10 Lovely Things You Can Do With Your Beard

Beards are great. We love beards. You love beards. Everyone loves beards (even if they say they don’t).

Sometimes, beards could do with being a little more lovely. Just a touch more fabulous. We’re sure you’ll agree. So, we’ve scoured that internet to find 10 lovely things you can do with your beard. Or someone else’s beard, so long as you ask them first.

 

1. Colour it in with stuff. Go full on Merbeard, or Manicorn, or whatever we’re calling it now. Get creative. From hair chalk to colourful mascaras, there are plenty of ways to add a splash of colour to you beard.

 

2. Stick some flowers in it. Flowers are great, flowers and beards are even better. Be a friend of the bees and looks fabulous whilst you do it. #TheBeardsAndTheBees

 

3. Put colourful beads in it. Maybe you don’t want to colour in the beard itself but you want lots of pretty colours in there? Tie some beads in it! If you happen to be at Mardi Gras, so much the better.

 

4. Fill it with snacks for later. It’s a known fact that beards will capture food, so why delay the inevitable? Fill that face with food! Then eat it later. Before it gets sticky.

That feeling when you want to eat your beard… @therealgushers #gushers #sponsored

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5. Even more flowers. Why stop with your beard? If you’ve got enough up top, you can get all floral up there too.

 

6. Glitter it up. If your hands are full carrying your fabulous unicorn purse, where are you going to keep all of your glitter? In your beard of course.

 

7. Store your pencils in it. Does your beard need to reflect your artistic endeavours? Perhaps you’re a teacher and you need to keep spares for your students? Or maybe you just really love pencils?

 

8. Light it up. With little bulbs, put the lighters down. Let your beard be a light in the darkness. A beacon of fuzzy hope. Find things in the dark really easily.

 

9. Get festive with it. Beard baubles are really the tip of the iceberg here, but you can’t beat a classic festive look.

Beard decoration game strong! #BeardBaubles #SecretSanta #OneTimeOnly #Christmas #humour

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10. Bead it up again. Try a more conservative bead, if colours aren’t your thing. You’ll still look flawless. If you’ve got a really thick beard, you could even tie it up to tame it.

Halfway through the week. 2 more days, we got this! #humpday #beardbeads by @lykosleather #lykosleather

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There are many ways you can jazz up your beard. The only limit is your imagination… Mostly.

So get out there and put things in your beard! Make it a say something beard day!

 

Cover image by Vito Fun.

 

10 Photos of beards that will make you say “that’s not a beard, that’s a cat.”

Beard fans, beware. They’ve taken over the internet, and in their conquest for world domination now they’re coming for our beards. Cats.

They may be cute, they may be fluffy, but they’re also deadly masters of disguise.


You might think this is a beautifully bushy beard, but beware! A keen eye can spot that this is in fact a cat.

barba cresceu 😌 #wannabebeard #catbeardswag #fakebeard

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They’ll do anything to blend in, matching their host’s hair colour to convincingly disguise as a beard …

#catbeards with Alli 😻#Charlotte

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But don’t be fooled. This. Is. A. Cat. And this feline is coming for your beard

#catbeard #catbeards #freddiesleeping #silly #bored #nightnight Fred and I having fun tonight.

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You thought was beard, but is in fact cat.

 

Bamboozled again, another host claimed.

Me and my mama… She looooooves me! 😂😂😂😂😂

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What a splendid beard, such a well groomed moustache! Oh wait … Cat.

I managed to "master" the cat beard with my kitty 👍😻❤️ #catbeards #catbeardswag #catlady

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They’re more cat than beard now …

#cat #catoftheday #catsofinstagram #instacat #catbeard #catbearding #instacat #norwegianforestcat

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Notice the cat-like mouth. These are the skills you’ll need to identify cats in disguise.

Nick and I perfecting our #catbeard

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The host may fight back, but cats are strong.

 

Eventually the cats will multiply, spreading their control. This is a battle for beards!

