lets you keep your beard, but also makes it happy. What is this magical unicorn option you're asking for? No, it's not Men in Black's Neuralyzer device that erases memories. It's a far more vague and boring thing ... It's understanding.

You're thinking about what crock, I know. But understanding / empathy is really your best hope here. By understanding what she doesn't like about your beard, a world of options is suddenly open to you.

For example, when I type the following sentence into Google's 'my husband's beard,' Google finishes the sentence.

... stinks
... gives me a rash
... is prickly
... hurts

Clearly, women are going through these issues and want to know how to deal with this hairy situation. So, after talking to your lady, you'll find out that your beard gives her a rash and irritates her skin. This is great news, because there are a lot of ways to deal with these issues.

Depending on the length of your beard, you may be able to trim it slightly, so that your hair is a little shorter and more even. This will more than likely reduce the chance that stray hairs will irritate her skin.

And if your beard is too jaggy or too sharp to cause rash, why not soften it. One of the main benefits of beard oil is that it can turn a brittle hedgehog beard into a silk curtain. Of course, the other added benefit of beard oil is that it makes your beard smell great ... Which, of course, is tackling the smell issue.

So if you find yourself talking to your lady about the dreaded 'me or the beard,' don't panic. Give a warm ear and listen to your lady's concerns. You'll be surprised that you can find a way to keep both of these loves in your life with a little beardscaping.

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