In the United States, meanwhile, popular movies portrayed heroes with clean-shaven faces and “crew cuts”. Concurrently, the psychological mass marketing of Madison Avenue was becoming prevalent, and makers of safety razors were among these marketers’ early clients, including The Gillette Company and the American Safety Razor Company. The phrase five o’clock shadow, as a pejorative for stubble, was coined circa 1942 in advertising for Gem Blades, by the American Safety Razor Company, and entered popular usage. These events conspired to popularise short hair and clean-shaven faces as the only acceptable style for decades to come. The few men who wore the beard or portions of the beard during this period were frequently either elderly, Central European, members of a religious sect that required it, sailors, or in academia.
Beards are an all-season trend embraced by men of every age and background. Sporting one to fit in with the pseudo-millennial (a.k.a. urban lumberjack) or mature crowd seems standard these days. And when entering the roughest stretch of the winter, the style is proving to be more fixture than fad.
The Philips Norelco QT is the only shaver that boasts of a vacuum system to give its user mess-free stubble shave. The device also has additional features that are there in almost any performance based men’s beard trimmer that makes it a sure shot success with the male brigade. For instance, you can also adjust the settings of the trimmer for shaving beard to your desired length. Let us delve deeper into finding an insight of the product’s features, pros and cons.
Indeed, it’s manly but you also won’t feel like a lumberjack in a more civilized setting – the camera pans in on the bearded man in the corner who’s wearing a smoking jacket, enjoying a fine cigar and glass of brandy. “What’s that scent he’s wearing?” someone asks.
However, if you’re looking for portability and convenience, then wireless models might be more suited to your preferences and lifestyle. However, if that’s your prerogative, be warned – you won’t have the same horsepower or the benefits of infinite juice that you get from models that use cords. At the end of the day, this choice is up to you!
The best way to teach yourself to use oil daily would be to blend it with some other things you do every day, preferably every morning. Things like brushing teeth, showering or breakfast are great events to connect with beard grooming. Maybe the best one is showering routine. After you are done showering, make sure your beard is completely dry and ready for the treatment. The treatment is very quick and easy, even though the name suggests a cumbersome task.
A great starting point for guys who have never tried out a beard oil before. Bulldog’s Original Beard Oil might be on the cheaper end of the spectrum but this stuff is legit, containing natural ingredients like aloe vera, camelina oil and green tea to condition your beard. It’s also free from artificial colours and ingredients from animal sources.
It makes your beard rough and tangled. As such, it becomes more difficult to wash off the product when you try to rinse. Leaving too much product in your beard can make it even rougher. Not to mention that the cleaning agents in the shampoo or soap do not work as effectively as usual, when in contact with hard water, due to the excess of minerals.
For some guys, the day they decide to let their beards grow, they are met with the beginnings of a full, dense mane of hair on their faces. And for others, they find the process to be slightly less encouraging. Sparse and wiry hairs, and hairless patches can thrust doubt into the mind of a beardsman, but we’re here to tell you that just because you’re sporting a patchy beard doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to make it look fuller, denser, and more badass.
Like tight pants and suspenders, the resurgent popularity of beards in all their many forms is actually part of fashion cycle that has gone on for centuries. In some eras, they were considered the quintessence of the upstanding man, in others, the reserve of the ruffian or outlaw (to discourage them, Peter the Great even taxed facial hair). Interestingly, historians have noted that one of the chief influences over beard and facial hair fashion throughout history has been the military.
Maestro’s Classic Beard Butter in Wiseman’s Blend combines the unique texture and styling capabilities of beard butter with frankincense, rosewood and cypress to stimulate your senses. The result is a good styling product with a chill aromatherapy vibe.
With a two-year limited warranty, you can trust that this model will last you awhile. It comes with three combs as attachments to give you plenty of versatility – not bad for this modestly priced model.
There isn’t really anything you can do about the hair growth genes you inherited (yet), but what you can do is make some lifestyle changes to cut out anything that might be stunting hair growth to cut down on the time it takes to grow a beard. Get some sleep, exercise and ensure that you’re getting enough nutrition—especially protein. This will shorten beard growth time tremendously because a healthy body is more likely to grow hair.
In order to balance the oil glands around your hair follicles, try oysters, crabs or clams once in awhile. I would suggest it when you have a date and you want to move to the next base. I heard they send the right messages (wink wink).
