Operation #Rainbow

Finally, at long last, we’re pleased to announce our killer feature. A feature unique to Bristlr, and so Earth-shatteringly spectacular that it will leave all other dating apps essentially ruined.

You can make the text in your bio and messages rainbow coloured.

I know, I know, we didn’t think it was possible to achieve such technological superiority either, but we have. Just put #Rainbow in any text on Bristlr and marvel at the wonder that is, rainbow text.

And yes, my username on Bristlr is “Sausage”, what of it?

The 100,000 Party

After hitting the 100,000 user milestone on Bristlr, we were so proud that we just had to throw a party!

Fun times were had all around!

Teaming up with Manchester Drinkabout at the Barclay’s Escalator in Manchester we put on a merry party for everyone to enjoy – beard fans, beard owners and everyone that’s helped Bristlr get to where it is today.

And we came prepared…

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone that came along for the night, we hope you had a great time! We really want to thank Manchester Drinkabout, The Escalator, and give a special shout out (they didn’t sponsor the event, they’re just ace) to ShinDigger for their super tasty beer – you were there in spirit… But not that kind of spirit.

And finally we want to say thank you to all of our fans! We know there’s a lot of you, and we know that even though you might not have been able to make it to Manchester to party with us, that we have your continued support.

Some of you have even been travelling across the country to join in our #BareYourBeard competition, and even more of you applied to be part of it from every corner of the world! It’s great to see our fanbase growing globally, and it’s even better to see you all getting involved.

So, from the team at Bristlr – Thank you beard fans!

Bristlr Romance – You’re All Welcome!

With all of the excitement going on here at Bristlr, what with our #BareYourBeard competition well underway and our celebration of 100,000 users strong on our beard network, we’re feeling a little warm and fuzzy.

So we want you to join in!

Have you found romance on Bristlr? Have you met the beard of your dreams, found someone to stroke your beard or someone to share your mutual love of face fuzz with you? We want to know! We were touched by Sophie and Kyle’s heartwarming story when they got in touch to tell us how Bristlr helped them find each other. Recently Ben and Lydia got in touch with their own story and we couldn’t be happier for them.

We want to know about it!

Call us soppy, but we love reading your touching stories, and we just can’t get enough of them. So please, let us know if you’ve found love on Bristlr.

And remember, the only requirement for you to be on Bristlr? Be a fan of beards! Regardless of your gender identity, sexuality, age (as long as you’re over 18), whether you have a beard, love a beard, or both, you’re welcome on Bristlr!

A Bristlr Success Story – Ben and Lydia

Ben and LydiaWe got an email this week, and it’s the kind of email we love to get. It’s an email from Ben, who used Bristlr, and has had a lovely time.

He found Bristlr late last year after reading an article about us. “Being a bearded man myself I thought ‘why not?'”

Why not indeed Ben!

With his (and Lydia’s) permission I’ve shared his story below.

I had been single for a little while (if you don’t count my beard as a partner) and was on the look out for someone special. I’m a chef so the long and unsociable work hours make it difficult to meet people. I’d thought about other online dating websites but the specific nature of your website appealed to me (and, hopefully, I’d appeal to others).”

Little did I know that when I created my profile that my life was soon about to change forever, very much for the better.

It wasn’t long until I saw a face which really caught my attention. I remember seeing the picture of this girl and genuinely thinking ‘wow, she’s beautiful. I’ll click on that little heart and see what happens’. I genuinely thought that heart symbol would not turn red. I genuinely thought, just going by looks and her lovely sounding profile, that this girl was out of my league. Also, with me being in Stoke and the fact that she was in Leeds – surely nothing would ever come of this?

This is a little while ago so I may not remember details correctly but I don’t think it was long before that heart symbol was a lovely, passionate shade of red. She liked me back. Then not much longer after that I received a message. It was a simple, succinct message that I’ll never be able to forget – ‘Why are you so far away?’.

It was the kind of opening line that you want to receive on a website such as this. I took that message as her way of saying that she liked what she saw but would the distance between us be a hindrance? So I replied – ‘Ha! Why are YOU so far away?’.

It was the only response I could think of and, looking back on it, could’ve gone either way I suppose! It could have been seen a a bit combative maybe? What did happen was that it started a conversation which I simply loved being a part of. As we spoke more and more, it was clear there was a fantastic connection between the two of us and eventually we exchanged numbers and took the conversation over the phone.

