Articles Categorized in: Beard Philosophy

Beard Community

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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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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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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Becoming a head shaver — Using a head shaver

Becoming a head shaver — Using a head shaver

Shaving your head while sporting a beard creates a stunning visual contrast, making it one of the most popular hairstyles for bearded men. It also has a lot of benefits, such as letting various scalp conditions heal and get a bit of sun (but not too much right off the bat!). The idea can be a bit intimidating, but for the vast majority of us it isn’t permanent, so you’d might as well give it a shot. Personally, when I...
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On Beard Styles

On Beard Styles

Beard styles are a common concern for a first time beard grower. Trust me when I say that this is mostly a distraction. Look, I’m a straight shooter: You might not have that much choice when it comes to the variety of beard styles out there. You shouldn’t start out growing your facial hair with a particular style in mind. If you do that, you’ll likely end up with a style that you aren’t particularly happy with, but that you...
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