The beard, a man’s best accessory.

There are many a celebrity who sport a bad ass beard but let us support our everyday fellows too. Here are some fabulous beards done right. The fourth pic is for those of you unfortunates who cant grow a beard at all, never fear you can wear this hat with a beard crocheted to it. ūüôā

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Perhaps your thinking you can’t rock a beard and have been skirting the issue for years by going with the more simplistic goatee? Or maybe friendly Mutton Chops is as far as you’ve ever wanted to go.¬†Or maybe¬†you’re the¬†guy who lets his five o clock shadow come in only on ¬†vacation. You could be that man from down the street whose beard is out of control in a longitude/latitude kind of way and has mayhem written all over it. ¬†Whatever the case, if you have the genetics and the gusto to stick with it ¬†, well it shows women you can commit to something ¬†other than the required eating, sleeping, drinking thing (insert laugh here) and therefore you should be treating your facial hair appropriately. You gotta let it flourish and thrive! You gotta show people you are alive! (yes upon realizing I just wrote a Dr. Zeus rhyme just there I still continued to leave it )

For all the men out there ¬†who can only manage a few specks of hair ¬†or only ¬†grow hair on the parts of your face you don’t want them, ¬†well ¬†I can’t help you . No one can. However the only thing worse than patchy sparse beard hair is clean-shaven men with bumps and other facial atrocities that stem from lack of shaving the right way. So you can continue to read on with enthusiastic fervor!

I am a lover of the beard. For so many reasons, aesthetics for one, demeanor for another and of course if your lucky enough to find ¬†a wonderful beard then those pheromones will call out to you and poof a fabulous man will be underneath. Be warned though, it is the man who makes the beard,¬†not the other way around. After all douche bags come in all forms. But that’s another piece. ūüôā

I believe that whether yours is graying or grown out shaggy or trimmed clean-cut for that three-piece suit you have to wear to work you still have to treat it like you treat the hair on your head, if you have any ūüôā or care at all about your over all inner self.. even more reason to be in the know about the up keep of that crazy facial hair.

There ¬†is no one beard for every man. Every length and thickness won’t suffice for everyone. Long and scraggly when taken care of might be hot as hell on a super tall skinny hipster with a homeless-chic kind of get up but might not work for ¬†a sexy guy with the misfortune of being only 5′ 8″ and wears iron, pleated work pans to his place of work. Some other beard might be better for him. And if it’s your first time, or you’ve been rocking the same old thing for a while there are 4 simple rules that’ll get you where you want to be or keep you exactly in the “My beard is awesome” ¬†zone.

1. Wash and condition your beard.

2. Shave your neck properly. Because an awesome beard is no longer awesome ¬†when your neck looks nasty. wherever you decide your beard will grow to on your neck go and shave the rest of the neck below. A single blade is best despite what companies that sell you razors with 5, 6 and 7 double-sided blades will say. It’s absurd, ¬†you’re not shaving the bushes in your front yard your trying to make whatever part you shave smooth enough for a woman to want to actually touch it.

3. Invest in a beard comb or just comb it.¬†You have to. It’s just that simple and if you can’t manage to run a comb through your beard sometimes then you prob don’t ever engage in the first two steps which leads me to believe your either lazy or dirty or both. ¬†So go back to step one.

4.¬†Maintain the skin below (meaning your face).¬†It’s important to have clean and healthy skin underneath your beard. So if you suffer from super dry skin those skin cells that flake off, which is natural, can show in your beard and can pile up and you’ll have beard dandruff. So find a men’s moisturizer ( My boyfriend uses a moisturizer made specifically for if you have a beard and can be applied on your neck and face and beard. Which you’ll need anyhow after shaving your neck. It even smells amazing)

 

Great products and razors (This is a list of the stuff my bf uses after lots of trial and error)

       

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These are some great products my boyfriend uses. (¬†Neutrogena face lotion is optional) Bluebeards Original beard wash, a beard comb made from bone, a straight razor with wooden handle, Bold’s dry shave gel and Blubeards face and neck lotion.

Things you’ll likely face with a full beard

1.Staring ¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†People will inevitably stare at you and if they are smart, it’s in admiration of such an amazing piece of artwork on your face but no matter where you are at some point you will probably be some place or venue where some sad old lady who has had to watch all her friends from 1938 die one at a time look at you weird or some asshole interviewer with the super judge-y eyes that say he’s already decided what kind of person you are. To that I encourage giving the stink eye briefly. hehe

2.Extreme heat ¬†or anything above 70 degrees F.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†A beard in the summer can be a nightmare because well it’s hot and your sweaty and there’s hair on your face and maybe in your head on the hottest day of the year in the subway waiting for a train your screaming in your head Why the hell is this rug on my face raising my body temperature several degrees, and I’m dehydrated too¬†!!!!” I digress. That is ¬†annoying. But a true beard goer will persevere and stick with it. Eventually you get used to it. And that’s that. Beauty and face locks have their price.:-)

Ultimately a full beard can help you see more dimensions of  yourself,  you can be proud of doing something dramatic and seeing it through with pride every single day to end . It takes a lot of determination to keep it up in all facets of life and when you see that you can, you become your better self for it.

If you need some inspiration just think of all the pretty important guys with mad facial swag. Santa, Jesus, Abe Lincoln, Yosemite Sam, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Otto the Great. So many.

My favorite beard happens to be that of my better half below, so handsome!!!. Please feel free to add pics of your favorite beard too!

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