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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Beardology: Affairs of the Face

Beards are like manly Marmite, you either love them or you hate them.
For the last couple of years I have beards on and off, it was a constant battle between me and the wife as she hated it, so periodically she would win and the razor would come out. My beard grows incredibly coarse and rough when left to its own devices, so when kissing the fairer sex it is like subjecting them to a scrub with a brillo pad. 

In order to tame my man mane and save it from the dreaded shave, I decided to give some beard products a go and see if they made any noticeable difference. In this modern day and age there is no shame in a man taking care of himself, and nothing could be more manly than a well groomed and well looked after beard. 
I have now tried various brands and different types of products and have a pretty good idea of what does and doesn't work and how to make the most of them, so every now and again I'll be throwing a cheeky beard related post or product review into the mix on the blog

So lets start with the basics: 


This is the easiest thing in the world for those that are able to do it and yet so many men get it wrong.
The sheer number of people that comment when you have a beard with things like "I've always wanted to grow a beard but it just itches too much when I try to grow one" or the classic "I'd love to grow one but my wife/girlfriend hates them"

Gentlemen, you are doing it wrong. 
The stubble itch goes away once the hair gets past a certain length, and it can be greatly alleviated by using oil from day one to keep the skin moisturised so that it isn't irritated as easily.

Speaking of easily irritated, lets get back to the subject of the women. Most women only dislike beards because they are so rough and scratchy on their softer. more sensitive skin, so to stop your beard being public enemy number one, look after it and it will get softer. A lot of men wait until they already have a beard before they think about using oil/balm on it, but the best time to nourish and soften the hair is whilst it is growing.

To summarise, how to grow a great beard: 

Step one: Stop Shaving. 
Step two: Apply beard oil from the start, just a couple of drops a day
Step Three: WAIT. Just wait. Do not be tempted to attempt to trim it prematurely, just wait and you will be rewarded with your beard's full potential.

It's that simple! Now go out and fell some trees, ride a motorcycle and sail the seven seas and all those other things that a bearded man spends his free time doing.

Future Beardology posts will contain product reviews, beard maintenance tips and recipes for creating your own home made beard oils and balms from natural ingredients. You will have to get your own lumberjack shirt, I can't do everything for you.


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