An Oregon woman discovered the hairiest secret yet to self-confidence: growing her beard out. Rose Geil, 39, spent her teen years trying to bust her beard, shaving her stubbly mug every day. “It was exhausting trying to keep it hidden,” she said. At one point, her mom took her to the doctor, who put her on birth control in an effort to stabilize hormones that may be triggering the hair growth.

She even invested in laser removal procedures, which can cost thousands of dollars to zap out the hairs, but her whiskers just kept coming back. “I was emotionally drained from trying to hide my beard every day and feeling like I was failing miserably,” Geil said. But about eight months ago, she ditched her razor — and sported a large beard in just six weeks. FULL REPORT