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Three Key Whisker Maintenance Tips

by Bill Alley, Broadcast Host, Producer & Beard Advocate

If you are the sort that believes facial hair is a carePlus exercise in male liberation, you’re partly right. Creating and maintaining a great whiskered look comes from understanding need, sources, and discipline.

Following these tips will yield health, confidence and respect.

1. Need. Whether you have permanent facial hair or are doing the seasonal November whiskers, an image should come to you of the look you hope to achieve. This need to develop your whiskered identity will guide your regimen. Beard growth patterns reveal density, type (curled, frizzed, straight, color), and texture and determine what length of whisker you keep. Base your need on ideals—achieving the perfect look—and the realities (imperfections) to put your “best face forward.”

2. Sources. Whisker stimulation is a clear understanding of how your body works. Every day your mirrored appearance gives you clues about the feel and look of your skin, hair, nails and gut—the four zones most people seek to maintain. Proper intake of vitamins and supplemental oils and minerals for your body and elimination of high stress, risky behaviors and unhealthy vices will give facial hair maximum opportunity to grow strong and healthy.

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Halloween Costumes for Bearded Dudes

by MaDonna Flowers,

What do you do when you have a big old beard and you’re trying to come up with a Halloween costume? You use it, of course! Embrace that facial hair and let it be part of your ensemble. There’s no reason you need to shave just for Halloween. No matter if you have a little stubble, a fine mustache, or a long flowing beard, there’s a costume choice for you. We spent some time combing through the farthest reachest of the internet for inspiration for all you whiskered gentlemen. Read the full article

The word barber comes from the Latin word barba, or beard. This ancient craft had many facets throughout history: the barber was a cutter and hair stylist whose services also included dentistry and surgery. During the Dark Ages of Europe, the barber surgeon had the primary role of treating the wounded in battle. These men were considered the first tier in medicine, living with the elite of the day, taking up residence in castles; they were also a fixture in the monastic orders. In the latter 13th Century a barber surgeon in Paris would receive formalized training at the College of St. Cosme—the root word of cosmetologist—and by the 17th century his skill rivaled medical doctors and surgeons. During the 18th century the British tried to merge the two professions, but their rivalry proved too great and the surgeons split away permanently. Con-sequently, the barber’s role of surgeon faded from practice.

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Joseph Palmer: Defender of the Beard

by Bill Alley, Broadcast Host, Producer & Beard Advocate


Joseph Palmer was a War of 1812 Veteran with a strong Christian faith. He lived in a small farming community in Massachusetts in the 1820s. Palmer was a man of his own persuasion, long-bearded; the sort of man one would have seen a century before. Mocked for his archaic appearance, Palmer felt the stinging rebukes of local minister, as recorded by the historian Stewart Holbrook:

“Palmer, why don’t you shave and not go around looking like the devil?”

Palmer replied, “Mr. Trask, are you not mistaken in your comparison of personages? I have never seen a picture of the ruler of the sulfurous regions with much of a beard, but if I remember correctly, Jesus wore a beard not unlike mine.”

In the spring of 1830 four men attempted to shave Palmer against his will; he outmaneuvered his attackers, wounding two in the legs. Sadly, the courts would side with the attackers when his trial was finished, landing Palmer in prison for approximately 15 months. Having done no wrong except fending off attackers, Palmer took to writing while incarcerated. What occurred to Palmer was not just the objection of the beard, but his staunch, self-reliant spirit

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The Origins of the Beardsley Logo


When Beardsley introduced the world's first beard shampoo in 1993 it was called LEO9.

The name was not a branding success, but the distinctive lion mark was retained as the company emblem, and it has appeared on all Beardsley products ever since. The logo is loosely based on a design in the book Visual Elements 1: Pictograms, Rockport Publishers, 1988.



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