This is What Sweden’s Most Beautiful Beard Looks Like

It’s official. A recent competition, known as En Karl Med Skäg, has named Sweden’s most beautiful beard. And my oh my, it’s glorious. This is Memo Göcek, a beard fanatic who lives in the Täby suburb of Stockholm. He was the lucky winner of the En Karl Med Skäg competition and it’s not hard to see why. Seriously – look at that beard. If you’re ever struggling to find the motivation to keep your beard grow in full flow, just flick back to this post. The contest, which saw 10 beard-donning gentlemen from across Sweden go head-to-head in front of a panel of stylists and barbers, emerged with Göcek as the winner.  “It feels pretty good actually,” Göcek told Swedish newspaper The Local. “At first I didn’t think I would end up winning as everyone had really nice beards, so it was exciting for me.” He did admit, however, that he didn’t achieve his mighty beard with hard work alone and urges the importance of taking appropriate care of your beard: “It’s important to keep it clean all the time. You have to wash it every day.” “I do it two times – once in the morning and once in the evening. Then I use a whole load of products on it too. Wax for example. But I think it’s mostly genetic. If you have the right genes that help. My dad had a good beard.” Although it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s game over for the slow-growers among us, reaching the dizzying bearded…

Beard Quotes to Live By – Our 4 Favorites For Your Enjoyment

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite beard quotes. Whether you’re looking for some inspiration or some laughs, these beard quotes are definitely worth a read! “I’m a pretty clean eater, so my beard probably just smells like the blood of my enemies, as usual.” – Eric Hendrixson In 2002, Eric Hendrixson was cut off in traffic by a brand-new Mercedes SLK. It’s the most beautiful thing he’s ever destroyed and it makes him smile to this day. He quit teaching in 2005 to pursue writing full-time and in 2007, he was disqualified from a martial arts tournament for ‘excessive violence towards a midget. That’s pretty much all you need to know to get a picture of the kind of dude he is. He’s sarcastic, hilarious, and writes really cruel reviews of other novelists. These are also hilarious. By now, however, he’s probably getting fed up of the metallic smell of his enemies’ blood invading his nostrils. It might be time for him to get some beard shampoo and oil and if you’re annoyed by the problem too, you should do the same. “A goatee is to beards what diamonds are to ornaments.” – Pawan Mishra (Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy) An elaboration of the old adage ‘go hard or go home’, Pawan Mishra’s quote above is saying that a solid goatee really is the cherry on top of any perfect beard. A lot of dudes, however, have trouble growing in the hair around the chin and mouth area, especially under the bottom…

To Beard or Not to Beard – 9 Reasons Why You Should Grow One

Women, children, and a whole load of men get along in life just fine without beards. Unless you’re living among wolves in the Siberian wilderness (if you are, that’s awesome), it’s not always obvious to see the function that they actually provide. If you step outside and take a walk, however, you’ll notice that many a modern male is now donning increasingly impressive face-huggers. From designer stubble to beards so epic they could have been directed by Spielberg himself, they’re basically everywhere. So, why do men have facial hair? There might be more reasons than you think. Beards Have Been Around Since the Birth of Man 200,000 years ago, when the human race hadn’t been long on this earth, beards served as a great form of protection. Sadly, we’re not talking about protection from mammals, as that’s largely what tools such as spears and blades were created for. It’s more likely, however, that beards originated as a means of protecting the face from extremes of weather such as the cold. However, if you’ve got a beard that could fend off a sabertooth single-handed, please send in a photo. I’m sure that you’d make even the neolithic male jealous. The same as eyelashes prevent dust from getting into your eyes, beards also served the purpose of warding off sand. Considering evidence has shown that humans originated in desert-ridden areas, this is incredibly plausible. Beards Protect Your Face From Harmful UV Rays If your face is graced by the hair of the…

