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Samuel@Bristlr.com, Author at Bristlr's Blog

Prism by Beard Lab & Bristlr – Our new Beard Oil!

Prism is the new beard oil scent currently in development by Beard Lab, with a helping hand from Bristlr. Trust us, you need it in your life!

Beard Lab fans will remember their Jellybean Beard Oil, which sadly disappeared. However we love the scent so much that we’ve helped bring it back, with a re-brand!

Arriving soon in Beard Lab’s shop, Prism is a must have for beard owners looking for something a little sweeter. Smell the rainbow all day long with its colourful, fruity scent.

Beard Lab's Prism with Bristlr
Prism, a collaborative effort between Bristlr and Beard Lab, will be coming soon! So your beard can smell like rainbows too!

So, why have we brought back Jellybean? The simple answer is that Jellybean was our favourite beard oil scent, and we were heartbroken to see it go. We brought it back so that everyone can enjoy the magical scent once again!

We also wanted to give something back to the beard community, something unique. You’ll find plenty of beard oils out there inspired by woody, musky, masculine scents. How many beard oils smell like sweets and rainbows? Just Prism!

We want to see our beard owning folk taking good care of their beards. To do that you’ll need a quality beard oil. What better way to ensure quality than to work with a brand, like Beard Lab, that delivers products we know we love?

Prism was originally inspired by our Rainbow Feature, so it nicely ties in to the Bristlr brand. We’d also hoped to release this rainbow inspired beard oil in time for Pride Season, but unfortunately these things take time. You can’t cut corners when it comes to achieving a quality product after all! However, we want our LGBT fans to know that Prism and the rainbow motif was inspired by your diverse community!

Beard Lab have almost finished preparations and Prism will soon be available to buy. Until then go and pre-order your own bottle

#SuccessStory – Rae & Aidy

Rae and Aidy

Another success here at Bristlr!

This week Rae got in touch to tell us she’s met the beard for her on Bristlr. The beard in question belongs to Aidy from Sheffield, and what a lovely beard he has! Take a look for yourselves.
We asked Rae for her story, how Bristlr brought her and Aidy together and where things are going from here.

I first saw Bristlr on Dragons Den and joined straight away but there was no one in my area.

Fast forward to April 2017 and I opened my distance search and found Aidy in Sheffield, 60+ miles away. His quirkiness and passion for photography were a hit for me and we began to chat via text and swapped Instagram account details to admire each other’s work.

We met in person on June 3rd in Sheffield. Both extremely nervous but had a fabulous day sharing our love of art, museums and the outdoors. We are now stronger than ever and have future plans.

‘Future plans’ sounds a bit mysterious, but that’s the way we like it here at Bristlr! The possibilities are endless, just like the beards!

We wish Rae and Aidy nothing but happiness and beard fondling in those future plans. We’re glad to hear you both found each other and share so many passions (but mostly, we’re delighted you share a passion for beards).

Want more feel good, beardy Success Stories? Take a look at our latest Success Story!


Did you find love in a beardy place? Get in touch with samuel@bristlr.com and we’ll share your Success Story on our blog! 

Guest Post – 10 Reasons Why You Should Date a Man With a Beard

This article was written by Tara @ TrimEpil.com:


With the latest trend of men growing impressive facial hair, it is no wonder that more women find themselves attracted to bearded men.

If you are wondering why the beard has turned into a new symbol of sexual attraction and why more ladies are choosing to date men with beards, here are 10 reasons which will clarify this recent trend:

1. A beard makes a man even manlier. Having a full grown beard makes a man look more mature and confident which is exactly what most women are looking for when seeking their life partners. Plus there are many beard styles that are which will never grow old such as those here!

2. The beard makes snuggling and kissing much more fun. A soft and tickly beard is the perfect turn on for most ladies who will gladly share these intimate moments with a man with a beard.

3. Men with beards are open to adventure. A man who has the courage to take the step to grow a full grown beard is definitely not a cookie cutter. Choose to date a bearded man and you will never be bored! Spontaneous surprises and exciting new experiences will become a part of your happy new life. If you want to experience new adventures and never again have a dull moment – this is the best choice you can make when choosing a new partner.

