nuts: My beard varies, it grows quite quickly anyway. I had it a bit longer when I went for the chop. However I'd coloured my beard when it was longer as it didn't have enough grey in it to go full force and also my natural colour is quite mousey and 'meh' and doesn't look great on a longer beard. I've just ended up going shorter at the mo for a bit of a change, plus I wanted the colour out. Saying that in the year it took me to grow my beard long, let's not forget I did it, trimmed it, grew it again, my beard has gone a lot greyer and I kinda like it but only short. I'm not ready for a full on grey beard - I like it on others but not me! I'd have to admit I was a grown up if I had a grey beard and I'm not ready for that
Thanks dshupe - I like your goatee. I have experimented with goatees before but never quite get it right and always end up looking lopsided. I think I have tried a goatee twice and both times it ended up with me trimming, trimming trimming and ending up clean shaven. Which I absolutely hate - so safer for me to stay away from it.