No-Shave November – The Bearded Man’s Movember Alternative

So you’ve heard of Movember, sure. It’s the time of year where men across the world band together and grow awesome mustaches for an even awesome cause. But what if you’re not ready to kiss goodbye to your facial hair for just a month of mustache growing? If only there was a way for you to keep your beard and still raise money for a great cause? Enter No-Shave November. Cousin to Movember, No-Shave November is a way that you can raise awareness of male-related health, including cancer and mental health issues. It’s also a fantastic excuse to keep your beard on the grow. Where Did No-Shave November Start? In 2007, a gentleman by the name of Matt Hill tragically lost the fight to colon cancer. It was after this that his 8 children – 4 of them boys – decided to do something in his honor. That something was No-Shave November. In an interview with today.com, the family described the thought process behind setting the event up: “A lot of cancer patients undergo chemo and they lose hair. So we grow our hair for those that are losing it,” said Christine Hill, one of Matt Hill’s daughters. “And then, the money that you would have spent on hair removal is donated to the cause.” In 2009, the oldest sister of the family Rebecca, officially launched No-Shave November as a non-profit organization. With the help of one of her friends, they raised $2,000 for the cause. Since then, it’s grown a bit – last…

These Dudes are Covering Their Beards in Glitter and it Looks Awesome!

Some dudes are always going to be looking for new ways to express themselves and this time, the trend has hit facial hair. Across social media, dudes are starting to cover their beards in glitter. Why? Interestingly enough, nobody is actually giving a reason for this. Perhaps they’re trying to get in-tune with the festive vibes or maybe they’re trying to brighten up their faces with some gold sparkles. Most likely, however, it’s because they look kinda funky and people are eating it up on Instagram. In a strange follow-on from last year’s spectacle of putting flowers in their beards, this year dudes are donning glitter beards. The social media trend seems to have originated with bonafide Instagram celebrities ‘The Gay Beards’. These dudes have been covering their beards in everything imaginable for years now, with photos ranging from facial hair coated in cheetos to lit candles – ouch. Their most successful photo by far, however, has been this one, featuring both of them with their badass beards completely coated in golden glitter. Take a look at some of 2016’s best and brightest glitter beards below: Making Your Own Glitter Beard Fancy giving it a go yourself? Surprisingly, it’s actually pretty easy. To make your glitter beard, you’re going to need 3 primary ingredients – beard oil, glitter, and a beard to throw it all on. Start by running your beard oil through your beard. This is used to make sure that the glitter doesn’t fall straight out onto your…

What is Movember? Here’s Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

It’s that time of the year again. Although the weather might be getting colder around us, it’s actually spring-time for beards. In preparation for the cold months ahead, many men are discarding scarves and opting to grow their own face-warmers. Growing a beard isn’t always easy for everyone, as a lot of it comes down to genetics. Once those hairs on that face of yours start to take shape, however, it’s incredibly rewarding. If you haven’t grown facial hair before, there could be any number of reasons for this. Perhaps you’ve got a discerning partner who doesn’t like you with a scratchy face (we can fix that), or maybe your boss has an old-fashioned view and thinks workplace faces should be fully trimmed. Just remember – there’s an even bigger reason to test-drive some new facial hair this fall. It’s called Movember and it stands for something great. Besides, Abraham Lincoln had a beard and he was totally President of the United States. Are you really gonna let middle management control your facial hair? How Do You Define Movember? Every year in the month of November, brave men band together and grow impressive facial hair for a great cause. That cause? To raise awareness of the men dying too young every day, from aggressive illnesses such as testicular and prostate cancer. It also stands to raise awareness of prominent issues that are often far more well-hidden, such as mental health issues and depression. Similar to breast cancer awareness, it’s a global movement that people…

Beards Aren’t Sexy? Think Again. 80% of World’s Sexiest Men Boast Facial Hair

Research in the past has shown that, although having a beard does increase how dominant and assertive you appear to other people, it doesn’t actually make you more attractive. Over increasing your actual personal looks, researchers believe that men grow beards to give them a leg-up over their competition. This is one of the biggest explanations behind the fact that, if you look at the male/female ratio throughout history, whenever there were more men than women, beards started appearing on faces. So, do beards actually make you more attractive to women or not? Although research says no, the top 10 world’s sexiest men list begs to differ. Out of the 10 that made the list this year, 80% of them have some kind of facial hair or another on their face. Topping the list was Jamie Dornan, a Northern-Ireland born model, actor, and musician, who’s been boasting facial hair from his serial killer role in The Fall right up until his lead part in 50 Shades of Grey. Regardless of your opinions on his recent acting, that man’s got a face that was made to don a beard.