It was in the New Year that we met up in person. This was after texting until stupid o’clock in the morning, calling each other and a Skype session in the month previous. There was always the danger that it wouldn’t work in person. I was really nervous and so was she but it was the best first (and last) date I ever had.

I say last date because I am absolutely sure that I have found ‘the one’. We are now living together in Bradford and because of the move that I made I also now have a dream job as well as the dream girl. It may have only been a brief eight months that we’ve been together but we are both certain that this is it for us.

The reason I’ve decided to get in contact with you is simply to let you know that what you have done, through your website, is brought two people together who otherwise would never have met. We often say that the likelihood of us meeting was so incredibly slim, maybe even impossible. So we believe that you have brought together two soulmates. You can call it fate or destiny (or the power of a great beard) or whatever you like but that is what’s happened.

Everyone at Bristlr wishes you nothing but happiness together!

Bristlr & Drinkabout Manchester Celebration!

Are you at a loss for plans this Friday? Got plans but you’d rather be doing something more fun and beardy? Of course!

Well, join us and Drinkabout Manchester for a joint celebration in Manchester this Friday! There’ll be beards, there’ll be drinks and there’ll most surely be fun times to be had!

What are we celebrating, you ask? In case you hadn’t heard, we recently hit 100,000 users on Bristlr, and that figure is still climbing! It’s a massive achievement, and we’ve decided to give ourselves a pat on the back with a well deserved celebration. But we couldn’t possibly celebrate without our dedicated fans that have helped us hit that target, so we’re inviting you all to come along and join us!

Exciting times here at Bristlr! Our #BareYourBeard competition is still underway, so watch this space! Until we announce the winner, why not join us for a drink?

Be sure to let us and Drinkabout Manchester know you’re coming: http://bit.ly/DrinkaboutBristlr

See you there!

 

 

#BareYourBeard Competition Entrants!

Our #BareYourBeard competition has been a great success so far, but it’s not over yet! We’re now moving on to stage two of our competition – the photo shoot! Several of our lucky UK entrants are now being selected based on their photos and reasoning for loving Bristlr to come along to our photo shoot for the chance to win our grand prize!

Get ready, we’ve got a lot of beards and a lot of bristles heading your way!

Unfortunately we’ve had a lot of overseas entrants for our competition – as much as we’d love to fly them all over here, for the time being it’s not possible! So, to immortalise all of our overseas entrants, we’ll start with our Honourable Mentions in no particular order:

-Check out Jordan’s beard from Columbus, Ohio (Instagram @JordanV100 & Twitter @JordanVidra):

Jordan Vidra US (find insta handle)

-Another US entrant from Atlanta, Georgia is John (Instagram @IamJohnEdward), find him on Instagram:

IamJohnEdward US 3

-In Valencia, California we have Steve’s thick beard (Twitter @stevenjmchenry):

Steve McHenry - 9 month beard

-All the way from Baton Rouge, Louisiana is Justin (Instagram @JustLamb) and his mighty beard:

JustLamb US

-In Houston, Texas we’ve got Kevin (Instagram @kstump07) with this bristly number:

kstump07 US

-Way over in Chicago, Illinois is our beardy pal Jason Zierk (Instagram @sugaree_76):

Jason Zierk 3 US (find insta handle)

-Here we have an great entry from Thomas (Instagram & Twitter @tkies08) in Nashville, Tennessee. Thomas also had this to say – “Bristlr brings those who love beards together, and that is a great great thing #bareyourbeard.” You go Thomas!

tkies08 US

-From São Paulo, Brazil we have Leandro’s beautiful beard (Instagram @leandro_ribeiro_83)

leandro_ribeiro_83 Brasil

-And a little closer to home in Waterford, Ireland is Kevin (Instagram @revelate), who unfortunately couldn’t make it over to us but still rocks a great beard.

Keith Irish IRE (find insta handle)

Thanks to all of our fans around the world that got in touch with such enthusiasm! Here’s hoping someday we can get you involved more directly!

On to our UK entrants in with a chance of making it to the photo shoot.

