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March 22, 2017

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How Long Should Your Beard Be Before You Start Using Beard Products?

How Long Should Your Beard Be Before You Start Using Beard Products?

by Cody Wiley

This is probably in the top 5 most commonly asked questions when it comes to beard growing or beard maintenance. The short answer is that it’s never too early to start taking care of your beard.

Too Soon For Beard Care?


We’ll cut right to the chase: You should start using cleaning and conditioning products as soon as you decide to grow your beard. Even the small freshly sprouted hairs you can barely see are still accumulating excess oil and dirt from your skin, and need to be washed just like any other hair. Further, keeping the hair as well as the skin moisturized and conditioned is critically important. Dryness, itchiness and flakiness are the major roadblocks that keep many men from growing and keeping a beard. Starting a conditioning regimen early and maintaining it throughout the life of your beard can address all of these problem areas. So now that you know when to begin, how will you decide between using traditional liquid beard oil or beard dry oil?

Beard Dry Oil


For shorter or newer beards, I tend to suggest using beard dry oil due to the slight hold offered by the beeswax. When I say slight, I do mean slight. It is not a styling product or anything you would use for a freestyle beard design, but it is enough to catch fly-away hairs and put them back into place. Our beard dry oil is great when used in conjunction with combing or brushing to train your beard hairs to lay the way you want them to. As a low-temperature solid, you don’t run the risk of over-pouring, so it can be a little more intuitive for those new to beard conditioning. And of course it has all the same conditioning properties and scents you will find in our traditional beard oil.

Beard Oil


While I often recommend beard dry oil for new beards, there’s no reason not to use beard oil if you find yourself so inclined. It can absorb a bit faster and is going to keep your skin and beard healthy, regardless of the length. Just be sure to start with a small amount so as not to overdo it. While it won’t have the slight hold the dry oil does, when it comes to nourishing your beard, you really can’t go wrong.

Which Will You Choose?


Taking care of your beard should start on day one, that includes washing and conditioning the hairs and keeping the skin moisturized. Will you go for the slight hold our beard dry oil offers and work on training your hairs as they start to grow? Or will you opt for the more traditional liquid beard oils and let the hairs grow in their natural patterns? You won’t be disappointed with either choice, and you will be putting your beard in the best possible condition to promote healthy growth.

 

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

March 22, 2017

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Karas Pen Giveaway


We're giving away a Grey and Brass Ink Rollerball pen from Karas Pen Co. over on our YouTube channel

We've loved Karas Pen Co. for years! We love them because they have a lot of our values. They’re American made, high quality, overbuilt, and have a lot of styles. Most of the guys at Karas Pen Co. have beards and we supply them with beard oil. We love their pens and most of us have several of them. We just really like them as a company and we’re really excited to have this opportunity to do a giveaway with them.


For your chance to win this amazing pen please go watch this video on YouTube and read the rules in that video's description. Good luck!

We'll be giving away another Karas pen on Facebook soon so be sure you're following us there as well. 

Stay bearded!
March 14, 2017

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How To Rock Climb With A Beard

How To Rock Climb With A Beard

 

by Tim Kramer

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy getting out into the wild with your beard and having some fun. I’m an avid rock climber, I enjoy the many challenging aspects of the sport, it will push you in every way – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Something that can easily be overlooked when rock climbing or bouldering is what to do with your beard when climbing. This is particularly true if your beard is long (mine is currently about 12” long). No matter how long your beard is, you’ve invested time growing it and the last thing you want is to find yourself in a situation where you lose some of that growth. I know of at least one individual who got his beard caught while rappelling, losing years of beard growth in the process.

Horror stories like that have kept me on guard and mindful of safety. There are many ways to keep your beard safe while climbing, find what works best for you. In a previous article, Adam Barraclough talked about Beard Safety and reviewed some options for getting your beard out of the way. Several of the tips there can be applied to climbing and other outdoor activities.

My preferred approach is to tie, braid, or tuck my beard so it’s completely out of the way. You can use a hair tie to gather your beard, a piece of cord or even some scrap tie line will do in a pinch. A simple braid will go a long way as well in corralling the beard to make sure it doesn’t interfere with your process. With either of these options I recommend additionally tucking your beard into your shirt for safe keeping.

This serves a second purpose as well. It keeps the beard flat against your chest, insuring that it will not be blocking your line of sight when reaching for the next hold or looking down to make sure your feet are solidly on the rock. It can be handy to keep a beard ring or a handful of hair ties with your climbing shoes or even in your chalk bag. That way you’re always ready to protect your beard and place your full focus on climbing.

