Haven't grown a beard in 15 years and haven't mostly because the girls I dated then didn't like them. I grew it out for the halloween party and my wife says she likes the look. It's now 7 days old and starting to get past the prickly stage. It used to be reddish in color back then, but it's now mostly gray...what happened? I suspect it's been the 2 kids and 3 mortgages between then and now that is the culprit.