Thanks, @Rusty Shackleford, the day you cut your beard was a sad day for all of us... I remember it well...
How about an update?
Hum... I think the last time I posted a pic here that Photobucket was still a thing. I'll have to see what I need to do to post another pic.
I don't think I mentioned the last big trim here though. December 2019 and my beard was probably 10" or a little more. I remembered I dyed my beard and then got a haircut with no intention on getting the beard trimmed. Then at the next chair a bald guy with a huge beard came in and got a trim and I decided to trim mine. I had a few inches cut off, but then I decided that I needed to end using hair dye. Since it can't be removed from the hair I kept cutting here and there until last May when I got it down to a paltry 4". At that point most of the dye was visibly gone, and I've let it grow back since then with only a couple minor trims on the tips.
Also in 2019 I was having huge problems with knots and if I pulled my beard through my fist it actually puffed out at the last inch or so. It just hit me recently that I was likely hitting it too hard with a heated brush and just ruined the hair. It's about 7" long now and does not do that, and in 2020 I maybe used the heated brush once (mainly because it was so short anyway)
So now I know!
No dyeing - it's too hard to stop