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June 20, 2017

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Grooming Your Beard In A Hurry - The 5 Minute Guide

 

 

by Cody Wiley

If you have a beard you’ve probably noticed that without maintenance it gets a little untidy (the longer the beard, the more noticeable it becomes.) Hopefully you’ve read some of our fantastic articles on grooming your beard (everything from washing to brushing and everything in between) but something we haven’t addressed yet is how to get your grooming in when you’re running a little late, and this is something I’m pretty familiar with.

 

I work a night shift job and the shifts are 12 hours, leaving half of the day to get in sleeping, bathing, eating, and relaxing. I also love to sleep, and because of that most days I work I don’t end up leaving myself much time to make sure my beard is looking proper. But I don’t want a bird’s nest of tangled, bunched up hairs, I don’t want my skin to feel dry or dirty, so I have developed a pretty nice routine that allows me to get my beard presentable in only about 5 minutes.

 

  1. Combing/Brushing: This is probably the hardest/most important part of the quick grooming process. I toss and turn and cover up and uncover all night (or day in my case) and this leads to a disheveled mess of a beard every morning. I take the time here to really get my beard free of tangles, and brushed out each day. Be gentle, but thorough, remember we’re in a hurry not a rampage. The key here is having the right tools. A wide-toothed wooden comb or “no-tangle” brush are critical to making sure you don’t pull out handfuls of hair. (Average time spent ~1-2 minutes)
  2. Oiling: If you’re using beard oil, balm, dry oil, etc. you know how this step works. Work the product into the hairs and skin, and then ensure a thorough distribution of oils with another light combing or brushing. If you’re experiencing more “bedbeard” than usual, try using a dry oil, the beeswax will help you tame some flyaways and smooth and compose your beard. (Average time spent ~1-1 1/2 minutes)
  3. Mirror Check: Last step of the quick grooming process is to look yourself over in the mirror. Is your beard laying like you want it to? If you use a finishing brush this would be the time to do so, and you’re ready to get your day started. (Average time spent ~1 minute)

 

I groom my beard every day, whether I’m going to work, out with friends, or sitting at home for a relaxing day in, and I hope you do too. I prefer to not feel rushed when I’m taking care of my beard, but when I don’t have a choice I’m glad to know I can get my beard looking presentable in about 5 minutes. Like anything it takes practice to be able to do something consistently, but remember to be gentle during the combing step, and it shouldn’t be too hard to master.

 

 

This post is part of an ongoing Can You Handlebar series designed to help our customers.  Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com

June 14, 2017

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How To Apply Beard Dry Oil To The Moustache [Video]

 

In today's video, Mr. Stachetastic walks us through the application of Beard Dry Oil (beard balm) to the moustache.  While the product was designed with beards in mind, it's a perfect leave-in conditioner for the moustache as well.  Whether you style your 'stache daily or not, conditioning is an important part of your grooming routine to help keep your facial hair healthy.

 

If you would rather read about How To Apply Beard Dry Oil To The Moustache, please refer to the written transcription below.

 

"This is Mr. Stachetastic for TheBeardMentor.com, brought to you by Can You Handlebar.

 

Today I’m going to show you how to put Dry Oil into your moustache. Today I’m going to be using “Classic” from Can You Handlebar.

 

There are a few reasons why you might want to put Dry Oil into your moustache compared to the regular beard oils. For one, it’s going to tame the fly-a-ways that you might have. With me having such a long moustache I do tend to have a lot of fly-a-ways.

 

What you want to do is take your tin, take your finger, get just a little bit on it to start. That’s all I’ve got. I like to start from the very top where the hair meets the skin and then pull through. I’m going to start up here. [That’s not going to be enough.] Then I kind of want to just work it in. See when I work it in, it’s kind of pushing the hair away from my lip? That’s going to make eating easier in the long run.

 

Then I take the excess that’s on my fingers. Maybe grab just a little bit more depending on how long your moustache is and run it through too; all the way through. You want to make sure you coat all of the hairs when you do this. See how it kind of tamed all those fly-a-ways, and how it’s not crazy and sporadic like this one anymore? That’s all you do.

 

Now for the next side. Start from the top and just work it in with your fingers. Any of the excess is going to come off on your fingers. You can just wipe that off when you’re done or if you see that you missed a spot you can apply with the excess that you do have on your fingers.

 

Once I get it all in there, I do the same thing. I start with the middle of my moustache and kind of pull it out and away. This is just insuring me in trying to train the hair, to get it to go away from my mouth. There you have it! You’ve applied Beard Dry Oil to your moustache.

