How about this? Resolve to grow the best darn beard (or moustache) and compete in the Beard Team USA National Beard and Moustache Championship?
The first ever Beard Team USA National Beard and Moustache Championships is happening on Saturday, June 5, 2010, in Bend, Oregon.
"Here are the categories:
1. Best moustache. Beards are allowed in this category but the contestants will be judged on their moustaches only;
2. Best partial beard. Includes goatees, van dykes, sideburns, musketeers, etc.;
3. Best full beard. Styling aids are permitted;
4. Freestyle. Anything goes. Anything. Be creative.
Like membership in BTUSA,the competition is open to everyone. There are no annoying qualifying events, application forms, or gender tests."
It's become a funny catchphrase to say "There's an app for that", but it's probably truer than you think. Panasonic just released their own iPhone app, called Beard Buster.
Users can upload a picture of themselves, add facial hair with a 'sketch pen', and then use a razor to shave it into any kind of facial hair that strikes their fancy - from a goatee to a Fu Manchu moustache or a full-length beard. When you're done, you can send the resulting image to friends on Facebook.
So just when you think "I've seen it all" along comes another app...
To pick up yours (for free!) head over to the app store: Beard Buster
The Beard Liberation Front has spoken. The beard of the decade goes to Michael Eavis, founder of the long running Glastonbury Festival, beating Fidel Castro and joining bearded luminaries such as Robert Plant and Tom Jones.
"The BLF, an informal network of beard wearers, said the accolade was decided upon after an intense discussion between about 200 members.
Organiser Keith Flett said: "Michael Eavis is a true hirsute icon of the noughties and he beat Castro to the accolade by the merest whisker.
"The support was split between Eavis and Castro.
"Castro is difficult to get hold of but I'm sure the news will filter through one way or another."
Just in case you haven't had enough information about moustaches lately:
"Today, only ironic hipsters and women who have given up wear moustaches. The lip hair has become a laughable fashion statement. However, the Brillo Pad lip has a long and storied past dating back to prehistoric times. There are still groups who celebrate the moustache without irony. Documentaries and books are being devoted to the subject and world competitions glorify those who sport them. While most men are too busy mocking the moustaches, AskMen.com has been busy collecting fascinating trivia facts about them."
"You know what really makes a man? A beard. Beards have been featured in films throughout the history of cinema, some great, some good, and some not so great or good. But over the years a few beards have stood the test of time and deserve a little attention."
"Finally appeared, they built shaving!
Rapidly evolving mobile incorporated various features. What's your purse, and nothing to their Tondemoketai Japan movement in China that is separate from the evolution to proceed with murder. The mobile TV Sutereohanzufuri it after hearing the music, change the cell phone number depending on the opponent, and nothing to the norm now in China. Whenever a new model Tondemoketai "Now I will be on the features?" And they get excited.
China has produced its strongest ever, ever, no, "t best demonstration" that will introduce this guy to call his mobile. Why this feature? Why features? What exactly are you thinking! They Atsu no sane or mad? Maa question but there is a lot to force the manufacturer's product planning has already made your phone just like you have to tip my hat."
You would think that products from a company called Bald Guyz would only appeal to bald guys, but that isn't necessarily the case.
I recently received samples of a few products from Bald Guyz to review, and since I don't shave my head, I put them to the test on my face.
The Bald Guyz Clear Shave Gel (also called Ultimate Shave Gel) is a bit different than most gels that I've used. It's thinner, for one thing, which I found was a plus when it came to the quality of 'razor slip' on my face. For another, it does foam, but not so much that it covers your face with bubbles. The gel has a nice mellow scent, not strong or 'perfume-y', and it rinsed easily and cleanly from my face.
I was really surprised with the quality of shave I got from this gel - it had the slipperiest feel for my razor of any gels I have previously tried, which wasn't what I expected. Many other gels are so thick that my razor feels like it 'sticks' to my face, and the Bald Guyz gel made shaving quick and easy.
"This lubricated formula contains skin soothers and moisturizers so that the razor glides over the skin with less friction. The vitamin and protein enriched antioxidant formula prevents nicks, razor bumps and irritation."
After my shave, I applied the Bald Guyz Moisture Gel to my face. It's made with grapeseed, green tea, chamomile, aloe, and calendula to soothe irritated skin and protect it from the elements. My face felt fully moisturized afterward, and a little went a long way - it's a thin formula, easy to spread and non-greasy.
