6 Steps for Business-Ready Hands

October 6th, 2015 § 0

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Don’t Man-Handle Your Man Hands

You’re at the checkout in the grocery store, and the clerk at the cash glances down, her face suddenly in horror: she has seen your hands, and their image is burned on to her retinas. You thought no one would notice such a small detail, such an insignificant sign of your neglected hygiene. I’m afraid it’s time to re-evaluate, my friend: Small details are wherein lies the truth. Here are some steps you can take to ensure that your hardworking hands are treated with the level of care that they, and onlooking eyes, deserve:

1. Invest in a Hand & Nail Brush 

Olivewood Hand and Nail Brush - $19 - Fendrihan.com

Olivewood Hand and Nail Brush – $19 – Fendrihan.com

In order to do a deep cleansing job, you’ll need the proper cleansing tools. If you notice that dirt has accumulated beneath your nails or has ingrained into the surface of your skin, use a hand & nail brush to scrub and scrape it away. The tough bristles are designed to remove any unwanted grime. Try the Olive Wood Hand & Nail brush, made in Germany: it’s compact, durable, and it gets the job done.

2. Pull Out the Right Tool Kit: A Manicure Set 

Pfeilring 7-Piece Stainless Steel Manicure Set in Nappa Leather - $161 - Fendrihan.com

Pfeilring 7-Piece Stainless Steel Manicure Set in Nappa Leather – $161 – Fendrihan.com

Maintaining your hands involves more than a standard cleansing; You want to make sure that your nails are presentable. After all, your hands are your point of connection with the world. Your nails should be routinely cut and filed, and any unsightly dead skin surrounding them should be removed using fine-point tweezers, nail scissors, or cuticle removers. Hate the idea of owning a cheap manicure set? Go classy and invest in one like Pfeilring’s 7-Piece Stainless Steel Manicure Set- it comes equipped with a black nappa leather case.

3. Get Some Hand Cream 

Lotil Original Cream - $18.50 via Fendrihan.com

Lotil Original Cream – $18.50 –  Fendrihan.com

With all the work you’ll have put into keeping your hands well-kempt, you won’t want to forget the finishing touches: Make sure that you keep your hands sufficiently hydrated. With some good moisturizer, you avoid scaly, cracked skin. For a standard and reliable moisturizer, try Lotil’s Original Cream: it’s hydrating, and it will leave your skin feeling fresh.

4. Take Care of Your “Wounds” 

J.R. Watkins Petro-Carbo Salve - $12.99 - Walgreens.com

J.R. Watkins Petro-Carbo Salve – $12.99 – Walgreens.com

Let’s be honest: Battle scars aren’t cool when they’re from a paper cut. Don’t forget to practice good hygiene with cuts that show up on your hands; Otherwise, they may evolve into a nasty-looking infection. Keep some hand salve in your bathroom or office drawer. For a good medicated hand salve, try J.R. Watkins petro-carbo salve: it’s useful for minor burns, insect bites, and cuts.

5. Find the Right Hand Towel 

Uchino Marshmallow Plus Soft Touch White Cotton Hand Towel - $35 - Fendrihan.com

Uchino Marshmallow Plus Soft Touch White Cotton Hand Towel – $35 – Fendrihan.com

When you dry your hands, you don’t want a towel that feels like turf. Make your hand drying experience a little more pleasant with a soft, absorbent hand towel. For an especially soft towel experience, try the Uchino Marshmallow Plus Soft Touch Cotton Hand Towel: its Japanese cotton takes softness and pliability to the next level.

6. Make a Habit of Hand-Washing With a Good Old  Bar of Soap 

Klar's Lemongrass Soap - £4.50 - Husandhem.co.uk

Klar’s Lemongrass Soap – £4.50 – Husandhem.co.uk

Now that you’ve done all the hard work, you need a plan to keep your hands from getting as dirty as they were originally. This means that you need to make a daily habit of hand washing with a good bar of soap. Make sure that the soap you select has a pleasant scent and a moisturizing formula so that you’re not sapping your hands of their hard-earned moisture after each wash.

Follow these 6 steps and you’ll have the handsome hands you’ve always wanted.

5 Essential Accessories for the Guy in Your MFA

September 30th, 2015 § 0

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He’s only two re-writes away from finishing the great American novel. You’ve probably heard of him, he’s a 20-something in Brooklyn? Wears a funny hat? He was in your MFA.

And sure, he’s got a great taste in literature and has become something of a fashion icon for those of us in the hipster camp. But a lot of us are left wondering: how does he do what he does? It can’t be easy, working on his writing day-in-and-day-out. What are the little things that help make his trials and tribulations whiz along that much more smoothly?