 

This is Mr. Stachetastic for TheBeardMentor.com, brought to you by Can You Handlebar."

 

This post is part of an ongoing Can You Handlebar series designed to help our customers. Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com

June 06, 2017

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A Royal Shave at The Art of Shaving [Video]

 

While we don't normally advocate shaving here at TheBeardMentor.com if you're going to take the plunge, find yourself an expert.  We visited with Warren McMillian, Master Barber at The Art of Shaving at Somerset Mall in Troy, Michigan and observed a signature Royal Shave.  It's a thing of beauty to see an artist at work.

For those of you who are considering starting a beard, a proper straight razor shave can give you the perfect blank canvas to begin growing in a full and healthy beard. 

 

This post is part of an ongoing Can You Handlebar series designed to help our customers. Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com

June 05, 2017

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Father's Day - Dads and Daughters

Michael Ratna Deepak says, “No one in this world can love a girl more than her father.”

This year for Father’s Day we want to salute fathers with daughters. This is not meant to offend or turn a cold shoulder to you fantastic fathers who only have sons – we just wanted to focus on dads with daughters this year.

ALL Dads be sure you’re signed up for our newsletter as we are making sure to honor all the father figures in our lives with a rare discount via our newsletter. Keep an eye out for more details on that soon!

To celebrate the sweetness of having a daughter we’re having a giveaway contest! June 5-10 we’re running a photo contest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The winners will receive some beard care products AND some sweet Girl Scout cookies*** Please see the official rules for entering below.

To enter simply post a recent picture of you and your daughter(s), tag us on the Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@CanYouHandlebar), and use the hashtag “#CYHBDadsAndDaughters.” Feel free to get creative, goofy, etc. We will pick several winners over the course of the contest. The prizes (beard care products and Girl Scout cookies) will be mailed out by June 12th so as to arrive in time for Father’s Day.

Bonus: You may find our video Beard and Kids enjoyable as well as entertaining.

 

Official Contest Rules:

  • To enter, post a recent picture of you and your daughter(s) on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Feel free to get creative and goofy. Make sure your account privacy settings allow us to see your post.
  • Tag us (@canyouhandlebar) and use the hashtag “#CYHBDadsAndDaughters -We will pick several of our favorite photos and announce the winners throughout the contest on the corresponding social channels.
  • You can enter as many times as you like though it won't necessarily increase your odds as we will just be picking our favorite pictures.
  • U.S. only
  • Beard care products and Girl Scout cookies will be mailed out on or before Monday, June 12th.

 

***Disclaimer: This contest is not sponsored by Girl Scouts. We just had an opportunity to support a friend’s daughter who is a Girl Scout. We bought a bunch of cookies because they’re delicious and wanted to share them with you.

May 26, 2017

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Closed for Memorial Day

 

We’re giving everyone Memorial Day off at Can You Handlebar.

No sales, no gimmicks. The warehouse and offices are closed through Monday out of respect and remembrance to our fallen.

We even set this blog entry to post automatically.

You're welcome to place an order, the shop is on auto-pilot. We just want you to know it won’t begin processing and shipping until Tuesday when everyone returns. We promise we’ll get to it immediately.

Likewise, any questions or inquiries you may have, we will get to them as soon as we are able.

 

Whether you're spending this time with family, alone in thoughtful remembrance, or going about your normal routine, take care.

May 26, 2017

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How To Apply Beard Oil To The Moustache [Video]

 

If you would prefer reading the content for "How To Apply Beard Oil To The Moustache", please refer to the transcript below.

"This is Mr. Stachetastic for TheBeardMentor.com, brought to you by Can You Handlebar.

Today I’m going to be showing you guys how to put beard oil into your moustache. Today I’m using Can You Handlebar’s Devotion Beard Oil. This oil comes with a dripper which is easy to use in the moustache. I like it a little bit better than the ones that don’t have a dripper because I can place this wherever I like.

How I do it is, I fill up the vial and I like to run the oil along the top line of the moustache. Get a bunch in there and then I’ll work it through. Just a few drops, see how you can see it beading up on the moustache there? That’s what I like. Close it [the oil] up for a little bit.

Then you take your fingers – I take my index finger and thumb – and you work the oil in. When I work it in I’m kind of pushing my moustache away from my mouth. This makes eating a little easier. With the excess oil from the top, I just run it all the way through the moustache. You’ll be able to tell because you’ll get that sheen on the moustache. It will look shiny and wet and that’s what you want. You’ll know then that you’ve covered all the hairs in the moustache. Let’s go for the other side. Notice that I don’t put any oil at the very tip of my moustache because I put it all up top and I’m working it through all the way to the ends. And that’s how I apply beard oil to my moustache!