-Strong beard game from Chris (Instagram & Twitter @RorchachBeard):

RorschachBeard UK 2

-Dapper entry from Dougie (Instagram @Dougie_Archer):

dougie_archer UK

-Our bearded pal Trev (Twitter @dirkdiddler):

dirkdiddler UK

-Moustache on point from Joseph (Twitter and Instagram @Joey_Seph):

joey_seph UK

-Our good buddy, mountain man Gabriel (Instagram @The_English_Beard):

The_English_Beard UK

-Lengthy and lovely beard by Frank (Twitter @flangbridge):

flagnbridge UK

-Another lovely length of beard by Paul (Twitter @Redcelt77):

redcelt77 UK

-Nice thick beard from Johnny (Twitter @FenderBee):

FenderBee

-Salt and pepper entry from Stu (Twitter @stevens_stu):

stevens_stu

-That’s one fine beard (Twitter @OBD_Beard_oil), he’s in the middle guys:

onebaddaddy

-Sweet little face and a wild beard from Liam (Instagram @amacabrefellow):

amacarbefellow UK

-And no name, but you can find this beard on Twitter (@cock_turnip):

cock_turnip

All of our entrants have been contacted and those that can join us for the photo shoot are in with a chance of winning our fabulous prize! So, exciting times ahead for you guys! Remember to work the camera, serve fierce beard and you could be the winner of our grand prize!

 

Competition – #BareYourBeard!

Gather round beard wearers, it’s competition time. We’re hosting a photo shoot for Bristlr users, and the finest looking beard we find will win an all expenses paid beard pampering session.

This is your chance to work the camera, show us those bristles and get some publicity! We want you to Bare Your Beard! No, we don’t want you to shave your beard off, we want you to show your beard off.

To get involved send us a photo of your beardy self along with a few quick words telling us why you love Bristlr and why you want to get involved. You can message us via Facebook, Instagram or Tweet us @BristlrApp.

No beard? No problem! We’re also looking for beard fans to join in at the shoot, regardless of gender. You won’t get to win the beard pampering, but you will get to fondle some fine follicles.

Let’s talk prizes!

The winner of the photo shoot will be given an all expenses paid trip to get that beard trimmed and pampered, along with a home beard care pack containing beard oil, balm and a comb to keep those bristles tame. That’s not all – you’ll also have the chance to pick some of your favourite images from the photo shoot to be printed for you to keep (or given away to your fans).

Runners up, we still love you! As well as joining us in a really fun day, we’ll supply you with a digital selection from your photos.

Sorry overseas fans! Bristlr is based in Manchester, UK so we might struggle to fly you over here for a beard pampering! Unfortunately, we can only accept UK based entrants. For those of you not quite local to Manchester if you’re struggling to get here let us know and we’ll see what can be done.

 

 

A Bristlr Success Story – Sophie and Kyle

This weekend a beard fan messaged the Bristlr Facebook page to thank us for uniting her with the beardy love of her life. And what a wonderful story it was to read, made me feel all warm and bristly inside. So, here I am to share this wonderful success story with you, to brighten up your week ahead.

Meet Sophie and Kyle. Notice Kyle’s EPIC beard, and those happy little faces. That’s exactly what we’re about here at Bristlr – making people happy.

Sophie tells me how her Bristlr journey began, “I was having a drunken night with my girlfriends when the subject of my love of hot bearded men came up. Within just a few minutes they had set up my Bristlr account and were browsing through the hairy hotties!”

Now if that doesn’t sound like a fun night in, I don’t know what does! And it just goes to show, you could be on Bristlr and browsing beards within minutes! Meeting the love of your life couldn’t be simpler and more enjoyable.

Feeling a little shy, Sophie boldly asked her pals to pick out the sexiest man they could find. Enter Kyle, or ‘Beyondtheflames’ as he was known back then.

“He replied straight away and the connection was obvious from the get go,” Sophie reminisces with a dreamy look in her eyes (I assume), “we met the next day and spent the most amazing day together!”

Sophie tells me from that point on they have been inseparable, spending every available minute together worshiping that epic beard. Their favourite activity? Cuddling up together and enjoying beardy snuggles. Aww!

They’re even living together now and will be moving down to Newcastle together soon.

“He is my best friend and my soul mate.”

Now if that doesn’t melt your heart, nothing will. We’re ever so happy you found each other, Sophie and Kyle!

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Do you have your own Bristlr success story? We’d love to hear about it, so get in touch!