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Beard Without Mustaches: 5 Tips To Making This Look Work

The first beard I ever tried to grow was during my final year of high school. It was terrible. I was just a teenager and my diet of pizza pops and Orange soda wasn’t helping my cause. My beard came in all patchy, and despite giving it a few months to grow (which didn’t impress the girls) I eventually gave up and shaved it off. However, a few years later I tried again, this time with much more success. However, this time round I could only grow a beard without a mustache. The handlebars that connected to my beard wouldn’t come in strong and my mustache was thin and weak.

Nowadays, I can’t go three days without needing to break open the beard grooming kit, but in my very early 20’s the chinstrap beard was all I could put together. Despite the unique approach to growing a beard, the mustache-missing look worked for me. I had this grungy skater kinda look going on, hey it was the 90’s, back off – lol, and I kept it trimmed nicely.

It was like a modern version of an Amish beard.

Ideally, I don’t think any guy plans to grow this look, they settle for it after realizing one of two things. Either A.) I’m too young to grow a full beard or B.) this is the best it’s going to look.

We all want a kickass full looking manly beard, but you need to remember it doesn’t happen overnight. If you’re having trouble growing a beard you need to be strategic when making an attempt at growing it out. Give yourself enough time to grow it out and avoid trimming it for no reason. Read More

7 Best Beard Conditioner For A Healthy Looking Beard

Beard Shampoo and Conditioner Sets: Highly Recommend for an Epic Beard

Best Beard ConditionerI learned all the fundamentals of growing a great beard from my father. You see, I am my father’s son. This has become even more apparent as I have gotten older. I am a carpenter just like him and a damn good one. I have a meticulous beard just like him and it’s a damn good one. I suppose growing a beard comes with the territory. Even the most famous carpenter from Galilee had one. It never occurred to me that there is an art to growing facial hair; I simply followed my father’s footsteps. I have had a beard ever since I could grow one.

I consider myself the Version 2.0 of the old man. I am faster and I come with newer features installed but I still look at the older version with nostalgia and respect. I suppose the same applies to my beard grooming habits. They are essentially the same as my fathers have always been but with a few tweaks and new additions to go with the times.

Beards are back in style, and as a veteran, I get asked a lot about how I can grow the impeccable mane that distinctly occupies my face. It’s all about grooming. Something as simple as using a beard conditioner can make all the difference between a good beard and a great one. Read More

Sandalwood Beard Comb: Your Beard Demands Better Quality

Sandalwood Beard Comb

I have been a “beard guy” for the past 11 years and have consistently groomed it for the past 8. I take a lot of pride in being a self-styled beard aficionado. There are many things I have gotten right in my life. Pursuing a career as a freelance web designer; if nothing else I get to grow an epic beard, marrying my wife Carol and of course growing an amazing beard. I get noticed as soon as I walk into a room. I get acknowledging nods from other ‘beard guys’ and I get asked for advice a lot especially by men just starting to grow out their facial hair. The best piece of advice anyone can ever offer you is to get a good beard comb. Growing a great beard requires a lot of deliberate and focused attention, and getting a good quality sandalwood beard comb is a great place to start.

I started growing out my beard by accident really. I was going for a different look at the time. I was in a relationship that was on a spectacular downward spiral and there wasn’t much any of us could do save it. My beard was just one other thing that pissed off my then-girlfriend. I’m not proud of it but I got a lot of satisfaction just from how much she hated my budding beard.

Soon after that relationship ended I started combing my beard with my regular hair comb. At first, it was just something to do. It’s weird but it helped to calm my nerves. It sounds a little OCD but counting the brush strokes gave me some comfort and a feeling of control at a time when I felt like everything around me was falling apart. Conversely, this little habit that I had picked up by accident meant that I always had a perfectly groomed beard.

Grow Your Mane!

The moment I realized that I might be on to something special was the night that I almost got into a bar fight. I’m not a particularly big guy. I have never even been in a fight before except for that one time in fifth grade against a girl named Louise. Let’s just say that I learned a very valuable lesson that day; there is no starting bell in a street fight.

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Boar Bristle Beard Brush: Far Better Quality Than You’d Expect

Boar Bristle Beard Brush

What’s amusing about having a beard, is that some guys grow their beards like their living in the wilderness. They get caught up in the manly ritual and forget to do what’s natural to maintain it. I love my beard, but hey, I’m not living in woods, chopping down trees and shaving my neckline with a 10-inch knife by a riverbank. Beard grooming isn’t a sign of being less of a man, in fact, the better you take care of your beard the more it’s going to get noticed, and that’s important for those of us looking for a mate. If you ask me, grooming is not a weakness; it’s strength.

