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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

Beards Before and After: Celebrity Edition

Beards Before and After Gallery

Before and After BeardsGetting beard ideas from a gallery of celebrities is not a bad idea. Some of these familiar faces have reinvented themselves with a manly beard and so could you. When looking at this before and after gallery of bearded famous men pay attention to the shape of the beard they choose to help complement their face. Celebrities have “people”, managers, stylist etc, so while growing the beard may have been their idea, the styling and shape likely had outside opinions. If your thinking about growing a beard try to match your face shape to these gentlemen to help pick the best beard for you. Read More

Beards For Round Faces: Add Length and Character to Your Look

beards for round faces

One of the biggest mistakes I ever made while grooming my beard was not paying attention to the guard I put on my razor. I was in a rush or just distracted and wasn’t focusing on the guard size. As a result, I mistakenly shaved my beard too short right before a good friend’s wedding. I had a nice, full beard and grew a custom to my face. Aside from being pissed off that I had screwed up and cut my beard too short, I also sadly discovered my face was a lot more round than I remembered it. My wife and I have a couple of kids, and I must have put on a little weight from the added stress of taking care of children or the lack of time to go to the gym over the last few years. I never realized I had such a round face until I shaved my beard too short.

Luckily my beard grows fast, and in a few days, it was tolerable. I decided from that day forward I wasn’t going to need the shorter beard guard for my razor and just throw it out to avoid the same mistake in the future. It was right then, and there I realized that growing a beard didn’t just look good on me, it improved the look of my round face.

One of the advantages of growing a beard is you can change the length of your face. If you have a round face, there are tricks to make your face look longer.

What I do now is get my hair cut very short on the sides but and comb my hair up in a spiky look on top (my profile picture is old). I then trim my beard tighter on the side of my face and grow my beard longer at the chin. This trick allows my face to seem longer than it really is.

By focusing more time and effort to your neckline, you can shape a beard for a round face. This may require more time than what your use to, but the advantage is men who have round faces and full beards look more well groomed and neat. Men with beards also seem to have longer faces which is a great trick for those self-conscious about their round face.

How do I do this?

Getting a good Beard Trimmer with a broad range of guards is important. Use your fingers and trace an imaginary curve starting at the back of your ear, down along the jaw line. Now with another finger, draw a line from behind one sideburn to the curved line, and where your fingers meet is how long the beard should be. For some guys, you barely need to trim anything at all, for others you’re practically shaving your throat. Remember to go slow and don’t rush, also don’t go overboard. The goal is to make your beard look neat and clean. Defining lines with help sculpt your face and help prevent it from looking round.

Recommend Razor?

We’ve always said you get what you pay for when it comes to a beard trimmer, that being said you’re going to want to focus on a beard trimmer that will give you the most options with your guards. Check out our article on recommended beard trimmers, but you might also just want to see what you can find on Amazon. Looking for a beard trimmer on Amazon is way better than buying the cheap crap and Wallmart. You should be able to read enough reviews to find the beard trimmer that best suits your needs.

 

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Best Beard Trimmers: 7 Reviewed

Beard Trimmer ReviewsBeard Manly breaks down the 7 best beard trimmers after polling the staff and asking a ton of beard wielding friends. Every guy will have his preference, yet after some research that included surveying a large number of Beard Manly staff members, friends, and just guys in general we have compiled a handful of highly durable and trusted Beard Trimmers we would recommend to you. The following are all top contenders based on trimming power, styling, flexibility and price.

The Beard Oil Benefits You’re Not Taking Advantage Of

Beard Oil 101

Beard Oil BenefitsYou’ve got the goatee or long beard, complete trimmer set, special comb and beard guide, what else is missing?

For the love of beard, get some beard oil for that final moisturizing touch. It’s the final part of the vain man’s beard routine – wash, trim, shape, and rubadub some magic oil. You’ll need beard oil for two reasons: the awesome scent that amplifies your manly charm, and its magical power that makes your beard smooth and soft.

As a beard grower, you don’t want your awesome hair to grow frizzy, coarse and with split ends. Even you will be disgusted to touch coarse and unkempt hair, and how much more other people? Dry hair is caused by lack of vitamin E and B and is very common during winter season. At worse conditions, you’ll get brittle and dull hair, with unwanted dandruff falling off your chin. Proper maintenance and grooming routine can avoid this, and will keep your manly beard looking clean and full of mojo.

Beard oil is usually made up base oil plus essential oils. A huge part of it consists of the base oil from Jojoba, Argan, Grapeseed, castor or almonds. Jojoba and Argan oil are rich in Vitamin E and widely used in hair salons as conditioning serum and moisturizer. Grapeseed oil has similar content, plus linoleic acid that nourishes the skin and helps grow hair faster. All of these aren’t new, for thousands of years, men and women have used these natural oils for taming, moisturizing skin and hair. For essential oils, these are usually the fruit or herbal extracts that add the scent and controls greasiness. These are obtained from distillation process of fruits, mint, and plants. Try the Coffee flavor beard oil, almost everyone digs the aroma of fresh coffee every morning, right? Then why not be that brewing hot cup of testosterone power? Or try piney scents that can be substituted for your daily cologne. For more musky formulas, choose cedarwood, sandalwood or oak scents. There are also citrus mixes like lemongrass, clove-orange or fresh mint oil.

