Growing out a beard can dramatically change a man's look, but shaving one off can be even more of a shock, revealing the dreaded post-shave baby face. Some say that the right choice of beard styles make men's faces look stronger and more masculine, while others argue that it all comes down to bone structure. We're definitely not evolutionary scientists here at Bored Panda, but we've compiled some photos of guys before and after grabbing the razor, and we'd like to know which one you'd rather ride off into the sunset with.

Beards certainly have their place in this world, and they do a lot more than just aiding in human mating rituals. Bearded men, especially with thick facial hair, can boast about having a healthy balance of bacteria in their stubbles that are actually good in keeping skin healthy, according to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection. Male hospital workers in the US who were in the habit of shaving beards had higher amounts of harmful bacteria present on their faces than their bearded counterparts, possibly due to the damage skin often sustains after a shave. The youthful glow of a smooth look is worth a few nicks, though, and shaving has also been proven to scrape away dead skin cells.

It's hard to say whether having a beard is healthier or not, but it's undeniable that men with beards are either a hit or miss in aesthetics. Check out a whole list of before-and-after shaving comparisons below, and just try to believe that it's the same person in each photo.

#1 Before And After Beard

Before And After Beard

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John L 1 year ago

You have a very neat and orderly face. The beard destroys that neat look.

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#2 Kyle Amor Shaved His Head And Face To Raise Money

Kyle Amor Shaved His Head And Face To Raise Money

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Niềng Răng Lăng Xăng 1 year ago

Nobody tells you to erase your shirt too man

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#3 After 3 Years Of The Beard Life My Buddy Matt Shaved His Beard

After 3 Years Of The Beard Life My Buddy Matt Shaved His Beard

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Maria Lazaridou 1 year ago

Who knew there was such a nice face buried under all that hair!

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#4 Beard Is Gone

Beard Is Gone

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Jose Ramon 1 year ago

wow WAY better WITHOUT!

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#5 I Decided To Shave My Beard And In Doing So, I Unlocked Instant Baby Face

I Decided To Shave My Beard And In Doing So, I Unlocked Instant Baby Face

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#6 It Happened

It Happened

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Petra Rola Cole 1 year ago

Definitely sexier with a short beard.

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#7 Shave My Beard The Wife Said. You Will Look Young Again She Said

Shave My Beard The Wife Said. You Will Look Young Again She Said

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L and P 1 year ago

uhm, yeah, somehow you really do - says a dude who has massive troubles with growing a decent beard...

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#8 This Transformation

This Transformation

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Valentina 1 year ago

ink surprise! awesome both ways

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#9 I Shaved My 9 Month Old Beard For Prostate Cancer Awareness

I Shaved My 9 Month Old Beard For Prostate Cancer Awareness

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Hans 1 year ago

From hipster to boy next door...

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#10 Shave In Half

Shave In Half

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John L 1 year ago

Now, if we could just get it to grow like that.....on top. :(

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#11 8 Months Sober, Down 17kg (38ibs) And Finally Shaved Off My Neck Beard

8 Months Sober, Down 17kg (38ibs) And Finally Shaved Off My Neck Beard

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R.k. White 1 year ago

Good for you!

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#12 Complete Transformation

Complete Transformation

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Cat Clemmo 1 year ago

better without

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#13 Mike Donated His Hair And Luckily Has A Pretty Good Mug Underneath All That Scruff

Mike Donated His Hair And Luckily Has A Pretty Good Mug Underneath All That Scruff

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Edyta Złotucha 1 year ago

I really liked that long hair though!

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#14 Harley Morenstein Before And After Shaving His Beard

Harley Morenstein Before And After Shaving His Beard

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Wombat34 1 year ago

without for sure

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#15 Roy Asotasi Shaved His Beard To Raise Money

Roy Asotasi Shaved His Beard To Raise Money

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Kwaku 1 year ago

looks better without the beard!

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#16 Beard No More

Beard No More

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Nancy E 1 year ago

Much better now !

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#17 Before And After Shave

Before And After Shave

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Aja Trier 1 year ago

Better without.

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#18 Before And After Shave

Before And After Shave

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Edyta Złotucha 1 year ago

Too handsome to make a difference:p

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#19 Little Difference

Little Difference

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Viktorija Gorcakovaite 1 year ago

Noooo!!!!!!!! Don't keep the beard. Super good looking without!

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#20 Bye Bye To My First Beard, Lol Feel So Naked

Bye Bye To My First Beard, Lol Feel So Naked

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Edyta Złotucha 1 year ago

The hairstyle was better before imho

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#21 Daughter's Reaction To Dad's Clean Shaved Face. She Does Not Approve

Daughter's Reaction To Dad's Clean Shaved Face. She Does Not Approve

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Amanda 1 year ago

Awwwww

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#22 Had To

Had To

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#23 Decided To Donate 10" Of My Hair To Locks Of Love. Shaved The Beard While I Was At It

Decided To Donate 10" Of My Hair To Locks Of Love. Shaved The Beard While I Was At It

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dbb dbb 1 year ago

The beard, sure. ;-)

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#24 Shaving My Chance To Be In Star Wars VII Off My Face

Shaving My Chance To Be In Star Wars VII Off My Face

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Amy Tarleton 1 year ago

Seriously laughing so hard...

