March 31, 2011

An App to Make the World a More Handsome Place

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Ever wanted to anonymously tell someone about their grooming gaffes? Well, now you can, because there's an app for that: Grooming Lounge's "Send A Tip"

"Groominglounge.com's "Send A Tip" app helps make the world an even more handsome place by enabling observant individuals to anonymously alert gentlemen to their most glaring grooming faux pas.

Whether it's excess nose hair, uni-brows, or shaving redness that needs attention, Groominglounge.com's "Send A Tip" gives grooming gaffe whistle blowers the courage to tell a gent what needs to be addressed."

Check out 'Send a Tip' here: Send a Tip: Grooming Lounge

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March 30, 2011

Fun with Beards: Man Puts 2747 Toothpicks In His Beard

Take a minute and a half and check out the Beardpick Challenge:

Who's going for 3000 toothpicks in their beard? Step up!

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March 29, 2011

The Soul Patch is Evil?

There are always people who will take exception to certain styles of facial hair, and while we might poke fun at ironic moustaches or mountain man beards, it's all in good humor. We here at ShavingStuff think you ought to rock the whiskers you were born with, in any fashion you desire, from moustaches to beards to goatees to being clean shaven.

But it turns out that there are some self-styled facial hair fashion police, and they're warning you off of the soul patch:

"A soul patch is that ugly tuft of hair that grows above your chin and under your lip. Legend has it that the soul patch covers (or patches) the hole from which your soul was extracted, which is why most people with soul patches are soulless bastards."

Read the rest of the article and weigh in on the soul patch controversy: The Truth About the Soul Patch

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March 28, 2011

Train Hard, Shave Easy: Bluebeards Revenge Extreme Sports TV Commercial

A talented student from Plymouth University has directed and produced an 'extreme sports' TV style commercial for The Bluebeards Revenge brand. Check it out:

Nick Gibbens, marketing manager for The Bluebeards Revenge, says:

"Simon's finished video fully embraces what our brand is all about, manly, extreme, different, ballsy but above all, funny and light-hearted."

What do you think? Does it make you want to use Bluebeards Revenge? Think you could do better?

Calling all up and coming film producers: Could you create a spoof TV advert, news item, piece of artwork or perhaps an "Infomercial" for Bluebeards TV?

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March 26, 2011

Wear Your Baseball Facial Hair Favorite with MLB Hair-itage T-shirts

hairitagetshirt.jpgCherish the days of vintage uniforms and classic facial hair in baseball with these MLB Hair-itage t-shirts, from Nike and MLB.

Choose from 18 different famous Major League moustaches, goatees, or beards, at the Baseball Hall of Fame, from $20.00.

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March 25, 2011

All You Ever Wanted to Know about Moustache Wax

handlebarclub.jpgThis gem comes to us courtesy of the Handlebar Club, an international club for men with handlebar moustaches. The club was founded in 1947 and is still going strong, according to their website.

The qualification for membership in the Handlebar Club is having

"a hirsute appendage of the upper lip, with graspable extremities"

(Beards are not allowed.)

And it turns out that the Handlebar Club is the go-to source for all your questions about moustache wax, including how to make your own.

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Facial Hair in Uniform

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From the BBC:

"A rabbi is suing the US Army for refusing to let him serve unless he removes his beard. The US military, as well as many police forces across America, require recruits to be clean shaven. But what is wrong with sporting a beard in the line of duty?

Chin straps, goatees, stubble, soul patches, mutton chops or just the old-fashioned full version.

There are many ways to grow a beard, but if you're serving in the US military, getting creative with your chin furniture is not an option.

The different branches of the US insist that recruits are clean shaven. Those later in their career are permitted to go as far as growing a moustache. But even that facial freedom comes with caveats."

Read the full article: Should men in uniform be forced to shave?

Image: The U.S. Army at Flickr

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March 24, 2011

Grooming Words to Know: Merkin

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Oh, the things you learn when you write about shaving stuff. Try on this term: merkin.

"Now what's this about True Blood actress Evan Rachel Wood wearing a wig on her lady parts? Who's ever heard of such a thing? I mean besides all the prostitutes of yesteryear who wore pubic wigs, also called merkins, after shaving to eliminate pubic lice?

But why merkin it up these days? Why on earth would Evan Rachel Wood be donning one of these furry little things? (And how do they stay on? Glue? Double-sided tape?)"

I'm wondering why we aren't seeing a renaissance in merkin sales these days... Just think of the possibilities!

Read the rest at The Stir: Evan Rachel Wood Wears a Wig on Her Lady Parts
Image: stevendepolo at Flickr

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Shaving with Your Android

Smartphones can do just about anything these days, including shaving.

Shaving, you say? As in, removing facial hair? Yes, indeed. Well, virtual facial hair, anyway...

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"For those with beard jealousy, a steady hand or an OCD-like obsession for a clean shave, "Shave Me!" provides endless entertainment and elevates the everyday ritual of shaving to an art form. Use it to draw pictures, write messages, or simply kick back with a shave to unwind after a stressful day. It's oddly therapeutic!

