Month: July 2020

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 beard, you’ll notice in Summer that it can really crimp on your overall tan. That’s because UV rays have a trickier time penetrating facial hair, as opposed to just targeting plain skin. I learned this one the hard way by shaving my 2-incher half-way through road-tripping it across California.

If you’ve got delicate skin, a beard can be a great way of minimizing your exposure to the sun (and saving money on sunscreen).

The Ladies Love a Good Beard

200,000 years forward to the modern-day, man’s primal urges still flow strong, leaving the modern male with the same need to attract a mate.

Fortunately, the male mating ritual has progressed since the neolithic era and the attraction process is based more on looks and charm.

There’s a strong belief amongst men that women go absolutely crazy for a good beard. I’m sure many men among the beard-donning masses can testify to the truth of this. With a beard, a man knows that he’s more attractive to the other sex, which in turn boosts the confidence he has in his looks. It’s this confidence that plays such a vital role in getting the ladies.

Beards Display Dominance

Strangely, when the other sex are questioned about their opinions on beards, the results are pretty surprising.

Contrary to what many men may think, women are actually pretty nonplussed about facial hair as a standalone feature. In fact, it looks like men have settled on growing facial hair as a means of standing out from the competition.

One study conducted by a man whose name fated him to carry it out – Nigel Barber – showed this. He researched the male to female ratio in the marriage market between 1842 and 1971 in England.

He found that, during times where there was a larger number of single men compared to single women, more beards surprisingly began to spring up on faces. As more men had to compete against each other for women, beards, moustaches, and stubble became much more popular.

When looking to reproduce, it often isn’t enough for a man to just be attractive to the opposite sex. The key is being more attractive than any competition you may have. Sadly, it goes without saying that the shy, quirky dude at the back of the bar – no matter how lovely he may be – won’t stand much of a chance against his bulker, more confident friends.

There’s a good amount of evidence to suggest that beards help men to build this essential confidence. Regardless of whether women find it overly attractive, if a beard makes you more confident, you go for it.

Beards Frame Your Face

Are you cursed with the challenge of defining your weaker features? Whether you have a soft chin or a poor jawline, a beard can help to accentuate those areas and make them more prominent.

By growing your beard out for 4 weeks, you’ll have a good canvas to craft your masterpiece from. Then, it’s just a case of acquiring a trimmer and maintaining a slightly longer length around your jawline. Hey presto, you’ve got the jaw you always wanted.

Beards can also help to detract from certain facial features you may find less desirable. Any small scarring or spots on your face can easily be covered up by a beard. If God’s graced you with a sizeable nose, you can draw attention away from it with some well sculpted facial hair.

Although this is relatively straightforward to do (see our guide on 6 key steps to growing an awesome beard), you might want to get a professional barber to cut the lines in first. One slip and you’re pretty much left with waiting for it to grow back or shaving and starting all over again.

Beards Can Keep You Healthy

It might sound strange, but it’s actually true. Beards can help to ward off dangerous bacteria which can cause throat infections such as tonsillitis. This is well-documented in medical research, with the first evidence going back as early as 1875. If you’re heading towards the colder months, growing a strong beard could well help you fight off any unwanted infections or illnesses.

Also, beards have been shown to help to prevent asthma attacks. By slightly filtering the air that reaches you prior to inhalation, a beard can help to reduce the amount of airborne toxins that eventually make contact with your lungs. Although this isn’t necessarily a reason that people grow them in the first place, if you suffer from asthma it’s certainly good motivation to try one out.

Beards Help You Kiss Acne Goodbye

As with preventing toxins from reaching your lungs, having hair growing from your face provides an additional level of protection from infections such as acne. In fact, shaving regularly can actually cause skin infections, as it creates openings in your skin for the natural bacteria that exist on your face.

In addition to avoiding nasty ingrown hairs, a good beard will help to reduce the chances of acne breakouts. Since shaving can actually increase or aggravate an existing acne condition, if you suffer from bad skin a beard is worth a go. It’s time for you to swap in that razor for a glorious beard trimmer.

Beards Can Improve Your Sex Life

Yes, you read correctly. One 1970’s study referenced in the book The Dependent Gene managed to find a relationship between sex potential and beard growth. The study found that, when the opportunity for sex presents itself, testosterone secretion increases, which in turn stimulates hair growth.

So, do you get more sex for having a beard, or more beard for having sex? It actually turns out to be both. Although men with beards aren’t necessarily deemed to be more attractive, they are viewed as having features that are. A 2008 study from Northumbria University found that women rated men with facial hair to be more masculine, mature, and tough. Good news for those already with beards and certainly a good reason to start growing one if you don’t.

