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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. 

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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.

Wardrobe essentials for the alternative gent

This is my first proper male fashion post, I won’t be looking at the type you may see on a cat walk or the latest must have thing because a celeb has worn it. I’ll be looking at the alternative style and what you really should own, this blog is going to be about the wardrobe basics you can wear with anything. My style is a mix between the modern gent mixed with alternative grunge.
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All of the clothing I will be writing about is available from shops such as Topman, Burton, Asos… This is all affordable stuff that looks great!

1 – Simple canvas plimsol – Converse are a safe bet, they really are a great shoe… They look awesome and last for ages.

2 – Brogues – Everyone must own a pair of brogues… Every gent needs a smart shoe in his wardrobe, you can wear them with a white button down shirt, blazer and jeans for a smarter look or be a bit more casual with them and go with the no sock, rolled up/cropped Jean look with a white tee and check shirt.

3 – Jeans – I wear nothing but a skinny cut when it comes to jeans (you really don’t have to have a slender figure to rock the skinny jean look… I’m far from skinny, but I knew this style is the one for me and many others), I insist you also give them a go if you don’t already! Your best bet is to go with a stretch skinny which you can find in Topman, you should go with a blue and black colour (I prefer a more washed, distressed look Jean) so you can wear them with everything in your wardrobe.

4 – Chino trousers – I rarely wear chinos but still own them for peace of mind, I know that if I need a versatile trouser that will go with anything whether it’s for work or going out I can rely on them.

5 – A good quality plain short sleeve tee – This is something that’s obvious, you can wear this on its own or as a base for your outfit. Again you’re best to grab two, one blue and one white.

6 – The Check shirt – To me along with jeans and converse this is my other no.1! You can’t go wrong with an outfit made up of converse, skinny jeans and a check shirt!

7 – White button down shirt – You can team a white shirt with a blazer for the smarter look maybe going into town for drinks with your mates or taking someone on a date, it’s just that something that you can fall back on when no other outfits are working for you. I’d recommend a Ralph Lauren Oxford shirt.

8 – Cable knit jumper – Who doesn’t look good in a cable knit? This is that something that will keep you warm and looking great during the colder months, and can be worn casually or again if you want to look a bit smarter.

9 – Shawl cardi – This is something I would only get from Topman, they do a slightly oversize cardi in a few different colours and looks great with everything. I’ll sometimes wear it to work with my shirt and tie or for a night out with a plain white tee and blue skinny jeans.

10 – Denim jacket – This is that something in your wardrobe that is versatile, and can be worn with almost anything. Whether that’s over a hoody or just a tee, it looks great either way!

11 – Light jacket – For my light jacket I’ve gone with a thin khaki colour parka. I’ve been wearing it on the wetter days through the summer, it’s a great alternative to a big coat.

12 – Coat – My absolute favourite coat is a navy wool coat, it’s long enough and thick enough to keep you warm and dry no matter what!

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Bellow I’ll list all of my recommendations for each item with links for you to check out.

Plimsols (converse) – http://www.schuh.co.uk/mens/converse-all-star-lo-white-trainers/3401391070/

Brogues (house of hounds) – http://www.topman.com/en/tmuk/product/house-of-hounds-fischer-tan-oxford-brogues-3067503

Jeans (Topman & Burton) http://www.topman.com & http://www.burton.co.uk/

Chino (Topman) – http://www.topman.com

T-shirt (Topman) – http://www.topman.com & http://www.topman.com

White shirt (Ralph Lauren) – http://www.asos.com/polo-ralph-lauren

Check Shirt (Topman) – http://www.topman.com

Jumper (Asos/River Island) – http://www.asos.com/river-island

Shawl Cardi (Topman) – http://www.topman.com

Denim jacket (Topman) – http://www.topman.com

Light jacket (Asos/Ben Sherman) – http://www.asos.com

Coat (Topman) – http://www.topman.com

My next style blog will be on Autumn/Winter picks…I’ll be posting that over the coming week!

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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And so it begins…

I am the Bearded Gentleman and i’m here to write about everything you will want to know as a man – from music to fashion and grooming tips (particularly hair and beard products) plus everything related to the modern gent….I’m being very vague i know, don’t want to give too much away just yet.

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Quick facts about me:

Age: 23

Where were you born: Southampton

Favourite Movie(s): The Big Lebowski, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Shaun of the Dead

Favourite Band(s): Biffy Clyro, Arcane Roots, Nirvana and Kings of Leon

Favourite Song: Cold Desert – Kings of Leon

Football Team: Southampton FC

Rugby Team: Worcester warriors

Hobbies: Rugby, Music, Football, FIFA, Fashion

Favourite Book(s): Last Light and The Book of Lost Things

Favourite Food: BBQ/American grill