This burning question led us down a dark and dangerous path, but we’ve brought back answers into the light. Here are the five essential accessories for the Guy in Your MFA.

There’s no question that grandpa’s leather bag is the comfiest option, but what if your grandfather is unfortunately and irreversibly deceased? Or worse, what if he had the fashion sense of a Dutch llama? Hand-me-downs aren’t for everybody, but we’re in luck because rustic-looking is even better than rustic-being. That’s why this Leonard Heyden Salisbury leather messenger bag is a must-have. It’s nobody’s grandfather’s bag yet, but it could well be, if you ever actually meet a girl who understands your art.

Leonhard Heyden Salisbury Leather Messenger Bag with 13" Laptop Compartment

Leonhard Heyden Salisbury Leather Messenger Bag with 13″ Laptop Compartment

Rain might be a symbol for baptism, but the drenched look is so 2014. Your antiquesque leather messenger bag is going to be improved by the hardship, but writers, like sugar, have an unfortunate tendency to melt. What’s an aspiring author to do? Better balance your bag and body on your bike with the right protection from the unforgiving elements. The Eberhard Gobel pure silk umbrella is just about the handsomest umbrella on the block, and it had a cherrywood shaft before it was cool.

Brilliant Luxury Pure Silk Gentlemen's Umbrella with Cherrywood Shaft and Handle

Brilliant Luxury Pure Silk Gentlemen’s Umbrella with Cherrywood Shaft and Handle

It’s hard to argue with a brilliant artist when he’s so obviously right, but let’s not forget that the wrong fountain pen is almost worse than no pen at all. Your ingenuous ideas deserve something better than a Bic. You’d have to get up pretty early in the morning to use that to beat a sword. No, you’re far better off with the Aurora 14k solid gold nib fountain pen by Marcelo Nizzoli. An architect and the designer of the famous Olivetti typewriter, he’s a tortured soul after your own heart. There’s no doubt his pen’s going to feel as natural to you as a sixth finger with a nail of gold.

Aurora 88 Gold Series Large Fountain Pen with 14k Gold Nib

Aurora 88 Gold Series Large Fountain Pen with 14k Gold Nib

 It’s no doubt 100% true that Hemingway and Oscar Wilde used Moleskine notebooks, and at times it seems like channelling the greats is the way to get the next chapter of your novel out there. But wait! Imagine if all those ghosts leapt from the page and impregnated your powerful words with their own woefully derivative ways. At least, they’d be derivative if you used them. Better go your own way. The Leuchtturm 1917 Master Academy pad looks just like a Moleskine, but you really can’t put a price on telling your friends it’s actually not. Roll your eyes, too. Moleskines are so cliche. 

Leuchtturm 1917 Master Academy Pad

Leuchtturm 1917 Master Academy Pad


A day spent crafting poems is no easy task, no matter what your mom says. And while those ink stains are badges of courage and perspicacity, you’re going to have to wash away the sweat and tears sometime. When you do, would you risk damaging your beautiful, beautiful hands on common linen? Why chance it. Brahms Mount hand towels are spun on an antique 19th century shuttle loom. Maybe even the one your grandfather’s hand towels were spun on!

Brahms Mount Linen Hand Towel

Brahms Mount Linen Hand Towel

The hardest part of getting through your MFA is accessorizing properly. That’s why we’re glad we have somewhere to go for the guidance we need. Thanks, Guy in your MFA!

Win a Complete Hair Style Kit with Fendrihan’s Slick for School Giveaway 2015

September 4th, 2015 Comments Off on Win a Complete Hair Style Kit with Fendrihan’s Slick for School Giveaway 2015

Slick for School Sale

We’re excited to announce Fendrihan’s Slick for School in September Giveaway Contest! We want you to look your best for the new school year, so we’re giving away a pretty slick set with:

  • Byrd Pocket Comb
  • John Allan’s Blu Classic Hair Pomade
  • John Allan’s Matte Hair Pomade
  • John Allan’s Sport Conditioning Shampoo

It’s a complete package with everything you need to keep your hair looking slick, styled, and so cool for the fall.

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is post a photo on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook of your grooming routine. It can be stropping your razor, styling your hair, or showing off your shave-of-the-day. Be creative! Use the hashtag #fendrihan and you’re automatically entered to win. Contest ends Wednesday, September 9 at 11:59 PM ETD. 

That’s all it takes!

For full contest rules, see here.