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#25 Transformation

Transformation

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John L 1 year ago

He looks great either way, because of his happy eyes and relaxed nature. I'm not a 'beard person' but his beard is almost perfect on him. Looks like a friendly college professor. He's a winner.

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#26 I Used To Get A Lot Of Attention - From Men

I Used To Get A Lot Of Attention - From Men

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Valentina 1 year ago

Love the Salvador Dalí crazy look at the end!

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#27 Before & After Shaving

Before & After Shaving

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jo_shortland 1 year ago

You look good both ways

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#28 Beard Shave

Beard Shave

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Johan Ruda 1 year ago

The cuteness is real!

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#29 Hair-B-Gone

Hair-B-Gone

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Emre 1 year ago

i recommend you long hair and short beard. You would look awesome bro

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#30 After Shave Mood

After Shave Mood

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Pui Suwa 1 year ago

look lots younger

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#31 No More Beard

No More Beard

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Barbara Jones 1 year ago

Handsome either way, but better without the beard. What a great jawline!

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#32 I’ve Made A Terrible Mistake

I’ve Made A Terrible Mistake

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María Emilia Martínez 1 year ago

No, you didn't!

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#33 Half/Half

Half/Half

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DancingToMyself 1 year ago

Depends if you like having blue or brown eyes. :p

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#34 Shaved My Beard, Feeling Incredibly Naked, Self Conscious And Full Of Regret

Shaved My Beard, Feeling Incredibly Naked, Self Conscious And Full Of Regret

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Mary Popps 1 year ago

Your beard was amazing !

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#35 Shouldn't Have Done That... I Should Not Have Done That

Shouldn't Have Done That... I Should Not Have Done That

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John L 1 year ago

A genuine happy face would solve all your problems, with or without the beard.

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#36 Beardless

Beardless

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Viktorija Gorcakovaite 1 year ago

Both look cute.

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#37 Before And After Shaving Beard

Before And After Shaving Beard

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Viktė Džiaugytė 1 year ago

Without beard - almost Nick Rosberg!

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#38 Before And After

Before And After

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sunnyrei82 1 year ago

without, please!

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#39 A Friend Of Mine Shaved His Year-Long Beard And Recorded "The Process"

A Friend Of Mine Shaved His Year-Long Beard And Recorded "The Process"

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Lara B. 1 year ago

From Zach Galifianakis to Hulk Hogan to Hitler to babyface 🙈

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#40 Thought My C Pap Mask Would Fit Better If I Shaved But It Still.. Just As Bad

Thought My C Pap Mask Would Fit Better If I Shaved But It Still.. Just As Bad

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jo_shortland 1 year ago

Better without

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#41 I Shaved My Beard Off

I Shaved My Beard Off

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Niềng Răng Lăng Xăng 1 year ago

From captain Hook to Peter Pan

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#42 This Is My Brother After No Shave November

This Is My Brother After No Shave November

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Amanda 1 year ago

He looks so much younger!

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#43 Time For A Change. Before And After

Time For A Change. Before And After

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jo_shortland 1 year ago

After better

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#44 It Was Time For The Beard To Go, Compulsory Before And After Shot, And Shameless Selfie. Till Next Time

It Was Time For The Beard To Go, Compulsory Before And After Shot, And Shameless Selfie. Till Next Time

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jo_shortland 1 year ago

Cuter without

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#45 At The Request Of My Wife, Daughter, And General Comments Of Me "Looking My Age," I Took Part In Transformation Tuesday

At The Request Of My Wife, Daughter, And General Comments Of Me "Looking My Age," I Took Part In Transformation Tuesday

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Maria Lazaridou 1 year ago

Looks better and younger without the beard. Mission accomplished.

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#46 Adios

Adios

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Petra Rola Cole 1 year ago

Short beard and moustache would make you look great.

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#47 My Wife Calls Herself A “Beard-Widow.” I Guess I’m Not The Only One Missing My Beardy Face

My Wife Calls Herself A “Beard-Widow.” I Guess I’m Not The Only One Missing My Beardy Face

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Britta Niemann 1 year ago

Hehe, the Spiderman shirt... :D

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#48 Illustration Vs. Reallity

Illustration Vs. Reallity

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Valentina 1 year ago

nailed it...

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#49 This Is My Plight Every Year For Movember... Yes, Thats A Soul Patch.

This Is My Plight Every Year For Movember... Yes, Thats A Soul Patch.

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Jocelyn Kennedy 1 year ago

All or nothing - great face though!

