Guest Post – Common Beard Myths Debunked

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Beards have gotten a terrible reputation over the years. From men believing their faces will itch all the time, to thinking that you won’t get a job if you’ve got a beard. Who knows where the strange myths originated from…?!?

Luckily most myths can be debunked with a little bit of logical reasoning. Maybe the men who couldn’t grow a lush beard started spreading rumors out of envy!

Myth #1: Your hair will grow back thicker after shaving it

This one is more wishful thinking than urban legend. Unfortunately it’s not true. Clinical trials dating back to 1928 prove that shaving has no effect on hair growth. More recent studies also concluded that shaving can’t affect the thickness.

The living section of the hair is under the skin, so by the time you start noticing hair sprouting from your face, you’re dealing with the dead portion.

A Seinfeld episode might have helped to perpetuate the urban legend.

 

Myth #2: Only dark-haired beards can look great

Sounds like a bad blonde joke. A dark-haired beard might stand out a bit more, but the truth is that if you grow a formidable and nicely groomed beard, any color will look awesome. As long as the beard complements your face, it doesn’t matter what color it is.

Myth #3: Growing a beard will look like I’m trying to compensate

Wow, if you believe this one, you are way too paranoid about what people think about you. It is indeed true that a bit of stubble can make you look more handsome, studies have proved this. But think about it this way, a woman will change her hairstyle to look more attractive, so why can’t you do the same with your beard?

Myth #4: A beard takes 2 to 3 weeks to look complete

Sure, it might grow this quickly if you are endowed with amazing genetics. The reality is that it takes about two to three months for your beard to reach its full potential. Before you start scheming to buy that fancy beard oil to make your beard full overnight, read the next one.

Myth #5: Beard growth oils will boost beard growth

As mentioned above, by the time you start seeing your beard, you’re dealing with the dead bits. You can keep your beard hair in good condition by rubbing in some beard balm or oil, but it won’t affect the growth. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether you believe the research that says you can pop a pill to grow your beard quicker.

Myth #6: When my hair starts to turn grey, so will my beard

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Before you start lamenting over the thought of having a grey beard, they are actually perceived to be quite sexy. Your head hair and your beard hair are not magically linked by some biological time bomb to switch to grey. Sometimes your beard might go grey first and sometimes it will only catch up later with your head hair.

Myth #7: Only a professional can be trusted to trim a beard

Sure, the first time you have to trim your own beard will be daunting. But if you follow a few simple trimming rules, you will soon feel like a professional barber in your own home. Together with knowing how to do it, using the right tools will also make the process effortless. Just take it slow, tackling it inch by inch. Or actually even just half an inch in the beginning.

Myth #8: If it doesn’t grow by the time you’re 20, it won’t ever grow

Nonsense! Some genetic patterns create late bloomers, so to speak. You might have to make peace with a bit of patchiness until you’re about 23 to 25. And not all areas of your beard will grow at the same pace. You will have to commit to at least two to three months for your beard to look totally awesome.

Myth #9: Your beard has faecal matter in it

Who knows who came up with this urban legend and why! Bottom line, don’t listen to everything you hear on the internet. No, a beard is not full of poop, only figuratively if it grows in strange directions that annoys you. It might itch from time to time if you’re not looking after it properly, but that does not mean it’s full of nasty germs.

Read this article for the story behind the story.

Myth #10: My ID has a clean shaven photo, with a beard I will be unidentifiable while traveling

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but your beard is not that powerful. You might feel like your beard has the power to transform you into a sexy beast, but the ID checkers at the airport are trained to look past your disguise. If this fact was true, a woman would have to stick to the same hairstyle her whole life as well.

Quirky Beard Facts

Now that you feel even more proud of your beard, the following will make for good conversation starters when someone admires your beard.

 

Fun Beard Facts
Source: Manomics.com

  • Your beard will grow quicker during the summer. Beards also grow faster in the daytime than at night.
  • Alexander the Great was not a big fan of beards. He forbade his soldiers from having beards. He believed that when in battle the enemies could pull their beards and get the upper hand.
  • In the Middle Ages men were really serious about their personal space. If you touched another man’s beard without permission, he could challenge you to a dual. Wonder how often that happened.
  • In America 33% of men boast with facial hair, in comparison with the average of 55% of men worldwide.
  • In ancient Egypt the men were quite vain. They would gold plate their beards to show-off. Imagine that trend coming back again!
  • The longest beard ever measured was 17.6 feet. You can go and view it at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC museum. Hans Langseth passed away in 1927 and his dying wish was that his beard must be chopped off before burying him, preserved for posterity.
  • In the 1960’s the CIA came up with a crazy plan to ruin Fidel Castro’s image. They dusted his shoes with thallium salts that would make his iconic beard fall out. But as with all the other attempts to assassinate him, the plan was an epic fail.