Junichi Tanaka Artisanal Shaving Scuttles Bring Class and Originality

August 28th, 2015 Comments Off on Junichi Tanaka Artisanal Shaving Scuttles Bring Class and Originality

One of our most-requested out-of-stock items in the last few months have been the Junichi Tanaka shaving scuttles. And every time a customer calls in asking when we’ll have more of these wonderful scuttles, we have to give the same reply: we don’t know!

The reason for this frustrating response is simple: every single one of these gorgeous mugs are handmade by one man. And when you’re working out of Whonnock, British Columbia it can be hard to ignore nature long enough to get back to work! And we certainly don’t fault Junichi Tanaka for taking his time – it’s that craftsmanship that makes these scuttles so unique and rare.JUN001_Junichi_Tanaka_shaving_scuttle3

Each one is a single piece of glazed Alberta clay, intricately shaped through a 6-day process of slow firing and cooling. Inside the bowl, a textured finish helps create a lather that’s thick and protective, kept warm by the hot water chamber filled through the spout.JUN001_Junichi_Tanaka_shaving_scuttle2JUN001_Junichi_Tanaka_shaving_scuttle4

Whonnock, BC, is a rural community, set on the north side of the Fraser River. Some ways east of Vancouver, it’s become something of a meeting place for artisans, who gather there to craft a wide variety of goods. That’s why we sought out Mr. Tanaka specially and asked him to create these shaving scuttles for us. You won’t find them anywhere else – they’re custom-made for Fendrihan. We couldn’t be happier to say that they’re now back in stock!


5 Steps for Maintaining your Shaving Brush

August 24th, 2015 Comments Off on 5 Steps for Maintaining your Shaving Brush

5 Steps to Protecting Your Shaving Brush


For a lot of people, the shaving brush is an integral part of their shaving experience. Its ability to hold water, produce lather, and caress the face can make or break the shave. There’s a good reason why many of our customers eventually work their way up to expensive, silver tip badger brushes – there’s a difference to be had in the material of the brush and its handle.

But how do we make sure our shaving brushes are kept in top condition for the shaves ahead? We’ve already talked about how to get the best lather, but what about once you’re finished shaving? You’ve made a big investment, and with the right care your new brush should last you decades. But how do you make sure that it does? Here are a few quick tips from expert brush-maker Heinrich Thater every shaver should know (and some of them might not be what you’d expect).

1. Keep it dry

After shaving, let the brush relax in its natural state by shaking out all excess water, and then leave it in a stand upside down. This will let any remaining moisture drip out, away from the base. Make sure it’s not stored in a humid or damp room.

2. Be gentle with it

A lot of us instinctively want to mash the brush into the soap to make sure we’re loading the brush properly. But this can cause two problems with your brush: first, it’ll drive the soap down into the knot, where it’ll dry and won’t produce lather. And secondly, it can damage the brush itself, defeating the purpose.

3. Don’t face lather

This tip is kind of controversial, because many shavers find face lathering to be responsive, quick, and easy. But expert brush manufacturer Heinrich Thater says that face lathering will wear your badger tips more quickly than lathering in a mug or bowl. The reason? Your facial hair is thicker and tougher than badger hair.

4. Clean it regularly

Make sure you rinse out all remaining soap after each shave, and once a month give it a deeper cleaning with a mild detergent. Getting rid of this extra soap residue, especially any that’s been forced down into the middle or bottom of the brush, will help prevent dried-up lather – the most common source of broken and shed hairs.

5. Getting too hot

Everybody wants a piping hot shave, but your brush tips are sensitive. Using water above 40 C/ 104 F can damage the ends and cause them to curl. In many cases, using water any hotter than this can actually void the warranty on your shaving brush. So make sure the water is only warm, not hot – and for comparison, 104 F is about the temperature of a hot tub.

With the right care and attention your brush should be a lifetime companion. It can seem daunting at first, but most of these rules will become second nature with practise, so don’t worry too much. As long as you’ve got the right brush, the right stand, and the right attitude, everything else will fall into place.

Scissors skills you need to trim your beard

June 8th, 2015 Comments Off on Scissors skills you need to trim your beard

how to trim your beard with scissors

Scissors skills you need to trim your beard

Trimming your beard with scissors isn’t easy – it takes time and patience to master the art. You need the right tools, and given the hard to reach areas around the moustache and under the chin, a steady hand as well. You may make mistakes along the way, that happens to the best beardsmen, but like anything, over time and with practice, you’ll become a scissor master and enjoy the most accurate trimming results possible.

