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):

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-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.

10 Questions: MissSherwood (aka Jenny Andrews)

  1. Do beards excite your loins? There’s only one answer.

Of course. *grins*

  1. By how much?

A lot. They are so damn manly.

  1. Which is your favourite beard? Why? tree fella

The Tree Fella. No messing, proper man beard.

  1. And your least favourite? Why?

The Safety Belt. Just bloody silly.

  1. Your famous beard crush is…

Guy Garvey off of Elbow. *sigh*

  1. What’s the best thing about Bristlr?

Just so many beautiful 2beards to look at. A new one to discover every day…

  1. If we could add any new feature to Bristlr, what would it be?

Instant messaging would be useful. As would be a sturdier app.

  1. Any ‘hairy’ moments you’d like to share from the romance bank? Go on…

One small incident involving a nestling crunchy nut cornflake, other than that nothing of note.

  1. Have you found love on Bristlr?

Not yet. Still shortlisting though…

  1. What does the future look like for you and Bristlr?

The future looks bright. A good daily dose of beard adoration is keeping morale high. Bravo lovely Bristlr people.

8 Tips on How to Maintain the Longevity and Health of Your Beard

  1. Patience is a virtue.  A truly epic beard is the product of self-restraint and great beard care. When you first start growing, resist the urge to trim or style, and leave it untouched for the first 3-6 weeks. (you have to go through hell before you get to heaven), this will allow the hairs to grow in evenly (some grow faster than others), and help you pick a style that suits its length and thickness.
  2. Match your beard to your face.  Like all great gentleman of the world, a beard should be in-tune with its surrounding environment, this is crucial the first month of growth, choose a final style that complements your face shape. Your beard will look better, and so will you.
  3. Learn how and when to trim.  Pruning is essential to a well-groomed beard—even if you plan on growing it out. Invest in a quality trimmer or really good scissors, and find the right technique to suit your master plan.  Always start off with just trimming the fly-away hairs and stray dogs.  Less is best at first.
  4. Cleanliness is next to godliness.  This is especially important in the early stages of growth, when environmental properties and skin cells can exacerbate the itchiness. Wash your beard about 3 times each week with an excellent beard wash, (there are many on the market to choose from), and pat it dry: An overzealous toweling can lead to frizz and split ends.
  5. Beard oil is the key to it all.  Nothing tames a beard like regular use of beard oil. At the Famous Beard Oil Co. we have many varieties to choose from, in a range of manly scents, (Nautilus, Urban Kerouac, Highlander, Monk’s Dream, Spicy Citrus, Woodsy Breeze, Ol’ 55 Blend, Savant Fusion, Sage Da Vinci and Clean Slate), but all of our wonderful beard oils will condition hairs to make them softer, shinier and aid in getting rid of the dreaded itch. Be sure to use a beard oil that uses pure essential oils, as this has the perfect antibacterial properties in them.  Visit famousbeardoil.com for more information on our top of the line beard oils.
  6. Teach and train your beard.  A regular trim will maintain your chosen shape, but it’s not the only way to keep your beard in line. A daily rubdown with a comb or boar hair brush will wrangle stubborn hairs, training them to grow in a downward direction. You can even up the ante with a good beard balm which lends some extra sculpting power while taming any flyways.
  7. You are what you eat.  Your beard is made from protein and fat, but it’s also heavily reliant on Vitamins B5, B3, and B9. That means lean meats, nuts, egg yolks, milk, and plenty of leafy greens. If you’re seriously committed, you can also round out your diet with a good manly supplement.
  8. Don’t forget your stache.  Growing an epic beard also means growing a mustache. To keep it looking neat, trim the area around your philtrum (the area under your nose), and if you choose to, the area right above your upper lip with a pair of grooming scissors, and keep it naturally sculpted with a medium-hold wax, you can get this anywhere.

 

Eric D. Lough is the founder & craftsman of the Famous Beard Oil Company.  All of their award winning beard oils are made to order using the highest quality carrier oils and pure essential oils with exceptional and modish scents.

“Your Beard Deserves This!”

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How to Get That Perfect Bushy Beard

Guest post from Modern Mane.

A beard requires care and maintenance if you want it to look good. Much like a sports car, your beard needs frequent upkeep if you want it to stay at its best. Here are some tips for putting together a beard routine that will keep your mane bushy and thick, instead of scraggly and itchy.

Your beard can and will attract bacteria. Food particles, sweat, and so on can cause your beard to become smelly and disgusting. To avoid that unpleasant outcome, use a light shampoo to thoroughly rinse your beard. Frequent shampooing can strip out the natural oils in your beard and will cause your beard to dry out, so we recommend adding beard oil to your routine.

