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

A post shared by toxi😾cat (@litavictorino) on

 

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.

 

Bristlr Newsletter – Issue #2

Hello beards and beard lovers! We’re back and here to provide a warm, fuzzy safe space for all things beardy – it’s Issue #2 of the Bristlr Newsletter!

We’ve been enjoying a month long celebration of our Dragon’s Den appearance, we’re really DRAGging that one out (see what I did there?). However, it’s time to move on to bigger and beardier things, and so we’ve now closed the #WolfInTheDen competition. But the excitement doesn’t stop there, we’ll be announcing our winner and the three competition runner-ups below!

We’d like to thank everyone that entered in to the competition, and a special thanks goes to Totem Wolf for supplying beard oils, soaps and even discounts on future purchases to our beards!


Winners

The Winners of Wolf in The Den! 

We’re excited to announce that the top Bearded Dragon of our #WolfInTheDen competition is… Oliver Kennedy! With the strongest pitch and a respectable beard to boot, we simply couldn’t say no! Oliver earns an investment of two bottles of Totem Wolf Blend 79 Premium Beard Oil, a box of Totem Wolf Beard Savon AND 10% off all Totem Wolf purchases for a year!

Coming in at a close second, Iain Dunford had a great beard and a pitch but Oliver’s was a difficult one to top. Our other two runner-up beards are Tom Ince (of the Liverbeards) and Valentino Gahide! You’ll each be receiving a bottle of Totem Wolf Blend 79 Premium Beard Oil!

Unfortunately not everyone can be a winner. We had some strong entries from a lot of beards, and we want to thank everyone that entered the competition! We’ll be running more in future for sure, so don’t hesitate to put your beard forward again in the future! We look forward to seeing you again…

To see the rest of our competition entrants, head over here.


Guest Blog 5 Rules For Dating With a Beard

Guest Blogging – Dating With a Beard Rules

Did you know that our blog is open to collaboration with beard enthusiasts worldwide? Well you do now! If you’ve got something to say about beards, we’ve got the platform for you to do it, just get in touch with our content managerSamuel. Our latest guest post comes from Victor Bertoni.

Here’s a quick extract from Victor’s post:

‘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.’

Read there rest of Victor’s post here.


Wessex beards Men Championships

This month will see The Wesex Beadsmen’s 4th Beard & Moustache competition take place! The non-profit organisation supports a different charity each year, such as The Make-A-Wish Foundation UK and Mind. This year The Wessex Beardsmen will be supporting The Yeovil Freewheelers. So if you love healthy competition, beards, moustaches and charitable causes then get involved.


Got a story all about beards that you want to be featured in a future edition of our newsletter? Contact Samuel at samuel@bristlr.com

 

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#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!

#Beardcare Review – Beard Lab Darwin Beard Butter

We do love an extra special treat for our beards here at Bristlr, and Beard Lab’s Darwin Beard Butter is just that. So you can imagine our delight when we were sent our very own pot of the lovely stuff to try out.

Beard butter is a new one for me; I’ve tried oils, balms and waxes, but never butters. I have to say, it’s been a pleasant surprise.

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Unlike a beard balm, Darwin Beard Butter isn’t really useful for styling. Instead it’s really nourishing – with regular use expect your beard to be incredibly soft and silky. Couple that with regular use of beard oil, such as The Scientist, and you’ll have a super strokeable beard in no time.

The scent took a little bit of getting used to for me – it might be because I read the label, which comes with a handy mention of “contains nut oils,” so maybe my brain was telling me it smells very nutty. But after a couple of uses, the citrus-y scents really started to come through, and I do love a citrus-y scent. If you love lemons or Starburst, you’ll love the scent of Darwin Beard Butter.

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This stuff is simple and easy to use, just scoop a small amount out on the tip of your finger and rub it in to your hands (first time you use it, the butter may be a little solid but it melts fairly easily if you just rub your fingers on the surface). After that rub it in to your beard, enjoy those lovely scents wafting up, and congrats; you have buttered your beard! If you have a long or thick beard you might need to do a couple of applications, but such are the risks of being so beardy.