This is Mr. Stachetastic for TheBeardMentor.com, brought to you by Can You Handlebar."

This post is part of an ongoing Can You Handlebar series designed to help our customers.  Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com

May 18, 2017

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How To Eat With A Moustache [Video]

 

If you would prefer reading the content for "How To Eat With A Moustache", please refer to the transcript below.

"This is Mr. Stachetastic for TheBeardMentor.com, brought to you by Can You Handlebar.

 

Today I’m going to show you how to eat with a natural moustache that may be covering your mouth. Now there’s two ways that I’ve devised of doing this. One, you can use some dry oil, a [beard] batter, a [beard] butter, whatever on your moustache and kind of push it out of the way of your mouth.

 

But today I don’t have anything in my moustache so I’m going to show you my other method. Method number two is called the “lift and shove.” You take your two fingers, your index finger and your thumb, put it underneath the moustache, lift up, and shove the food into your mouth. I’ll demonstrate with one of my favorite foods, the cheese coney. See, with that method you don’t have anything in your moustache. However, you might get something in your moustache and that’s why I recommend having plenty of napkins on hand.

 

This is Mr. Stachetastic for TheBeardMentor.com, brought to you by Can You Handlebar.

 

This post is part of an ongoing Can You Handlebar series designed to help our customers.  Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com

May 16, 2017

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Top 5 Things You Should Know When Growing Your Beard

Top 5 Things You Should Know When Growing Your Beard 

 by Tim Kramer

 

I’ve had a beard of varying lengths for over twelve years now but did not start grooming it until about four years ago. I often think of how much healthier my beard would be had I known what I know now. To help others who may be beginning the beard growing journey, here are five things I wish I would have known twelve years ago.

 

Washing

 

When I first started growing my beard I did not have much motivation apart from simply not shaving anymore. My beard was definitely dry and not very clean. Honestly it looked and felt terrible most of the time but I was not about to shave.

I wish I would have known the importance of washing your beard! After all, beards are hair too. Washing your beard regularly not only keeps the hair clean but it also keeps the pores clear which enables healthier and fuller growth.

 

Oiling/Conditioning

 

It may be tempting to think of beard oil as just a trend that popped up recently and has grown rapidly. While there's certainly been a boom in interest and awareness, the truth is that oil has always been a part of any proper hair conditioning routine. In many ways, we’re just applying what we have always known about conditioning our hair and applying it now to our facial hair, and beard oil cannot be underestimated as a vital part of beard grooming. I noticed a huge difference as soon as I started grooming my beard and using beard oil.

In fact, the difference was so big that I wondered how I had made it almost eight years without using it. Beard oil is a conditioning agent that replenishes and protects your beard. Without it, your beard will be constantly dry, full of split ends, and downright raggedy looking.

 

Brushing/Combing

 

I literally did not own a beard comb or brush the first eight years of growing my beard. Part of this was because I did not own a comb or brush for my hair either (I’ve had dreadlocks on and off for over a decade).

 

It never occurred to me how I might be damaging my beard by not ever combing or brushing it. You see, what I know now is that brushing or combing eliminates tangles from your beard and stimulates follicles, promoting better and healthier growth. No matter what length of beard you plan on growing, you’re eventually going to need a quality comb or brush.

 

Patience

 

Like most men, I thought growing a beard would be a much quicker process than it actually is. At the beginning of the beard-growing journey there are some days, weeks, or months where you feel like there’s no growth at all and you start wondering if it’s worth it.

While patience is something one has to learn from experience, it can still be helpful to hear someone who has been there tell you “It’s worth it; don’t give up now!” Looking back over the past decade I now know growing a beard both requires and teaches a lot of patience.

 

Don’t Trim

 

Directly related to patience is the vital lesson of learning to NOT constantly trim your beard or moustache. In my early beard growing years I would actually shave my moustache off every spring. This is not necessarily the wrong move but it is going to severely limit the growth you see. There were other times I would trim (hack really) my moustache because I was tired of eating it. I know now that the better way is to take some time and to invest in some supplies like a moustache comb and moustache wax to help train the whiskers to get them out of your way.

I hope these tips that I learned the hard way can help save you some headaches and keep you from making a spur of the moment decision that will cost you months of growth. If there’s anything you’d add to this list, please comment below.


As always, thanks for reading and stay bearded!