My happy place <3 #love #kittens #instacat #catsofinstagram #catbeards

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So be vigilant, beard fans! Hide your beards, the cats are coming…

You can help! By signing up to Bristlr and finding more beards that aren’t cats!

Guest Post – Common Beard Myths Debunked

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.

 

#WolfInTheDen – The Final Day!

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!

Guest Post – 5 Rules for Dating With a Beard

Guest Blog 5 Rules For Dating With a Beard

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.

Women Love Beards

There is a lot of mixed information when it comes to women’s beard preferences, but almost half of women like kissing men with beards. However less than 30% of men grow beards, so straight away by growing a beard the odds are on your side.

Confidence is really important when it comes to dating, and you need to see your beard as a big part of who you are. Do that and all the other rules are going to be a lot easier to follow.

Rule #1: Wear your beard with pride and confidence.

Keep It Together

Growing a beard is about a lot more than just letting your facial hair grow out. There used to be a whole industry dedicated to male facial hair in days gone by, and although it’s taken it’s time that industry is making a comeback.

If you want to have a strokeable beard, you need to put in the work. You’ll be needing a beard comb, some good clippers for maintenance among other things, and a daily beardcare ritual to top it off.

On top of styling and maintenance you’ll want to be keeping an eye out for stray bits of food – it happens, we all know it. No one wants to kiss a beard with food stuck in it!

Rule #2: Daily beard maintenance is a must!

Plan Your Beard Out

Much in the same way a person thinks about a hairstyle as a part of their fashion, a bearded man must look at his facial hair as a part of his overall style.

Whilst it might sound fun and easy to just grow out a great big bushy beard, with a huge greased up handlebar mustache, you might find that some people would prefer to be seen with someone well groomed. Your beard needs to fit with your partner’s style, as much as your own.

A great way to approach this is to make sure that your beard is a good fit for your face. There are a lot of great options for beard styles, and you will have no problem finding one that fits you perfectly. You might have to do a bit of experimenting with styles to start off, depending on how your beard grows.

It’s important to have a purpose, don’t just let a beard happen. Grow it with intention, groom it, style it, shape it.

Struggling to come up with a style of your own? Most high-street barbers will cater to beards these days, so why not ask their opinion?

Rule #3: Have a vision for your beard and make it happen. 

Maintenance!

Planning to keep that beard for a while? You’ll have to keep it in good shape! Which means buying quality shampooing and conditioning products.

The way you treat your facial hair is going to make a huge difference in how it feels to the touch and one of the biggest things that people love about beards is running their fingers through them.

If you don’t take care of your beard hair, it isn’t going to look right, nor will it feel great in your girlfriend’s hands.

Rule #4: Buy and use great hair care products on your beard.

Asset v. Liability

Your beard can be a big turn-on or a big turn-off, depending on how well you take care of it. So you have to make sure your beard is an asset that works for you, and not a liability.

If you’ve followed rules 1-4, then you’re beard’s going to be in a great place. But you’ve got to keep up that personal discipline, to keep that beard game strong.

Don’t be put off by the occasional off comment from your girlfriend either, no beard is going to be loved by a woman in the same way you love it.

Don’t be too put off by the occasional but of constructive criticism on your beard either, especially not from your partner (they’re going to be seeing it most regularly after all!). No one’s going to love your beard the way you do, so an outside opinion can sometimes help.

Rule #5: Love your beard and make it an asset that works for you.


This article was written by guest blogger, Victor Bertoni and edited by Bristlr’s Content and Community Manager Samuel Alexander.

A Proper #Lush Beard!

I have a confession… I love Lush!

You might not think it, but Lush have a whole variety of products that are perfect for use with your beard! Even some of the products not designed for beard use.

So, I’ve put together a list of all the products that I’ve ever used in my beard, starting with (and then in no particular order)…

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Starting with the products that are actually meant for beard use. This was also the first product I ever used. My favourite thing about it? It’s quick, easy and I can use it in the shower for speedy use. It’s also great to be used on the rest of your face, for added cleanliness. It’ll leave you face and beard lovely, soft and fresh. It’ll also last ages! Like everything in Lush… Sometimes I feel like a bad customer for not needing to go in very often. Anyways, just use a tiny amount, you don’t need loads for each wash. Top tip: Use a small amount on a dry beard to style and add a touch of fragrance for the day, brilliant less harsh alternative to beard waxes and gels.