How Do You Apply Beard Oil?

The best time to apply beard oil is after you wash your face and hair, or after a shower. At that time, your pores are open and all the dirt and grime on your hair are gone. Vitamins and other nutrients are absorbed effectively on your hair strands and skin, maximizing its benefits. Because we’re talking about essential oils and not water soluble products, a single drop can go a long way in terms of skin and hair benefits. Do not apply too much, as it will just stay on your skin and make your beard look greasy. Beard oil usually comes in small bottles with a small opening to control the drops. Take one or two drops on your palm and rub your hands and fingers with it, then apply it on your beard surface, the sides, underneath, and the front. Then run your fingers between your beard hair to distribute the remaining oil on your fingers.


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What Does Beard Balm Do?

What Does Beard Balm DoThose new to growing a beard, at some point or another, will ask themselves What does Beard Balm Do? It’s a totally reasonable question, as most guys are simple and don’t use many products on their face. But if you want to take your beard seriously, you’ll need to start adding a few high-quality items to your beard grooming routine to ensure you’re able to grow and maintain a healthy looking beard.

Combing and washing just isn’t enough when it comes to grooming your beard. As your beard grows and shadows your face, beard balm you’ll need beard balm to tame the wild awesomeness escaping out.

Beard Balm is formulated as a conditioner and styling pomade for your beard. It’s made up of moisturizers and sealants that are meant to tame those wild reluctant stray hairs and give your beard a beautiful gleam. You’ll need beard balm especially throughout the winter when the cold weather will most likely cause dry skin and hair.

Beard Balm Pros: 

  • Keeps beard hair soft and smooth.
  • Adds lustrous shine on hair.
  • If you have applied beard conditioner during the shower, beard balm can help seal moisture and treatment products for better absorption.
  • Adds some weight on each strand, which helps in styling and tame unruly strands.
  • Feeds your hair cells with nourishing vitamins to keep it healthy and vigorous.

All beard balms are moisturizers, but not every content on those tin cans are the same. Avoid synthetic sealants like petroleum jelly as it might cause allergic reactions on your skin. Remember it’s not just your beard were covering here that everyone’s going to see. Facial skin is more sensitive than the other parts of your body, and synthetic ingredients can irritate your skin and damage your facial hair.

Many men also say that they don’t need beard conditioning products because beards are supposed to be coarse. No argument on that, beards are indeed coarse compared to the hair growing on your scalp, but this doesn’t mean it all right to leave it unruly, brittle, and hard like a wire brush.

Let’s talk about Argan oil. This one is considered as liquid gold by hair experts and has swept salons for men and women like a gold rush. When Argan oil penetrates the skin and hair follicles, it moisturizes, repairs and stimulates hair growth. It has high Vitamin E content, which is essential for healthy and vibrant skin. While it’s popular on hair conditioner products, why not use it for beard hair as well? Jojoba is another excellent ingredient that has wax-like consistency. Similar to Argan oil, it has vitamin B and E that acts as a hair conditioner. It also has components that prevent acne and can also help in cell regeneration, and repair damaged and coarse beard hair.

Choose a beard balm that has a soft consistency. Some mixes are just too hard to even scrape with your finger, even when you reheat it. There are also perfumed or flavored beard balms. Not that they’re meant to be tasted, but are good substitutes over musky cologne. Try coffee, woodsy fir or sandalwood. Think of it as your beard perfume that doubles as a hair treatment.

How to put beard balm?

No need for the advanced degree on this one, just take out a pinch or more, then rub it on your palm to melt the butter-like consistency. For short beards, a small pinch will do. But for longer and thicker beards, you’ll need about a thumb size lump. You want to spread this evenly on the sides, underneath, front and in between your finger to spread the balm up to the hair follicles. Apply every morning after a shower or whenever needed.

Which is the Best Beard Balm?

There are many different kinds of Beard Balm products to choose from, which is why we typically link to Amazon for your best selection. In the coming months, Beard Manly plans to create a survey or poll to see which brand of Beard Balm our readers prefer the most. Odd’s are the results the results will be fairly even as most will prefer a specific brand for any different kind of reason yet for only $15 a comparing two beard balms that have gotten excellent reviews won’t break the bank.


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Basic Foundation to Growing a Great Beard

How to Grow a Great Beard

Beard EnvyIf you’re going to do something, do it right.

Growing a beard is the best idea you’ve had in a long time, and you’ll thank yourself when it’s all said and done. There are actually far more benefits to growing a beard than you might imagine. While your goal may have been to simply try changing your overall look, you should know that beards are considered extremely attractive. Even the women who say they don’t like beards on men usually change their minds once they see a beautiful well-groomed beard on a man. This usually goes hand-in-hand with the fact that you instantly look more sophisticated with a beard. Also, you’ll find that a beard will boost your confidence and surprisingly, other men will respect you more.

Although, a great beard doesn’t happen overnight, nor does it take care of its self. There are steps that you’ll need to learn to make your beard look healthy, beautiful and apart from your face. Otherwise, you’ll have a bushy ungroomed homeless man bread, and nobody wants that.

The following are some helpful tips to growing a great beard

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