The reason I bring this up is that a buddy of mine was over last week who has been growing his beard for over a year now. I try my best not to critique it, but it was a mess. His beard was frazzled and wasn’t helping his chances with the ladies.

He was over visiting the family and while in the kitchen I picked up and began brushing my beard midsentence. I don’t usually keep my beard brushes laying around, but on this particular day, one of my favorite boar bristle beard brushes was just sitting there in the kitchen. The look on his face while I began brushing made think I had something on my face, other than a beard. He tried to tease me about owning a fancy brush just for my beard but quickly trailed off as I said nothing while promptly handing him the brush to try. This was no ordinary brush either, and now that I think about it, it was probably the best beard brush I owned that I could have passed him at that moment. It was the Boar Bristle Beard Brush from Liberty Premium Grooming Co. It’s one of my favorite things in my beard grooming kit. I love the handle, which is actually somewhat rare in comparison to most boar bristle beard brushes and the size of the brush, in my opinion, is perfect.

His reaction was priceless. His face went from smug and judgmental, to a look that I could only describe as the equivalent of holy shit. He was amazed how fierce the boar bristles moved throughout his beard, and within minutes his beard looked more organized and even softer. There were no words while he was combing his beard either, just this look like “I was wrong, where can I get one” lol.

Why use a Boar Bristle Beard Brush?

Beard brushes are made up of either boar hair, horse hair or are synthetic in construction. There are also brushes that have a mixture or combination of any of the three. However, the standard for beard brushes starts at the top with boar hair.

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Wahl Beard Trimmer: The Most Trusted Brand for Beard Grooming

Wahl Beard Trimmer

Wahl makes a wide range of beard trimmers to choose from and is considered the Cadillac of Men’s grooming tools. The Wahl Clipper Corporation have been around since 1919 and is an international industry leader in the manufacturing of products for the professional beauty and barber salon trade. Wahl beard trimmers and products are available in 165 countries around the world.

The Search for the Best Cordless Bread Trimmer

I’ve been looking for a cordless beard trimmer that not only works great but won’t break my budget for quite some time. I can’t stand trimmers that you charger for hours that give you only give you 15 minutes of battery life. I travel a lot for work and have realized that not every hotel bathroom features electrical plugs in the best position nor are they built to allow for a high wattage of power. Most Hotel electrical plugs have built-in breakers that shut off if you’re using too much wattage. For these reasons, I knew I was done with plugs altogether and wanted cordless beard trimmer.

I researched all of the Wahl Beard trimmers and was amazed they offer so many different versions. The chart below is an excellent comparison of the top six Wahl Beard Trimmers.

Wahl Beard Trimmers

As you can see, there is a real difference in battery life between these models. The Wahl Beard Trimmers to the far right side of the chart (9864) offers not only three more hours of better battery life but includes way more features.

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Beard Shaping Tool: A Helpful Guide To Grooming a Beard

Beard Shaping Tool

Beard Grooming can be challenging, especially when trying to get clean lines along your neckline or blend the cheek line on the top of your beard. You want the lines of your beard to match on both sides of your face without taking too much off. We all remember that episode of Seinfeld where Jerry kept shaving his chest to even things out, but couldn’t get the lines right and before he knew it, he was hairless. Luckily, with help from a cleverly designed beard trimming tool, you can easily get the shape you want every time.

Now I know some of you bearded freaks may stick your nose up at this beard shaping tool, but getting a professionally leveled trim without your barber’s costly services is a pretty smart investment. I’m not suggesting you walk away from your trusted barber or anything, I’m just saying these beard grooming tools are inexpensive and a handy item to toss into your beard grooming kit.

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10 Beard Grooming Kits Every Man Would Love

Beard Grooming Kit

The addition of a Beard Grooming Kit is not only a fast track way of upping your beard game, but can be one of the more affordable ways of getting a collection of premium products and goods. A beard grooming kit is a bundle of high-quality items that any guy would love to buy for themselves or receive as a gift. For those growing a beard for the first time or looking for a gift for a loved one or friend, the beard kit takes the pressure off buying the wrong item; as it lumps together a number of awesome tools and styling products like a fruit basket, but for guys. Wow? Did I just describe a manly box of awesome beard grooming kit items to a fruit basket? I really could have thought of a better analogy, but truthfully, it works.

