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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
Those of you with a keen eye will notice a recent update to our FAQ section on your favourite dating app, Bristlr!
However, we’re aware that some of your have had a bit of a problem using Bristlr – namely our gay, bi and queer users looking for other beards.
Since joining the Bristlr team, one of the questions I hear most often goes along the lines of …
How do I find other gay men on Bristlr?
One of our aims with Bristlr is not to put people in to boxes, aside from the key ‘beard or no beard’ boxes. We don’t want to slap labels on everything, you have the freedom to come up with your own labels. What we really want is for everyone to feel welcome and involved, regardless of gender or sexuality.
However, we are aware that this can cause a problem for gay, bi and queer users looking for other beards – it can make searching for another beard a little difficult.
We know some of you might want to wear your identity with pride. And if that’s something you’re comfortable with, it’s something we actively encourage. Take a look at our new addition to the FAQ section:
See? We’re trying, and we hope you understand. By using hashtags in your profile, other Bristlr users will be able to find you using the search bar.
Of course if you ever do have any feedback we’re open to it.
We want Bristlr to be an inclusive app for all beard fans, so we’ll work hard to bring that to you.
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.
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!
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!