Though I didn't use the products on my scalp, I feel confident in recommending it to those who do shave their head. I think the Bald Guyz products are high quality and well worth the price (which is very affordable).
I found this great tutorial on DIY hair removal using sugar over at Tracker of Plants:
"Sugaring is a form of hair removal that is very much like waxing. Sometimes it is done by cooking the sugar to a taffy-like consistency that can be smoothed onto a patch of hair, with the hands, peeled off, and the ball of hair-taffy folded in half and pressed onto a new area. This is repeated until the ball is too sticky or hairy to use."
I'm not so sure I'd do this for my facial hair, but if you're into shaving your legs (ladies, or road bikers...) or your chest, you might find this to be of use to you.
Here's an idea for holiday gifts (or maybe just for your own shaving pleasure): make your own shaving soap!
"A warning - once you try a real soap to shave with, you'll never use a commercial shaving cream again! This recipe, which you can tailor and modify to suit your own oil preferences, is not much different than a regular cold process soap recipe except for some added cosmetic clay and a higher percentage of castor oil. The clay helps give the soap extra "slip" and also works to purify your skin. (Think of a clay or mud mask.) The added castor helps give a thick creamy lather. All you need to do is grab a shaving brush."
If you're a collector, an investor, or just interested in straight razors, you ought to check out Rebel Razor. It's got great pics of straight razors, and some rare and collectible razors for sale.
"Collecting straight razors is a relatively new type of investing and is rewarding in several ways. Collecting straight razors at this time is a rare opportunity to get into a "Budding" hobby or business, since there are no completely reliable books on prices, valuable straight razors can be found in many places and sometimes for a bargain. It is very possible to find a straight razor that is worth hundreds of dollars for less than $10."
Go see Rebel Razor and pick up a new straight razor for your collection.
"Unless you're over the age of 45, moustaches are probably not such a good idea. I get it, you're trying to be ironic, right? Look hipster, it's not working out. You just look like a jackass."
A jackass? Hmm.
"First of all, moustaches on young men are just plain creepy. Moustaches make you look like sex offenders. Go ahead, go look on those neighborhood watchdog websites, where they show you photos of your local pervs - the vast majority are rocking a 'stache."
Any readers wearing a moustache care to respond? I'd be curious to hear what you think.
"Have you ever tried to use a traditional razor to shave the back of your neck or your upper body? If you are tired of asking your mate to help you groom your body, you need the Swerve. Take control of removing unwanted body hair. The Swerve's unique patent-pending design extends your reach and allows you to shave difficult to reach body areas in a more natural and comfortable way."
If you're in need of a tool to take care of your back and neck hair, check out the Swerve.
I called it the ultimate shaving gadget, and if your favorite guy (or you) is an electric shaving kind of man, I don't think you can go wrong with the Braun Pulsonic. It's a high quality machine, built to last, and will satisfy the most discerning gadget lover - with an Amazon review rating of 4 1/2 stars.
Cream, gel, foam, or soap? Scented, natural, or for sensitive skin? Sometimes I really can't believe just how many choices we have when it comes to shaving products, and it's tough to just stick to my usual when there are new options for me to try. And I have yet another shaving soap to share with you - an all natural shaving solid.
Just the Goods sent me a couple of samples of their men's shaving solid to try out, and because I'm a sucker for old-school style shaving soaps, I was jazzed to give it a trial on my face.
According to Just the Goods:
"Almost out of the blue, my partner began to develop problems shaving -- razor burn and bumps were persistent no matter how new his razor, or the variety grooming products he used. Not only was he displeased about how his skin looked, but he was terribly uncomfortable.
We eventually concluded that the source of his problem were all the harsh and clogging petro-chemicals in conventional shaving cream."
I tried both varieties, the Tea tree oil and patchouli essential oil and the rosemary and lemon, and experienced a most excellent lather, considering that it's an all natural product (no fancy chemical foaming agents here). Because it's a solid, a shaving brush is almost essential - though I suppose you could just rub it on your face...
The scents of both kinds were mild (in case you're worried about smelling all hippy-like), and the razor slip was great - which meant a smooth and easy shave for me. It rinsed clean, with no residue or oiliness on my face afterward. I also had no irritation or razor burn from using them.