Don’t skimp on the scissors

Scissors at Fendrihan

 Scissors will be your primary tool for creating a neat and stylish beard and moustache, so don’t go for a cheap pair. Avoid scissors that may rust or have imperfections that can pull at your skin resulting in an uncomfortable and inaccurate trimming experience. And whatever you do, avoid kitchen scissors or garden shears like the plague, the hassle is simply not worth the risk. Trimming your beard and moustache with scissors is a delicate job, so make sure yours are top quality.

Treat your beard like a beard

Bluebeards Original Beard Saver

Preparing your beard is the first vital step, after ensuring you have a great pair of scissors, to enjoying a great trimming experience. The hair on your face is vastly different to the hair on your head, so whatever you do, don’t wash your beard with hair shampoo and conditioner. The result will be dry skin and clogged pores, which are counterproductive, so always use a beard shampoo and conditioner.

After washing your beard, don’t even think about trimming it until it’s completely dry. Use a towel and hairdryer if you need to trim straight away, or wait for it to air dry naturally. As your beard hair dries it will contract slightly, so trimming while damp may result in a shorter trim than expected once the beard dries.

Final pre-trim step

For some this is the best part of beard maintenance. Grab a beard brush or comb and brush down the hair in the direction it naturally goes. Then comb it out in the opposite direction to puff it out, before finally combing it down again. Repeat these steps until you’re satisfied all of the hairs are out and available to be trimmed, and you’ve had enough of the awesome feeling a good beard brushing provides!

Let’s get started!

The best way to trim your beard and moustache is with a great pair of scissors and a comb. Hairdressers and barbers use combs to help ensure they maintain an even length in the hair during the cutting and trimming process, and you should do the same.

The best place to start trimming your beard is along the jaw line and cheek area. Insert the comb from the jaw line up and into the beard, and trim the desired amount that is protruding through the teeth of the comb. Be careful not to trim too much off; you can always trim more off if it’s still too long, but you can’t replace it if you cut too much away! Keep trimming both sides of your face from the ear down to the outer edge of the chin area until you’re happy with the length. Give your face a comb to ensure you’ve got every hair and there aren’t any stragglers.

The moustache and chin can be tricky!

This is where your steady hand will play a major role in creating a stylish, even beard and moustache. There are lots of angles to work with in this region, so take your time and get it right, especially if you’re new to using scissors to trim. Start by brushing all of the hairs in your moustache down, then insert the comb from the top lip up and into the body of the moustache and trim just the ends. Comb the hairs down again and trim the ends of the hairs that protrude below the top lip freehand. Once you’re happy with the moustache, repeat the process for the chin. Comb the hairs down, insert the comb from underneath the chin into the body of the hairs, and trim just the ends until you’re happy with the length.

Now for the neck!

Shaving Your Neck with a Good Razor

This is a delicate area to trim with scissors because one small mistake could mean a cut to the skin. A steady hand is required to trim the hairs close to the skin without causing any damage, so if you wish to go down this path, be careful. Use the comb to guide you along the way, and trim slowly and carefully until you get the hang of it.

Alternatively, a good beard trimmer is a great option as it’s faster, safer and you still get an accurate trim. Use the guides to ensure you trim your neck hair to the desired length, and then grab your safety razor or straight razor to shave any hair from the top of your Adam’s Apple down. Don’t make the mistake of shaving all of your neck hair off, or not shaving any at all, so you need to find the right balance.

The finishing touches

When you think you’re done give your beard a good brush down to ensure there aren’t any stray hairs that have escaped the scissors. Brushing your beard at the end will also remove any trimmed hairs that have been caught up in the beard that could result in ingrown hairs and other irritations. Apply a few drops of beard oil or beard balm to give your beard a nice healthy glow while moisturizing the hairs and face.

Time to show the world

Now that you’ve trimmed that awesome beard into a style that perfectly compliments the shape of your face and the way your beard grows, it’s time to stand tall, pin the shoulders back, puff the chest out, get outside and conquer the world. After all, there’s no point in growing a magnificent beard if you’re going to stay at home. So get out there and enjoy the envious and admiring glances that are certain to come your way!

5 steps to Growing the Perfect Beard (For Beginners)

May 28th, 2015 Comments Off on 5 steps to Growing the Perfect Beard (For Beginners)

5 Steps to Growing the Perfect Beard

Men grow beards, always have, always will. Some appear to do it with effortless ease, while for others it may be more of a struggle. Some men are blessed with super beard growing genes, while others struggle with patchy beards or other beard growing issues.

However, regardless of your ability to grow a beard, if you’ve decided it’s time to attempt your first, here are the five steps you should follow to give it the best chance possible of reaching its full potential.

