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.

Men’s Grooming – A Flash in the Pan?

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This post is all about a recent phenomenon that has swept the western world over the last three of four years.

Now before I give it away, I will say that many people thought this would very much be a flash in the pan. A momentary blip or a fad if you will. Something that wouldn’t be around for too long, and will ultimately be long forgotten in the near future.

Oh but those people, those doubters couldn’t have been more wrong. The subject I will soon divulge is alive and kicking and is showing no signs of abating. In fact it’s growing and spreading across the world with intense virility.

Any clue what it is I’m talking about yet? To be honest, from what I’ve said so far, I could be talking about a whole host of subjects. I’ll narrow it down for you. This subject, or topic concerns man, and more specifically their appearance.

Still don’t know? Ok I’ll break it to you. I’m talking about men’s grooming. About five years ago this really started getting popular and men started paying a lot more attention to themselves, their outward appearance and their overall looks.

Believe me, I’m not using this blog as a platform to take a swipe at these people – far from it. I applaud their self consciousness and discipline. I for one are nowhere near close to calling myself a grooming expert, although I do hope to give myself that moniker one day.

I think my favourite thing about this phenomenon is all the incredible products that have come to market because of it.

Like many young gentleman, I have taken to growing my facial hair out a bit, and am partial to using a good mens hair comb through my beard on occasion. It is strange how this movement has taken the world by storm, in a relatively short amount of time. I wonder what the next storm will bring?

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This blog is designed to be a space where I can explore various topics of interest around the world. I will be delving into a new topic in each post and hope to learn a thing or too. Who knows, maybe you will learn something too. 🙂

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