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As a beard grower living in a country where beards are not just unpopular, but overwhelmingly viewed as ‘dirty’ and tabboo, I can tell you from first-hand experience that connecting with other beard growers can give you much-needed support and encouragement, as well as beard growing tips and knowledge. In my own bead growing journey, there’s really one source that gave me critical inspiration, and that’s the /r/beards subreddit. If you aren’t familiar with reddit, it can be at once...
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Changing Your Beard Style

Changing Your Beard Style

One of the great things about having hair in general is the ability to occasionally mix things up and change your look. Just like the hair on your head, though, the length of your beard is going to play a major part in the styles at your disposal. In your experimentations, it’s important to keep this bit of common sense in mind: It is always easier easier to change your beard from a long to short style than from short to...
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Shave Union — Best razors, affordable prices

Shave Union — Best razors, affordable prices

If it isn’t already obvious, one of my main aims with Beard Care HQ is to connect everyone struggling with growing their beards out, with the information and products that can really help keep their beards looking sharp. The flip side of this is that the businesses out there offering beard care products are often smaller in size, sometimes even home-based businesses, and it’s really exciting for me to be able to help out both beard growers and these small businesses....
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Head shaving tips from a Buddhist monk

Head shaving tips from a Buddhist monk

I know I’ve already covered the topic of head shaving, but I thought it was worth re-visiting for the unique perspective that a friend of mine, a former buddhist monk for most of his life, brought to the topic. He and his wife (yes, he is married, which is why he is no longer officially a monk) run a small restaurant situated along a beautiful bay along Korea’s West Sea (A.K.A. the “Yellow Sea”), that I try to visit with my...
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Growing a Summer Beard

Growing a Summer Beard

Summer might not be your ideal season for growing a beard, but summer beards do have a few advantages: Humidity can make your beard appear fuller, although for some this translates into bushiness. Best time to start a yeard. Everyone relaxes a bit in the summer, which might make that awkward growing-out phase of a new beard more socially acceptable for those of us that aren’t professional lumberjacks or artisan microbrewers. A good beard balm will go a long way...
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Shaved at 9 months to a yeard. And I don’t regret it.

Shaved at 9 months to a yeard. And I don’t regret it.

Growing a yeard is tough, no doubt about it, but the reasons for doing it really attracted me: Test of my own patience. Social experiment (to see how I respond to peer pressure, etc) To look super awesome. But behind the philosophy of the yeard, I think it really comes down to this: Growing a beard is manly and good. Therefore, the more beard one has, the more manly a person is. I suppose I probably bought into this line...
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Why don’t politicians have beards?

Why don’t politicians have beards?

As you read in my post about beard history, modern humans have bearded men to thank for pretty much everything in existence. Also in that post, bearded men that were the leaders of nations were often highlights of beard history. This begs the question: Why don’t politicians have beards? In the past, it was very common for politicians in the United States to have beards. It may not be a coincidence, however, that the last bearded President wasn’t really the greatest:...
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Top 877 Things From Beard History — An Exhaustive List

Top 877 Things From Beard History — An Exhaustive List

After my post about beard history, I got a lot of feedback from people saying they wanted to know about some of the things that were created by bearded men. An odd request, I thought, considered that God, a bearded man, created everything in existence, but okay, I aim to please. So I sat down and wrote up my list of the top 877 things created by bearded men. Some were created by God, others by inventors like DaVinci. Some,...
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A (mostly fictional) Beard History in pictures

A (mostly fictional) Beard History in pictures

Today growing a beard is a special thing. It is even seen as rebellious and unseemly in some circles. This wasn’t always the case, though. Ah, to be alive during the glory days of beards, when a proper beard and a nice hat were the mark of good grooming and etiquette. Unless you were a minority… or a woman… or, you know, not rich… yeah, okay, so the good ‘ol days weren’t all that great. But the beards were pretty...
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Should I shave off my beard?

Beard growers will often face the question: Should I shave off my beard? Yes, I sometimes have had to shave off my beard, and I’m sure others have too. As much as we like to tease those that suddenly go clean-shaven, there are some real benefits to shaving it completely off from time to time. An underlying skin condition that really needs time to heal. Employment-related concerns in many fields (I once got hired as an extra in a historical re-enactment film...
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