Brilliant Beard Benefits

There might be more to your beard than you first thought. Beard Trimmer Bay is here to tell you how brilliant your beard really is.

Now it goes without saying that beards look pretty darn awesome. I mean, we don’t need numerous scientific beard studies to confirm that for us, do we? But our beards don’t just look good. They can actually help us out in more ways than you might think.

For instance, did you know that having a beard could be pretty beneficial for your health?

You see, researchers found that a beard can act like a sort of screen whereby it can potentially protect your skin from up to 95% of harmful UV rays. The results? It means you are less likely to get skin cancer there, plus it reduces the appearance of ageing in your skin, keeping you looking younger for longer. Not bad, eh?

Not only that though, your beard also performs as a hairy filter, preventing airborne bacteria from infecting you.

It’s not just your health that your beard is helping you out with either – there’s other ways it is benefiting you too:

One study which was studying societal perception of facial haired men found that those who sport them were put on a sort of social pedestal. One experiment found that a freelancer wearing a fake beard actually had improved job opportunities. So a beard could in fact boost your career rather than hinder it.

There are 15 of these little-known reasons to grow a beard, all are backed by science, in-depth surveys and experiments. Check them out in the infographic below – how many did you know?

Beard Trimmer Bay Infographic

How to Prepare For Your First Bristlr Date

There is no denying, first dates are nerve-wracking!

You’re hoping to make the right impression and the panic has started to set it. What to wear?  Your favourite jumper that’s so old but oh so comfy (come on, we all have one), just won’t cut it!

But don’t worry, Allcures are here to save the day (or date) with our winning tips on how to prepare for your first Bristlr date:

 

Confirm your plans

First things first, you need to contact your date and confirm your plans.

Miscommunication could mean you turn up to the wrong venue, or have to awkwardly finish off the two glasses of wine you ordered for yourself and your no-show date. Don’t be that person!

Sending a simple message across Bristlr to confirm the location and time will ensure things run smoothly, and let your date know you’re still interested.

Take another look around their Bristlr profile

Give their Bristlr profile another look. This will make certain you remember their name and you can look out for a conversation piece to get your date started.

Do you both share common interests? Has your date been away for the weekend? Preparing some conversation starters can help to boost your confidence and avoid having to talk about the weather to fill those dreaded awkward silences.

We all know no one wants to talk about the weather!

If you’re a proud beard owner

beard-grooming

The stress of shaving may be long gone, but grooming is still vitally important to impress your date. Your beard needs to look impressive; after all, Bristlr is all about connecting you with fellow beard lovers!

We recommend you give your beard a trim and maybe even get a fresh hair cut to ensure it looks sharp and clean. Beard oils will keep your beard looking healthy and smelling great. Take a look at Bristlr’s simple and inexpensive beard oil remedy that you can make yourself at home!

If you don’t have a beard

Feeling good is a much-needed confidence boost on a first date. So, spend a little extra time pampering yourself to ensure you look and feel your best.

Moisturising and exfoliating your skin will leave it looking fresh, rejuvenated and date-ready!

Pick out your favourite fragrance, and if you wear makeup add a splash of colour to your lips and cheeks.

If you’re feeling brave, try out a new hair style. Switching up your look can give you a confidence boost that is sure to charm your date.

Choose the right outfit

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When it comes to choosing an outfit, we often face a dilemma. Is this outfit dressy enough? Is this too much?  Many of us worry that our outfit choice could ruin our chances of a second date.

It is important to choose an outfit that will make you feel great, but provides comfort. Firstly, take the location of your date into consideration.

Are you going for a sophisticated dinner? If so, a smart shirt and trousers or a classy dress would be suitable. However, if the date is more casual, throw on your favourite top and jeans for style and comfort.

Accessorising with a statement item of jewellery or a stylish accessory will add the finishing touches to your outfit.

Don’t panic, you’re good to go!

Our most important tip is to remain calm; a date should be fun not stressful. Following Allcures simple tips will ensure you are fully prepared to wow your date with your confident attitude and/or jaw-dropping beard! Good luck and enjoy yourself!

Beards and sunglasses

You won’t believe what the latest beard trend is…

Ever since we asked for your help with our Instagram feed we’ve barely had chance to come up to breathe for the sea of submission requests. This is a good thing – you’ve all got wonderful beards and we’re more than delighted to have them featured on our page.