  1. Just let it grow

One of the biggest mistakes beginners make when growing a beard for the first time is to try and cut and shape it too early. The best thing you can do is just let it grow naturally; don’t cut, shape or style it until you got some length and can see how your beard develops. Set a commitment period of time, say six weeks for example, and let nothing stand in your way to achieving that goal. You are going to experience beard itch as the whiskers that you’ve been shaving into a sharp edge curl and grow back towards your face. As they hit the face you’ll experience a certain level of discomfort, and this is the time when most men crack and shave their beards. This period will only last from a few days to a week at most, so get yourself mentally ready for this time and just get through it.

  1. Make the style call

As has already been mentioned, the speed of growth varies from man to man; however, there will come a time when you’ll get a good idea of what sort of beard you’ll be able to grow. If, after a month you’ve got a full, thick beard then congratulations, you’ve hit the beard-growing jackpot. Your options for the style of beard you can grow will be extensive. If, on the other hand, you’ve got bald or sparse patches mixed in with significant beard growth, your options are more limited. You can always go the Keanu Reeves route and ignore those patchy areas and grow your beard out, but unless you also look like Keanu Reeves this can be a mistake. However, no matter how your beard grows, the type of hair you can grow, or the shape of your face, there will always be styles to suit you once all of these considerations are factored into your final decision.

If you look like this guy, maybe a patchy beard is your thing.

If you look like this guy, maybe a patchy beard is your thing.

  1. Take care of your beard

Throughout the beard growing process, and long after you’ve achieved your style goal and move into the maintenance phase, you simply must take care of it with a range of products. These include:

  • Beard trimmer, scissors and comb – It’s a great idea, particularly in the early stages of growing and maintaining your first beard, to visit a barber every 2-3 weeks to get it styled and learn what’s required to keep a great beard. But you still need to keep it in shape in between, and these three tools are the bare minimum to snip away any stray hairs while maintaining a uniform length.
  • Beard shampoo and conditioner – Under no circumstances should you use shampoo and conditioner designed for head hair. It will dry your skin and clog your pores causing more problems than you need. Get a good quality beard shampoo and conditioner and use it every few days to remove dirt, dead skin cells and other unwanted foreign objects.
  • Beard oil or balm – Applying beard oil or beard balm must become part of your every day grooming routine. It will moisturize your beard while adding weight, sheen and a pleasant scent. Get one of each in the beginning, use them both and decide which one you like better.
  • Beard brush – As soon as you have any length in your beard, you need to start brushing it once a day. This will train the hairs to grow in the desired direction and give it shape and style while removing any tangles. It also feels awesome!

However, while these are essential items that you simply can’t do without if you’re going to grow and maintain an awesome beard, there are other tools of the trade that will come in very handy.

  • Safety razor  or straight razor and shaving cream – Depending on the style you’re going for, there will probably be areas that need to be shaved. For example, if you have a patchy beard so have decided to grow a goatee, you’ll need to shave your cheeks, jaw line and part of your neck. If you’ve gone for a full beard, you still may need to shave stray hairs above the natural beard line of the cheek, and below the Adam’s Apple on your neck.
  • Moustache wax – If your beard includes a styled moustache, you’ll need some wax to mould it into the look you’re going for.
Movember 2012 mustache styles

Never underestimate a good moustache.

  1. Go and see a barber

You’ve never grown a beard before, right? So there’s no shame in going to see a barber for a while to get you started. Professional athletes still have coaches, Fortune 500 company CEOs still have business advisers, and some of the world’s best beardsmen still go to the barber. Once you’ve got some length in your beard, head to a quality barber for a good education as well as your first styling. That way, not only will you walk out confident in your beard style, but also armed with plenty of information you have either already discovered online and has been reaffirmed, beard growing myths you thought were true get busted, or new information you didn’t already know. Some questions you can ask include:

  • What styles best suit my beard hair type and face shape?
  • How do I use the essential beard products I need (found above) to maintain the health of my beard?
  • How do I take care of my beard tools – scissors, trimmer, razors, etc.?
  • What direction do my hairs grow in the various parts of my beard, and how do I shave them correctly?
  • What is the best place to shave my neckline to suit my face and beard style?
  • How often should I see a barber for a professional cut and style?

These are just a few of the questions you can ask, but there are many more. Just explain that you’re a beard growing newbie and you need some advice. If your barber is any good, he’ll offer plenty of great advice without trying to sell you one of everything he has in the shop.

  1. Ignore the naysayers

Along the way you’re going to get a few wisecracks from family, friends, work colleagues and even complete strangers. Just like dealing with beard itch during the first week or two, you need to treat these comments with the contempt they deserve by ignoring them. In no time at all you’ll be sporting an awesome beard, which will take less time than you think, and you’ll find those negative comments will be replaced with compliments and envy.