4. Beards can add to the elegant look. Combining a well-groomed, trimmed beard with a stylish outfit can make any bearded man simply irresistible!

5. Nothing can beat the sensation of gently stroking a full grown beard on the face of your loved one. The tickling and the softness of the beard are very difficult to withstand and your man will love you even more when you gently caress his beard.

6. The beard protects the face of your loved one so even on the chilliest days he will be warm and happy, especially when you are around to enjoy the moment.

7. A fully grown beautiful beard is a symbol of rebellion and confidence, and let’s face it ladies – we all like bad boys! Plus, a well-groomed beard is proof that your man has the patience and can be committed enough to grow it and care for it. This means that the guy will be patient and committed to you too!

8. Bearded men are actually healthier. It is only natural for a woman to look for a partner who is strong and healthy, and scientific research has found that beards can actually reduce the risk of skin cancer and slow down the aging process due to the fact that it blocks up to 95% of the harmful UV rays.

9. Lumbersexuals are the new thing! Yes, women love a man with a burly beard who seems ready to take down a few trees with a big and heavy axe.

10. The beard makes a man look more mature. Say goodbye to the baby-faced men and help to a much more mature look of a bearded guy! A full grown beard is a symbol of manhood and wisdom.

Overall, if you choose to date a man with a beard you will feel happy, cared for, proud and constantly attracted to your guy. Beards are timeless and can be combined with both a more casual look as well as a classic and stylish vision. Everybody will notice your man, and you will never be more proud and sure about the choice you have made if you pick a bearded man to be at your side!

So, if you have been wondering why men with beards are constantly grabbing your attention – don’t. There is perfectly logical reasoning behind this trend. Go ahead and follow your heart – call that bearded man you met at the party last night. It could surely turn into the best and biggest love story of your life!


Got your own beard related article? Get in touch with samuel@bristlr.com with your ideas and lets talk beards!

#SuccessStory – Bristlr Baby

Bristlr Baby

Here at the Bristlr Blog we’ve had plenty of Success Stories. We’ve brought people together all around the world. All through a mutual love of beards.

So imagine our delight to find that our very first Success Story between Sophie and Kyle has led to our first Bristlr Baby! Say hello to Alex, who we’re sure will grow up to be a big fan of beards.

Not bad for an account set up by some friends on a night of drinking, right Sophie?

It’s been a couple of weeks since Sophie contacted us through Facebook to tell us the good news. So we believe it’s time to share that good news with the rest of our fans.

We met through Bristlr two and a half years ago, and welcomed our daughter Alex three weeks ago! She’s perfect, and absolutely loves snuggling in to daddy’s massive beard!

We’re totally smitten with each other and Alex. If I hadn’t messaged ‘Beyond The Flames’ on your app, we wouldn’t be here now.

The Bristlr Team is delighted our first (that we know of) Bristlr family! Congratulations to Sophie and Kyle, and welcome to the world our smallest beard fan, Alex!

Bristlr adds Gender Options

Bristlr adds Gender Options

Bristlr has had a successful journey so far, and we’re always pushing that journey further. We’ll be bringing various updates and upgrades to the app over the coming months. Our first update is the option to select your gender when creating your profile. Also, you can filter your searches by gender.

We once said we wouldn’t be bringing gender options to Bristlr until we can do it right. We may not have cracked the code yet, but we’re making a start. As always we’re open to feedback. In fact, we’re actively encouraging it here! We’ll be adding more gender options; if your gender isn’t represented, let us know and we’ll make sure you are.

Why are we adding Gender to Bristlr?

Queer, Bi and Gay Beards on Bristlr

When Bristlr first arrived we had no gender options. Instead, we had the option to search for people with beards, people without beards, or both. We made no assumptions of gender based on whether or not someone has a beard.

According to John Kershaw, founder of Bristlr, this was “to make Bristlr as open as possible to everyone. I figured if you’re going to split people down a binary, why not make that about beards?”

In theory this was perfect; everyone is welcome regardless of gender or sexuality. In practice, it made searching and matching a little difficult for some of you. Couple that with a lot of press labeling us as an app for ‘bearded men and women that love beards’, Bristlr started to seem less inclusive than we wanted it to be.

