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The Moment Your Beard Becomes You


by Bill Alley, Broadcast Host, Producer & Beard Advocate


At least once in your life you should allow yourself the discovery of who you really are. What are your passions, your dreams needing to be followed, and what did they do to create the man you see in the mirror? We may remember the man we envisioned ourselves being way back when; I know my mental vision became what you find before you...a broadcaster, writer, and bearded. It is born from childhood. The transistor radio was my constant companion; history and current affairs consumed countless hours of reading, and the beard I found most inspiring was found across the street at the home of the Burnhams. Bennett –seven years my elder –was my first trumpet teacher. He's had a beard since high school, to my understanding, continuously

Youth who have good bearded men about them can find something considerable in figuring out why some have facial hair and others do not. Given a choice, young men – those found in the throws of puberty – will have a better understanding when given a few lessons on helping them understand their DNA and the men comprising their family tree. One such gent–a friend and fellow Beard Advocate from Los Angeles–took to heart the lack of education for male teens on whiskers. In 2013 actor Kai Cofer put forth the notion that a 'young male rite of passage' could introduce the prestige, heritage and individual character of facial hair as a way to fully embrace their manhood. The Beard-Mitzvah was born. Click gray dot for full article.

The Hipster Emperor?


The Emperor Hadrian (AD 117–138)—the one who built the famous wall between England and Scotland—was the first Roman emperor to sport a neatly trimmed beard.

He lived over 1800 years ago, yet Hadrian's look is oddly contemporary. If he were suddenly to show up in an espresso bar in the East Village, he would hardly be noticed.

Meet the Artist Who Draws the Beardsley Faces


Fiona King has been creating artwork for Beardsley bottles since 1995 from her Rocky Mountain studio in McElmo Canyon, Colorado. A graduate of Kootenay School of Art in British Columbia, Canada, She has worked as an illustrator for over 30 years. She uses an elaborate technique known as scratch board which perfectly replicates the effect of traditional wood and copper engraving as practiced by Albrecht Dürer, Thomas Bewick, John Audubon, and others.

Her artwork has appeared an many award-winning books including The Wild Muir—Twenty-two of John Muir’s Greatest Adventures, and the International Bible Society's People of the Book Series. You can find other examples of her illustration at the Old faithful Visitors Education Center at Yellowstone National Park. Fiona has enjoyed working on all the faces  for Beardsley, and is especially fond of Lincoln because he has such a wonderfully chiselled visage.

Why Your Beard Hair is Wildly Different from Your Head Hair

by Erin Brodwin, Business Insider


If you’ve ever wondered why the hair on one part of your body looks so different from the hair on another part, you’re probably not alone. This phenomenon is a perfectly natural one, and it can be explained pretty easily with science.

As it turns out, you have different types of hair that grow during different phases of your life, and they can come in different colors and textures. Deep inside the hair follicles—tiny pockets in your skin that house each strand of your hair—there are two different types of pigment that give your lovely locks their hue.

These two types of pigment are eumelanin, which colors hair black or brown, and pheomelanin, which colors hair blonde or red. Despite what you may have heard, all humans have a little bit of pheomelanin in our hair. Click gray dot for full article.


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How to Fight the Shaving Nightmare, Part Two


by Bill Alley, Broadcast Host, Producer & Beard Advocate


Shaving is a conditioned behavior, brought on by over a century of advertising designed to redefine culture. Since the Industrial Revolution of the late 1800s, man has found himself in confrontation with bosses and other employers—even clients—who have given the decree of “shave or leave” their particular business culture. We the Bearded confronted this bias staring in the late 80s, and countless victories have been achieved from the boardroom to the catwalk to customer service where men with beards enjoy equal stature and acceptance.

Fast forward: in this new century a man has a physical and virtual support system of facial hair in storied history—even in the boardroom. Virgin Airways CEO Richard Branson has not altered his facial hair style. Rick Rubin (the “big man” in the music business) keeps a Rip Van Winkle-esque long beard and hair. Click gray dot for full article.