Great for double use, can be used for the hair on your head as well as your face! This is great for those of you with beards that might feel a little brittle or even a bit sharp (eek!), particularly if it’s quite short. It’s a moisturiser so expect your beard to feel lovely and soft, with a lovely uplifting scent! This one isn’t made for beards, but it’s always fun to get creative. Another one where less is more, especially given this one is really intended to be used on long hair rather than beards. Best used on a wet beard after towel drying to let the goodness sink in.

hair-custard

Okay, first off this stuff smells AMAZING! Like actual custard. But don’t eat it. No tea, no shade, but it tastes terrible (compared to the scent). In defense of Lush, it wasn’t made for eating. This one was given to me as a gift from a Lush buddy (go and befriend people that work at Lush!!), so I thought I’d give it a go in my beard. Then I discovered I could smell it all day if I really concentrated. I’m sold. Again, made to be used in your hair, so it’ll make your hair feel lovely too. It’s great to use on a wet beard, it’ll make it a little more malleable for styling once dry. Don’t be put off using it on a dry beard though, just be aware that you’ll really need to rub it in otherwise it’ll show up quite clearly. It might make your beard feel a bit odd, sticky even, but it’ll definitely add thickness and has pretty good hold for keeping your style! Keep a brush handy for this one, you’ll want to brush it through (a regular hair brush will do, s’what I use!).

Who said you had to be satisfied with the colour of your beard as it is? With Lush Henna dyes you can spice up your life, and your beard, with a touch of red. A perfect Autumnal look to add a touch of colour, given how grey the skies are getting right now. There are a range of Lush Henna dyes to choose from. If you’ve got quite a light coloured beard naturally, you could go full on red with the lightest shade. Or, you could go the opposite way with the darkest shade, for a dark, mysterious look. The choice is yours!

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The last styling step is Lush’s very own moutsache wax! It’s easy to use and it’ll give you a strong hold that lasts all day. Best way to use it is to scrape it out with the top of your nail (otherwise you’ll find loads of it gets stuck under your nail), just a tiny amount will do. Rub it in to your fingertips and then style as you like. I like to pretty much glue my moustache down, helps keep it out of my mouth. But you can always curl it up, or let your imagination run wild! I also use this stuff in my beard to try to keep it tamed – I like to rub it in the twist my beard around, then let it go. Helps keep it all together. That’s really hard to describe so check the picture above to see what I mean. 

This is another great hair dressing, like Hair Custard, but sans eggs. I tried this one when I toyed with going vegan. Rest assured, everything in Lush is ethically sourced, but if you do want to avoid eggs this is a great alternative! It’s also a little bit lighter than the Hair Custard, both in consistency and colour – so it’ll add less weight but if you have a darker beard you’ll probably want to use a little less. You’ll get a whole different scent from the hair custard – lime for a burst of freshness and banana for touch of mellowness. Great for any mood!

  • Eyebrow Pencils

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“But wait, eyebrows aren’t beards!” Unless you think of your moustache as the eyebrow of the mouth? Didn’t see that curve ball coming, did you? I read this tip a long time ago that if you want a thicker looking moustache, an eyebrow pencil can help. The trouble is most eyebrow pencils are fragile and wooden like…well, a pencil. So when they start to wear down it can get a bit frustrating, and painful (wood can get sharp and splintery). Say no more to that little problem, Lush eyebrow pencils are more like a child’s crayon, and I couldn’t be happier. There are also a few shades for you to choose from. So you can either match your colour for a slightly thicker look, or go for a darker shade to take it all the way. I prefer a darker shade – for some reason my moustache is much lighter than the rest of my beard, so I prefer it to match. Heck, you can even use it on your eyebrows if you like!