Wear Your Beard Proudly

If you’re in the process of growing a beard or if you’ve been nurturing a beauty for a while now, share some of your beard stories with us. Has anyone ever told you one of the myths and believed it to be true?

About the author: This article was provided by Andries Johannes from manomics.com/beards. Manomics is a website focused on topics such as men’s grooming, health and fitness. You can follow manomics on twitter.

 

Bristlr Newsletter – Issue #2

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Hello beards and beard lovers! We’re back and here to provide a warm, fuzzy safe space for all things beardy – it’s Issue #2 of the Bristlr Newsletter!

We’ve been enjoying a month long celebration of our Dragon’s Den appearance, we’re really DRAGging that one out (see what I did there?). However, it’s time to move on to bigger and beardier things, and so we’ve now closed the #WolfInTheDen competition. But the excitement doesn’t stop there, we’ll be announcing our winner and the three competition runner-ups below!

We’d like to thank everyone that entered in to the competition, and a special thanks goes to Totem Wolf for supplying beard oils, soaps and even discounts on future purchases to our beards!


Winners

The Winners of Wolf in The Den! 

We’re excited to announce that the top Bearded Dragon of our #WolfInTheDen competition is… Oliver Kennedy! With the strongest pitch and a respectable beard to boot, we simply couldn’t say no! Oliver earns an investment of two bottles of Totem Wolf Blend 79 Premium Beard Oil, a box of Totem Wolf Beard Savon AND 10% off all Totem Wolf purchases for a year!

Coming in at a close second, Iain Dunford had a great beard and a pitch but Oliver’s was a difficult one to top. Our other two runner-up beards are Tom Ince (of the Liverbeards) and Valentino Gahide! You’ll each be receiving a bottle of Totem Wolf Blend 79 Premium Beard Oil!

Unfortunately not everyone can be a winner. We had some strong entries from a lot of beards, and we want to thank everyone that entered the competition! We’ll be running more in future for sure, so don’t hesitate to put your beard forward again in the future! We look forward to seeing you again…

To see the rest of our competition entrants, head over here.


Guest Blog 5 Rules For Dating With a Beard

Guest Blogging – Dating With a Beard Rules

Did you know that our blog is open to collaboration with beard enthusiasts worldwide? Well you do now! If you’ve got something to say about beards, we’ve got the platform for you to do it, just get in touch with our content managerSamuel. Our latest guest post comes from Victor Bertoni.

Here’s a quick extract from Victor’s post:

‘Having a beard can make you look a lot more masculine. A beard also puts you into a dating niche that can work in your favour. There are many misconceptions surrounding men’s facial hair and women’s desires, but the bottom line is that beards can be sexy and a great asset to your personal style.

When you are dating, use these 5 rules to make sure your beard works for you.’

Read there rest of Victor’s post here.


Wessex beards Men Championships

This month will see The Wesex Beadsmen’s 4th Beard & Moustache competition take place! The non-profit organisation supports a different charity each year, such as The Make-A-Wish Foundation UK and Mind. This year The Wessex Beardsmen will be supporting The Yeovil Freewheelers. So if you love healthy competition, beards, moustaches and charitable causes then get involved.


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The Winners of #WolfInTheDen

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We are proud to finally announce the winners of the #WolfInTheDen Competition, sponsored by Totem Wolf!

The top Bearded Dragon of our #WolfInTheDen competition is… Oliver Kennedy! With the strongest pitch and a respectable beard to boot, we simply couldn’t say no! Oliver earns an investment of two bottles of Totem Wolf Blend 79 Premium Beard Oil, a box of Totem Wolf Beard Savon AND 10% off all Totem Wolf purchases for a year!

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Winner: Oliver Kennedy

Coming in at a close second, Iain Dunford had a great beard and a pitch but Oliver’s was a difficult one to top.

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Runner up: Iain Dunford

Our other two runner-up beards are Tom Ince (of the Liverbeards) and Valentino Gahide!

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Runner up: Tom Ince
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Runner up: Valentino Gahide

Each runner up will be receiving a bottle of Totem Wolf Blend 79 Premium Beard Oil!

Unfortunately not everyone can be a winner. We had some strong entries from a lot of beards, and we want to thank everyone that entered the competition! We’ll be running more in future for sure, so don’t hesitate to put your beard forward again in the future! We look forward to seeing you again…

Thanks to all of the competition entrants, you made our latest competition a smashing success!

