There is a lot of superficial information floating around about why you should grow a beard. You'll read things like, "because chicks dig it," "because shaving sucks," and even "because it filters allergens."
Now, I'm not saying that any of this information is inaccurate, but the truth, guys, is that you should grow your beard for you, personally.
For us, gentlemen, there are very few style choices that we make that can be truly transformative to our personas. A great beard, like a well-tailored suit, will fundamentally change the way you feel about yourself, the way you carry yourself, and the way that others perceive you.
A beard epitomizes what it means to be a man, literally separating the men from the boys, and when worn correctly, and confidently, it can be one of the most effective parts of your style arsenal. People will begin to associate who you are with the beard you wear, and it will naturally become part of your style trademark. A type of flag for your personality.
This last point is one of the most important reasons why I began growing my beard several years ago. I had always been uncomfortable, even embarrassed, that my facial hair grows in red while the rest of my hair is so dark. I used to keep it short, or color it to mask the red, but that's all it was . . . a mask. I began to realize that my discomfort with myself was deeper than just my beard, that it was just a physical manifestation of other aspects of my psyche.
So, I decided that I need to change the way I perceive myself. I needed to accept the person that I am, and I decided to use my beard as a emblem of that acceptance, just as it had been a symbol of my personal discomfort previously.
Today, I have named my company after the full, thick, and very red beard that I wear proudly as a flag of personal triumph, a banner of personal acceptance, and as a message to those around me. Accept who you are. Grow what you've got. Embrace it and your beard too can be life altering. We'll help you get there.
That is why you should grow your beard.
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With summer in full swing, and blazing temperatures outside, many of us are drawn to the local swimming pool to relax and cool off.
Splashing around with the kids or doing laps for exercise are a great time, however, for us beardsmen this activity can lead to disaster. The salt and the chlorine can do serious damage to your beard and hair, and if you’re not careful, you may wind up shaving off your mane just to alleviate the irritation.
In the spirit of saving your beard, we've brought you 5 tips for protecting your beard (and hair) at the pool this summer.