Beards Save You Time

Does your alarm go off at 6am every morning so you can get up and begin your shave routine? Well, now it can go off at 6:20 instead. Although beards do require maintenance, they require seriously less time commitment than maintaining a baby-smooth face.

It’s thought that the average man spends 3,350 hours shaving over the course of his life, which totals 139 days. You could definitely spend that time exercising, or sleeping.

Growing a beard can save you a serious amount of time, which you can then invest in boosting your productivity. Use that 20 minutes to get a good breakfast in you and an extra cup of coffee and you’re setting yourself up for success every day.

Loads of Historical Figures Rocked the Beard

When you can’t trust honest Abe, who can you trust? If you’re going to copy anyone’s style, powerful historical figures are usually good people to model yourself on.

Beards have been donned throughout history by the societal elite and world leaders alike. Even Chuck Norris has one. Some of the world’s most famous beards have included:

● Abraham Lincoln

The 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln worked that top hat and absolutely nailed the beard look. In fact, trying to imagine him without facial hair is a pretty tricky task. His style has lived on through generations, with the mustache-less beard eventually being coined as the ‘Lincoln’.

Abraham Lincoln’s Beard

● Leonardo Da Vinci

Da Vinci’s beard cascaded from his face just as his artwork did from its canvas. This brilliant inventor brought us the designs of the helicopter way ahead of his time, but he’d often go unrecognized in pictures without his characteristic facial hair.

Leonardo da Vinci’s beard

● Charles Darwin

Beards have been used for practical means since the evolution of humanity and Charles Darwin developed the theory. Without doubt one of the most important writers of all time, Darwin wore one impressive beard.

Charles Darwin and his beard

So there you have it. If you haven’t already got a beard, this article should give you the motivation you need. With plenty of reasons to remove the razor from your routine, start growing your beard today and watch the benefits roll in.

If you’re not sure about where you should get started, check out our beginner’s guide on how to grow the perfect beard. Sit back, relax, and watch the hair grow.

Have you got any benefits that we haven’t mentioned above? Let us know about them in the comments box below for the chance to win some high-quality beard oil!

Categories: Beard Fun

Minoxidil Beard Treatment – How Well Does Minoxidil Work?

For many men, a beard is a rite of passage to masculinity. Unfortunately, it’s also not always easy for everyone to grow one. As a result of the rise in beard popularity and the demand for dudes to have bushy beards on their faces, a whole host of products have hit the market.

The majority of these fall under the category of beard care products, but there’s also a section of the market dedicated to those males who have a harder time growing fuller, thicker facial hair.

If you’re part of that group who have a tough time growing your beard out, it could be well worth your time checking out some of the options there. The most popular ones on the market are Vitabeard and Beard Czar, but a more traditional contender by the name of Minoxidil has also entered the arena.

When concerning head hair, Minoxidil is often referred to as Rogaine, as it’s the primary ingredient within that product. It has, however, also shown incredibly promising results for those looking to grow out their beards. From a variety of online reviews, men are claiming to actually be seeing the results. That’s a really promising start.

So it’s pretty clear that Minoxidil gets the job done. In fact, it’s been scientifically proven that Minoxidil can help to influence growth spurts of hair in males, which is great news for all of you dudes who suffer from patchy beards.

minoxidil

That’s not all you need to know, though. In this article, we’re going to cover all of the information surrounding Minoxidil, including potential side effects, how you can maintain a healthy beard during treatment, as well as some other plausible alternatives.

How Well Does Minoxidil Work?

I’ve never tried Minoxidil, mostly because I’ve never needed to. Despite my shortcomings, I’ve always been able to grow a strong beard very quickly. From what I’ve heard from friends and researched online though, it’s pretty damn clear that Minoxidil beard treatment works.

What I will say, however, is that you need to patient with the amount of time that it takes to work. A lot of online reviews are from customers who’ve purchased the product, taken it, and expected to wake up the following morning looking like some kind of bearded Rapunzel. If you can find any product in the world that does that, let me know, because we’ll make some serious money together.

When taking Minoxidil beard treatment, you shouldn’t prepare yourself to wait 5 days. In fact, you shouldn’t even expect to see explosive results within 5 weeks. Studies have shown that men experience the biggest growth spurts after 6 months of continuous Minoxidil usage. Sure, it’s a long-term commitment and you’ve got to be prepared to take regular applications, but you’ll most likely see results that you’re happy with.

Eric Bandholz of BeardBrand has made a short but sweet video about using Minoxidil for beard growth. You can check it out below

Can You Get Minoxidil to Work Faster?

If you’re not too happy with the idea of sitting around for the best part of a year waiting for a beard to appear on your face, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can have up your sleeve to boost the speed at which Minoxidil works.