8 Famous Beards That Totally Rocked It

Beards are at the peak of fashion and they have been for a long, long time. Who is it within society that usually leads social trends and brings them into the limelight? The rich and famous. From Hollywood to Pitchfork’s top recommended musicians, there are a whole host of celebrity beards that the normal facial-haired man would admire. If you look slightly further back into history, however, there are some famous beards that’ll totally blow you away. For the fun of it, we’re going to take you through some of history’s famed and fortunate bearded men. 1. Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln’s time in the White House paved the road for change that would last for generations. He also had a pretty sweet beard. Recently, his legacy has lived on in several films, with plotlines stretching from true-to-the-detail to slightly embellished with tales of vampires. Honest Abe certainly set the bar pretty high for the modern gentleman as far as bearded perfection is concerned. 2. Hugh Jackman Hugh Jackman has graced the earth with his presence for over 48 years now and in that time, he’s had some pretty impressive facial hair. Working everything from the wolverine mutton chop to full-on beard, Hugh Jackman has definitely got it going on. He has, however, now returned to the smooth-faced look, after kissing his wolverine sideburns goodbye earlier in the year. 3. Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams) I reference Dan Haggerty (A.K.A. Grizzly Adams) in my articles fairly often, because he truly was a hallmark for the male beard…

Do Women Actually Like Beards?

What a question. Of course they do. Not only is the beard a recognized sign of masculinity and maturity, it’s straight up beautiful in all its invitingly gorgeous glory. Would you believe it that in the British military they aren’t allowed beards? Apart from the pioneer that’s. His job was to lead a unit through uncharted territory – and they came to prominence in the colonization of America and Canada, but let’s talk about that later… A Hairy History Since the early days of woolly mammoths and even woollier faces, man has worn his facial blanket. It most likely started because Mr. Flintstone noticed one day that these wispy little hairs were sprouting forth from his chin, and decided that they looked pretty rad. The enemy of the beard at the time was the invention of the sharp stone – but much like the cutthroat razor, it takes a lot of practice to shave your facial curtains with a rock… It’s estimated that beards became somewhat fashionable in the 1850s. Before this a beard meant you were a bit of a renegade – a vagrant and a dirty savage. From the mid 19th century the upstanding gentlemen put down their razors and started to let their faces get all bushy. Thus the gentrification of the beard begun. So we saw that North America was pioneered and founded by men with beards. Surely that makes it the sexiest thing of all time? I mean if the exploration of a continent doesn’t touch your buttons then…

The Amazing History of Beards (INFOGRAPHIC)

Did you know that 98% of the Forbes’ 100 list of the world’s richest men are clean-shaven? It seems to be working out pretty well for them, but don’t worry. 98% of the world’s lumberjacks, warriors and general badasses had full-on beards like you wouldn’t believe. A little while ago, Huffington Post produced an infographic on the history of beards. We’ve just come across it and to be honest, we think it’s pretty awesome. That’s why we want to share it – and a couple of its weirdest facts – with you guys. Regardless of the point in time that beards have been donned, they’ve always stood as a rite of passage for men. Interestingly enough, surveys have shown that most women aren’t overly attracted to men with full-on face manes. The same study did, however, show that the majority of women perceived men with beards as being more powerful and commanding more respect. The Huffington Post was so inspired by this study that they decided to produce an infographic to show how men have shifted their beard styles throughout history to get a one-up on the competition. What Purpose Did Beards Serve? Researchers believe that prehistoric men used beards for several functional purposes. One of the primary reasons was warmth, as turbulent temperatures left men with the need to protect their faces from the harsh elements. Intimidation also played a role. By demonstrating a thicker, wider jawline, scientists believe that men used beards to intimidate enemies and mating opponents. During any scraps they may have…