3. Dye It: This one is smoke and mirrors, but it works. I have brown hair, but half my beard is a weird translucent blond. So, I often dye it to match the blondes with the browns, and it more than triples the density. This tip ain’t helpful for anyone who doesn’t also have blonde beard hairs and dark hairs to match, but it does the trick, and usually confuses my friends who see my regularly—in a good way. Don’t be ashamed to admit the secret, either: Your beard is already thick, it just doesn’t appear that way. So you’re helping showcase what’s there. As for brands, Just for Men has yet to fail me, and they have a good sliding scale of options for facial hair. Just don’t let it set for more than prescribed, or else you’ll have patchy dye spots on your skin for a couple days.
If you choose a cordless trimmer, it’s important to know the length of the battery’s life before it needs to recharge. With a corded trimmer, the length of the cord may be important if you’re seeking maximum maneuverability in your bathroom or another area where you do your trimming.
Thanks for the feedback! I think it depends on your skin type. I, for one, have never gotten more sunburned from using vitamin C, or citrus-based products. But I do know people, usually with very fair skin, who have.
Beard balm or beard oil? This may be the most frequent question we get asked at The Mod Cabin. Some people say they are one and the same. This simply is not true. Beard balm is a pomade made by mixing, heating and cooling moisturizers and sealants. Beard oil is a leave in moisturizer and conditioner made by mixing carrier oils with essential oil blends or in some cases fragrance oils. In this post we will explain the differences between beard balm and beard oil and when to use each. We will start with beard balm.
Catagen phase: The resting phase, or catagen phase, is where your hair follicle quits melanin production and shrinks. It lasts only about two weeks and only 1% of your hair is going to be in this phase at any given time.
Towel dry it when you finish. Use a blow dryer if needed. But no matter your choice, be gentle. As previously said, your beard, while attached to your face, is alive. You don’t want to upset it! It has many ways to get its revenge!
In the time of Alexander the Great the custom of smooth shaving was introduced. Reportedly, Alexander ordered his soldiers to be clean-shaven, fearing that their beards would serve as handles for their enemies to grab and to hold the soldier as he was killed. The practice of shaving spread from the Macedonians, whose kings are represented on coins, etc. with smooth faces, throughout the whole known world of the Macedonian Empire. Laws were passed against it, without effect, at Rhodes and Byzantium; and even Aristotle conformed to the new custom, unlike the other philosophers, who retained the beard as a badge of their profession. A man with a beard after the Macedonian period implied a philosopher, and there are many allusions to this custom of the later philosophers in such proverbs as: “The beard does not constitute a philosopher.”
The carrier oils and essential oils were bought at my local GNC. Be warned, they aren’t cheap ingredients, but they’ll last a really long time. The essential oils were $5-$10 each and the carrier oils were each about $10 (even though the jojoba oil was 4oz and the sweet almond was 16oz — keep that cost difference in mind when making your own recipes). So while startup costs are higher, your per-bottle cost ends up being just $2-$3 using the recipes below. (Keep this in mind when thinking about Christmas presents for your bearded friends and relatives!)
The first one on this list should be more than able to do the job. As for shaving your head, I’d suggest you get something more specific for that task, it does not have to be expensive. Check out our balding clippers review.
Mustache wax has a stronger hold than styling balm, so a tiny bit goes a long way when it comes to unshakeable hold. As a result, a little tube of wax can last you a pretty long time. It offers a naturally flexible hold and keeps hair out of your mouth while you eat.
Good beard balms are often scented with blends of natural essential oils instead of synthetics. Synthetic fragrance oils often contain toxic chemicals which can irritate your skin and alcohol that can leave your beard more dry and brittle in the end. Remember to read the ingredients of the beard balm before buying it.
Organic coconut oil is one of the top ingredients. Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer that’s ideal for both hair and skin because it has a pH that’s very compatible with both. So, not only does it moisturize, but it keeps your skin and hair at their prime acidity level, which keeps them healthy and prevents hair loss and patchiness. Beard Balm also contains 100% Kosher grapeseed oil; grapeseed oil is light, non-greasy, and reduces frizz, contributing to better beard control.
Skin Irritation: The more facial hair you have, or the longer it is, the more vulnerable your face is to skin irritation. While the effects of this can be abated using other cosmetic tools such as beard oils, keeping your hair well-groomed and neatly trimmed is another way to fight this condition.