Hello Gentlemen of Bearded persuasion. My name is Craig White. I am the founder of BeardBros_uk on Twitter and I am an addict. A beard addict. I am however proud of that fact. I am not ashamed. And neither should you be. No matter what people tell you. My only regret is that I waited so long to grow one - well into my twenties. But trust me when I tell you I'm making up for it now.
If you're wondering how I started my journey into beardhood then fear not - I will tell you but it's very simple. I married in September of 2014 and after letting my stubble grow a bit longer than I normally would I went to a traditional Barber the day before my wedding (Swagger and Jacks in Norwich). I had a haircut and the Barber asked what I wanted to do with my stubble/beard and he thought I'd really suit a beard. So with a bit of a trim and absolutely no persuasion my face fuzz took shape. And I've never looked back. It's grown and become a part of me. Even my wife has started to come round to the idea, it's about time too, it's only taken two and a bit years and she knows it's not going anywhere.
As for a routine. Being a bricklayer my beard which I have named Bertie (is it weird that I've named him?) goes through a tough time. What with the weather and the dust etc, so I always balm in the morning, coupled with a good brush. I have an emergency bottle of good quality oil in the car. Along with a tangle teaser brush. Which on a cold, wet and windy day is an absolutely life saver. Train not trim is my motto. And a little lunch time brush keeps Bertie in check.
I would urge you to invest in a good quality beard shampoo and/or soap. Preferably natural. It's amazing what a difference it can make. I like to have a brush when my beards a little damp from the shower. I brush first without oil to get a shape then oil after, working downwards to keep the shape, and that's it. It's that simple. If you take the time to look after your beard. It will look after you. So however patchy you're told it is, or when you think 'I'm just going shave it off' DON'T. Persevere. It's the ultimate proof of patience and perseverance so. Stay strong. Stay bearded. And thanks for reading.
Thank you Craig for the great post.
You can find him at www.twitter.com/beardbros_uk