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!
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!
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:
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.
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.
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!
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…
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!
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):
-Another US entrant from Atlanta, Georgia is John (Instagram @IamJohnEdward), find him on Instagram:
-In Valencia, California we have Steve’s thick beard (Twitter @stevenjmchenry):
-All the way from Baton Rouge, Louisiana is Justin (Instagram @JustLamb) and his mighty beard:
-In Houston, Texas we’ve got Kevin (Instagram @kstump07) with this bristly number:
-Way over in Chicago, Illinois is our beardy pal Jason Zierk (Instagram @sugaree_76):
-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!
-From São Paulo, Brazil we have Leandro’s beautiful beard (Instagram @leandro_ribeiro_83)
-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.
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):
-Dapper entry from Dougie (Instagram @Dougie_Archer):
-Our bearded pal Trev (Twitter @dirkdiddler):
-Moustache on point from Joseph (Twitter and Instagram @Joey_Seph):
-Our good buddy, mountain man Gabriel (Instagram @The_English_Beard):
-Lengthy and lovely beard by Frank (Twitter @flangbridge):
-Another lovely length of beard by Paul (Twitter @Redcelt77):
-Nice thick beard from Johnny (Twitter @FenderBee):
-Salt and pepper entry from Stu (Twitter @stevens_stu):
-That’s one fine beard (Twitter @OBD_Beard_oil), he’s in the middle guys:
-Sweet little face and a wild beard from Liam (Instagram @amacabrefellow):
-And no name, but you can find this beard on Twitter (@cock_turnip):
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!
Gather round beard wearers, it’s competition time. We’re hosting a photo shoot for Bristlr users, and the finest looking beard we find will win an all expenses paid beard pampering session.
This is your chance to work the camera, show us those bristles and get some publicity! We want you to Bare Your Beard! No, we don’t want you to shave your beard off, we want you to show your beard off.
To get involved send us a photo of your beardy self along with a few quick words telling us why you love Bristlr and why you want to get involved. You can message us via Facebook, Instagram or Tweet us @BristlrApp.
No beard? No problem! We’re also looking for beard fans to join in at the shoot, regardless of gender. You won’t get to win the beard pampering, but you will get to fondle some fine follicles.
Let’s talk prizes!
The winner of the photo shoot will be given an all expenses paid trip to get that beard trimmed and pampered, along with a home beard care pack containing beard oil, balm and a comb to keep those bristles tame. That’s not all – you’ll also have the chance to pick some of your favourite images from the photo shoot to be printed for you to keep (or given away to your fans).
Runners up, we still love you! As well as joining us in a really fun day, we’ll supply you with a digital selection from your photos.
Sorry overseas fans! Bristlr is based in Manchester, UK so we might struggle to fly you over here for a beard pampering! Unfortunately, we can only accept UK based entrants. For those of you not quite local to Manchester if you’re struggling to get here let us know and we’ll see what can be done.
BRISTLR LAUNCHES A HUNT FOR THE UK’S SEXIEST BEARD
Whether it’s full face fuzz or sculpted stubble, a beard is a strong style statement which requires a certain amount of confidence to wear with pride.
With confidence comes an understated sexiness and Bristlr, the app that pairs beard-wearers with beard fanciers, wants to celebrate this by encouraging the people of the UK to share their most desirable facial hair.
If you know someone with an awe-inspiring beard, or you’d like to whistle about your whiskers, simply share an image of your pride and joy along with #ShowUsYourBristles on Bristlr’s Facebook or Twitter to be in with a chance to be named UK’s Sexiest Beard.
The winner will receive a host of grooming products guaranteed to keep those chops in check as well as a virtual trophy to be displayed on their Bristlr profile page, so that any and all matches can see they’ve been officially named Britain’s Sexiest Beard.
John Kershaw, founder of the acclaimed Bristlr app, said: “The beard is now a firm styling choice for men across the UK. The facial hair statement experienced a rapid comeback and has since cemented its place as solid fashion statement.
“Let’s celebrate the comeback of the beard. Who says only Hollywood stars can have sexy beards? The UK has a great sense of style, being home to one of the trend setting capitals of the world. Bristlr will face a challenge picking one winner.”
Launching at the end of 2014, Bristlr has experienced rapid user sign ups and now has almost 75,000 members.