And of course, make sure your post-climb shower regimen includes conditioning with some beard oil or Beard Dry Oil. Exposure to sweat, chalk, sun and dust could leave your beard dried out and in need of some nourishment.

Hopefully these simple tips will help give you peace of mind and keep your beard from any unnecessary peril. If you’ve never given rock climbing or bouldering a try I highly recommend it. It’s an amazing way to connect you and your beard to nature. If you have any questions or you'd like to share your own beard tips for outdoor activities, please leave a comment below!
This post is part of an ongoing CanYouHandlebar series designed to help our customers.  Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com
March 05, 2017

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Obscure Beard Tips Part 3 [VIDEO]

 

If you would rather read about Obscure Beard Tips Part 3, please review the video transcript below.

Tip 1: How To Eat A Chili Dog

The most obscure beard tip I have off the top of my head – the most niche beard tip. There’s going to be one guy out there who watches this video two years from now and is like, “Yes!” It is this – chili dogs, I like eating chili dogs. Most things that involve sticks of meat, fat, cheese, various meats spreads. With a chili dog, I mean it’s going to be messy. Chili dogs for people without beards and moustaches can get messy.

What I do is I take the bun I will put the chili, ketchup, mustard, cheese everything under the hot dog. Now that helps a little bit because the hot dog can help contain those other ingredients so when you’re taking a bite they aren’t spilling over the top. For my personally, the reason I do that is because again I lift the moustache up to eat and by putting the toppings under the hot dog I don’t get them on my hand as I slide the hot dog into my mouth.

Tip 2: How To Eat A Cupcake

Now I totally stole this from my wife who stole it from Pinterest. This is a cupcake tip. It’s much like your chili dog tip. You rip the head off, flip it upside down, and then it becomes a sandwich with icing in the middle. Icing is the worst! It gets everywhere and it’s right on top. It finds a way to get in your moustache. But if you flip it around you have bread on top.

There should a scale like the scale of hurricanes. The Fujita scale [it’s actually the Saffir-Simpson scale, sorry!] and the Beaufort scale for storms or whatever. There should be a beard - food contact scale like how bad it is when you get hit. And one of the worst is icing. With bread when you’re done you can just go like this and shake it out. If you can lower yourself on that scale by flipping the cupcake around, it’s much better.

Bonus Tip: Doug's Thoughts On Well Mixed Food

And also, you get an even mixture of bread to icing. Completely unrelated to bearding, this is for anybody – you can get it mixed in much better. Not just anybody. There are some people who refuse to eat the bottoms of cupcakes. Ok, not for anybody. For anybody who wants to enjoy it the pastry chef designed it – not just for bearded people though.

Like Ben and Jerry’s, they mix it all in. There’s something to this. You don’t get a jambalaya and all the shrimps to the left. You get it all mixed together. Or like raisins or oatmeal. You don’t just put them in that quadrant, you mix it all in. You should do that with icing.

Okay, I think they get the point. If you want more food analogies just email Doug at doug@canyouhandlebar.com and ask him whatever foods should be combined and not separated. Ok, we’re going to take a break from the video and go eat.

 

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

March 01, 2017

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What To Expect When You Wear A Moustache [VIDEO]

 

If you'd prefer to read about what to expect when you wear a moustache, please read the transcript of the video below. 

This is Mr. Stachetastic for TheBeardMentor.com brought to you by CanYouHandlebar.

Today I’m going to talk to you guys about going out in public with your styled moustache. Here’s a few things that you can expect.

When you go outside and you’ve got your bars are all styled up - what can you expect from the public? Well you’re going to get a lot of compliments, that’s for sure. But you’re going to get some compliments that aren’t so great. If you’re sensitive that might hurt your feelings.

Kids have a mind of their own. They are going to say pretty much whatever is on their mind and they don’t care. So, if they don’t care you shouldn’t care either. It should roll off your back and you guys should just have a good time and laugh it off.

However, you’re going to have those older people who are the same way and they don’t like your moustache. What do you do about it? You just sit back and think to yourself “Don’t be jealous. I have a killer moustache.”

Now depending on how you have your moustache styled people’s heads are going to turn. If you have a really long English style moustache like I normally wear you’re going to get heads to turn. It’s pretty amazing when that happens. If you have just normal curled up bars some people might not notice. They might look at you and do a double take. Nothing out of the ordinary; it happens all the time.

A lot of times you’ll get compliments that you look like celebrities. The one I get the most often is, “You look like Rollie Fingers.” So, I roll it off. Man, that guy was a great pitcher and you know, he had a great moustache and so do I. And that’s just what you got to tell yourself. You got to go out there and be confident. You didn’t grow your moustache to hide away. You grew your moustache to go out and show it off.