However, there’s one trend that’s really stood out for us – beards and sunglasses.

‘Tis the season.

We really think this could be the next big thing.

See?

We even made an Unofficial International Beards and Sunglasses Day.

But we need your help…

We need to make IBASD an official day.

So if you want to see International Beards and Sunglasses Day in your 2016 calendar…

You know what to do (and in case you don’t, that means keep sending in your beards and sunglasses pictures).

A Bristlr Success Story – Clint & Jennifer

Not one week after our last success story, we’ve had another wonderful couple come forward to thank us after they met on Bristlr. Say hello to Clint and Jennifer!

unnamed“Jennifer and I have a bit of a unique story. Jennifer’s friend had told her about Brisltr, so she decided to join up. I was already a member at the time, looking for that special beard lover. I spotted her on the site and got in touch.

Nearly a year later we’re still together, thanks to Bristlr! We’ve even started a business together in the beard industry! We’ve formed an LLC called Templar Beard Company selling beard oils and other beard products. 

Bristlr, we thank you for the love we found – without you our paths would have never crossed.” 

Awwwww! That last bit has just made our week, thank you Clint and Jennifer! We wish you nothing but success with your relationship and Templar Beard Company!

And whilst we’re on the subject, are you looking for quality beard care products? Why not visit Templar Beard Company? We’ll be sampling their products soon!

All the best to your, Clint and Jennifer!

A Bristlr Success Story – Pieter & Rianne

We’ve had another one of those lovely e-mails. That’s right, another success story to make your feel all warm and bristly inside! This story comes from Pieter and Rianne. Pieter was also kind enough to help us translate our GooglePlay description in to Dutch – now that’s gratitude! So for our Dutch fans, you know who to thank!

Here’s Pieter’s story:

“I was at the gym with a good friend and he told me about this app called Bristlr – an app for bearded people to find others the liked beards. That sounded pretty cool to me, so a few weeks later I decided to download it (after a lot of persuasion from my friend!).

Bristlr’s kind of like Tinder, but the people on there are much more fun! I chatted to a few people and made some connections. It’s cool to be able to talk to so many like minded people! Awesome stuff!

After some time I met a girl. We kept talking for a while and she seemed really interested – you know how dating apps can be, usually the guy shows interest first. We eventually swapped numbers and eventually we went on our fist date. Now, she’s my girlfriend!”

Rianne has her own side to the story:

“I’d used a few dating apps and been on a few dates, but none of that seemed right for me. Then on Facebook I saw something; an app that had lots of men with beards!

So, I joined Bristlr. I could tell instantly it was different; I had actual conversations! With bearded guys! And they weren’t all just obsessed with one thing …

After a while of browsing and chatting someone new popped up. It had been a while so I was starting to give up hope on a nice date, but we talked and talked. I thought, ‘heck, let’s try it!’

Now you can see for yourself, we’re happy!”

How sweet is that? Everyone at Bristlr wishes you both all of the happiness!

Bristlr, bringing people together.

Celebrating Bristlr!

Did you know that the idea that grew into the Bristlr you know and love happened exactly a year ago today? Now you do!

Just a few weeks after the idea was born, Bristlr officially launched. Since then with the help of you beard lovers out there we’ve grown in to much more than just an idea.

Just for fun, here’s a list of the names that were thrown in to the hat before Bristlr became Bristlr:

  • BeardWithFriends
  • BeardTouchingExchange
  • BeardX
  • XBeard
  • StrokeBeardToUnlock
  • ToBeard
  • NiceBeard
  • StrokeMyBeard
  • EveningBeard
  • ToBeardOrNotToBeard.com

Aren’t you glad we went with “Bristlr”?

In less than a year we’ve had countless success stories, in total making half a million matches, our big #BareYourBeard competition which made some beard owners very happy (and popular!), we’ve had international press coverage and recognition, been through Europe’s best pre-seed start-up accelerator, and we even had a party to celebrate 100,000 Bristlr users. We’ve come a long way, and are continuing to grow from strength to strength.

So, with our birthday coming up this month we’ve certainly got a lot to celebrate! That’s right, if we’ve learned one thing this past year, it’s knowing when to party.

