> Though, this veers off topic slightly, I do want to thank you,
> 23955, because your advice has helped me personally a lot. I
> used to be really self-concious and worried that people out
> there wouldn't accept me. That they would always be staring at
> my face, and even now I do sometimes. But knowing there's a
> woman out there like you who can keep her head high and dismiss
> this facial hair thing as just a small problem you have to deal
> with no bigger than shaving your legs every day...well, I admire
> that. And I admire the fact as well that there are great people
> out there who accept it...that you can even find someone to live
> a happy-ever-after and that you even have the confidence to tell
> people about it. Because of your stories and your advice I've learn
> so much, and now believe that when I find that right person for me,
> they won't be scared away by the facial hair. Thank you very much
> for offering such wonderful advice to everyone.
I'm glad that sharing my story has been a help for someone.
I'm very conscious of the fact that my life has probably been very different from what it would have been if I hadn't had full-blown moustache growth by the time I was fifteen. But the thing is that I'm equally sure that my life hasn't been any worse than it would have been if I didn't have facial hair. I did find a husband (well, actually he found me when I was 19 and we married two years later) and he wasn't turned off by the fact that I shaved every day. Or even by the fact that I was about as flat as pancake. We've had a great life and lots of kids and as far as shaving is concerned, well, that's just a couple of minutes at the most each morning. Once I passed 40 my beard began to grow in on my chin, but when I'm shaving anyway it's only a few seconds more to shave. And actually, most mornings the first thing my husband does is rub my bristly chin with his lips -- I don't pretend to know why he enjoys it, but he actually does. The fact that I shave is no secret from my kids and I think the fact that I'm open about it with the family is a great help to me. The other thing that's a great help is having a really good electric razor. You mention being conscious of the fact that at the end of an eight hour shift you had stubble. My Norelco is rechargeable and very quiet -- easy to use in the washroom at work if I had to.
The other thing that I myself have found encouraging is that though I expected that men would despise me because I had to shave, in reality the men who know that I shave have all been very nice about it and seem to appreciate having been let in on my "secret" -- it certainly hasn't soured my relationship with men.