 

This post is part of an ongoing Can You Handlebar series designed to help our customers.  Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com

May 10, 2017

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Introducing The Ergo Brush

 

If you would rather read about Introducing The Ergo Brush please refer to the video transcript below.

"Why don’t you tell me a little more about the technology and specs on it that make it a good beard brush?

This brush encompasses everything as far as beard maintenance, control, and styling. Once again, I want to talk about the pin placement as far as detangling which is the most important thing you can do. Take your time, add a little bit of product, work that brush up and down vertically from the bottom to the top and the top to the bottom. Reason being, the tangles and knots will start here and then get lighter towards the top most of the time. You don’t want to really rip that hair out. So ever so slightly work your hands with the brush all the way through.

Next, when you turn it to the side horizontally this is going to be your friend as far as styling, getting volume, removing some of that wave. Really bringing all of that together. The way that is going to look is locking in that and following all the way through. Even without the blow dryer, you can see how much lift we are getting right here just by holding it horizontally and how it locks in.

Now I want to talk about the round brush, this right here is going to be your best friend as far as removing that wave and really getting a lot of volume. I’ll demonstrate one more real quick and I want to show you guys this. By wrapping that brush around, working it, just taking your time, you’ll notice how much of that wave I’ve removed. Taking those sections horizontally with that longer length. The longer length is going to be key for the beard because we don’t want to have to sit and take these itty-bitty little sections. You notice that the barrel itself is going to go across the entire chin. So, you grab one section at a time and split that beard into three.

The bristles themselves, the magic is the tourmaline. What that does – with our hair, with our bodies we naturally produce positive energy in the hair, the body, everything. Well, tourmaline emits a negative ionic energy. Those combined, it’s like a magnet – the positive, the negative they come together – I call it the law of attraction. That’s going to close that cuticle down sealing it giving it a longer lasting even shinier finish but really controlling it for days to come.

The product development, the thought, and creativity that is infused in Can You Handlebar – it was like nothing I’d ever seen before. So, teaming up Ergo and Can You Handlebar it’s just a great fit. I just really want to thank Can You Handlebar, they’ve been so generous and I’m so excited for the upcoming launch with our brushes and the products. Stay tuned for a lot things to come. My name is Brock, I’m with Ergo Styling Tools and this is Can You Handlebar. Over and out!"

 

The Ergo Polishing Paddle and Ionic Ceramic Round Brush will be on sale at CanYouHandlebar.com beginning this Friday, May 12th. If you haven't already, sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page here to find out how you can score a free product with any Ergo brush purchase just in time for the drop!

 

This post is part of an ongoing Can You Handlebar series designed to help our customers.  Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com

May 03, 2017

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The Benefits of Unscented Beard Oil

The Benefits of Unscented Beard Oil

 

by Adam Swanson

This past Christmas, my lovely wife bought me some really nice cologne. It smells amazing; the only problem is that it tends to clash with the scent of my favorite beard oil. I’d rather have a healthy beard than smell fancy, so I decided to keep my cologne tucked in the medicine cabinet. That was until I was able to lay my hands on some of Can You Handlebar’s unscented Temperance beard oil.

 

No Overlapping Scents

With Temperance beard oil or beard dry oil you don’t have to worry about overlapping scents. It has all of the wonderful nourishing properties as their other top of the line oils, just no scent. This means you can use whatever deodorant, body wash, spray or cologne you’d like and still keep your beard soft and healthy without any conflicting scents.

 

Wear it Wherever

Another benefit to unscented beard oil is that you can wear it wherever you’d like. We live in a very sensitive society, there’s a lot to consider if your daily life involves interacting with the public. Even though Can You Handlebar’s products are designed to be as allergen-free as possible, not every beard oil or balm is. And sometimes people are simply sensitive to certain scents in general. Temperance takes those concerns out of the mix, so you can go about your day without fear of anyone taking offense at your beard conditioner of choice.

 

Aside from the potential benefit to others I like to use Temperance for a second application in the evening. I usually shower twice a day, once after the gym/before work and once before bed. I use whatever scent I’m in the mood for that day after my morning shower, but before bed I like to keep it neutral with Temperance.


Whatever your reasons may be, I’d recommend picking up some Temperance beard oil or Classic beard dry oil (beard balm) from Can You Handlebar to round out your collection. Whether it’s to have a reliable beard conditioner available for those times when you’re operating in close quarters with the public or simply to have the occasional scentless option for yourself, you’ll find it essential.

 

This post is part of an ongoing Can You Handlebar series designed to help our customers.  Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com

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