Open up the Shaving Kit and choose your weapon: how will YOU accomplish a close shave? Choose from the classic Single-blade Razor, Electric Razor, Tweezers or Straight Razor, and use Shaving Cream, Toilet Paper Dots and Hair-Gro Tonic to assist you in your shaving quest. Sick of seeing that smooth, shaved patch of skin? Simply shake your device and watch hair grow back before your eyes."

Shave Me! is available on the Android Market.

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Brothers of the Brush Short Film

"This is a short film about the Brothers of the Brush beard competition in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The competition featured some interesting beards and their owners."
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March 21, 2011

Shower Shavers Rejoice: Hooking Razor

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If you're a shower shaver, this new razor from Goodjoy might be the next best thing! No longer do you have to balance your razor on the shelf of your shower caddy or windowsill and hope it doesn't fall into your bath, because the Hooking Razor has a hanger built right into it.

"Our hooking razor is the perfect companion to the hooking toothbrush. Like the toothbrush, it's made from PP plastic (polypropylene is a no.5 category for recycling) and is recyclable after the razor head is easily removed. Hangs onto shaving mirrors, shower caddies and like the hooking toothbrush, just about everything!"

The Hooking Razor comes in a pack of four for $10. Pick up yours from Goodjoy.

Via Swiss Miss

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March 17, 2011

Metro-sexuality is a Steep Climb

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From the Waterland Blog:

"While standing a little closer to the mirror than I am generally comfortable with this morning, I noticed a couple of stray eyebrow hairs sticking straight out like cockroach antennae. I promptly snatched them in my fingers and plucked them. After my eyes stopped watering, I stepped up to the mirror again for further examination. This was not a good idea and proved, again, that ignorance truly is bliss. I have a lot of stray hairs growing in some odd places. I anticipate an exponential increase in this phenomenon in the coming years. Not good."

Read the rest of the article: Feel Good Friday: The Manscaper

Image: dickuhne at Flickr

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March 16, 2011

Shaving and Gaming: Limited Edition PS3 Packs from Schick

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"Edge® Shave Gel and Schick® Quattro® Titanium want to help you Get Your Edge by giving you free Downloadable Content from top PS3® games - KZ3, GT5, and inFAMOUS 2. Pick up any specially marked, limited edition Edge® or Schick® Quattro® Titanium product and visit edgeshave.com/ps3 for full details.

DLC includes:

KZ3:


  • Retro Map Pack featuring 2 of the most popular maps from Killzone 2.

  • Unlock Points - Get instant access to 3 Unlock Points to use on the weapon or ability of your choice and get the edge in Killzone 3 Multiplayer

GT5:


  • 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS - "Edge Special"

  • inFAMOUS 2

  • In-game power: Sniper Blast. A long-range blast with a narrow area of effect. Good for blasting enemies off of rooftops, or knocking guys down across the street.

See announcement at PlayStation: The Ultimate Shave. The Ultimate Games.

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March 15, 2011

Master Barber Will Williams: How to Shave With a Straight Razor

Aah, the straight razor. You either love it or you're afraid of it. Maybe this will help. Master Barber Will Williams, of the Smooth Crew at BumpPatrol, shows us how:

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A Little Facial Hair Goes a Long Way

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"A study in the 1970s and another one three years ago come to similar conclusions: Women are more attracted to, and more likely to develop a long or short-term relationship with, men with light beards or stubble. They also find men with full beards more aggressive and mature, but also the least attractive. Men with no facial hair were rated the second-least attractive, but also least likely romantic partners.

In other words, a little facial hair goes a long way.

Science says it's true, but what about anecdotally?"

Check out the science here: Chicks Dig Beards: It's Science

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March 14, 2011

Facial Hair Science: Does Facial Hair Interfere With Visual Speech Intelligibility?

rubberbandface.jpgEver wonder if your facial hair interferes with people understanding your words?

Then this facial hair science piece might be for you:

"Facial hair can cover parts of the face such as the upper lip, the teeth, and the larynx. This modifies the visible area of the open mouth, and hence facial hair is responsible for a kind of natural impoverishment of the visual speech signal. Under normal conditions such impoverishment may be marginal for the intelligibility of speech, since auditory information is fully available. However, under noisy conditions such as a cocktail party (in audiovisual speech research terms: multi-talker babble noise), visual cues may be crucial for increasing speech intelligibility (assuming that listeners want to understand their communicative partners). Based on these considerations, we hypothesize that:

(1) Facial hair hiding visible articulatory movements leads to lower speech intelligibility under noisy auditory conditions, longer reaction time, and lower confidence in recognizing the relevant target words.

(2) The shape and location of the beard is crucial for the reduced speech intelligibility in noise. A mustache hiding upper lip movement has a larger impact on visual speech intelligibility than a long chin beard, hiding the larynx only. So in terms of speech intelligibility, is it time for a shave?"

Read the rest of the article: Time for a Shave: Does Facial Hair Interfere With Visual Speech Intelligibility?

