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2016 the end of the beard…? Course not! 

I’ve read in recent weeks that 2016 will be the end of the beard, if you’re reading media publications and taking what they say as gospel then enjoy following the next “fad”. This story came about after some historian has decided to run a three year research project on the beard and its cultural history, again I’m not sure how that can determine the downfall of the beard…. If you want to grow a beard, then do it. 

This is my first post in a long time, I really should blog more. In the coming weeks I’ll be looking at everything beard and male lifestyle again, think I might look at some tips for beard growers who aren’t 100% happy with what they can grow whether that’s a patchy beard or face fluff. 

Anyway, I’ll leave it there for now. Expect a proper post in the coming days. 

Beard threading and General beard care. 

Ever heard of beard threading? I’ve been looking at this method of facial grooming recently and decided to give it a go, so I thought I’d share my experience with you.

First off, it hurts like nothing else. It won’t be something I do often, I just wanted to see the process and how it works/feels. This process will weaken the folicle and prevent the hair growing as dense in the future in that area, so this is particularly good for your cheeks and neck with any hairs you are constantly trimming. You will still have to trim your beard and look after it with your normal methods. 

You will want to get a good brush with strong rigid bristles as well as some good scissors along with your beard oils. Be sure to wash and scrub your beard to remove any dead skin and keep your beard and face soft, you’ll want to brush your beard when it’s still wet and then gently towel dry your beard until it’s almost dry, then apply your oils to lock in the moisture and leave it smelling great. 

So along with this grooming and possibly getting your beard threaded you can be going into the spring with an amazing looking beard. 

Don’t be scared to go and try threading, just be prepared for the pain and don’t listen to the reports that are creeping in saying beards are on the way out… They aren’t. 

First time beard growing tips

Here are a few tips for the novice beard grower, these tips will help you get on the road to the perfect beard.

1. Let it grow, don’t start trying to trim
and shape it at first.

2. Keep it clean, it’s still hair so make sure you wash it! Might also be wise to use a beard oil from an early stage, find out how to make your own here – https://thebeardedgentlemanblogs.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/the-perfect-beard/

3. Push through the itchy stage, it only gets better.

4. Let it grow below your jaw line, chip straps are horrible, avoid any sharp lines with your beard.

5. When you do get to a substantial length after say 3 weeks, you can make it neater by making the edges a bit sleeker. You can either use a beard trimmer or scissors to rid any stray hairs. Make your beard tighter on your cheek, I tend to trim my beard on the sides and keep it longer at the bottom to give a well groomed appearance.

6. Use a beard trimmer to keep it at a fairly even length. A beard that’s uneven all over will look scruffy.

7. The most important one, Have patience! Trust me, having a beard is worth it.

A Gents Guide to Interviews

Who doesn’t need a few pointers here or there when it comes to an interview? With this post I’ll be covering everything from interview fashion to some need to know tips, as well as questions for the interviewer. I occasionally interview people for jobs within my company so I am able to give a few good pointers on what I like to hear and see.

Interview clothing

Make sure you look sharp, it doesn’t matter what the job is…show you take care of yourself! I would always go to an interview in at least a shirt and tie. If you’re going for a high end job then be sure to wear a suit, there will be something for every budget whether that’s a Topman suit for the lower budget, Hackett suit for a mid range or a Paul Smith suit for the higher budget! (I’ll link below some recommendations) i tend to stick with navy suits, black or grey can sometimes look quite silly on some people, so play it safe and go with navy. Whichever suit you do go with, make sure it fits right, a baggy suit looks awful. Another must is a good pair of shoes, do not turn up in trainers or scruffy shoes.

Topman suit – www.topman.com

Hackett suit – www.mrporter.com

Paul Smith London suit – www.mrporter.com

Interview tips

Be on time for the interview, being late is a big no no.

Make sure you know your own CV, there is nothing worse than someone who says they can do various things yet when you ask them about this they seem to be just as curious about it as you are (the interviewer).

If you’ve got a beard, be sure it’s well maintained and not all scraggly! (See my tips here thebeardedgentlemanblogs.com/the-perfect-beard & thebeardedgentlemanblogs.com/the-perfect-beard-part-2/ ) same with stubble, if it doesn’t suit you then go clean shaven, but let’s be honest… Who doesn’t suit a beard!?

Be prepared. Learn about the company you are interviewing for and find out a few facts and figures that will make you shine. By doing this you will show you’ve put time and effort into preparing for the interview and will impress the interviewer.

Confidence is key, if you walk into that room and are able to show you’re confident and can almost control the interview then you really are making yourself stand out from the crowd. Be sure to make eye contact and give a strong handshake.

No matter what you do, stay calm. Don’t get flustered and confused, and if you need to take a few seconds to compose your self.