Every man should attempt to grow a beard at least once in his life, and truth be told, it’s a lot easier than you may think. Yes, it requires regular maintenance and effort, and you’ll find yourself fighting the urge to shave it off when it starts itching or someone makes a cutting remark, but the feeling you’ll experience when you’ve grown the beard of your dreams will make the effort completely worthwhile.

Good luck.

What to do if you’ve got a patchy beard

May 21st, 2015 Comments Off on What to do if you’ve got a patchy beard

For those of you who desperately want a thick beard, but can only muster a patchy beard instead, confidence can sometimes be eroded. The inevitable “what do I do next?” questions start swirling in your minds, and confusion sets in. Do you just suck it up and go clean-shaven, even though it’s neither wanted or suits you, or do you put up with patches in your beard?

While there are no guaranteed ways to instantly turn your patchy beard into something more substantial, there are steps you can take to help it along the way.

Facial Hair

Time is your friend

The reason why patchy beards occur is because of the uneven spread of hormones, particularly testosterone, in your face. This imbalance causes hair follicles to grow at different speeds, so hair will grow earlier and faster in some areas, while it may take a few more years and grow slower in other areas. In the short term the best course of action is to simply let your beard grow out as much as possible. Give it 5-6 months and see how it looks; you may be surprised how well those patches fill in when given the time to grow. In the long term, as you age you are more likely to grow in fuller and more evenly. As your hair follicles mature in the patchy areas of your face, they will grow just as thickly and quickly as the more mature areas. While this may not be the answer you’ve been searching for, the fact is patience is the key to growing out those patchy areas.

Take a chill pill

No, we don’t have a magic pill you can take to fill out your patchy beard. However there is a direct link between the levels of stress you endure on a daily basis, and the amount of hair you lose across your body. To assist your hair growing goals, particularly when it comes to your patchy beard, try and rid any stressful situations from your life. High stress jobs or unemployment, high maintenance family and friends, financial problems and recurring health issues are just some of the stresses we are exposed to throughout our lives. Whatever you can do to alleviate stress in your life will not only help with your patchy beard, but can also lead to a far happier life in general.

Fill up the tank with proper fuel

By eating the right foods you’ll not only give those hair follicles an almighty push, but you’ll also feel much better anyway. Hair follicles are made from proteins, and filling the dormant follicles in your face with extra protein may give them the push they need to speed up the growing process. So add more lean meats, fish, eggs, beans and nuts to your diet so your body is full of wonderful natural protein. In addition, vitamins B6, C and E are also recommended for hair growth, so supplement your new high protein diet with some of these as well.

Get creative

OK, so you can’t grow a full and bushy beard right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have awesome facial hair. Experiment with different styles and see what works. For example, if the hair on your cheeks is patchy, shave it off and grow an awesome goatee or chinstrap beard. If your moustache doesn’t connect to the beard, shave the beard off and go for a monumental handlebar moustache instead. The idea is to embrace what you’ve got, experiment with various styles, and own your new look. By really owning your new facial hairstyle your confidence will be sky high, and you never know, you may just discover a style you never thought would look great on you but does.

We do not recommend Minoxidil

If you’ve been researching ways to help your patchy beard, chances are you’ve come across recommendations for Minoxidil. This product was developed to treat high blood pressure, but during the testing phase they discovered it stimulated hair growth. However, the fact is this product was not developed for hair growth and can have side effects. If you use Minoxidil you could experience a sudden loss of blood pressure, which is what it was developed to do, and if you’ve had no blood pressure issues in the past, this can cause real problems. Our advice: steer clear of Minoxidil and try natural remedies instead.

shaving brush, DE and bowl

Embrace your baby face

Not everyone can have perfect beard growing genes, and this may be the case for you. It’s not something you may want to hear, but it is something you may have to accept. If you’re not willing to wait until the maturity of the dormant hair follicles have caught up with your more active facial hair, or don’t want to experiment with beard styles that exclude those patchy areas, then shave it all off and concentrate on improving other areas of your personal look. Buy a kickass wardrobe, smell great at all times, hit the gym, or concentrate on a daily moisturizing program.

There is no easy fix for a patchy beard. Without going down the unnatural and dangerous route of taking Minoxidil, your best chance of success is eating a healthy diet, removing as many stressful situations from your life as you can, and patience. Not only will incorporating these into your regular life encourage hair growth, you’ll also experience a much healthy and more satisfactory quality of life as well. In the mean time, experiment with various facial hair styles that don’t use the patchy areas and have some fun with your new creations.

