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We want to know more about your beards, so we’re starting off a new series – Beard Talk with Bristlr.
Our first beardy participant is Dave the Bear – a UK based bearded burlesque performer. The Bear performs worldwide, sharing the beardy goodness with everyone. To top it off, this is a decorated beard!
Winner of People’s Choice Award at the Vienna Boylesque Festival 2015, and nominated for London Cabaret Award for Best Alternative Act and a British Comedy Award for his work on 8 Out of 10 Cats, this beard certainly gets around!
So, want to get to know more about Dave the Bear and his beard? Read on:
What made you grow those magnificent bristles?
I’ve had a fuzzy face all my life, they don’t call me His Royal Hairiness for nothing! I used to shave it off as a teen, although I had some pretty killer sideburns, but I started embracing it fully when I was about 23.
How long have you been cultivating this fine beard?
Since the day I was born, my mother got stubble rash down there when I came out.
What do you love most about your beard?
It’s great for hiding things, like snacks for the cinema, small animals and most importantly, my double chin.
Any beardcare tips for the beard growers of the world?
I think grading it is important to keep it looking smart, plus plucking out the stray hairs in the middle of your face to avoid serving neanderthal realness.
Do you have any words of solidarity for your fellow beard owners?
I never used to like my beard, then it grew on me.
Huge thank you to Dave the Bear for taking the time out to tell us more about himself and his beard! We’ll have more #BeardTalk coming soon!
If you’re looking for your own beard to stroke, join Bristlr today.
All the qualities you could possibly want in a beard, for sure.
The Merbeard is top swimmer when it comes to beard trends. Colouring in beards to make them appear as if they came straight out of the ocean never gets old. We even attempted to Merbeard ourselves that one time.
So, in appreciation of the majestic Merbeard we’ve tracked down 10 Merbeards that’ll make you want to take to the sea… (Interpret that as you will).
Try not to be too salty if you’re not a fan.
1. The Classic Look. Keep it classy with the colours of the ocean. You can practically hear the crashing of the waves…
2. Sea Green. You could go for a look that’ll make others green with envy…
3. Pretty in Pink. Why it gotta be blue? Not all fabulous creatures of the deep blend in…
4. Ocean Rainbow. Serve rainbow trout realness…
5. Decorated Sailor. Why stop with colour? Get some decorations from the deep…
6. The Full Merman. Why stop with your beard when there’s a whole canvas upstairs waiting to be splashed with colour…?
7. The Silver Fin. Shimmer and shine, stand out in an ocean of colour…
8. The Turquoise. You can always keep it simple with your Merbeard…
9. Flashy Fish. Or go wild, the world is your oyster…
10. The Constructed Merbeard. Don’t be put off if you haven’t got a beard of your own to decorate. Dip your toes in to the waters of creativity…
And with that we’re fresh out of sea-beard related puns!
Have you successfully Merbearded yourself? We wan’t to know! Message our Instagram @Bristlr or Twitter @BristlrApp and we’ll help you show off your ocean fantasy to the world!
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
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.
Myth #10: My ID has a clean shaven photo, with a beard I will be unidentifiable while traveling
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.
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.
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Let’s not pretend we haven’t all seen posts on social media about beards, THEY’RE EVERYWHERE! And some of them aren’t too friendly. I’m not saying we need wrapping in cotton wool, or big bushy beards. But as individuals we can do something to make the world a better place to live in…and be less horrible on social media.
Okay, so lets talk Beard Elitism – it sucks. So much.
Do you remember when you first started growing a beard? When you fell in love with the hair growing out of your face? It was great, right? Then the trend on social media set in (which we at Bristlr have a lot to thank for, really).
Some of you will have stuck to your guns, you had a beard and you loved it. Some of you decided to back out and get rid of the beard, because trends can be a pain to keep up with, which is entirely your prerogative. But then there was heat from both sides for some of the more folicly challenged, and it was kind of unfair.
First, lets look in to the things that affect beard growth.
Genetics! Literally beyond anyone’s control. So what if someone can’t grow a beard because of their genes? Maybe they didn’t want one in the first place. Leave ’em be. “Supplements,” you say? Yeah, have fun with those side effects…
Stress! A good diet and plenty of sleep help out a lot with beard growth. So when someone’s particularly stressed and struggling to do either of those things, it’s going to have an effect on their beard. You’re going to kick someone when they’re down by berating the beard that in your eyes isn’t good enough? Feel good about yourself? You shouldn’t.
Exercise! Some of us are just too damn busy, and hitting the gym after a long day at work isn’t always top of the priority list. So cut us some slack and take your opinions elsewhere.
Those are just three things, and they’re all sort of beyond control. Notice how I put genetics top of the list though? No one can control that, not even you, with your opinions.
It might seem like I’m getting a little irritable, right? Here’s the thing – I’m fairly lucky. Despite being plagued with mental health issues (things just got personal up in here), having very little time to exercise and, let’s be honest, a terrible diet, I’m somehow blessed with (what many would consider) a “pretty good” beard. Genetics. Despite that, every now and then someone will happily point out that my beard’s looking whispy, a bit thin or a little patchy.
