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Jack's Take: "Length is important, but not if it's scraggly and thin, because then it will count against you. Use scissors and cut those sh*tty, ugly, nasty parts of your beard off. Some purists would scoff at the idea, but their thin, wispy shredded rags just don't ever win."
Jack's Take: "If you're just trying to have a good time, have it in the audience and get off the stage (this category is always the most crowded). Think of this as more like 'biggest' beard, meaning long, yes, but also thick and large. Brush accordingly."
Jack's Take: "Creativity is everything, but it still has to be composed and dignified. [editor's note: Ha!] The great masters use hairspray and blow dryers, and work slowly and methodically, often taking over 5hrs to put their design together."
Jack's Take: "Start with load-bearing beard-chunks, then move into the detail. If your design is symmetrical, work on both sides at the same time to maintain the symmetry during buildout. Finally, use scissors to snip away anything loose or sticking out."
Jack's Take: "Extreme detail might be lost to the audience and judges if they can't see it unless they're right up close, so groom to highlight the size and regal power of your 'stache. Keep this in mind as you use wax, which typically bundles the hairs together tightly."
Jack's Take: "Make sure the rest of your face is shaved to absolute baby-butt smoothness. Use a straw so as to not undo your work when you drink before you take the stage. Snip thin, solo hairs at the tips of your mustache once it is styled."
Jack's Take: "The 4th Law of Facial Hair in The Facial Hair Handbook is 'Solid, Subtle, Sharp' and it applies in every category. Since this one is partial beard, highlight the difference between the hair and the skin by sculpting and shaving clean, defined lines."
Jack's Take: "Some people will cry blasphemy, but you're probably going to want to use electric grooming tools with this category so that you can see what you're doing and so that you can exercise great detail."
Jack's Take: "This is alllllll about the grooming. Get a beard trimmer and get your beard to a uniform length. Use scissors to make the mustache follow a perfect line above your lip."
Jack's Take: "Also: Shave your cheeks above your beard. If your neckline is visible, make sure it is perfect, too."