Obviously, a beard grooming kit doesn’t include a basket; the kit usually revolves around a cool, stylish wooden box that can be used to keep all the new grooming care items together. These boxes, or kits, come in a wide range of designs, and most of the time the box itself is as great as the items in it.

For years, I had a bad habit of leaving my beard grooming products scattered around our washroom. There’s a window ledge in the en-suite bathroom of our bedroom where I would leave brushes, balms, and scissors laying about. My wife hated it, as it would be the first thing one would see when you walked into the bathroom. I always stood my ground but secretly hated having all my stuff so unorganized. So, last year when I received a beard kit from my wife for Christmas, she said the gift comes with a project. She asked me to add a couple of small shelves in our washroom to free up and organize my beard stuff. It took no time at all and gave me a little corner of the washroom all for my stuff, including my kickass beard grooming kit.

What’s in a Beard Grooming Kit?

Beard Grooming KitsMost beard kits include a new brush or wooden comb, some creams such as a beard balm or oil along with maybe some grooming tools like scissors. When looking for a beard kit, try not to be fooled by the box sets with too many things. Ideally, you’re after a beard grooming kit with four to five items. In fact, sometimes less is more, as you get more quality beard items rather than a bunch of stuff you won’t use.

When picking a beard grooming kit, always read the reviews and don’t get fooled my brands with heavy design. Branding in this industry plays a significant role in salesmanship. What you’re really after are reviews of the items by people who have purchased them before. Amazon is perfect for this.

If you’re concerned about the price, add up the cost of all the items individually in the beard grooming kit then factor in the expense of the box it comes in. Most of the time you’re going to get a deal by buying things as a group, but sometimes the box is a lot more than what it’s worth.

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6 Wooden Beard Comb Designs With Style

The Wooden Beard Comb

There’s something cool about having a stylish wooden beard comb that’s hard to put into words. Aside from that obvious satisfying feeling of running it through your beard or the collectible appeal of having yet another elegant men’s grooming product in your possession, there’s a calming feeling, an almost self-medicating aspect to combing your beard. While everyone else reaches for their iPhone or starts puffing on an ECIG, you can take a relaxing moment and zone out from the chaotic world.

Combing your beard, in the right context, can also be viewed as very sexy. You know, that casual moment you break out your comb and stroke your beard when you know the girl across the pub is checking you out. She’s noticing your manly beard and sees that you take the time to groom it. Your high-quality wooden bead comb says a lot about you. You show dedication to your craft. You show you can take excellent care of the things that you’re interested in, and you won’t settle for crappy products.

You may think I’m laying it on thick, but I’m not. Women – and Men – notice all kinds of things you wouldn’t usually think about. Your shoes for example. I remember an old girlfriend told me that she would notice and Man’s smile, then look for a wedding ring right before checking to see the condition of a guy’s shoes. Her logic was that if he took care of his feet, the part of the body that we all use the most, then he was well-kept and clean. He was a “keeper.” Women care about a man being clean, and for some reason, men have trouble remembering that. A scruffy, unkempt beard is not helping your cause. Sure, it’s cool you have a beard, but your Sex appeal goes through the roof if you can present your beard in an impeccable stylish manner.

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Beards in the Workplace: Have it All

Beards in the Workplace 2017

Beards in the WorkplaceEverywhere you look, a beard or mustache is being sported. It stands to say that facial hair has come a long way from previous notions of the clean-shaven aristocrat parading around the office. You might even say that Beards in the workplace are taking over.

Whether a beard is acceptable for a job is still as much of a mystery as what is inside of a thick beard. Newer industries tend to be more accepting of the haired-look, and older areas still have that fondness for cleanness.

But why? The reason for this vagueness is the perception of a beard versus no beard. Beards will have others talk to you about maturity, confidence, or the art of growing a beard. Coming from a face that has grown significant amounts of facial hair since 16, trust me—there is no better way to get strangers to talk to you than having a beard. On the other hand, being clean shaven still, holds a lot of respect within society. Who’s the last empowered political figure that you’ve seen with a beard? There’s a reason for that. Read More

Mustache Pacifiers: Your Kid is Awesome

moustache pacifier

Holy crap how am I just learning about Mustache and Beard Pacifiers now. Seriously, these are awesome!

What’s funny is the fact I actually made a fake mustache and eyebrows for my son when he was only a couple months old. I used a sharpie and made them out of paper. We took photos of my son sporting the thick black eyebrows and mustache and posted them on Facebook. The relatives didn’t think they we’re all that hilarious, but to a couple of sleep deprived new parents, we laughed so hard tears rolled down our faces.  Read More