So after much research, internal debate, feedback, and a chat with Robyn Exton, founder of the dating app for LGBTQ women ‘Her‘, we decided to make some changes.

As one example: previously men struggled to find other beardy men interested in men on Bristlr. With the gender filtering, you can identify as male and say they’re interested in other men. Bristlr will do the matching from there, ensuring you’ll only see people interested in you.

John again; “We’ve had nearly three years without gender, so the switch is going to be a little awkward. As a middle step, the new gender filtering is very broad; if you select you want to see men, we’ll show you everyone who didn’t select ‘woman’ on their profile.”

What’s next for Bristlr’s Journey of Inclusivity?

The LGBTQ Spectrum - all welcome on Bristlr!

Bristlr is for everyone, the only thing you really need to join us is a love of beards. Inclusivity is super important to us, and we want to make sure we get it right! Your feedback is going to play a big role in that.

For now you’re able to express your gender on Bristlr, and we’re including a functional text-box for custom fields. If your gender identity is missing from our app or it’s not working for you, let us know!

On the sexuality options, John said “we’re not adding a selection for sexuality. Instead we’re asking who you are (when it comes to gender), and who you’d like to meet.” You’re still able to write your sexuality in your profile and express your identity in that way if you like. And we’re working on  improving that too!

Got some feedback for us? Whether it’s adding in new gender options or any new features, we’re listening. Get in touch through our FAQ page

10 Men with Beards that will make you want to join Bristlr

10 Men with Beards that will make you want to join Bristlr

Beards are amazing, am I right? They’re definitely in our top 10 of favourite things. We’re pretty sure they’re your favourite thing too.

Beards are for sharing, so we’ve tracked down 10 men with beards that will make you want to join Bristlr!

Not sure if Bristlr is the app for you? Check out our latest success story from Brian Harrington, to see Bristlr in action!

 

Beard #1

Beards and tattoos are @rickisamhall‘s signature look, but did you know the beard is currently off? It’s always sad to see a good beard go, so be sure to let them know how special they are!

 

Beard #2

A beard in Berlin. @dominikberberich is a model (of course), bartender and owner of one amazing beard!

 

Beard #3

A snappy dresser and a fancy beard on @queyoun, we certainly approve!

 

Beard #4

A fighting fit beard from Madrid! @kryspasiecznik has got some pretty sweet tattoos to go with that thickness.

 

Beard #5

The beard of @spizoiky looks great in black and white or colour. Go take a look at his profile and try to tell use we’re wrong.

 

Beard #6

Did you know that beards are the key to adventure? @mark.c.dc certainly does!

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We can all agree that we somehow tend to make • B i r t h d a y s • a big deal. Whether it's by celebrating the monument of our birth or by pity partying over the postponed and unaccomplished goals we set for ourselves. To me it's a mixed day that transforms into something new every year. Every moment i desperately try to differ between the meaning of just breathing and actually living. And so today I'm just turning a year older. Still trying to do my best torn between living, breathing and trying to satisfy the people i love. P.S: Since i'm spending my birthday today in the army base, the photo is from my bday last year making some wishful thinking i was there right now 🎵 Alive – Sia #beards #beard #man #men #instagood #guy #instamen #body #gains #arms #selfportrait #gymlife #menforus #hoscos #fitness #workout #love4fitguys #menintop #hot #birthday #chestday #instaboy #scruffy @hoscos #instalifo #thebeardedway @barbaspelosetc_

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Beard #7

Influencer, fashion wearer and beard owner. @woodreaux has a beard to be envied, and looks great in peach.

 

Beard #8

Do you know how easy it is to accessorise with a beard? @mehdi_manafii certainly does! Just look at this beard and hat combo.

 

Beard #9

You’ll always find @alexcroquer and his beard surrounded by cats. Seriously, check out his profile. This beard is a cat magnet.

 

Beard #10

This beard is enough to make anyone smile. Just look at the smile on @kiradymov‘s face!

 

There you have it, beards really are the best right! If it’s beards you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty of them right here on Bristlr. So join us and all the amazing beards of Bristlr.

For all the beards and beard lovers on social media, we’re currently running a competition in association with BILF. Head over to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages to take part! 