About the ingredients:
Tea tree has well-known antibacterial properties, making it great for helping to avoid razor burn and other irritation. Patchouli also has antiseptic and astringent properties but brings the added benefit of being an antidepressant and aphrodisiac!
Rosemary essential oil is a potent anti-fungal and antibacterial agent that helps dull skin. An interesting bonus is that it has the capacity to decrease fatigue and mild depression, Lemon essential oil is antiviral, astringent, detoxifying, and antiseptic. It is also said to have the ability to stimulate white corpuscles which protect the body against infection.
The product is very affordable, also - only $6 each, $4.50 without the jar - and I imagine they'll last for many a shave. If you're a traditional shaver who's looking for something gentle and all natural, give Just the Goods a try.
I'm a big fan of safety razors, but never really thought about the idea of it changing my life (other than getting a great shave). In an article on Zen Habits, the founder of Badger and Blade shares his insight on how a safety razor can change your life:
"If I told you a way you could improve your health, save money, help the environment, and feel better about yourself by doing something you already do every day, would you be interested?"
Nothing against Gabby Hayes, Boston Blackie or Fu Manchu, but beards and mustaches aren't my style. And I know the day-old-beard look is cool these days, but I'm old school.
I think it's because there's nothing quite as refreshing and invigorating as a nice clean shave."
Personally, I love the change that happens to my face after a close shave - if I've been letting the stubble take over, shaving makes me look years younger. I also like that I can change my look within a week, by letting a goatee, soul patch, or beard grow out. Shaving is also a big rite of passage for boys, and getting your first razor is a big deal - so I like that it acknowledges the change from boy to man.
What I hate about it is that if I go clean shaven, I have to do it every single day - and sometimes I just don't want to do that (but I won't wax my face - haha).
What do you love about shaving?
What do you hate about it?
Leave me some comments, and if I get some good feedback, I'll do a roundup post on the subject.
Evidently there's a Beard Liberation Front (BLF), which "campaigns in support of beards and opposes discrimination against those who wear them."
"Apart from its numerous campaigns in support of beards and against discrimination in the workplace and against those who wear beards as part of their religion, it currently hosts the annual Beard of the Year award." - Wikipedia
As the temperature drops around the country, you may be considering growing out your whiskers, and it's good to know that the BLF has got your back (beard?).
Coming fresh on the heels of 'Movember" and "No-Shave November", I'm also sharing this great beard song:
There's a lot of choices for personal care and shaving products these days, but not so much for the natural and organic crowd.
If you are one of those people (like me) who cares about the ingredients of the stuff you put on your skin, you might want to check out the miessence® line.
The folks over at Ely Organics sent me samples of their shave gel and after shave balm to try out, and here's my take on them:
The miessence® certified organic shave gel is a very light shave gel, and the ingredients are formulated for sensitive skin - with aloe, witch hazel, and a number of other botanicals. When I first tried it, it seemed way too thin to work well, but I quickly got the hang of it by wetting my skin further while shaving (I'm used to thicker gels and creams). On my second shave with it, I applied a little more, and this time, it produced a very slippery surface for my razor (I use a Merkur safety razor). My shave was enjoyable and smooth, and afterward, my skin wasn't irritated at all, as can sometimes happen with other gels.
After my shave, I applied the miessence® certified organic after shave balm to my face, and that's what really made a difference for me. Some after shave products leave a waxy residue, and I end up having to wash my face again afterward - not so with the miessence® one. It's made with organic chamomile and marshmallow root, organic aloe vera, and witch hazel, along with some very mild smelling essential oils which won't clash with any other scents you may wear.
So, for the 'natural' people, you'd do well to look into the miessence® line of products - they also make shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and a bunch of other personal care products.
A perfume company is now making fragrances available that are made with the DNA of dead celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Marylin Monroe, and Elvis:
"My DNA Fragrance, a perfume manufacturer of one-of-a-kind, unique exclusive fragrance custom formulated from your DNA genetic code recently inked a deal with John Reznikoff to analyze the hair of more than 100 deceased celebrities for the creation of the new Antiquity Fragrance Collection. Reznikoff's collection includes hair from some of the world's most loved celebrities and historical notables including Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Einstein, Micheal Jackson and Katherine Hepburn."