Interviewee questions

Be sure to question the interviewer when given your turn, there’s a few reasons for this, sometimes the interviewer may forget to mention something that’s quite important or it may just be a case of you wanting to find out more about the company to see if it is actually a place you would like to work. Ask them about the company and what makes them enjoy working there, you could ask about the future of the company and how you will help achieve get it to where they want it to be. Don’t be shy with your questions but be sure to think them through before your interview, you don’t want to be asking silly pointless questions.

The perfect beard part 2

Following on from my first post about getting the perfect beard is the second part in my beard keeping series. This part is looking more in depth at the skin care and washing side of beard care!

Products I use

Lush Kalamazoo – Lush (beard and facial wash)
Clinique face scrub – Boots
seaweed clay mask – Body shop
Maca root face protection – Body shop
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I use these products in the order I have listed them, start off by washing your beard and face with the Kalamazoo, then I follow that up by using the Clinique face scrub all whilst in the shower. I will then pat dry my face and apply the seaweed clay mask, leaving for 10 minutes and washing off with luke warm water, then I will apply Maca root face protection (before I go onto use my beard oil)

The lush Kalamazoo is a new product to me but I have added it into my routine already, it really is great! It leaves my beard smelling great and feeling soft, the product cuts through all the oils you may have left in your beard and removes dead skin. My beard has never looked and felt so great! It really is one of the best beard washes I’ve ever used. This will also be good for skin repair because it contains pineapple juice and orange oil, both known to have benefits such as anti inflammatory and skin repairing properties so not only does this leave you fresh and clean, it also makes your skin glow and look great!!

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The perfect beard

I really want to share my enthusiasm for good beards, I’ve been growing mine for around 4 years now (with the obvious occasional trim). Some people think having a beard is easy and for lazy people, but let me tell you that is far from the truth, so much time and care goes into maintaining a good beard…Nobody likes a scraggly beard.

Some quick tips for the perfect beard –

1 – WASH YOUR BEARD – your beard needs the same type of attention as your head of hair, make sure you keep it fresh and clean with shampoo and occasionally you can condition it to keep it soft and healthy.

2 – FACE SCRUB – be sure to use a good face scrub that will exfoliate the skin under your face rug, I’ve been using clinique face scrub which you can get from boots for £19. It will lift the oils away from your beard and remove any dead skin

3 – MOISTURISE – I use a L’oreal moisturiser that’s actually recommended for stubble, but I feel it gets into my beard and reaches my skin beneath to leave my skin soft and fresh.

4 – BEARD OIL – in my opinion this is the most important part of beard care, a good beard oil that will turn your rough beard into the soft perfect beard which will also smell great! I actually make my own beard oil (which I will explain later in this post) which not only leaves me better off in my pocket in the long run as beard oil can be very expensive but I can also make the beard oil smell and have the exact effect I want it to have by using certain different oils.

5 – TRIM – Be sure to trim your beard every so often, i trim mine around every three weeks using a pair of hair scissors and just snipping away any out of place, messy hairs!

How to make your own Beard Oil

All of the items i use are from Holland & Barrett and in total it costs me around £35 for 4-8 batches worth depending on how strong you like your oil (you could always go with a pre made shop bought one at around £15-20 for 10ml). You will also need some sort of container to mix which you can get from Superdrug/Boots for around £2

First off you need to make a base which consists of Jojoba oil 30-50ml (£15.99) & Almond oil 30-50ml (£5.89)

This isn’t a base ingredient but i always add Rosemary around 2ml or a few drops (£5.19) which adds a fresh, uplifting herbal hint to it

Then you can start experimenting with smells! I’ve gone with a citrus scent for mine and i have used Sweet Orange around 2ml or a few drops (£4.99) & Grapefruit around 2ml or a few drops (£4.99)

Other Combinations – you could go for a woody smell and replace the orange and grapefruit with Pine Oil & Cedarwood Oil or maybe a fresh scent using Vanilla Oil and Lemon Oil

Just experiment and have fun! You can also contact me on twitter @beardedgentblogs if you need any help or instruction on how to make your own oil or anything else that you may want to know! 

Below are the links to the products i have used.

Jojoba Oil –  http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/holland-barrett-jojoba-oil-60017068?c=jojoba%20oil

Almond Oil –  http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/miaroma-sweet-almond-oil-60060103?c=almond%20oil

Rosemary Oil – http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/miaroma-rosemary-pure-essential-oil-60060124?c=rosemary%20oil

Sweet Orange Oil – http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/miaroma-sweet-orange-pure-essential-oil-60029066?c=sweet%20orange%20oil

Grapefruit Oil – http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/miaroma-grapefruit-pure-essential-oil-60029071?c=grapefruit%20oil