My beard isn't that impressive, no matter how long I grow it. The problem is the colour. You see, most of the hair on my face is almost totally transparent. Not noticeably white or blonde, f*ckin see-through. The goatee part is a decent brown-blonde, but the rest... well basically, when I grow it out, from about 10 feet away I just look like I'm out of focus. So beardliness is outside of my reach, at least for the moment.
Facial hair demands maintenance, almost to the same extent as getting haircuts. It was kind of fun for a while but the fad only lasts for so long. Not to mention it became rather annoying once I started having busy work schedule.
Well, I get compliments on my mustache, but the facial hair comes off so thin and neat that although you can see it, I probably wouldn't look much different without it. As for beards...well, my genetics can't grow sideburns all the way, and they really put up a failed attempt at what would be a goatee, as it's really thin, choppy and scraggly.
What kind? It's just an ordinary kind... I guess if you're asking why I get compliments, I guess my peers thinks it's cool because many either don't go for facial hair, or many saw the before and after change.
this is just funny, in high skool, i always wanted facial hair so i slept with a cotton taped to my chin to attract it, now in my mid twenties I have hair down to the base of my neck and in my back, i feel better being clean shave because my hair is thick as a hogs' hair.
I have a goatee (think Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation for the person closest to my style). It's gone mostly grey, starting after high school, but my own hair is still dark brown. Go figure. It took a few years since I was in no rush to start shaving. I didn't really start until about a year after high school.