Beard oil conditions your beard and the underlying skin to prevent dryness and flakes. The best beard oils contain jojoba oil which moisturises at the deepest level of your skin. Olive oil is another super ingredient for its antibacterial and moisturising properties. Modern Mane all-natural beard oil contains both olive and jojoba oil, along with a convenient dropper for easy application.

When you’ve grown out your beard, you’ll probably feel an urge to stroke and feel its bushy awesomeness. Even though it’s fun to do, be aware that playing with your beard too frequently can cause it to thin out. But don’t despair:  A diet high in protein can help strengthen your hair follicles so that less falls out. The high protein diet will also promote healthier and quicker beard growth when you start growing out your mane.

Depending on your desired beard length, you may want to do some trimming. But if you want a sizeable beard, don’t start trimming until you’ve let your scruff grow out reasonably. Premature trimming can cause your beard to look thin and patchy instead of bushy and thick. When you do start trimming, the best bet is an electric trimmer. If you trim your neck, be aware that you should leave an inch or so of facial hair below the neck line. Any less and your beard will look off due to the stark contrast. Unless you’re going for the George Lucas look, this is to be avoided.

If you want to style your beard, you’ll need a quality comb. There are a number of great hand-made combs but to find the best comb for you, you’ll have to consider your beard length and type. As a rule of thumb, longer beards require wider teethed combs. Stay away from plastic combs if you can and invest in horn or wood based product instead. Your follicles will thank you and you won’t have to endure your beard hair painfully being caught on the teeth of a shoddy comb.

For optimal beard aesthetics, a beard wax is a must. You can apply beard wax by hand and style as necessary. For longer beards, you’re going to want a medium-hold product. Beard wax doesn’t just keep your hair from looking scraggly; it also acts as a conditioner to keep your hair from drying out. Dry beards are bad.

10 Questions: Stephanie Wedderburn, Bristlr CMO

When you’ve got the nerve to ask everybody else these personal, beard-centric questions, it only seems fair that one should be willing to answer them themselves. And so, without further ado, here are my answers to Bristlr’s 10 Questions (needless to say, the beard-love runs deep here at Team Bristlr).

  1. Do beards excite your loins? There’s only one answer.

Yes, but why stop there? Chest hair, stomach hair, knuckles hair…

  1. By how much?

Tremendously.

  1. Which is your favourite beard? Why? Types of Beard

The action man – even coverage and not so long it bares risk of getting in the way of things.

  1. And your least favourite? Why?

The grand master. I’m yet to see someone pull this off who isn’t in a death metal band. Just doesn’t work walkin’ down the street you know?

  1. Your famous beard crush is…

Joe Manganiello. Definitely.

  1. What’s the best thing about Bristlr?

It appeals to a specific group of people, making it far more likely to meet someone that you’re actually likely to get on with than on your more generic dating sites.

  1. If we could add any new feature to Bristlr, what would it be?

Definitely want to see the tops beards in any given area. It might be on the horizon, who knows?!

  1. Any ‘hairy’ moments you’d like to share from the romance bank? Go on

I once walked into a fine, bearded man, whilst rubbing my belly and singing “I like you so much better when you’re naked” in a hungover, dazed state. This was during a hen weekend in Barcelona. Not one of my finest moments.

  1. Have you found love on Bristlr?

I’ve found the love of Bristlr, which is why I’m delighted to have joined the team!

  1. What does the future look like for you and Bristlr?

Very positive indeed. How can you be unhappy in your work, when you get to look at beautiful beards all day long?!

10 Questions: Pebbles Kington

This week we’re super excited to introduce you to Pebbles Kington. Not only is Pebbles a wonderful, beard-loving lady, she’s also a Bristlr Ambassador! So if you’re in or around Bristol keep your eyes open for Pebbles – she’s beard crazy and will be helping us to bring together all the beards!

So, on to her questions…

1. Do beards excite your loins? There’s only one answer.viking
They excite a lot more than that!

2. By how much?
When it comes to beards, “too much” isn’t accepted.

3. Which is your fav beard? Why?
Viking. The bigger (and gruffer) the better!

4. And your least favourite? Why?
Ripper. If I wanted side burns I’d grow my own.

5. Your famous beard crush is..?ripper
Ooooh don’t make me chose! Joe Manganiello I’d not refuse though. (Nor would we)!

6. What’s best thing about Bristlr?
Beards.

7. If we could add any new feature what would it be?
That I could win all bearded men for fondling.

8. Any “hairy” moments you’d like to share from the romance bank? Go on..
Not yet sadly.

9. Have you found love on Bristlr.
Not yet.

10. What does the future look like for you and Bristlr.

Bristlr will always be part of my life.

 Pebbles in a Bristlr T shirt