#SuccessStory – Brian & Sherin

Last week we reached out to Brian Harrington, beardy entrepreneur, actor, producer and more! This isn’t the first time Brian’s been here on our blog, but this story might be a little more exciting…

We were delighted to hear that Brian met his fiance, Sherin, through Bristlr. Even more exciting, they recently engaged! We’ve got another Bristlr wedding on the way!

Brian and Sherin’s engagement took place at 30,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean. Not your average proposal! You can watch the touching moment that Sherin said yes, right here:

You can read more about this touching story from both Brian and Sherin below.

Brian

I messaged back and forth with Southwest on Twitter for about a month ahead of time and they were on it from the start. They emailed the flight crew and let me know a bottle of champagne would be waiting on board. The mood lights on the aisle, the peanuts crown, and calling us both up to the front was all their idea and the pilot let us take a sweet picture in the cockpit afterwards.

Sherin

Brian was in a weird, jittery mood leading up to our flight and I couldn’t figure out what had gotten into him! After letting me know that they “deleted his boarding pass,” I figured we wouldn’t be flying on Southwest anytime soon…boy, was I wrong. In a super coordinated effort, Southwest went above and beyond to execute the perfect proposal with the man of my dreams! I got to wear the ultimate peanut crown, sip champagne, and celebrate our day from 30,000+ feet in the sky.

Congratulations to Brian and Sherin on your engagement, we’re so happy to have brought you together and we hope there are many more happy years to come.

 

If you want to find your own beard, or if you’re looking for someone to stroke your beard, join Bristlr.

#BeardTalk with Bristlr – Dave the Bear

Dave The Bear Bristlr

You can find Dave the Bear on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

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.

10 Beard Styles that never grow old…

Grow. Get it?

So you’ve been growing out that beard for a while and you’re not really sure what to do with it. Am I right? We’ve all been there.

Well, have no fear, Bristlr is here. We’ve tracked down ten great beard styles that will never grow old! Read on and marvel at these beautiful beards.

 

1. The Basic Beard. Basic, but by no means boring! No need to go crazy with this one, just let it grow and keep it trimmed. Any length, any colour, you can rock this if you just believe you can…

 

2. The Stubby. No need to keep it too long if maintenance if an issue. Keep it stubby and just trim it back when it’s getting a bit lengthy for your liking…

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Guten Morgen☕️#sunday

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3. The Bun & The Beard. If you want a complete look for your entire head, this is the one for you. Just grow out your hair alongside your beard and tie it up in a carefree bun…

 

4. The Goatee. You can’t beat a classic, and the goatee is certainly an iconic look. Turn heads on your travels. You’re bringing beardy back…

 

5. Tache n’ Shadow. Don’t want a full beard? No problem. There are other alternatives for your hairy face. That top lip is perfect real estate…

 

6. Tache to the Max. There’s no such thing as going overbeard when it comes to your face. Grow that tache all the way down to your feet if you want. You do you…

 

7. Bald & Beardy. Swap the hair on your head for the hair on your chin. Really pull focus to that carefully sculpted beard by eliminating any competition your hair up there might create…

 

8. Beard Braids. Keep your bushy bits under control with a braid or two! No need to loose any length here. If anything the lengthier, the better…

 

9. Beady Beardy. More of a decoration than a style, but if you’ve got a creative streak why not show it off with some beads in that beard? Show off a style all your own…

 

10. Your Beard Your Rules. Who said you needed to conform to a style anyway? It’s your beard and you can grow it out and maintain however you like. We support you…

 

 

So go ahead and grow, beard owners! You’ve been given the Bristlr Stamp of Approval on your beards!

And whilst we certainly don’t want to pick a favourite style, we’ll give you a hint…

10 Merbeards that’ll make you want to take to the sea…

Merbeards

Majestic. Flawless. Seaworthy.

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…

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Silver on silver. Make it shine! @celebriteez

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8. The Turquoise. You can always keep it simple with your Merbeard…

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Merbearding it up this weekend! @stevensanchezjr

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9. Flashy Fish. Or go wild, the world is your oyster…

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Dye it! Spray it! Werk it! @freeradical666

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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!