Veteran Shaves His Beard For The First Time In 12 Years, And His Wife Is Stunned

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Veteran Looks Like A Model After Shaving For The First Time In 12 Years

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If you ask most men, they'll tell you that growing a beard is a huge commitment.

My husband only grows his during the cold winter months, then he shaves it off when the weather starts to warm up. He doesn't enjoy having extra hair on his face when it's sweltering hot outside.

Frankly, I don't like the beard at all, regardless of the season, but I've learned to compromise since he never keeps it for too long.


Having a beard makes him look different and a little bit older. It also takes away from his nice features like his lips.

Heidi's "Caveman" Boyfriend

Not everyone will agree with my stance on beards, but there is at least one other woman, Heidi, who understands where I'm coming from.

Oprah makeover
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Heidi's boyfriend, Josh, stopped cutting his hair and shaving his beard after he was discharged from the military 12 years ago.

The 38-year-old also wore the same outfit, made up of a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and boots, almost every day.

Heidi did not take an issue with the fact that Josh was growing out his hair, she simply asked for him to keep it neat and trimmed.

She just wanted "him to be a little less hairy," but that never happened, until Oprah Winfrey stepped in.

Ask The Experts

That's right, the only way Heidi could convince Josh to switch up his look was by seeking out help from the Queen of Media.

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Oprah recruited Project Runway's Tim Gunn to help update Josh's style.OWN - YouTube

It still took some more convincing, but the veteran finally agreed to a makeover.

"I dare you to make me look better than I do right now," he told the team of expert stylists who were in charge of giving him a new look.

Project Runway star Tim Gunn was the lead stylist, and although he was faced with some challenges, he pulled it off in the end.

Oprah Makeover
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Josh now looks like a completely new man, in fact, he could probably pose for GQ magazine after his transformation.

The New Josh

Since Josh's beard brought him comfort, Gunn made sure that he did not chop it all off.

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Instead of opting for a clean-shaven appearance, he trimmed the beard to a much shorter length. He also cut off most of his hair, then dressed him up in some dapper designer clothes, including a tailored leather jacket, a pair of well-fitting jeans, a striped dress shirt, and some stylish boots.

Gunn explained to Oprah that he wanted to make sure that who Josh really is wasn't overshadowed by his new appearance.

"It's all about reflecting who they are, their core, making them better, enhancing them," Gunn said. Josh, who seemed happy with his new look, added "I feel like a new man."

Well, he looks like a new man too! Take a look:

Welcome To The 21st Century

Of course, Heidi loves the way Josh looks now. After seeing the new Josh for the first time, she said:

"He looks great, and this is exactly what I've been trying to get him to do. He still has beard and [facial] hair, but he looks great. I can't get over it. Thank you, Tim!"

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As I said in the beginning, facial hair does have the tendency to age certain men, like Josh. He looks a lot younger with a shorter do, and it seems like his confidence has also skyrocketed.

I wouldn't be surprised if we spot him in the pages of a magazine in the near future.

Take in another unbelievable makeover, when this Amish teenager was given a whole new look.

And unlike Josh, this man transformed his life just by growing a beard.

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