May 13, 2009

Guide to Facial Hair Styles

image018.jpgJohn Cawley III has a whole page devoted to facial hair styles, and I have to give kudos to him for putting the time and energy into developing it. What a cool project! Here's an excerpt:

"I distinguished facial hair styles on four criteria:
  • area: region of the face from which they are grown
  • shape: shape of the hair mass; this is what distinguishes a spade beard from other beards, or a handlebar mustache from other mustaches, for instance
  • style: more complex than simple shapes, this includes braiding, twisting, forking, etc
  • length: sometimes length of hair determines a style, which is partially the case with Fu Manchu mustaches or Wolverine-type sideburns

My primary criteria was area, from which three primary facial hair style categories derived:

  • mustaches: include hair growth in the upper lip region; technically, in the epilibial and optionally the synlabial or buccal areas; if they connect with the hairline at the preauricular area, they fall into another category (see below)
  • chin-whiskers: include hair growth in the chin region; technically, in the mental or sublabial and optionally gastromental, mandibular and buccal areas; if they connect with the hairline at the preauricular area, they fall into another category (see below)
  • chops or burns: includes hair growth in front of the ears; technically, at the preauricular and optionally buccal and mandibular areas; must connect to the hairline (or potential hairline if the individual shaves his head) at the preauricular area

From these three primaries, three secondary dual-area categories, one combination category, and one tri-area category derived:

  • chin-curtains: a chin-whiskers-chops combination; if chin-whiskers meet the hairline at the preauricular area, they move into this category
  • lip-curtains: a mustache-chops combination; if a mustache meets the hairline at the preauricular area, it moves into this category
  • circle-beards: a chin-whiskers-mustache combination; if chin-whiskers and a mustache meet, the resultant style falls in this category; if they do not meet, they do not form a circle and fall instead into the next category
  • chin-whiskers-mustache Combination: if a mustache and chin-whiskers together are considered a single style, but the two components do not meet, they fall into this category
  • note that the other two logical combination categories are missing; the addition of sideburns or chops to a mustache or chin-whiskers is generally considered a secondary facial hair style that supplements the primary mustache or chin-whiskers style, without actually recategorizing that primary style
  • beard or full-beard: although the term "beard" in general use is very vague (does it include chin-curtains? circle-beards? lip-curtains? etc), I would apply it or the term "full-beard" to the combination of mustache, chin-whiskers and chops

For the full guide, see Facial Hair Styles (copyright John Cawley III)

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May 6, 2009

Facial Hair on Acid

34214_2_468.jpgFrom Trendhunter:

"These bizarre beard and facial hair fetishes raise an inevitable question: Why? Why grow your sideburns into these hideously ridiculous shapes? Is there nothing else for you to do, or is this a case of excessive doses of acid over the years? If you have the urge to grow, why not grow a nice herb garden, or grow your own tulips?"

Check out the rest of the gallery: Ridiculously Outlandish Sideburns

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April 27, 2009

The Lost Art of Old School Shaving

straightrazor.jpgIf you haven't read this post over at The Art of Manliness, I really think it deserves a look:

"Proper shaving has become a lost art. Today's average male has no clue about the fine art of the traditional wet shave that their grandfathers and some of their fathers used to take part in. Instead, they're only accustomed to the cheap and disposable shaving products that companies market. I'm not sure when or why it happened, but the tradition of passing down the secrets of a clean shave abruptly stopped. Thankfully, this glorious male ritual is making a comeback."

Read the rest: How To Shave Like Your Grandpa

Image: Dharion at Flickr

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April 16, 2009

Build a Beard Workshop: Fake Beards, Real Fundraising

Build a Beard Workshop.jpgBuild a Beard is a project from atto, a design firm with some fun ideas. The project benefits Kiva microloans:

"Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.

The people you see on Kiva's site are real individuals in need of funding - not marketing material. When you browse entrepreneurs' profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to someone else in need."

If this appeals to your sense of fun and justice, go Build a Beard today!

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April 10, 2009

Jon Dyer's Beard Pages

Expanded Beard Type Chart
If you haven't made a trip over to Jon Dyer's blog, it's well worth it just for the Beard Pages. The above image is just the top section of his Beard Type Chart, so if you need a facial hair reference, bookmark that page to come back to.

Jon is also on a "Quest For Every Beard Type", and he's got photos and funny blurbs about 25 of the 35 types listed on the Beard Type Chart that he's managed to grow. Maybe it'll inspire you to come up with a quest of your own, or maybe you'd like to follow his quest, one facial hair style at a time...

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April 6, 2009

All Star Mustache Team

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"Spring is in the air, and baseball season is less than a week away. But few fans often take the time to ponder some of the game's greatest players- those that helped to make the sport what it is today. At first mention, this would cause many to reflect on players that have affected the way the game is played. Today, however, we are going to take a look at the way the game was worn, specifically with regards to facial hair. Incidentally, there seems to be a positive correlation between a player's ability and the awesomeness of his mustache."

If you're a fan of baseball and facial hair, I think you'll get a kick out of this post over at Pop Crunch -
"Baseball's All Star Team of Mustaches".

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February 19, 2009

The American Mustache Institute Wants to Move the Super Bowl to Saturday

"Having its finger on the pulse of Americans unlike any other organization or person in the United States, the American Mustache Insitute has petitioned the National Football League to move the Super Bowl from its traditional perch on Sundays to a more sensible Saturday date."

The American Mustache Institute:

"Protecting the rights of, and fighting discrimination against, mustached Americans by promoting the growth, care, and culture of the mustache."

Are you a member? Even if you don't sport a 'stache, visit AMI just for the theme song!

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February 17, 2009

Get That Beard Registered!

beard200.jpgIf you wear a face full of whiskers and are proud of it, head over to the National Beard Registry! Check out the photos of over 1500 different beards, searchable by city, state, country, length, type, or color, and if you're so inclined, add yours to the gallery.

From the National Beard Registry Credo:

All beards are beautiful and worthy of registration. But the majestic and magnificent full and aged beard is the ultimate quest of The National Beard Registry. Like a fingerprint, a year or more of full growth on a man's face produces a one-of-a-kind appearance that defies trend, pop culture, and media driven conformity. It is a very natural and beautiful symbol of individualism, and honors the self-expressed manhood within each man.

They've also got T-shirts and bumper stickers to show off your bearded pride, and if you need more proof, you can even get a 'Certificate of Registry' complete with your picture on it.

The National Beard Registry. Who would have thought there was such a thing?

[Image: spookyamd at Flickr]

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January 16, 2009

Free Shipping From eGentlemen After Taking Survey

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If you're stocking up on some high quality shaving products from the likes of The Art of Shaving, Jack Black, Baxter of California, or others, you may just want to take an extra two minutes of your time and get yourself some free shipping. eGentlemen.com, the new-economy electronic gentlemen online store, has just what you need. They just want to hear a little about you first. What's your sign? Do you like Jennifer or Angela? And what do you shave with? Standard questions you might hear from a random girl at bar. You should be all over this.

So click on over to the eGentlemen survey and spill your guts. You may not end the evening with a working phone number, but you will end up with a working coupon code.

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January 14, 2009

Find Your Way To Straight Razor Place

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Are you a single, wet shavin', old-school straight-razor man looking for companionship? If so, we'd like you to know about Straight Razor Place, the online hangout for stroppers and their blades. With reviews, classifieds, and an active community forum, you're sure to connect with other straight razor shavers just like you. Just don't confuse Straight Razor Place with St. Raight's Razor Place (which I did at first). St. Raight's is full of cartridge shavers who would know their shank from their tang.

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