Washing My Friend’s Beard

For those of you who’ve been around for a while here or at the very least read my statement piece on what men’s grooming is for me then you all know what I’m all about. I take pride in my extremely forward approach to my own personal grooming and the grooming of those within my immediate vicinity. As I stated much earlier on this blog that whole approach has gotten me some rather mixed results as far as the reception of the concerned parties is involved. Now before any of you start making some wild accusations about me attacking my friends with grooming products please keep your imaginations in check. The absolute worst I’d done was in a rather loud voice explain to an acquaintance that his beard looked like he had been travelling via rail road with all of his belongings on the end of a stick.

For the sake of my image and as something a bit more fun to write about I should probably explain how it was that I had come to admonish my friend and his beard. You see this particular friend of mine has always been of a rather laid back disposition. I remember when we were teenagers and he would get all manner of food stuck in his beard. I believe there was even a point where he had gum in it. But that was way back in the day and as of now he’s gotten used to my preacher-like sermons on men’s grooming. But back to my story since the person in question is a long time and close personal friend of mine when I met up with him recently I was more than happy to see him again and less than happy to see that my advice stopped being heeded the second I was out of ear shot. So there we were at a party surrounded by friends and acquaintances and I had just called him a hobo. All eyes were on us but I don’t really mind attention and since my house was nearby I dragged him over to introduce his facial hair to the best beard wash around. And by introduce I mean I literally made him wash his beard right then and there. As annoyed as he was initially about the whole prospect a simple touch comparison between our beards showed him my point and how little an argument he actually had. I guess the moral of this story is it’s okay to criticize if you mean well and have a solution for the problem otherwise you’re kind of just being rude.

Sifting through the details

All the info that went into the last article was really interesting personally. Looking through a lot of the stuff that didn’t manage to make it into the last one there might be enough for another article in the future. That might not be anytime soon though since we’ve got a couple of different topics lined up for now. Make sure to stay updated because the next ones are going to be super interesting!

Makeup and Ancient History. – How people applied makeup thousands of years ago

Learning something new about makeup is always fascinating. A new technique or a new formula always makes you think about the practical applications you might have for it. Maybe finding a new night serum with great results or some other product. I personally also have another interest aside from makeup which is my great love of history and I thought maybe if you share my interests you might get a kick out of reading this today.

Today we’re going to be looking at the Ancient Egyptian makeup practices and from what I know about their culture this ought to be quite interesting to a lot of you. A little background is that back in Ancient Egypt, unlike a lot of other ancient societies, makeup was something practiced by everybody. Not just the rich but also the poor practiced makeup of course to a varying degree but it makeup was commonplace nonetheless and another distinction of the times was that make up wasn’t gender specific which although really interesting isn’t all that surprising when you think about it.

Something that seems common to us but overall wasn’t all too common in most other societies was that the ancient Egyptians were very big fans of soap. They really emphasized the use of soap because if you smelled you were seen as impure. Not just any soap might I add because their oils were often infused with oils to give a nice scent lingering long after use.

Another unsurprising fact is that ancient wasn’t much cooler than it is now, I mean it is a desert what do you expect? Moisturizing of course becomes key in this situation so the ancient Egyptians also fancied the use of body oils. The use of body oils was so commonplace that a lot of workers also included body oils in their wages. They weren’t limited to oil however as they also used honey as a sort of moisturizer directly on their skin. Another fun if not hilarious fact is that men were also known to use special lotions on their head, for what reason you might ask? To prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth of course. That’s right back in ancient Egypt there might have been a merchant selling his wares openly advertising to bald or balding men about his own “one of a kind hair growth solution” it’s funny to think how similar that might be to today’s marketing but it’s a fact nonetheless.

These were just a couple of the practices that the ancient Egyptians used to have when it came to cosmetics and the ever elusive pursuit of the concept of beauty. Before I end this article I just wanted you to picture yourselves an ancient Egyptian party for whatever reason you might be able to think of and know that they used to wear wings to these festivities. Both Men and Women wore these decorative wings to these parties. Sounds exciting right? Those wings were made of human hair. Isn’t history amazing?

Same Same but Different

I’m slightly torn at the moment – I have really enjoyed writing all the posts on this blog so far, especially writing about the subject matter. I do however think in order for this blog to reach new heights I need to begin introducing some new subjects and topics to talk about.

Which disposition will emerge triumphant I am not quite sure yet. All I know is that more content is on it’s way.

How My New Favourite Product Cured My Aging Face

I know that title seems to be quite a big claim, but I stand by it.

2 weeks ago I came across a product that has since done wonders to my face.

If you know me well, you’ll know that I place quite a lot of emphasis and importance on beard care. I quite often fall into the trap of neglecting the state of my face though!

A few weeks ago I decided it was high time to remedy that. Not knowing the first thing about skincare, I enlisted the help of my long-term girlfriend (they are quite handy once in a while!).

She set me on the right path by asking exactly what it was that I needed help with. My answer was pretty broad to say the least – I needed help with pretty much every part of my face.

