Soup for later
I had a beard in the early '70s for about two years, it never did become less itchy and trapped a lot of food. After eating something like a puff pastry tart it was necessary to go and wash it.
I reduced it down to Humperdink type sideburns for a while and even that was a pain in the neck, trimming around it.
Recently just for curiousity's sake I let it grow again, I'm in my 60s but have almost no grey hair, the beard however is 90% grey and added twenty years instantly, so no oldy hipsterism for me.
Interestingly; a lot of the gay guys I work with have some of the most luxuriant growth.
Cant say I'm a fan of the avian refuge style that seems to be popular now.
I wonder if the fashion will fade slowly away like before reducing to sideburns and Yosesimite Sam moustaches? What my mates in the US miitary called womb brooms.