#WolfInTheDen – The Entrants

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Last week our Wolf In The Den competition, celebrating our Dragon’s Den appearance, came to a close. Now we have a whole list of beards to go through to decide who we’re willing to invest in, with beard care products supplied by Totem Wolf.

In no particular order, here are the Beards of Wolf In The Den:


Ginger Ron

“Where do I start with this beard? It’s been with me now for a good few years, in those years it’s continued to grow, receive complimentary remarks and dazzle the public. Ignore the fact I’m actually on the toilet in this and just behold its magnificence… I don’t actually watch Dragon’s Den so no idea if I’ve pitched to you in a dragonly manner… Be well my fellow bearded brothers.”

-‘Ginger Ron’ (We don’t know your real name, sorry!)


Antony Dawson

“Because my beard (and waxed ‘tache) is a hand-crafted, steam-powered, Victorian creation.”

 -Anthony L D


Boris

“Wait, you’re even asking?”

   -Boris K


Chris Turner

“My beard is the Bristlr logo and owns 51% of this damn company. It’s shares can only be bought out with beard oil.”

 -Chris T


Iain Dunford

“Hello Bearded Dragons, I feel like my beard would provide you with a great opportunity to test your beard oil to its limits. My beard is regularly drenched in a heady mixture of craft beer, whiskey and my own stale, lonely tears. And i feel that my folicles could do with some cheering up. Let my beard help you, its what its there for. Whether it be for a crafty fondle before bedtime, or an invigorating tug in the morning, my beard is there, waiting.”

-Iain D


Mark Stenson

“Because if I do a handstand it looks like Johnny Bravo’s hair.”

 -Mark S


Nick B Carter

“Mine’s already soft but would love the extra TLC…”

-Nick C


Oliver Kennedy

“Hello dragons, I’m Oliver Kennedy, and I’m here today with my beard, looking for an investment of 5 beard oils, for a 10% equity share in my beard.

My beard started about 1 and a half months ago and since starting revenue of the beard has grown ten fold.

Turn over at night has been a loss of 10 hairs per night, but with backing from a dragon like yourself I believe I can start to see a turn over of around 10 hairs growing a night.

My aim for the next financial year is to have a steady growth, leading up to 2018 where projected growth is around a yeard.

Thanks for listening to my pitch and if you have any questions I’d be more then happy to answer them.”

-Oliver K


Pantelis

“Well is there anything better than a well groomed beard that smells nice when you get close?”

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Peter McKerry

“Because my beard has the fire OF A THOUSAND SUNS!”

 -Peter M


Rob Dervish

“This beard is 10 years in & yet to find a beard oil that can deal with the lustrous girth. However when oiled does shine & many many folk ask how do I care for the beard & this is where I tell them! Thanks Dragons Den, life got a lot more exciting on Bristlr that night.”

-Rob D


Rob Langley

“Hello dragons. You have more money than sense… but you don’t have a decent beard. Give me all of your money and beard oil, or I’ll break into your houses and put one solitary beard hair in every cereal packet.”

-Rob L


Si Dixon

“My beard deserves to win because it owns a particular set of skills, skills it has acquired over a long career, skills that makes it a nightmare for people like you, it will find you and it will win this prize…….
#taken

-Si D


Stuart Pritchard

“Because she said ‘No'”

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Tim Barker

“Beards are awesome, and should always be celebrated. Especially if it contain hints of fire-red.

Beards are beautiful because the separate the men from the boys, and they demand respect and awe.

Any beard that can survive the cold, blistering Canadian winter deserves a bit of pampering. #WolfInTheDen”

-Tim B


Tim Hodge

“What? I can’t hear you because my beard is too awesome… Oh, a competition? Meh, whatever. I might win, I might not. Either way I win because this grows out of my face. Gaze upon it and weep, lesser mortals.”

-Tim H


Tom Ince

“My beard deserves to win because my hands might be rough but I like my beard soft.”

 -Tom I


Valentino Gahide

“This is my beard. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My beard is my best friend. It is my life. I must master trimming it as I master my life. My beard, without me, is useless. Without my beard, I am useless.”

-Valentino G


Wayne Oakes

“My beard deserves to win as I’m a beard virgin and it needs to be broken in by the best.”

-Wayne O


Zsolt

“Because it is natural, because it is part of me, because it is my own choice.”