Top tip: if you use the red shade, your skin might redden around your beard so try a colour supplement – I use Jackie Oats because I’m super pale. Just draw it thinly around your beard after applying the pencil, let it settle a bit, then gently rub it in to your skin away from your beard. 

PS. We’re aware most of your bearded guys don’t buy make up (maybe some of you do, that’s cool!). Lush is a completely judgement free zone, just in case you were worried. It’s also 2016, and times are changing. You do you. 

This and any of Lush’s other shampoo bars are great for beards! They’re a little less fiddly than a liquid shampoo, you just get your beard wet and rub them on. Try to avoid rubbing it directly on your lips, though most Lush products are great for sensitive skin the nettle and peppermint infusion might be a tad too much for that area. Just aim for the chin. This one’s great for adding shine and stimulating your hair follicles, so expect your beard to start looking much happier and healthier. Needless to say, this is great on your hair too!

Sorry I couldn’t get you a picture for all of those, but Lush has plenty of great models on their website to show off for you! Anyways, once you’re done pampering your beard, get out there and share it with the world!

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There are LOADS of products on offer in Lush, all ethically sourced (and the vast majority are vegan) and natural. So you can rest assured your beard, and face (and the rest of you, if you get side tracked by other products) are in good hands. Chances are if you’ve seen a product for use with hair in Lush, it’ll work just as well in your beard. But always ask the staff, just in case. Also, if you’ve found a Lush product for beard use let us know – you could be featured in our blog!

You can ask for a test pot of just about any product in Lush. So why not ask and experiment with what works for your beard? You too, could have a proper Lush beard!

Beards of Game of Thrones

No spoilers, just great beards.

I have a confession to make. I’m not even close to up to date on Game of Thrones! But I admire it from a distance, until I can sacrifice the hours (days?) it would take to get up to speed.

I admire the fantasy world, the success, the adoration of the fanbase. the talented actors that brought the odd bits I have seen to life. But there’s one thing I admire above all else in Game of Thrones…

I admire the beards.

So much so I was compelled to do this…

 

See? I’m a fan, even if I’m not an up to date fan. And now I get to write about beards too.

You won’t have to worry about me giving away any spoilers here, just beardy goodness. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned – don’t get attached to any of them! Such is the cruelty of Game of Thrones.

Prepare yourself. Beards are coming…

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Khal Drogo. I know right? You could get lost in that beard. And wouldn’t that be just wonderful?

There really are no words for the beauty of this beard. In fact, I’m struggling to form words…

What was I doing again…? Oh, beards.

Jon Snow

Jon Snow. Contain your beardgasms.

So he doesn’t have the length and the girth that Khal was blessed with, that doesn’t make his beard any less beautiful. Apparently he knows nothing, but I bet he knows a thing or two about good beard oils and grooming.

Pick your jaw up, it’s about to drop again…

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The Mountain. With a beard like that, you don’t need a name. You need a title worthy of that majesty.

Look how his beard glistens beautifully with the blood of his enemies. Total dreamboat, right? Think of all the fondling as you stare longingly in to the beard.

Tear your eyes away, there’s more hairy goodness…

Robb Stark

Robb Stark. Beauty never looked so beardy.

Serving a carefully trimmed and groomed number that highlights that godly jawline. It’s hard to look away, but remember – his eyes are up here. Though I’m sure a beard rub wouldn’t go amiss.

Oh, there’s more…

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister. Those eyes. The smoulder. That beard…

He has the whole package right there, that beard is practically godly. A beard that could turn any frown upside-down (just not his own, apparently).

No Game of Thrones beard list could be complete without…

Eddard Stark

Eddard Stark. Take in all that majesty.

I don’t know about you, but I have a bad feeling about this one. I’m a little wary about getting attached. And yet, I’m drawn in by the beauty of those bristles.

I need a moment…

That’s my list of favorite Game of Thrones beards. Did your favourite make it in to the list? Or did I miss a beard? Get in touch with your favourites!

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).