10 best beards in movie history

May 15th, 2015 Comments Off on 10 best beards in movie history

Hollywood has always led the way when it comes to beard fashion. Well before hipsters started dominating the men’s facial hair movement, movie characters have been pushing beard boundaries through every generation.

Why do beards play such an important role in so many famous movies? Because they set the tone of the character, so much so they’re almost a separate character in themselves! They give a man maturity and depth, and let’s face it, if the character requires scenes where they’re deep in thought, they simply must have a beard.

Here are our 10 best beards in the history of the silver screen, but we’re sure you’ll think we’ve missed a few:

Steve Zissou (Bill Murray, The Life Aquatic)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 2004

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 2004

Do you really think Steve Zissou could have fought off dozens of pirates with just a little red hat and a single pistol if he didn’t have a manly beard? Or bring himself to spare the ‘jaguar shark’ that killed his best friend after searching the oceans and tracking it down, unless he had the wisdom that comes with such a manly beard?

Pai Mei (Gordon Liu, Kill Bill: Vol. 2)

Kill Bill: Vol. 2, 2004

Kill Bill: Vol. 2, 2004

Not only is this guy a kick-ass ninja who has mastered the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique, but he’s also got an insane beard with matching eyebrows! There have been quite a few similar beard/eyebrow combinations in movie history from our South-East Asian thespians, but none come close to the magnificence of Pai Mei (which actually means ‘white eyebrow’….we think).

Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings)

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001

Could this be the best white beard in the history of movies? Coupled with that magnificent long, thick white hair, you could probably ask Gandalf any question on Earth and he would have the answer – he is that wise! Still, if you’re 2,000 years old, you really should be able to grow an awesome beard and hair combo, right?

Jeffrey ‘El Duderino’ Lebowski (Jeff Bridges, The Big Lebowski)

The Big Lebowski, 1998

The Big Lebowski, 1998

Arguably the most laid back character in movie history, The Dude’s goatee beard is a sight to behold. Granted it’s not the most well kept face rug of all time, but how could it be when he keeps spilling his White Russians through it every time he takes a swig! The point is it suits the character perfectly, which is why this gnarly looking goatee makes the list.

RJ MacReady (Kurt Russell, The Thing)

The Thing, 1982

The Thing, 1982

Kurt Russell sporting this big and bushy beard really was a no-brainer given the arctic conditions his character found himself in during the movie. It may look like it’s just some huge, thick pile of hair sticking as close to his face as possible, but the reality are these styles need to be nurtured and looked after on a daily basis. If man really is ‘the warmest place to hide’ as the movie tagline suggests, then Kurt Russell is clearly warmer than all other men thanks to his luscious beard.

Serpico (Al Pacino, Serpico)

Serpico, 1973

Serpico, 1973

If you want to learn how to grow an awesome beard, just watch Serpico. Over the course of 12 years you’ll see Al Pacino start with a little moustache that evolves into a handlebar, then moves onto a full beard, which eventually grows out to the masterpiece that seems apt given the quality of acting. It just wouldn’t work if Pacino’s beard didn’t match his performance. If you like watching men grow beards, make sure you watch Serpico.

Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane, Harry Potter)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 2001

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, 2001

Seriously, it’s no wonder poor old Hagrid lives alone. His beard is so wild and out there, it looks like he saw an old homeless man in a backstreet near Hogwarts and said ‘yep, that’s the look for me’! But in its own strange way, Hagrid’s beard is incredibly impressive, and deserves to be revered by all men as an example of what can be achieved. And if you fancy being a bachelor for the rest of your life, you should try and grow one for yourself…just for fun!

Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks, Castaway)

Cast Away, 2000

Cast Away, 2000

When it comes to growing a beard and getting nominated for an Oscar, Tom Hanks has the formula nailed. The secret to growing a beard like this is literally to forget you own a pair of scissors or trimmers, throw every grooming product you have out the window, talk to a volley ball with a face painted on it for four years, then ‘voila’, you’ve got yourself a Chuck Noland.

Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump)

Forrest Gump, 1994

Forrest Gump, 1994

How is it possible that Forrest Gump’s beard is the only one on this list to take home an Academy Award? It seems crazy given the importance a great beard plays in setting the scene for a movie. And to think Gump’s beard is actually inhibitive for a guy who’s running back and forth across America a couple of times (too hot, too wind resistant, likely to attract nesting birds, etc.). It just goes to show, even with this holding Hanks back, he went on to win the Oscar…what an actor!

