“I started growing my beard out in 2009 or 10 at my wife’s request and at the time I think I had short hair and I started growing both beard and hair out long. It was mainly my wife’s doing but I started to enjoy it more and more. Now, I’m sort of tired of it so I feel like sometimes I want to shave it off but I’ll probably give it a few more months.” [This interview was conducted in August of 2015].
“The original reason I grew a beard was two of my friends and I made a beard pact and we weren’t allowed to trim any of our facial hair until we—we all set different goals—so we weren’t allowed to trim it until we accomplished those goals. My goal was to travel to Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand. And I accomplished it. AND I ended up keeping the beard to keep my face warm.”
“I really got sick of shaving. I’ve been clean shaven since I started growing peach fuzz and I just decided it was time to see how far I could grow it. I had to shave it for work and then I ended up moving so I lost the job. Then I grew it back out and I haven't shaved it since.”