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All About Beards

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Gone are the days where being clean cut is the only option for men (this isn’t the 1950’s anymore). As time has gone by, men have embraced their facial hair in an assortment of ways that keep them looking fresh, innovative, and above all, good looking. Here, we will show you some celebrity beard-spiration, styles, and tools to make your facial hair look great in any sort of scenario.


When To Grow A Beard, And When Not To

  • Figure out when is a good time to stop letting your facial hair grow. If your beard keeps getting to the point where you are eating your mustache hairs and licking your beard stubble, it’s time to throw in the hairy towel and shape up.
  • No patchiness. None whatsoever. Some can grow a full beard out in a couple of days, whereas others get patchy in areas for reasons they can’t control. If you see a patch, get rid of it immediately. That way, even though your beard is still growing, that your face will be as consistent as the New York Jets losing streak.
  • The “when” to grow a beard is usually comes down to Fall or winter. What does that mean? Condition, condition, condition. Winter means dry skin season is upon us, where a beard can make you itch and scratch. No one wants to see your beard dandruff on your nice winter coat, so find a great conditioner that will keep it looking full and fresh as you face the freezing air outside.

Beard-spiration

How about some “beard-spiration”? One great way to see the varieties of beards that are out there is by simply turning on a television or opening up a style magazine for influence. Red carpet events give us the opportunity to not only gaze into what the stars are wearing, but also how they’ve been groomed for a big night out.

Notice how we didn’t say “how they groomed themselves”. That’s because celebrities have a whole team of professionals responsible for making sure they are groomed to a T. Taking note is like taking tips from the best in the trade.

Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan has spoken out his disliking to shaving completely. He was asked how long his lets his beard grow while making an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show last year, to which he responded “I let it go fairly long sometimes. I’m very lazy and I hate shaving. I hate my face without a beard, I look really young.” The laziness and hatred look good on him in this scenario, so keep up the good work Jamie.

Television personality and culinary traveler Adam Richman, who is the author of the book Straight Up Tasty, always has some sort of facial hair going on when he’s attending a major event or hosting one of the many shows he is on. What is his favorite though? “I am fond of a close-cropped beard, slightly longer at the chin. As someone with a rounder face, I find it gives me a little bit of shape & definition. It’s fun to absentmindedly stroke the hairs on my chin while thinking, like some ancient Sage, and the feedback from women so far has all been pretty positive.”

So, let’s say that your days of thinking like Jamie Dornan are done and you are ready for the “trimmage” of a lifetime. It’s gotten you to the edge of bearded glory where you are ready to jump ship and head to your nearest barbers for the shape up. What is the best route to go on to ensure you are left feeling fresh, clean and sexy to boot?


Beard Styles & Tools

The Patch Adams

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If you have those hard to reach places or suffer from “patchy” issues, then the Wahl Professional Peanut Clipper will help you get to those hard to reach places that larger tools have a hard time accomplishing. Relax, turn on, and enjoy the precision as well as the finalized product.

Tools
Wahl Professional Peanut Clipper, $42


The Trim Shady

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For clean and neat trimming, the Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7200 will do the trick. It’s equipped to be “maintenance-ready”, no oil required, stylish and gets the job done to leave you with that fresh feeling that everyone should have post-shave.

Tools
Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer, $59
Panasonic All-in-One Trimmer, $49


The Full Nelson

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The beard oil. As essential to stop from scratching, but also for your face to smell delicious and very kissable. Beardoholic Natural Beard Oil will do the trick here. This oil smells fantastic, leaves you with no itch, and has a great amount of all-natural ingredients that is perfect for your skin.

Tools
Beardoholic Natural Beard Oil, $24
Viking Revolution Beard Oil, $10


Now that you have these great tips, head on out and see what works best for you. What is your favorite beard style to rock through the cold weather?

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  2. This is awesome, I’ve recently started growing out my beard, it was a rocky start but then I caught some steam. The biggest issue for me was the itchiness.. which my girlfriend then found beard oil for. I’ve been using http://www.detroitgrooming.com for most of my products. Anyone else have any other tips? Love to hear them!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Itchiness is common in the early stages of a beard. The oldest solution in the book is still the best: let it grow. Once you get past the itchy stage it will not only feel better, but any patches in your beard will start to fill in.

  3. Terry Adams says:

    Great article. I can’t use just anything on my beard because my skin is sensitive. I’m a sensitive lumberjack! I tired the unscented blend at http://lumberjacksbeardoil.com/ and it seems to work for me.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      “Sensitive Lumberjack.” That’s less of a LinkedIn profile title and more of a dating site profile name!

  4. Well done BL, I’ve just discovered your site and think your styles and advice are on the money!
    Ive rerecently started growing a beard and it’s interesting the comments people make. Most have been “looks great” but my question is if you have any advice on beard oils? I’ve seen a few places recommend them and some say that keeping shaped and clean is enough.

    Any advice?

    Thanks

    Marc (UK)

    1. Black Lapel says:

      When it comes to your facial hair, every guy is different. Beard oil may not be necessary but a little moisturizer never hurts. That’s why we like the Bluebeards Trio we highlighted above. You get all three parts of the beard maintenance equation. Especially now, as the weather starts to turn cool and the air gets dry (for those of us in the Northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere), moisturizer will leave your beard looking, and feeling, great.

  5. I feel like these are replies to a Cosmo article.

    1. Um…okay. Wouldn’t know. We don’t read Cosmo.

  6. Really great article guys. I would personally recommend that if you’re going for a close beard, you don’t let it exceed the length of the hair on the side of your head (that is, if you have a tight haircut). For example when I grow my beard out I shape it with a no. 2 clipper, the same length as is on the back and sides of my head,

    1. Great tip James! #BLendorsed.

  7. “Freelance Lumberjack”? You made my day, guys!
    As a man with a suitable beard, I’m going to call myself like that.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We’d love to see that on your actual LinkedIn profile, Alexander. Better yet, we’d love to see how recruiters would respond to such a title!

  8. I really enjoyed this article! I just had an interview a couple of days ago and had to decide to go with a 3 month old beard or not. In the end I decided to go with the beard because any employer who cannot see past a beard probably wont be a good employer to work for. I look forward to more articles like this one which focus on beards, suits and style.

    1. Way to stick with your look. If you’re keeping your beard in shape, it’ll play in just about any workplace. Hope the interview went well and you nail the gig!

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