-Zsolt M


That’s a wrap! We’ll be narrowing down our entrants over this week and will reveal the winner and three runners-up in this month’s Bristlr Newsletter on Friday! Not signed up? Head over here.

#WolfInTheDen – The Final Day!

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Our #WolfInTheDen competition in association with Totem Wolf and inspired by our Dragon’s Den appearance last month will be drawing to a close tomorrow.

There’s still time!

If you think your beard has got what it takes, then you’ve got nothing to lose in entering our competition. Just contact us with a photo of your beard, and pitch it to us. Dragon’s Den style!

We’ve had some great entrants so far, with strong beards and stronger pitches! It’ll be difficult to decide on a winner, let alone THREE runners-up! It’s hard work, but we take pride in it…

In case you missed it, we recently sweetened the deal for our winner with the help of Totem Wolf. We now have five bottles of Premium Beard Oil, a box of Beard Savon Soap (contains two blocks) AND the offer of 10% off all Totem Wolf purchases for a year!!

The winner will receive two bottles of the Premium Beard Oil and the box of Beard Savon Soap, as well as the 10% off offer. Our three runners up will receive a slightly smaller, but equally respectable einvestment of one bottle of Premium Beard Oil.

So get to it! You have until Midnight GMT 31st March 17 to enter your beard and prove to us that you have what it takes to win!

Bristlr Newsletter – Issue #1

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Hello, beard fans! Welcome to Bristlr’s first ever newsletter! Every month I’ll be searching far and wide to bring you updates from the beard world.

We’re sure you’ve already heard that Bristlr founder, John, recently appeared on Dragon’s Den and managed to woo Dragons Nick Jenkins and Peter Jones with his charms (the beard probably helped too). To celebrate, we’re running our #WolfInTheDen competition! We’ll be giving away fabulous prizes supplied by Totem Wolf.

Speaking of Totem Wolf, we’ve got a lot of good things to say about their signature Blend 79 Beard Oil in our review. And the beardcare treats don’t stop there; Beard Lab were kind enough to send us some of their brand new Darwin Beard Butter to test out. Also, last month I did an experiment with a variety of Lush products.

– Samuel Alexander, Bristlr’s Community manager


#WolfInTheDen

The Wolf In The Den Competition!

In celebration of our recent Dragon’s Den appearance, and success, we’re launching a new competition!

We’re teaming up with Totem Wolf and have a supply of their signature Blend 79 Beard Oil. And we’re looking to invest those bottles in you, the dedicated beard owners.

In the spirit of Dragon’s Den, you’ll have to pitch your beard to us in order to win!

Find out more about our competition and how to enter here…


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Beard Lab’s Darwin Beard Butter

We do love an extra special treat for our beards here at Bristlr, and Beard Lab’s Darwin Beard Butter is just that. So you can imagine our delight when we were sent our very own pot of the lovely stuff to try out.

Unlike a beard balm, Darwin Beard Butter isn’t really useful for styling. Instead it’s really nourishing – with regular use expect your beard to be incredibly soft and silky. Couple that with regular use of beard oil, such as The Scientist, and you’ll have a super strokeable beard in no time.

Read our full review here…


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The Braw Beard Oils’ Beard and Moustache Championships 2017 was a total sellout! If you want to get yourself in to next year’s championships head over to Braw Beard Oils, where you can also find photos from 2017’s Championships.


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Totem Wolf’s Blend 79

Have you ever thought you need more variety in your beard oil? Want to be greeted by a different scent each time you give it a sniff? Blend 79 has an eclectic mix of carefully selected scents that all come together to make one beautifully sweet sniff.

When the scent first hits, you’re met with the sweet yet minty top notes of grapefruit and peppermint. These scents are great mood boosters, and combined apparently are great to help with depression, colds and even headaches. The oils are also antibacterial and antiseptic, so no nastiness in your beard! And those are just the top notes!

Read our full review here…


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Meet Finlay Wilson. Notice Finlay’s great beard – it’s not the lengthiest beard, but it’s certainly well-groomed and it’s got a nice thickness to it. You can find Finlay teaching yoga in Dundee, and if you’re lucky he might even do it in his kilt! In fact he recently made a social media splash by doing just that! If you want to see more of Finlay and his bendy, beardy ways why not check out his Instagram?


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NT’s Valentines with Bristlr

Last month was Valentine’s Day, naturally a very important day for the Bristlr team. So in an effort to unite beards with those that want to stroke them, we teamed up with NT’s Bar and Café down in London.  We flooded the bar with beard fans and a scattering of beards as the cocktails flowed and the beards were fondled (responsibly, of course). It was a delight to be involved, we hope NT’s are enjoying a new, beardy presence in their venue. Here’s to more future beard-fondling Valentine’s with Bristlr.


