Facial Hair – Harder Than It Looks

As the league enthusiast in the art of facial hair, I’ve been asked to say a few words in its favor. Art you may ask? Indeed, very much so my friends. If you’ve never seen just how extreme it can be, please take a moment to open this link;

http://www.worldbeardchampionships.com/

Go ahead, I’ll wait…

I have nowhere near the dedication those men have. However, I do like to have fun with the fact my facial hair grows quickly. It allows me to try new things. I was surprised both by things I was able to anticipate, and by a few I never would’ve thought of without trying new styles. The single most important thing I can share with you is in fact two things.

First facial hair is not just limited to a man’s upper lip and chin. There are in fact five areas you need to keep in mind. From the top, the eyebrows, ears, nose, mustache and beard. Any one of these areas left unattended will throw off what is otherwise an inspired display. There are many points of view on the eyebrows. Shaved to bushy, find what fits your face. With the nose and ears, trimming is the only thing for it! Don’t let an overgrowth ruin your look. A gentleman is ever aware of the dangers these two areas present.

Finally, whatever mustache and/or beard style you choose, remember to be patient with it. I only spent two and a half month allowing my mustache to grow out for the Second Annual IICTS and discovered a need to make slight changes in eating and grooming rituals. As my mustache got longer, it started to actively deflect each bite as I ate. Wash with a generic all over body wash was no long good enough. I started using a moisturizing conditioner on my mustache as well. I looked up a few things on the Internet, others I just tried on my own. Try a few styles, ask a few questions, and most important…

Have fun with it!

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