Alan (Zach Galifianakis, The Hangover)

The Hangover, 2009


When you’re a one-man wolf pack, you’ve really got to have the beard to match. Zach Galifianakis’ beard is superb and coupled with his shaggy hair, it’s not a stretch to imagine that he is exactly what a one-man wolf pack would look like. But what sets Galifianakis apart from everyone else is he’s brought beard comedy back. Normally a beard is associated with wise, elderly men, but Alan is definitely not that smart.

Seriously, these are just 10 awesome movie beards we picked for this article, but there are hundreds more that could have got the nod – Sylvester Stallone (Nighthawk), Sean Connery (The Hunt For Red October), George Clooney (Syriana), Lou Ferrigno (Hercules), Harrison Ford (The Fugitive), Brad Pitt (Legends of the Fall), just to name a few. If you were going to create a Hall of Fame for Hollywood beards, who would you induct and why?

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How to get rid of beard itch

May 8th, 2015 Comments Off on How to get rid of beard itch

Ask any man why they gave up growing a beard and almost every one of them will give you the same answer – beard itch. Never mind the awesome beard that’s awaiting them, they just couldn’t stand the irritation for those few uncomfortable days. If you’ve grown a beard before, you’ll understand what it’s like for someone new to get through it. However, you’ll also understand that the rewards are well worth the momentary period of discomfort.

Have you got it? Set your beard up right.

Have you got it? Set your beard up right.


As you grow your beard, the ends curl and either start growing back towards your face, or lay down on your skin. The ends of your whiskers are sharp and pointy thanks to your razor cutting them at an angle. The discomfort you feel is when those ends make it back and start poking you in the face, causing you to scratch. Excessive scratching can turn your face red, even into a rash for some, and it’s at this point that some men head straight for the bathroom and shave the growth off. However, with a little patience and willpower, those ends will soften and become dull as the beard grows out.


 Long gone are the days when you just had to ride it out like our forefathers. We’ve come a long way, and there are many beard growing and maintenance products that ensure we can grow the best beard possible. It’s vital we take the time to understand how we not only grow a great beard, but keep it healthy and vibrant as well.

Clean your beard

Beards are robust, but still need a little TLC every day. They are at the forefront of many daily activities, resulting in foreign and natural objects becoming trapped within. These objects, such as dead skin cells, rogue hairs, daily grime, and body oils can cause irritation to the skin if left to move about and fester. To take care of your beard and keep it clean, you’ll need proper soap and shampoo designed especially for beards. Hair on your head is different to hair on your face, and regular shampoo can dry your skin and clog your pores. So don’t use it – it’ll do more damage than good.

Replace the nutrients

Moisture and nutrients can be lost during the cleaning process, no matter what products you use. Proper beard soaps and shampoos will minimise this loss, but you’ll need a beard conditioner to replenish and invigorate the hair. Again, don’t use head hair conditioner for the same reasons you shouldn’t use head hair shampoos. Beard conditioner will make your beard soft again, reducing the impact of those pointy hairs poking at your skin, and your beard is less likely to tangle when it becomes longer and fuller.

Use beard oil or beard balm to moisturise

Applying beard oil is the best way to moisturise your beard. It will add weight, give it a lovely scent, and a nice sheen. Alternatively, using a beard balm is another excellent option, and the only way you’ll know which one is best for you is trying them for yourself during your daily routine. Moisturising is a non-negotiable; it simply must be done, no excuses.


 To maintain a clean and healthy beard, you should follow the above steps even after you’ve grown it to the desired length. However, for some men beard itch is still a concern even after they’ve grown it out. If this is the case for you, there are a couple steps you can take to relieve the irritation.

Remove ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs are a common issue, even if you’ve gone to great lengths to maintain a healthy beard during the growing phase. Use a good pair of tweezers to remove the hairs, and if you don’t have a steady hand to do it yourself, ask someone to do it for you.

There are many like it, but this one is mine.

There are many like it, but this one is mine.

Brush your beard

This should go without saying, but make sure you brush your beard hair regularly. As soon as you’ve got any sort of length in your beard hair, you should brush it regularly using a top quality beard brush or comb. This will train your hairs to grow in the desired direction, and provide it with some shape and style, reducing the risk of ingrown hairs and whiskers poking you in the face. As an added bonus, brushing your beard feels absolutely incredible!


If you’re growing your beard and going through this irritating period, stay strong and ride it out. Just remember there are many men going through exactly the same discomfort, so don’t be one of those who shave it off if you really want to grow a beard. Most men are so happy once they get through this period, while others regret shaving it off as soon as they do it. Like most things in life, great rewards come after a little hard work, and beards are no different.