I'm guessing that rubber bands all over your face might interfere as well...
Image: AndYaDontStop at Flickr

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Straight Razor or Safety Razor: Which is right for you?

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"Properly using a straight razor comes with a learning curve. While not a major obstacle to most men, it does require a willingness and ability to master a few basic use and maintenance techniques. Many of today's straight razor users would tell you that it is this very point that attracts them to it, others simply see the additional responsibility as a chore or not being worth the effort, something to be avoided.

One thing is certain; straight razor shaving is not for everyone. So how do you determine whether you are a straight razor or safety razor guy? For the answer to that you really need to look more inwardly, at yourself, your personality type, your value system and beliefs."

Take the test at Classic Shaving: Straight Razor or Safety Razor?
Image: Dharion at Flickr

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March 11, 2011

Shaving News You Don't Need to Know: The Bieberstache

bieber.jpgAccording to BellaSugar, among just about every other media outlet:

"Justin Bieber is "pumped" to take on another hair adventure. This time a moustache. He wrote on his Twitter: "im not shaving for a month so you all can see my mustache.. im pumped"

Image: jake.auzzie at Flickr

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March 10, 2011

How To Use a Premium Shave Kit

From Mantic59:

"These shave kits have been showing up in grocery stores, mega-marts, and drug stores in the United States over the past year or so, and I'm even starting to see them re-branded for specific retail chains. Though they are labeled "premium," probably by some sales and marketing genius, its a far cry from the genuinely up-scale traditional shaving products. Still, its wide distribution and low price make it a good introduction to traditional shaving, and when used properly may actually out-perform many of the other shaving products on the retail shelf."

Be sure to check out the rest of the shaving videos on YouTube from Mantic59.

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March 9, 2011

The Big Shave: Martin Scorsese's Student Project from 1967

"For his final project as a student of New York University's film school, Martin Scorsese produced the six-minute short The Big Shave as an anti-Vietnam piece for an "Angry Arts Against The War" demonstration. Dialogue-free and employing only a single location and character, Scorsese took a simple premise and crafted an accomplished and unsettling piece that is said to be a comment on the self-destructive nature of U.S. intervention in Vietnam."

[via FlickeringMyth]

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March 8, 2011

When it comes to hair removal, men are weak

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From NoosaNews:

"The only time the monobrow worked for a man was Bert from Sesame Street.

Maybe it was because he was always cranky, but somehow he knew how to work the power of the long brow.

Or maybe, even though he was a Muppet, he was a man who didn't really care about picking up a pair of tweezers."

Read the rest of the article: Frowning on monobrows
Image: beckeramie at Flickr

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March 7, 2011

Dating Barbie: Ken Shaves

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You might not play with Barbies, but chances are you know some little girls who do. And now they can join you in your grooming routine with Shaving Fun Ken:

"Ken doll has a date planned with his favorite girl, Barbie®, but he has a five o' clock shadow! Help Ken doll look his best by "shaving" away the stubble. Just dip the sponge-tipped "razor" in warm water and "shave" his beard. To make Ken doll's facial hair "grow" back, wet the towel with ice-cold water and wipe his face."
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Fragrances for Spring

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Does spring put you in the mood for love? Or maybe just in the mood for a new scent?

From Ape to Gentleman:

"In spring a young man's fancy turns to a new fragrance. Every season we see new trends evolve and develop, so one cannot be categorical about what should be worn and when. However a good spring fragrance has a certain hallmark - an atmosphere of well-being, excitement and optimism: a sense of uplift without being anodyne or hackneyed."

Check out their top 10 picks here: Top 10 Spring Fragrances For Men

Image: A Continuous Lean at Flickr

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March 4, 2011

The One Stone Hone: Straight Razor Honing Video

I just came across some great honing videos for straight razor enthusiasts on gssixgun's channel on YouTube.

Check this one out:

"From bevel set to shave ready in 17 minutes, How to use one stone to hone with, once the bevel is set or at least close... Part 1 is mostly setting the bevel, and the first part of using a Thuringen. Keep in mind this system works with just about any hone you can shave off of if it can raise a slurry or hold a slurry.."

Check out all of his videos at gssixgun / Gemstar Customs on YouTube

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7 grooming routines women appreciate

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From Guyism:

"You don't have to label yourself as metrosexual or partake in the Guido-dominated ritual of GTL to get your groom on. Here are the seven easiest routines to try if you need a boot o' confidence and know that hygiene involves a little more than a shower and a swig of mouthwash."

Read the full article: 7 grooming routines women will hate you not doing

Image: digipam at Flickr

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March 2, 2011

The Beard is Back, Baby

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From Irish Independent:

"We've been scrubbed, shaved, plucked and waxed within an inch of our lives. We have been told we should look more like choirboys than Hell's Angels. Our masculinity has been drowned in a tidal wave of metrosexual conformity.

But now we are fighting back. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, David Beckham and a growing number of men are going in pursuit of the hirsute and proudly declaring -- the beard is back, baby."

Read the full article: 'Your beard makes you look like a film star... or homeless'

Image: 50 Watts at Flickr

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March 1, 2011

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