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I would be lying if I said I wasn’t guilty of wishing I could have an epic, luxurious beard overnight, and I have a suspicion I’m not alone. We tend to forget that like most great achievements in life, a majestic beard takes a lot of time and effort. Somewhere along the line most of us developed this need for immediate results and if we don’t reach our goals right away, we get discouraged and in most cases just give up. I’m not sure if it’s our recent ability to receive immediate feedback via social media and text messaging, or...

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I think all bearded men have faced scrutiny for growing and having a beard, but Joseph Palmer is a true inspiration. Beards were so unusual during the 1800’s that Joseph Palmer, a veteran, was attacked just for having a beard! In 1830, he moved from his farm to the town of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. It didn’t take Palmer long to discover that he was the only bearded man in the entire town. The local residents of Fitchburg constantly harassed him for what they considered “his eccentricity.” The local kids hurled stones at Palmer, calling him “Old Jew Palmer.” When women saw...

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We hear a lot of different advice from many different people on what to use when we wash our beard. What about beard wash, is it worth it? Or is it a gimmick? Before we get into if it’s worth it or not, let’s talk about some differences between common shampoos and beard wash. Commercial Shampoo & Conditioner Far too often I hear phrases like “just use Head and Shoulders” or “I use Mane N’ Tail” when speaking about washing beards. What is important to realize is that these products were not designed for beards. Heck, Mane N’ Tail wasn’t...

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I think at some point we’ve all noticed that some beards are completely straight and some are extremely curly. It turns out that there’s completely logical reasons behind such variation in beard texture… The Shape of the Follicle Most of the time hair follicles are depicted as being perpendicular to the surface of the skin, when in fact this is usually not the case. Hair follicles create more of an acute angle in relation to the skin rather than a right or 90-degree angle. On top of that, hair follicles are not usually perfectly straight, they’re curved to an extent....

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Since the beginning of time it seems that man has revolted against nature in an effort to feel some control in a world where so much remains unknown. The same struggle is faced every morning as a man stands in front of his bathroom mirror, deciding whether to shave or to let his beard grow… The Decision Our decision not only says a lot about who we are as a person, but a lot about our society as a whole. Although it appears that beards have been making quite the comeback over the past few years, a completely shaven face...

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