Those are just a few of things you can look forward to when you go out in public with your styled moustache.

This is Mr. Stachetastic for TheBeardMentor.com brought to you by CanYouHandlebar.

 

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

 

March 01, 2017

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How To Comb Your Moustache

How to Comb Your Moustache

by Tim Kramer

Why Comb?

There is a lot of talk currently about the all-natural moustache look. It’s a great compromise between the heavily manicured look of a handlebar and the rough “do-nothing” approach. That said, many do not realize the amount of time and training that is needed to accomplish the look, and knowing how to comb your moustache is an integral part of the training. The truth is your moustache has a natural growth pattern and without combing and training it can leave you looking like a bit of a ruffian. Combing daily will help immensely.

Type of Comb

You may be tempted to save money by using a regular hairbrush or by snagging the cheapest moustache comb you can find online. I highly recommend not doing either of these, a little bit of consideration and investment will pay off tremendously. If you’re serious about growing and caring for your moustache, you’ll want a dedicated comb for your moustache. From my five years of experience, you can’t beat the Kent 81 T

How To Comb

When combing your moustache there are typically two goals: 1. Training your moustache to lay the way you want and 2. Keeping those fly-away whiskers out of your nose and mouth. To accomplish both, here is a quick guide as to how to properly comb your moustache:

  1. Start with a clean dry moustache that has no wax in it.
  2. Using your dedicated moustache comb, start on the top of one side of your moustache and make small gentle strokes from the top to the bottom. Repeat on the other side.
  3. Once this is done, start at the middle of your moustache and comb out to one side using the same small gentle strokes. Repeat on the other side.
  4. Feel free to repeat these steps a few times a day to keep your moustache growing the way you want it to. Combing this way can be really handy before eating meals as it keeps your moustache out of your mouth.


After combing with the above method you’ll be ready to style your moustache with moustache wax or go enjoy your day. Even if you choose not to wax, repeated and regular combing will allow you to maintain some control over your natural growth pattern as you train the hairs to lay correctly. As always, if you feel we missed anything or you have any questions about combing your moustache, leave us a comment below.

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

February 26, 2017

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Obscure Beard Tips Part 2 [VIDEO]

 

Tip 1: Train; Don’t Trim

If you want to grow a long beard and moustache do not trim your moustache. That is the most important thing. Train, not trim. Train it with the moustache wax; part it with your fingers. People brush their beards on a regular basis. Part your moustache. That will help to train the hairs to stay out of your mouth. Do that because if not you’re going to regret it. You’ll get six months into growing a beard and realize you could have six months more of a moustache.

Tip 2: If You Want Your Beard to Look Bigger – Shave Your Head

If you want your beard to look bigger – shave your head. 

Tip 3: Complimentary Colors for Bigger Beards

Go try on a couple of different shirts. Find out what shirt is the best background for your beard. For me personally, just like what I’m wearing right now it’s a plain black shirt. If I wear a light-colored shirt, like a white shirt, when I do there’s more light that goes through my beard. You can see it appears to be less dense at the bottom and looks a little bit washed out or weaker at the bottom.

Tip 4: Contrasting Colors for Trimming

If I’m thinking about trimming I go from black to white. Start with a shirt that is the opposite color of the shirt that compliments your beard. I do this to be able to see where the true fullness of my beard cuts off. So, if I wanted to have my most full beard on the worst background possible I’d know to round out an inch and a half out at the bottom.

Tip 5: Taper Sideburns for Slimming Look

It actually looks a lot better if you start to taper it from your glasses line because what happens is you’re adding about an inch or an inch and a half to the side of your face. If you already have a lot of face to begin with you want kind of more of a slimming look.

Tip 6: It Grows Back

It grows back. If you, for example are doing your own sideburns and you go a little bit lower. Don’t go lower on the other side. Let this side catch. In about a week and a half the hair will cover the skin and you won’t even really notice.

 

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

February 23, 2017

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Always On Hand: CanYouHandlebar Beard Oil Flask

Always On Hand: CanYouHandlebar Beard Oil Flask

by Adam Barraclough

As I first began properly conditioning my beard I struggled to find a way to make sure I always had some product on-hand.  Let’s face it, the standard beard oil bottle, dropper-top or not, isn’t exactly designed to be carried around in your pocket.  And as for Beard Dry Oil, while the tin is the ideal shape for being easily packed or carried, the low melting point of a beard balm could leave you with a liquefied mess on a hot summer day. 

