Home Made Beard Oil!

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Fresh from his #BareYourBeard photo shoot, Dougie here has passed on a few tips for us, and to all of you! Here’s a quick and easy guide on how to make your own beard oil. Before you ask, it won’t turn your beard blue and purple… That’s just a cool picture.

Before we get in to the beard oil, credit where it’s due! This handy tip comes from Dougie, you can find him and his lovely beard on Instagram @dougie_archer and Twitter @Dougie_LRKs.

Okay, before you get started you’ll need:

  • Pure Coconut Oil, we’d recommend this, but feel free to experiment!
  • A bottle or two of scented essential oils.
  • A big-ish bowl and a little bowl (that can stand boiling water!). Make sure the little bowl floats.
  • A selection of small pots/jars.

With all that in place, you’re ready to start making your own beard oil!

Step 1 – Fill the big bowl with boiling water.

Step 2 – Put some of the solid coconut oil into the smaller bowl and place that bowl inside the boiling water bowl. Watch as the coconut oil melts! Magic.

Step 3 – Put a few drops of your scented essential oil in to melted coconut oil. Want a potent smell? Put more in!

Step 4 – Carefully remove the bowl of oil from the big boiling water bowl and pour the oil in to one of your small pots/jars then wait for it to set.

BOOM! You’ve got yourself some beard oil made with your own two hands with a scent you love! What’s to stop you from making more? NOTHING! Use up the rest of that coconut oil making beard oils with other scents, or maybe mix scents. When you’ve got some coconut oil, a big bowl, a little bowl, a selection of scented essential oils and a few pots/jars to put your beard oils in the possibilities are endless!!

When you want to use it, just scoop some out and rub it in your hands and then spread evenly through your beard. What’s that smell? Success. Beardy Success. And whatever oil you put in there. And we bet it smells amazing.

Go. Share your beard smells and tales of home made oils with the world.

The 100,000 Party

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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!

Bristlr & Drinkabout Manchester Celebration!

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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!

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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):

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

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

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

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

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

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-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!

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

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-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.

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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):

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-Dapper entry from Dougie (Instagram @Dougie_Archer):

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-Our bearded pal Trev (Twitter @dirkdiddler):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

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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

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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!

How to Temporarily Try Out The Merbeard

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We noticed you enjoyed our Merbeards last week, so here’s a guide on how to temporarily achieve one!

What’s a Merbeard I hear you ask? A Merbeard is the art of dyeing one’s beard a funky colour, but shades of green or blue work best. Red could also work, if you’re going for that Disney look.

Like many beard owners I was intrigued by the Merbeard but not sure I was willing to bleach and dye my beard. Bleach doesn’t wash out and it can have some nasty effects on hair, from split ends to the dreaded snap-off. After losing an entire fringe to bleach back in 2013 (since recovered), I’ve been a bit wary of the stuff ever since.

It seemed like the Merbeard was beyond my grasp. That was until I met my current boyfriend, who’s very keen to go all the way with his Merbeard obsession. We found a temporary method to test out the Merbeard – Hair chalk!

I’ll warn you now; this is messy stuff! I would strongly recommend having some make up wipes at hand! I went with Derma V10 Chalk It Up, which cost me a whopping £0.99 from Bodycare! Alternatively, Kara McGrath recommends simply using artists soft pastels.

Okay, so your first step is to not wear anything you like. Get out the mess clothes. You might also want to don some latex gloves. Now get that beard wet (and your hair too if you want to go all out)! Because beard hair can be a bit coarser compared to the hair on top of your head, it’s pretty much impossible to get this stuff on to a dry beard. If you’ve just beard oiled up and don’t want to waste, maybe try this out later.

It’s so easy to get this stuff on your skin, yet so difficult to get off; accuracy is key. What you want to do is pull sections of your beard taut and then using your other hand run the chalk along this section (on the underside too for the best effect). You might need to do this a few times before the colour starts to show. Don’t panic if it looks dark (unless you’re beard is a bright colour, in which case it’s probably already showing), in natural light once your beard is dry it will be pretty vibrant.

Okay, so you’ve got a colourful streak in your beard now! You can stop there if you like, maybe that’s all you want. If you want to go all the way, start segmenting your beard and repeating that step of running the chalk along segments of beard held taut.

Once your whole beard is covered you might need to fill out the edges. Gently, without holding your beard, fill in the edges on your cheeks in a downward motion. This is probably when you’ll start getting the stuff on your skin. Do that same downward motion with a wipe and hope for the best, there really is no exact science to that, but hopefully only the skin underneath your beard will be covered.

The moustache can be tricky, depending on how much you have. For a thick one, it’s pretty much the same as your beard; pull taut, run chalk, colour. For a thinner moustache you might want to try very gently adding a bit of chalk to the centre then rubbing it along with your finger or one of those little eyebrow pencil brushes (they’re cheap in bodycare too!).

Almost done! Time for some clean up; you’ll probably need a fresh wipe for your face. Remember, downward motions towards the beard! Maybe your sink of shower needs a clean too… Don’t worry, it comes off easily!

So the tricky part is setting the colour. Heat can be helpful, and if you’ve got a tiny straightening iron that you can use on your beard then you’re set! Otherwise, crack out the hair dryer! After it’s all dry try some beard balm or wax to help set that stuff in place, wash your hands (it’s still going to come off a bit) and you’re set! Go stand in some natural light, get on Instagram and pick a good filter!

Top tip: If you want to avoid staining your neck, leave a layer underneath your beard uncoloured. Remember, this stuff is temporary and only to test out the Merbeard so it doesn’t have to look perfect, but chances are you won’t see the uncoloured under layer.