What is the "Bandholz" beard, you ask? It's a style made famous by Eric Bandholz, the owner of Beardbrand (hence the name!). It's big, it's bushy, and it's glorious.
Why are we featuring this beard style for the November of Beards? To us, this style shows a full-bodied embracing of the beard lifestyle and it deserves all the respect.
To grow the Bandholz beard, you need a lot of patience, since amassing such an epic display of masculinity can take months. You'll also need to take care of your beard on the regular.
With a beard this long, combing becomes a necessity. Longer beard hairs can grow out in every direction, either leaving you looking sloppy or patchy. Neither one is a good look on any man. Something as simple as remembering to comb your beard every so often can work wonders. Not only does it get all your glorious hairs pointing in the same direction, it also makes sure there's nothing stuck in your beard (yuck!), and helps distribute your natural oils along all your beard hairs.
We hope this goes without saying, but please also wash your beard. Like any hair on your body, your beard gets dirty and needs to be cleaned. Just like you wouldn't skip shampooing the hair on the top of your head, you can't skip washing your beard.
In addition to combing and washing your beard, you'll want to supplement your face's natural oils with a high quality beard oil. This helps to avoid annoying issues like dandruff and split ends, and can help alleviate any dry skin you get under your beard. As an added benefit, it will make your beard look fuller and shinier.
Finally, no beauty tip would be complete without a reminder to take care of your health. Your hair and skin are a reflection of your health, so making sure you're getting enough exercise, drinking plenty of water, and eating a nutritious diet are important keys to help your beard look your best.
Until next time, take care of yourselves.
This Wednesday, we’re looking at the history. It turns out that beards have some pretty interesting history. For a full read, check out Of Beards and Men by Christopher Oldstone-Moore.
Historically, beards have been a way for men to indicate very important things about themselves, whether their status as a warrior or a priest in the earliest history of beards, their political alignment, or their rebellion against the current ruling elite.
Depending on the political climate and social correctness of the time, beard fashion can cycle quite quickly, but the meaning attributed to the different sorts of facial hair doesn’t seem to change much. A full beard has continued to be a sign of masculinity, linked to independence and strength, where a clean-shaven man is seen to reflect the more traditionally feminine ideals of trustworthiness, cooperation and youth. A clean-shaven man was also seen to be more civilized, where a bearded man harkened back to a wilder time.
Throughout history, there have often been “beard movements” where personalities will encourage their followers to grow specific types of beards to indicate their support of a movement. One of the most notable examples in recent history is John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “bed ins” where they encouraged young people to support peace by growing out their hair. Another example is Fidel Castro use of a beard as a symbol of his revolution. Castro told his supporters that their “...beard does not belong to [them]. It belongs to the revolution”. As far back as the 1800s, French and American rebels grew their beards for this reason.
History aside, you can’t ignore that beards are gaining in popularity. Whatever your personal reason for growing a beard – to express your autonomy, your masculinity, your religious identity, or just to support a worthy cause like Movember – take care of it for goodness sake!
November is a classic month for men to start growing all manner of facial hair. This November we're getting into the spirit and paying tribute to our favourite version of facial hair - the beard.
This month, we're learning about the history of beards, how to keep beards healthy and looking fresh, and looking at the top styles for facial hair. Join us every Wednesday as we turn 'hump day' into 'beard day'!