How to Grow a Beard for

No Shave November

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"I first grew my beard in the late 1960s and, like many others of my generation, there was an aspect of political protest involved. Now, it’s part of who I am, and my media career has only reinforced that."

"Keeping my beard close-trimmed is important to me for both the look and personal comfort. Ultimately, I want to be noticed for being well-groomed and well-dressed, not the opposite."

"Every few days, I trim the mustache to keep whiskers from growing over the upper lip. As needed, I use a power trimmer to maintain the overall length. When I was young, I didn’t trim quite so often and I remember my late father-in-law telling me I’d never get ahead with all those whiskers. Proved him wrong, and neatness is a big part of that."

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