First off, thanks, that makes me feel great. Second, why did you have to say anything anyway? Third, remember that bit about mental health issues and kicking someone when they’re down? Yeah. You just did all that. And I didn’t even ask for an opinion. Go you.
You can say I’m taking this a little too seriously, but let’s be honest if you’re going out of your way to upset people, you need to have a word with yourself.
It’s not just beards either – all over social media people are commenting on all aspects of other peoples’ bodies. Like it’s their right to tell someone else how they should look. It isn’t.
We’re all about the beards here at Bristlr. So we do what we do to keep the beard community happy, whatever the shape, size and thickness of their beards. But that doesn’t mean we don’t care about everyone else! So, we say; Beard Elitism #DontDoIt. But lets lay off on judging people for their bodies and they way they present themselves. Whether you have a big, bushy beard, or a little bit of bristle, you do you, and let others’ do the same.
It’s officially the end of EuroPride month, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be proud! So we’ll be carrying on with our Queer Beard Questions series as we find more people to speak to. So if you want to get involved, get in touch!
In addition, our #BristlrPride competition is STILL running! It’s been a busy Pride month, and we know (from experience) that when you’re caught up in the moment it can be tricky to do things like enter competitions with amazing prizes. So we’ll be accepting entries for the first week of September!
We’ve already had some fabulous entries, just take a look below!
Just look at that beard of Pride!
All those beards, practically beaming with Pride!!
That’s a face of pure pride right there!
And that’s just some of them!
Thanks to the support of our amazing friends at Totem Wolf, Bristlr was able to actually attend Manchester Pride this year. Albeit on a small scale (just me!), but what an experience was had! Next year, we’re thinking Bristlr Pride float! Fingers crossed…
We saw some pretty amazing beards…
And reconnected with some old friends! Remember our #BareYourBeard runner up here?
We even had the pleasure of meeting the handsome guys at Moody Bear…
…and couldn’t resist getting some of their merch. Hopefully this won’t be the last we hear from them!
This is the personal bit – the most important part for me was attending the vigil on the final day of Manchester Pride. With so many attacks on the LGBTQ community in recent months, a community that I am proudly a part of, I wanted to show solidarity in the face of adversity. A truly humbling and moving experience.
So thank you to everyone that has shown their support in joining in with Pride and helping Bristlr celebrate, whether you entered the competition, spread the word, helped us raise awareness or helped us actually attend a Pride celebration ourselves (Thanks again, Totem Wolf!)! It’s been an enjoyable month for us at Bristlr, and we were proud to take part!
Don’t think it’s over though, the team at Bristlr will strive to always raise awareness for our fellow LGBTQ community all year around! So as always, watch this space for exciting things to come.
Euro Pride month is almost over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to raise awareness of the minorities within our bearded community. For our second in the series of Queer Beard Questions we’ve tracked down another beardy drag artist, Andy Beard down in London, UK. Check out the flawless artistry…
Here’s what they had to say about beards, drag and gender identity.
-What does drag mean to you?
Isn’t everything drag, some aesthetic choices are less “interesting” than others, but we’re all dressing up to fit some ideal regardless of how understated that is. To me everything is drag- from leather clad Muscle bears to queens with the highest hair and drowning in sequins. It’s all dress up.
-What do beards mean to you?
After 10 years of having a beard it’s pretty ingrained in my sense of identity- facial topiary isn’t a prerequisite when it comes to attractiveness but you’ve gotta love a nice hairy dude.
-What statement are you trying to make by mixing drag and beards?
Just because I’ve embraced my genetic predominance to being hirsute I don’t feel I should neglect my ability to embrace and radiate femininity, it’s powerful and courageous to explore all facets of yourself – I don’t feel I’m making a statement about a clash of gender so much as how a balance can be struck. These things shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. #mascandmascara
-How do you feel about recent acknowledgements of different gender identities?
It’s too little too late, humanity’s obsession with classification is so overwhelmingly stifling. Who we are is much more than the corporeal form we inhabit, you should never limit yourself to such a small definition.
-What would you say to someone that sees beards as a “men only” zone and would force us in to little gender boxes?
I think it’s a real pity, but at the end of the day small mindedness only clips it’s own wings. Beards are for anyone who can grow them, masc or femme, male or female and the vast spectrum between.
-What words of wisdom and inspiration would you impart to anyone struggling with their idea of gender and how to present themselves?
Self hatred and despair are very easy to give in to. In a world where even our own small subculture is so cannibalistic, in terms of how we compartmentalise what is acceptable and what isn’t. I urge you sincerely to resist the temptation to become more generic and risk not fully realising your own identity. You are so much more than the body you own, start taking care of your mental well-being and the rest will follow.
You hear that? Beards are for anyone, so don’t let people put you in a box. Even if you don’t want a beard of your own, don’t let the small mindedness of other’s restrict your from being the person you want to be.
Thanks so much to the wonderful Andy Beard for these words of wisdom!