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Even if you do have a lengthy beard, Darwin Beard Butter will last you a while with regular use. I’ve had my tub for just over a week, used daily and barely even made a dent yet. So rest assured, you’re definitely getting value for money here – expect your tub to last about two months.

So if you’re after a new beard product to soften and tame your bristles, we couldn’t recommend Beard Lab’s Darwin Beard Butter enough. This one has the Bristlr stamp of approval.

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#Competition – Valentines with NT’s and Totem Wolf

It’s competition time again, and this time we’re teaming up with both NT’s Bar and Totem Wolf!

In anticipation of our Valentine’s event at NT’s, Totem Wolf have sent us three bottles of their signature Blend 79 Beard Oil.

Three event goers will be in with a chance of winning their own bottle, and treating their beard to something special.

Those of you that like/share the event post on Facebook be in with a chance of winning a bottle of Totem Wolf Luxury beard oil AND a free cocktail!

To enter the competition:

  • Like and share the event on Facebook.
  • Come to our Valentine’s With Bristlr at NT’s event in London on 15th February.
  • Get yourself a free cocktail and some beard oil!

So get those beards ready, and see you on Valentine’s.

Valentine’s With Bristlr at NT’s

Is 2017 going to be the year you’ll find your own beard to fondle? If you’re really dedicated, you’ll come join us at NT’s this Valentine’s.

You can grab yourself a beer, and grab yourself a beard. But remember, please fondle responsibly (#AskBeforeYouGrasp)…

So if you find yourself at a loss this Valentine’s, head down to London. Come meet us and all the lovely beards on offer! For our Bristlr members, there’s a special 2 for 1 drinks offer!

Sign up to the event on Facebook, and why not check out NT’s on Instagram too.

Find us at:

NT’s Cocktail Bar
207, 1 Westgate St
London Fields
E8 3RL

See you there, February 15th, 6pm until late…

 

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.

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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!

Bristlr on Dating Advice

Head on over to Dating Advice because Bristlr is being featured!

If you want to delve more in to our story, right from the roots, head on over and have a read.

Here’s the short version of the wonderful things Dating Advice had to say about us:

When it comes to scruff, some daters can’t get enough. For beard-wearers and beard-lovers everywhere, Bristlr has cultivated a niche dating network of hundreds of thousands of singles. These people come together in mutual admiration for a whiskered chin. You register by answering the oh-so-important question: “Do you have a beard?” No need to state your gender or fill out a lengthy bio — singles can immediately start rating beards and messaging users for free. Begun in 2014 as a joke, Bristlr connects men with facial hair to dates who love tickling kisses. Today, fun-loving singles worldwide seek love and relationships in this quirky network.

Be sure to read the whole article! You can learn all about our founder, our success stories and all about our team!

Thanks for the shout out Dating Advice!

Movember Competition! #BristlrDoesMovember

That’s right, this month (and this month only!) we’re supporting SHAVING! We’re raising Movember awareness through competitive goodness.

If there’s one thing we love at Bristlr, it’s a good cause, and we strongly believe in the Movember cause!

You might find the idea of shaving off your beard a terrible one, but even if you don’t join in the Movember Mo growing it’s still worth supporting.

Movember raises awareness of something that isn’t often talked about among men – health! Specifically health problems faced by men such as prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health. It’s scary to think about but many men are dying far too young due to these issues. Why? Because men aren’t often enough encouraged to talk to each other about their health (specifically mental health), usually from an early age.

So, now you know the basics of the Movember cause (be sure to check the website for more info!), let’s raise some awareness ourselves with a competition!

To enter using your Instagram or Twitter account – be sure to tag us in your final Mo picture on the last day of #Movember, and use the hashtag #BristlrDoesMovember! We’ll choose our winner and runners up, then get in touch in the first week of December.

We’ve got great prizes on offer, so be sure to enter. But more importantly, be sure to support the amazing Movember charity! We look forward to seeing your Mos!

Happy Movember!