Firstly, the easiest is going to be to buy a higher-concentrate of Minoxidil. The product typically comes in two versions – 2% and 5%. If you want dramatic effects quicker, it might be worth you picking up the stronger version of Minoxidil.

How to Apply Minoxidil

Once you’ve picked up your Minoxidil, you’re going to want to start the application process as quickly as possible. To do this, you’ll need to get the pipette included with the bottle and apply it to your face twice a day – in the morning and in the evening.How to Apply Minoxidil

Start rubbing the product into the base of your hair follicles, and work your way out to the outer hairs.

To apply Minoxidil, you’ll need to start rubbing the product into the base of your hair follicles, gradually working your way out to hit the outer hairs. Getting it into the roots of your hair is a key part of the process, as it’s what’s required to get Minoxidil absorbed and start working on a thicker, fuller beard.

Does Minoxidil Have Any Side-Effects?

As with the vast majority of available drugs on the free market, Minoxidil does come with a few side-effects. Although they’re not prominent, we strongly advise that you read up on them to see if they could have an adverse effect on you.

Some of the more common side-effects of Minoxidil include increased or irregular heartbeat, itching and irritation (due to hair follicles becoming dry), redness, and the occasional bout of weight gain. I’m by no means a doctor so make sure you read the labels carefully, but in my opinion, those side-effects seem pretty manageable considering the end prize.

If you shed a bit of hair, don’t worry…

This might sound a bit alarming at first, but it shouldn’t be a cause for concern. As previously discussed, this isn’t an overnight treatment – it’s something that’s going to take several months to achieve and your body’s going to need to prepare for this. For that reason, you might notice a couple of instances of shedding, where hair falls out of your beard. This is completely natural and is just your body’s way of preparing for continuous future hair growth. Rogaine even address it on their website:“Rogaine products stimulate hair follicles to shift from the resting phase to the growth phase. Thus, it is not uncommon to see a temporary increase in shedding during the first 2 weeks using Rogaine products. This occurs in some people as the new hair pushes out the older hairs, when the hair follicle shifts into the growth phase.”

Keeping a Strong Beard Whilst Using Minoxidil

When growing a beard, it’s essential that you take care of it properly. This is no different when using Minoxidil – in fact, it’s even more important.

Beard oil is one of the best ways that you can prevent and treat beardruff. Beardruff is caused by your hair follicles running out of the naturally produced sebum oil that keeps your beard in top condition. When using Minoxidil, your hair is going to grow faster than normal, meaning your hair follicles will run out of sebum oil more

One of the most prominent ingredients in beard oils are carrier oils, which are very chemically close to sebum oil. By washing your beard and applying beard oil daily, you’ll be able to keep it in top condition. Trust me, it’ll be incredibly effective at treating your beardruff and it’ll even give your beard a lovely, healthy sheen to it.

What Else Can You do to Accentuate Minoxidil’s Effects?

There are a couple of other things you can do to help give your Minoxidil beard treatment that added boost. If you’re looking to get your beard thicker, consider the following:

Up Your Protein Game

As well as being a key building-block for muscle mass, protein also helps hair follicles to grow. If you work out, you might have noticed an upturn in your beard growth. Some people think that this is down to testosterone, when studies have actually shown that testosterone doesn’t have as much influence as previously thought.

protein powder

Your hair follicles are some of the fastest growing cells in your body, so by eating protein, you’re going to speed up their growth time.

Do Your Best to Remove Stress

Stress is your body’s non-specific response to basically any demand made upon it (thank you, college Psychology class). For some, it kicks you into gear when you’ve got a deadline looming over your shoulders, for others, it just keeps them awake at night.

Either way, stress isn’t great for you if you’re trying to grow a beard. It’s going to hamper your facial hair growth, so you won’t see the results that you want to. One great way to destress is to work out, so if you’re not doing that already, give it a go. I also tried out yoga for a little bit, but I’ve got a hardwood floor in my apartment and it made my knees hurt (I did it once then quit).

Get Some Rest

Sleeping

To get the most out of Minoxidil beard results and your general beard-growing escapades, you need to ensure that you’re getting your 8 hours of sleep every night. With all of life’s trials, tribulations and constant commitments, this is a tall order for most people. Getting a full 8 hours every night will make you feel good all-round though, so give it your best shot.


I hope you’ve found this article useful. We’ll be covering more and more beard growth products over the coming months, so stay tuned for the latest installments!

Also, a word of caution – although the plethora of positive online reviews have led me to believe that Minoxidil is worth your time, always consult with your doctor before trying out any new medicines. After that, stay strong, live well and as always, happy growing dudes!

Have you had an experience with Minoxidil that you want to share with us? Let us know how you got on in the comments box below!

Categories: Beard Care, Beard Products