I would say this year has been a pretty big year for me. Actually, epic! would be the correct word to use. Why is that? well I’m glad you asked. From the year 1996 up to 2017 I was bald and clean-shaven. I never thought for one second that I would ever change being bald. I joined social media and started my website Thebaldnation.com reviewing shaving products for bald men. I built custom content for Thebaldnation revolving around the bald lifestyle and I loved every minute of it. Being bald on social media is just like being bearded in the same aspect as you’re in your own little club. Yep, not for one second did I think I would be reviewing beard products and growing hair. Then ‘No Shave November 2017’ came along and changed everything. I partnered with Cremo crème on a project to raise awareness for cancer and decided I really liked having hair on my head along with facial hair. Truth be told I had though about it many times but was so used to being bald with no facial hair. The thought of making a drastic change of appearance kind of scared me. The older you get the more routine you like to stay and making drastic changes takes a lot of energy. I’m lucky to have a very supportive wife that I can talk to and bounce ideas of off. I decided to continue with the pursuit of hair and reinvented my social media presence into what it is today. Just to be clear, this decision has nothing to do with social media or my blog/website. This decision is strictly freedom of personal growth.
I’m still pretty new to being a beardsman. 11 months to be exact, 1 months away from a (Yeard) or a one year beard without trimming or cutting. The first couple of months were the hardest because of the itching and uneven parts that stick out like a sore thumb. Good skin care is important especially when it comes to growing a beard. Little tiny glands in your skin produce sebum, this oily or waxy matter protects your skin and hair by keeping it hydrated and moisturized. Dry skin under those precious whiskers of yours can be very uncomfortable and lead to beard dandruff which from what I hear is very uncomfortable. Dry skin can easily be caused by washing your beard with the wrong kind of soap. The hair on your head is different from the hair on your face so using regular bar soap or shampoo can and will strip the natural oils from your beard causing itchy and irritated dry skin. A fungal infection can also cause dry skin and beard dandruff. The yeast that lives on your skin finds hiding places in your beard and grows until it’s to late to catch it on time.
So how do we stop or control these issues that are very common among beardsman? Starting with a good natural soap or wash that wont strip the natural oils away from your beard when washing it is a good step in the right direction. Exfoliation of the skin underneath your beard clears out any dead skin and bacteria that’s been hiding behind those whiskers of yours. Beard oil also helps control dry and irritated skin while keeping your beard soft and healthy. Beard balm has a lot of the same benefits that oil has but also has beeswax that gives you a little more control of your beard. Beard butter is another product that I think is highly underrated. I think the biggest question that’s asked is what’s the difference between beard butter and beard balm. One of the main ingredients found in beard balm and not beard butter is beeswax. Beeswax is what gives beard balm its holding power among other things. Beard butter does not contain beeswax, even though it does possess some holding power from other ingredients its main purpose is keeping your skin and whiskers healthy. The holding element is not as prevalent.
My night-time beard care routine used to be the same as my morning routine but I changed it up several months ago for certain reasons. I don’t need as much control of my beard in the evening so I mainly focus on cleaning and conditioning. I use beard oil/balm as well as comb and brush in the morning as part of my grooming routine before I head off to work. In the evening once I’m home for the night I mainly just use beard butter. Sometimes I use a fragrance free beard oil first but that’s only on occasions. I also just let my moustache go wild instead of taming it since I’m not going any were. This change in routine has freed up some time in the bathroom and I’m still working on beard care. A while back I had the chance to review some beard products from Urbanbeard. Urbanbeard is a Canadian company that features an online store selling a range of beard products made from top quality ingredients. Their products range from beard shampoo, conditioner, oil, wax and beard butter. All of their beard care products are handmade in small batches with vegan friendly certified organic ingredients. They also sell T-Shirts and grooming instruments such as razors, combs and brushes.
I had the chance to try their (Peppermint) beard butter. Beard butter can contain a lot of the same carrier and essential oils that you may find in other beard products such as oils and balms. Beard butter moisturizes your whiskers and the skin underneath your beard keeping both soft, clean and healthy. The Urban beard (Peppermint) Beard Butter came in a round 150 ML or 5 fluid ounce aluminum tin. Urban Beard is an eco-friendly company. They only use recyclable materials when packaging their products. Aluminum also does not allow any harmful chemicals to seep into your product like plastic does. This Peppermint beard butter contains a lot of organic oils such as Sweet Almond-Jojoba-Frankincense-Eucalyptus-Peppermint and Pine Oil, Vitamin E Oil is also one of the ingredients used as well. These organic and natural oils offer a lot of skin and facial care benefits such as an excellent emollient, softens and re-conditions facial hair, Rich in proteins considered to be extremely nourishing, Stimulates the hair follicles helping to grow stronger & healthier hair, Improves shine/thickness & overall health of your hair, Can penetrate your beards hair follicle & strengthen the fibers increasing elasticity & softness of your beard, Has anti-aging/rejuvenating & healing properties, Can sooth dry & irritated skin, Can help heal burns, blisters, wounds, insect bites, & skin infections, Can help treat psoriasis, Itching, Pimples, Eczema, Scabies & sores, Resembles the sebum of the skin, Rich in vitamin E promoting a glowing complexion.
I also received one of their long-handled boar bristle hair brush and handmade pocket beard combs that you can also use to comb the hair on your head. Boar hair distributes your skins natural oils throughout your hair to the end of the shaft. A boar hair bristle brush can help repair dry and damaged whiskers while giving them a nice shine. A Boars hair bristle brush can also stimulate blood flow to your whiskers promoting increased and healthy growth. The Urban Beard Boar Hair Bristle brush overall length is 8″, 4″ of that is the head of the brush and just over 1.5″ in width. The handmade saw cut comb is made from cellulose acetate with a faux tortoiseshell finish. This comb has booth fine and coarse teeth perfect for any beard. Measuring in at 127mm in over all length, this combs fits in your pocket comfortably. I used the peppermint beard butter for seven days. I primarily used it in the evening before I went to sleep. I washed my beard with a good beard soap and let my whiskers somewhat air dry. I dipped my finger into the thick beard butter and retrieved a dime sized portion and rubbed it between the palms of my hands. I then applied it to my beard working it in, the butter soaked into my whiskers and the skin underneath my beard quickly. Even though the butter is thick it didn’t feel heavy on my beard or face and it had a great peppermint aroma that was very light and pleasant. The peppermint oil felt cool and calming on my face. This would be a perfect product to use during the summertime to keep your face feeling nice and cool during those hot summer nights.
After the beard butter worked its magic on my beard it was still a little saturated so I used the handmade pocket comb first. I used the fine tooth side to comb out any tangles. I started from the right and combed in a downward direction making my way over to the left side. I then started from underneath my beard combing in an upward direction still with the fine teeth working out any snags there might be. Then one more time in a downward direction to bring my whiskers to a final resting position. I had several tangles along the way but they weren’t a problem for the handmade pocket beard comb, it glided through my whiskers detangling any tangles painlessly. The faux tortoiseshell finish gave this comb a great glide perfect to tackle any major tangles you might find along the way. Once my beard was dry I followed it up with the boars hair bristle brush. I kept the same routine as with the comb when it comes to direction. One pass in a downward direction from right to left. Then in an upward direction and lastly once again in a downward direction to bring my beard back into the resting position. I liked how the boars hair felt on my whiskers and skin very therapeutic, calm and soothing. Last but not least, after I was finished with my boars hair brush I finished styling my beard and moustache with my pocket comb and that was that. I had a great week with the Urbanbeard.com beard products. Thanks for reading!
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