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Competition – #WolfInTheDen

#WolfInTheDen

In celebration of our recent Dragon’s Den appearance, and success, we’re launching a new competition!

We’re teaming up with Totem Wolf again, and we have a supply of five bottles of their signature Blend 79 Beard Oil. And we’re looking to invest those bottles in you, the dedicated beard owners.

In the spirit of Dragon’s Den, you’ll have to pitch your beard to us in order to win our competition, with photos to show off all its glory!

There are a few ways you can enter.

For our Facebook fans, post your beard photo with your beard pitch in the comments section of our competition posts.

For Twitter fans, tweet your beard pitch and photo to us @BristlrApp with #WolfInTheDen.

Finally, Instagram fans, post your photo with your beard pitch as the description, using the tag #WolfInTheDen, and be sure to either mention us, @Bristlr, in the description or tag us in the photo.

Three platforms, three ways to enter!

Remember, you need to pitch your beard to us! Tell us why you love your beard, why you love beards in general, why you love Bristlr or even why you think Totem Wolf should invest their beard oils in you! We’re leaving the pitching to you.

Good luck, beards!

#Beardcare Review – Beard Lab Darwin Beard Butter

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We do love an extra special treat for our beards here at Bristlr, and Beard Lab’s Darwin Beard Butter is just that. So you can imagine our delight when we were sent our very own pot of the lovely stuff to try out.

Beard butter is a new one for me; I’ve tried oils, balms and waxes, but never butters. I have to say, it’s been a pleasant surprise.

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Unlike a beard balm, Darwin Beard Butter isn’t really useful for styling. Instead it’s really nourishing – with regular use expect your beard to be incredibly soft and silky. Couple that with regular use of beard oil, such as The Scientist, and you’ll have a super strokeable beard in no time.

The scent took a little bit of getting used to for me – it might be because I read the label, which comes with a handy mention of “contains nut oils,” so maybe my brain was telling me it smells very nutty. But after a couple of uses, the citrus-y scents really started to come through, and I do love a citrus-y scent. If you love lemons or Starburst, you’ll love the scent of Darwin Beard Butter.

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This stuff is simple and easy to use, just scoop a small amount out on the tip of your finger and rub it in to your hands (first time you use it, the butter may be a little solid but it melts fairly easily if you just rub your fingers on the surface). After that rub it in to your beard, enjoy those lovely scents wafting up, and congrats; you have buttered your beard! If you have a long or thick beard you might need to do a couple of applications, but such are the risks of being so beardy.

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Even if you do have a lengthy beard, Darwin Beard Butter will last you a while with regular use. I’ve had my tub for just over a week, used daily and barely even made a dent yet. So rest assured, you’re definitely getting value for money here – expect your tub to last about two months.

So if you’re after a new beard product to soften and tame your bristles, we couldn’t recommend Beard Lab’s Darwin Beard Butter enough. This one has the Bristlr stamp of approval.

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#Competition – Valentines with NT’s and Totem Wolf

Totem Wolf Competition

It’s competition time again, and this time we’re teaming up with both NT’s Bar and Totem Wolf!

In anticipation of our Valentine’s event at NT’s, Totem Wolf have sent us three bottles of their signature Blend 79 Beard Oil.

Three event goers will be in with a chance of winning their own bottle, and treating their beard to something special.

Those of you that like/share the event post on Facebook be in with a chance of winning a bottle of Totem Wolf Luxury beard oil AND a free cocktail!

To enter the competition:

  • Like and share the event on Facebook.
  • Come to our Valentine’s With Bristlr at NT’s event in London on 15th February.
  • Get yourself a free cocktail and some beard oil!

So get those beards ready, and see you on Valentine’s.

Valentine’s With Bristlr at NT’s

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Is 2017 going to be the year you’ll find your own beard to fondle? If you’re really dedicated, you’ll come join us at NT’s this Valentine’s.

You can grab yourself a beer, and grab yourself a beard. But remember, please fondle responsibly (#AskBeforeYouGrasp)…

So if you find yourself at a loss this Valentine’s, head down to London. Come meet us and all the lovely beards on offer! For our Bristlr members, there’s a special 2 for 1 drinks offer!

Sign up to the event on Facebook, and why not check out NT’s on Instagram too.

Find us at:

NT’s Cocktail Bar
207, 1 Westgate St
London Fields
E8 3RL

See you there, February 15th, 6pm until late…