Enter the CanYouHandlebar Beard Oil Flask.  Its stainless steel construction is built for durability and portability that you can trust.  A recent redesign of the flask has made it better than ever, allowing you to place it in your pocket or bag without fear of spills or leakage.  It makes the ideal companion for when you need to spruce up your beard as you are out and about. 

As you get familiar with the amount of oil you need, it’s a cinch to tilt just the right amount out of the flask into the palm of your hand, spread it across both hands, and apply.  The waterproof and oil-proof label insures that even if you handle it with some product on your hands you won’t be damaging the label and can wash it clean as needed.  The flask is reusable as well, so you can always give it a refill from your glass bottle back home.  We are often asked if anything other than oil can be placed in the flask once it’s empty; let’s just say that the stainless flask is made to food-grade standards and could conceivably hold any sort of liquid you may want to fill it with.

Whether you’re already a fan of CanYouHandlebar’s beard oil or you’re looking to try something new, the Beard Oil Flask is a great addition to your regimen.  If you’re familiar with the concept of Every Day Carry (EDC) then you can see how this would fit right in with the ideas of practicality, portability and always having what you need on-hand.  The flask shows the same careful consideration seen in all of the CanYouHandlebar products and packaging, and is quite simply useful by its very design. 

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

February 22, 2017

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How To Get The Perfect Moustache Swoop [VIDEO]

 

 

This is Mr. Stachetastic for TheBeardMentor.com brought to you by CanYouHandlebar.

Today I’m going to talk to you guys about how to get the perfect moustache swoop. Well, everybody has their own style of moustache that they like to go with. Me, I normally like to go with my English style and with that there’s no swoop at all. However, I do like to go with handlebars sometimes and there is a swoop on that.

To get the perfect swoop – if you’re going with English style like I have on my left you’re going to take and trim the hairs right up underneath here. You’re going to trim them up really tight to the lip, to where you want your English style to start.

Also, wax. When you’re going to wax, you’re going to wax closer to the lip. When you wax closer to the lip it’s going to give you a straight across look.

Now on this side where it’s drooping I’ve got more of a swoop on this side. I did that by not cutting the hairs up underneath the moustache here. So what that does is that hair that grows out – it doesn’t have to be a lot, just a little bit – you start growing these hairs out. The further down on you lip you grow these hairs out, it’s going to gradually make that moustache swoop. If you go and don’t trim on this side for a little bit, you’re going to have a better swoop on this side.

As on this side I’ve trimmed these hairs and I don’t have any swoop at all. Also with the wax on this side, if you wax it a little lower it’s going to be a little heavier and that’s going to pull it down some. If you guys are looking to get more swoop game going, that’s how you do it!

This is Mr. Stachetastic for TheBeardMentor.com brought to you by CanYouHandlebar.

 

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

February 22, 2017

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How Long Should Your Handlebar Moustache Be?

How Long Should Your Handlebar Moustache Be?

by Tim Kramer

Your handlebar moustache should be precisely 3 ¾” on each side…Only kidding! Naturally, the answer to the question “How long should my handlebar moustache be?” is one that only you can arrive at. We do however have a few points to consider when deciding on a goal for your moustache length.

One consideration is the shape of your face. You may want to think about what length and fullness of handlebar moustache will compliment your face the most. Just as you learn to dress according to your body type, it can be helpful to learn how to moustache according to your face. Our previous article, Beard Growing Tips Based on Your Face Shape, offers several helpful tips.

Another consideration is whether you are growing the handlebar moustache by itself or plan to have it sit on top of a beard or goatee. This can help determine how long or full you want your handlebar moustache to be. When standing alone without a beard, keeping it short and tight can offer a clean manicured look. If you have a beard or goatee you may want to shoot for greater length or fullness to make sure it stands apart from your beard or goatee.

Just as you might do some image sourcing when considering a new haircut, take some time to look over the various styles you see in the bearding and moustache community before deciding on something for yourself. You can get a feel for face shape and how a handlebar looks separate or when combined with a beard or goatee, and decide which direction you might like to go in.

All that said, there’s really no hard and fast rule regarding moustache length when going for the handlebar. Whether you decide to keep it short, grow it long, grow it by itself, or grow it with a beard – it is important that you remember to take excellent care of your moustache. Training with a moustache comb and moustache wax, trimming properly, dewaxing in between styling, and even applying beard oil to your moustache will all help keep that handlebar moustache in tip-top shape.

See these articles for more handlebar moustache tips:

How To Train Your Moustache

When Should You Start Using Moustache Wax?

How To Style A Handlebar Moustache [Video]

How To Trim Your Moustache [Video]

 

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

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