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#50 It Was Time To Change

It Was Time To Change

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Karin Twigt 1 year ago

Much nicer after

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#51 Before And After

Before And After

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Joelyn Kitzmiller 1 year ago

After!

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#52 Shaving Mistake. I’m Growing My Beard Back And Will Wear It Proudly

Shaving Mistake. I’m Growing My Beard Back And Will Wear It Proudly

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Emre 1 year ago

better bearded

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#53 Difference In Face After 120 Lbs Lost And A Shave

Difference In Face After 120 Lbs Lost And A Shave

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jo_shortland 1 year ago

Well done

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#54 What A Difference A Beard Made On Me! What The Hell, I'll Grow It Back

What A Difference A Beard Made On Me! What The Hell, I'll Grow It Back

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Joelyn Kitzmiller 1 year ago

Don't...you have a handsome face

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#55 Fresh Face

Fresh Face

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Trude Donnelly 1 year ago

Hey I just met you...

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#56 9 Month Affair

9 Month Affair

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Elvia Szymanski 1 year ago

Shorter beard would look awesome

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#57 Bye Bye Beard

Bye Bye Beard

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Kirsty Buckland 1 year ago

You have a lovely friendly smile!

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#58 Before And After Shaving

Before And After Shaving

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Rebekah 1 year ago

You look loads younger.

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#59 No Idea What To Say

No Idea What To Say

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DancingToMyself 1 year ago

Is it your son?! :D

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#60 Shaving Facial Hair Before And After

Shaving Facial Hair Before And After

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Emre 1 year ago

bearded

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#61 I'm A Brand New Man

I'm A Brand New Man

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Mei. Chasandra 1 year ago

Did he get to a time machine?

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#62 Fun With Shaving... It's Off!

Fun With Shaving... It's Off!

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sunnyrei82 1 year ago

From drunk jokester at the bar, to "hello, I'm Matt, your personal gym trainer".

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#63 Oui, I Did Shave Today

Oui, I Did Shave Today

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Aybike Avşar 1 year ago

well, you look hot either way :)

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#64 This Is About What Happened To Me When I Shaved. I've Grown It Back Since Though

This Is About What Happened To Me When I Shaved. I've Grown It Back Since Though

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Barbara Jones 1 year ago

aww, no! keep shaving, why hide that handsome face under all that hair?

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#65 Before & After

Before & After

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Sheila Stamey 1 year ago

That million dollar smile is a closer either way !

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#66 Half Man, Half Beard

Half Man, Half Beard

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Petra Rola Cole 1 year ago

I think a short beard and kinda long hair would be the perfect combination for you. You're handsome anyway.

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#67 Why I Won't Shave My Beard Again

Why I Won't Shave My Beard Again

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Edyta Złotucha 1 year ago

Agreed in this one

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#68 Here Is A Very Rare, Once A Year Glimpse Of What's Known As... My Face

Here Is A Very Rare, Once A Year Glimpse Of What's Known As... My Face

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Edyta Złotucha 1 year ago

Kinda Charles Manson vibes before :p

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#69 Today Mood

Today Mood

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DancingToMyself 1 year ago

Grow that beard back. And take care of it.

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#70 Had Some Fun Today

Had Some Fun Today

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Sheila Weila 1 year ago

Great eyes! Don't distract from them with a wild beard.

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#71 Before And After. The Playoff Beard Is Gone And So Are Years From My Face. Until Next Season

Before And After. The Playoff Beard Is Gone And So Are Years From My Face. Until Next Season

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sunnyrei82 1 year ago

SO young without the beard!

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#72 Shaved

Shaved

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Valentina 1 year ago

...ok now...please...put it down...gently...

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#73 Start The Summer Off With A Fresh Shave

Start The Summer Off With A Fresh Shave

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Petra Rola Cole 1 year ago

With the beard he looked like a Viking warrior, without it looks like one of Santa's elves.

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#74 Before And After Shave

Before And After Shave

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sunnyrei82 1 year ago

without!

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#75 When You Do Something And Instantly Regret It

When You Do Something And Instantly Regret It

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Aybike Avşar 1 year ago

Better without.

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#76 Fresh Face

Fresh Face

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Karin Twigt 1 year ago

With beard is nicer

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#77 Before And After

Before And After

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jo_shortland 1 year ago

regrow the hair long and keep the beard short

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#78 After 6 Months I Had Enough ... Grew It Back Though ;)

After 6 Months I Had Enough ... Grew It Back Though ;)

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sunnyrei82 1 year ago

You look better after.

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#79 Now I Can Smile Again

Now I Can Smile Again

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Babeswillbebabes 1 year ago

I am all for the berd and glasses look, but with added smile.

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#80 So I Shaved My Beard After Growing It For 4 Months

So I Shaved My Beard After Growing It For 4 Months

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Valdas Ričkus 1 year ago

Looks cool either way

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#81 A New Day Has Dawned My Friends

A New Day Has Dawned My Friends