But what kind of party would it be without guests? If it weren’t for our beard fans, we wouldn’t be here today. So we want to invite you to our year-and-a-day party to say thanks. Free up your Saturday 24th this month and come on down to Manchester’s SpaceportX, we’re throwing a party!

To get in, just mark yourself as attending on our Facebook event. See you there!

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From an idea to an app, competitions to parties and plenty of Instagram loving! We’ve come a long way!

#BareYourBeard Winner

We’ve come a long way, but finally we can announce the winner of our #BareYourBeard competition on what will be someone’s most magical #WorldBeardDay yet!

But before that, let’s take a quick look back to all the entrants that showed off their bristles. With a few honourable mentions to our dedicated overseas fans that unfortunately couldn’t take part and many entries from beardy guys up and down the country, we were truly overwhelmed with the responses!

And now, one month since #BareYourBeard began, we can finally make someone’s day!

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Sophie from Photograph Art Studio 25 and Samuel from the Bristlr team!

Now before we jump right in we have one big thank you to add – We couldn’t have done our photo shoots if not for our friend Photograph Art Studio 25! With her amazing photographic skills, our buddy Sophie captured all of our finalists, and their beards, in their best light. Couldn’t resist a quick selfie opportunity to commemorate the day. We look forward to working with you again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s take a look at our finalists:

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Joseph brought fierce moustache game, with curls to make any facial hair fanatic jealous. He told us he loved Brisltr because it united him with his current boyfriend. A sweet story, a handsome face and a truly enviable set of face furniture.

(Twitter: @joey_seph Instagram: @joey_seph)

 

 

 

 

 

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Chris was a last minute entrant that really caught our eye, not just with the beard but those sassy eyebrows. With a punk look, and a finely shaped beard you might not expect to find a heart of gold. However, Chris was approachable, fun and really got in to the photo shoot. His line “#BareYourBeard before your beard bares you,” still keeps us entertained.

(Twitter: @RorschachBeard  Instagram: @RorschachBeard)

 

 

 

 

 

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Dougie was one of our few Instagram entrants based in the UK! The length of beautiful beard came all the way from Norwich. With him he brought a friendly demeanor, and shared a touching story of how much the chance at being a beard model meant to him. To top it all off, he’s even provided us with a beard oil recipe!

(Twitter: @Dougie_LRKs  Instagram: @dougie_archer)

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a tough choice we’ve got to make. All of our finalists took the time to show us their stuff, and they all worked the camera, serving fierce beard game in their photo shoots. But there can be only one winner! We’ve kept an eye on Twitter, and we’ve seen you all make some noise for your favourites.

Our choice isn’t made on beard game alone – we evaluated our finalists before, during and after their photo shoots. Nothing too scary, but of course we’re not going to choose our winner based on looks alone! We’re not a superficial bunch.

So. Drum roll please. Without further ado, our winner is…

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Dougie! 

With a story of a supporting mother that really wanted him to go on to become a beard model, our competition helped Dougie on that journey as his first modelling gig! Not only that, Dougie came loaded with tips and tricks. We were most impressed with his beard oil recipe, not to mention his own method of temporary beard colouring! This won’t be the last you hear of Dougie either – we’ve talked about getting him back to do guest entries for our blog, so who knows what his next beard tip will be?

Our lucky winner will be receiving – a beard pampering set from Beard Lab, a beard pampering session from a nearby barbers, a selection of prints from the #BareYourBeard photo shoot and a whole lot of publicity from us! We wish you all the success in your modelling pursuits, Dougie!

Now we can’t forget about our runners up, Joe and Chris – your time with us was not wasted! In addition to your own publicity from us, you’ll also receive a digital selection of the prints from your #BareYourBeard photo shoot, and some scented beard oil from Beard Lab! We hope you’ll both keep in touch!

Until then, thank you so much to ALL of our entrants for getting involved, our fans keeping the hype up and our finalists for taking the time out of your schedules to get involved with our photo shoots. We hope you’ve enjoyed the experience as much as we have! And of course, we couldn’t have done it without Sophie from Photograph Art Studio 25!

Thank you! Keep an eye out, our next competition could be just around the corner!

Home Made Beard Oil!

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.

#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:

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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:

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)

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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.

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):

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-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):

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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):

amacarbefellow UK

-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!

 

How to Temporarily Try Out The Merbeard

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.