My T-zone has become particularly oily recently, and I felt the bags under my eyes had been getting noticeably worse in recent weeks.

On top of that I had began to notice that my cheeks had been get coarser by the day – Perhaps I was shaving them too vigorously.

Applying mud mask

With all of this in mind, my girlfriend suggested I find a product that can tackle all these areas, rather than splash out the cash on multiple items that could treat the different areas.

These were wise words as I eventually ended up spending less than £20, whereas purchasing multiple products would have at least led to spending £50.

She suggested that something like a facial scrub or a mud mask should do the trick, and to try to look out for one that combats all these different areas.

I had a good search online during some free time on a weekday evening, and wasn’t disappointed with what I found. I eventually plumped for this mud mask and now it’s been a few weeks I can safely say that I’m glad I did.

My t-zone looks noticeably less oily, my bags have decreased and my cheeks feel lovey and smooth. What more could I ask for!

Singing A Different Tune

It’s been fun discussing men’s grooming, but for the next few blog posts I’ve decided to mix it up a bit and discuss something different.

Still sticking within the realm of health and beauty, women’s cosmetics have particularly interested me in the last year or so. Sit tight, and expect some new and interesting content on this subject.

The Ultimate Beard Grooming Product

I quite often have people ask me, ‘Milton, what do you think the ultimate beard grooming product is?’.

I always say that the answer is quite complicated. A lot of men need an array of different products to choose from (some even end up purchasing or building cabinets just to house the all).

I for one am a simplistic man. For me, I believe in the saying ‘simple is better’ – It’s a motto I carry around with me always; in my personal life, in business and in leisure. The same applies when it comes to beard grooming.

My regime is built around the notion of speed and efficiency. I want to be able to groom and nourish my facial hair as quickly and effectively as possible. The simplest way to do this is to whittle down the amount of products needed to get the job done.

I remember when I first set out on this task – I essentially ended up using just one product from my arsenal each morning, and seeing which one left my beard feeling the most conditioned and nourished and ready for the day ahead.

Applying beard oil

It was a tight call, but I eventually concluded that the item I couldn’t be without was undeniably beard oil. Some call it the quintessential beard accessory, and to be honest I find it hard to disagree with them.

By design, it’s intended to deeply nourish the facial hair, ward off beard itch and make it more controllable and malleable when it comes to combing/brushing. Even if you’re without a comb or a brush, just using your hands to shape your beard after applying oil usually does the trick.

My next step was to figure out, which particular beard oil was my favourite and staple that I was going to commit to and use everyday. There are so many to choose from (too many!) but after trying a bucket load, I came to the conclusion that this beard oil was by far my favourite.

The main thing I like about it is it’s scent! After trying it well over a year ago, I still use it religiously each and every day. Give it a try!

My Favourite Topic – We Continue the Conversation

As you might have gathered by now, my favourite topic is undeniably men’s grooming. I’ve become so intrigued and interested by this subject that I’ve dedicated a lot of my time to learning and reading more about this ever growing body of knowledge.

It’s safe to say that I’ve learnt a great deal in the last few months, and in my next post I will be laying it all out for you. Don’t go anywhere!

The Phenomenon Continues!

Over the last year I’ve paid considerable attention to the state and amount of beards I see in public. Ever since I read a newspaper article that the trend was in decline, I’ve made an effort to try and observe the populous, and see if this was the case.

After a year of extensive people watching, I’ve come to the conclusion that this article could not be more wrong…

What I’ve noticed is that even more men have beards now! What was a fad for men in the late twenties has bridged the gap as facial hair seems to be much more prevalent in older men too now.

Personally I think this is great. I have no doubt in my mind that the average women believes men are more attractive with facial hair, even if it is some light stubble.

The fact that this craze doesn’t seem to be abating any time soon meant I had a decision to make.

 

festive beard trend

Should I stick to my guns and keep my light stubble / occasionally clean stubble look? Or should I push the boat out, throw away my razor, and ban shaving cream in my house for a month or two to see what would happen?

I decided to take a trip down the latter path, and boy have I enjoyed the journey. I never knew having facial hair could be so rewarding.

The first thing I began to notice was that I was getting more looks from women in the street, which is always a nice boost to your confidence. Secondly I noticed that I generally looked much older than I did before (perhaps this is the reason for the increase in looks!).

After wearing this in for a few months, I came to the decision that the beard was here to stay and I began attempting to source products that could help keep it in good condition. To date, the best product I have purchased an used is this beard balm. It makes my beard look, feel and even smell amazing. I can’t recommend it enough.

So, as the title suggests…the phenomenon certainly does continue, and I personally have no idea of when it’s going to end!

Definitely not a flash in the pan!

In the build up to Xmas 2017, I’ve noticed that the beard trend has certainly not abated. This prompted to do a bit more digging and I’ve put together another piece on the subject. It will be finished in 48 hours or so. Looking forward to you guys seeing it then.