How to Keep Your Beard In Check

Sorry once again for the delay. The last month or so has been incredibly busy for us.

We’ve finally finished what we think will turn out to be an incredibly well received post. Our first full article, all about the art and practice of shaving, seemed to be enjoyed by a great deal of people.

With that in mind, we decided next to write about a similar subject – beards… and more importantly, how to properly treat and look after them. In this blog we do our best to represent most normal folk. In the male population, a good amount of folks are clean shaven (in some cases for most of their careers).

But it wouldn’t be magazine by folk if we didn’t touch upon the other side – the facial hair and bearded half of the population. This is a subject quite dear to my heart to be honest. Although I no longer have a beard, I did have one during a key part of my life in my late twenties and early thirties. Those were the days!

With great beard comes great responsibility. What I mean by this is that in most cases, keeping your beard in good shape takes a good deal of time and effort.

man combing beard

Personally, I had to dedicate a good twenty minutes a day on mine when I had one. I had a certain daily ritual that I will explain to you now…

As soon as I woke up in the morning and jumped into the shower I would always begin by applying beard wash to my beard. I’d rub it together in my hands until it made a light lather, then work through my beard, and let it sit for a few minutes until I rinsed it out.

After my shower, I’d dry off my beard with a towel, and apply a drop or two of beard oil to be my beard. This is a product that is incredibly fashionable nowadays, but when I told my friends that I used it back in the 90s they all thought I was weird!

I loved the stuff though, and used to work the oil through my beard with a comb. It’s not too hard to find a decent oil and wash, but a good comb can be hard to come by.

Recently I found and purchased this beard comb for my son (who is now in turn growing a beard of his own) and he tells me that it is excellent.

So to conclude, follow these tips that I have laid out and you will have a luscious and well groomed beard in no time!

What the folk?

Where the folk have we been these last few weeks?

I sincerely apologise for our absence – we must do better…

And we will, starting with tomorrow’s article. It’s a good one – don’t miss out!

Is The Wet Shave Close To Extinction?

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For all the men out there, when was the last time you had a wet shave? Is the art of shaving dying out? I for one haven’t had one in quite a long time. How about you?

What is the reason for this relatively sudden drop in use of shaving cream and a traditional razor. There are many reasons which I will try to explain.

The first is that people aren’t just using an alternate method of shaving – they just aren’t shaving at all. The phase of growing out your facial hair and sporting a beard is truly upon us and it seems as if it is here to stay.

You can’t walk down the street in any town in England now without spotting at least a dozen men with beards or at least medium to long length facial hair.

man shaving

This explains a big part of the problem. A further reason, that I mentioned earlier, is that people now have alternate methods of shaving and keeping their facial hair in good nick. One such method is using an electric razor. I have to raise my hand and say that I am one of the men that uses these. That provide a convenience and an ease of use that you just don’t get with a traditional razor.

Secondly, using an electric razor is incredibly quick. It can take only around two minutes to shave your entire face, whereas a wet shave usually roughly takes around 15 minutes.

These two primary reasons have meant the traditional shaving routine (cream, brush, bowl, razor) is becoming a dying breed. It’s something I hope the men in the western world soon rekindle their love for. Personally I do still love a wet shave once in a while, especially as I’ve been using a brand new shaving cream (to shave my neck and cheeks) and it does a great job. Check it out!

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