September 18, 2009

Pogonology: The Study of Beards

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"Google will tell you the study of beards is called pogonology. So will Malcolm Payne. He's the professor who holds the Michaelis chair of fine art at the University of Cape Town, and who for the past 18 months has been working on a pogonology exhibition - paintings of beards, 27 so far.

"Beard mythology is quite a rich field," says the professor, who once had a beard himself but found it itchy. "My images hover between merkin and beard. Some say they remind them of female pubic hair formations."

Read the rest of the story: The beard club

Image: A Journey Round My Skull at Flickr

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September 16, 2009

Shaving News 9.16.09: Below Your Belt, Burt's Moustache Ride, and DE Razors

A clean shave.jpgThis week in Shaving the Web:

Below Your Belt Shaving Cream:

"Men's BYB shaving cream is specially designed to treat sensitive and irritated skin, when it nourishes, soothes while shaving. BYB only focus on the private part of the man. BYB makes it smooth and fresh, so no wonder why the ladies call it "The New Woman's Best Friend - For Men."

Burt Reynolds and His Mustache Ride Into Rehab:

"After a recent back surgery, Mr. Reynolds felt like he was going through hell and after a while, realized he was a prisoner of prescription pain pills."

From Mantic59: My Grandfather's Shave Kit

If Everyone Could Trim a Beard ...

"In Texas, only barbers are licensed to trim beards, and they are unhappy that cosmetologists are cutting into their market. This fight illustrates the effects of occupational licensing -- legal restrictions on workers' ability to enter certain markets."

Double Edge Shaving on the cover of the New York Times Style Magazine:

"Michael Fassbender, recently starring in Inglourious Basterds (and Band of Brothers back in the day) featured on the cover of the New York Times Style Magazine: Fall Men's issue."

Image: Army.mil at Flickr

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September 9, 2009

Man of the Year Contest from Wahl Trimmers

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"Well, beyond an undying passion for sporting the most awe inspiring beard, mustache or goatee known to man, it takes the voting help of friends, family and fellow facial hair enthusiasts. In collaboration with the Wahl Let it Grow Tour, the Man of the Year contest allows people to vote for the top facial hair all-star in the beard, mustache and goatee categories for each of the 12 cities the Tour buzzes through."

For full info, see Man of the Year

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September 6, 2009

The 3 Day Weekend Shave (Or Not)

scruff.jpgI don't know about you, but when I have a 3 day weekend, I'm always tempted to start a beard. I like to shave at night, so after Thursday night's shave, I know I won't have to shave again until Monday night on a 3 day weekend. So on Friday and Saturday, I leave the razor in the cabinet, and my face enjoys some time off.

But once I've let it grow for 2 or 3 days, I start to see that it might be nice to have a goatee again, or a Fu Manchu moustache, or even some Neil Young mutton-chops, and so I think about shaving just part of it off. Once I've got the razor out, and my face lathered up, I may decide to go for a clean shave for the coming week. Because if I show up Monday morning with a partial beard, people might be thinking that I'm gonna grow a Grizzly Adams style beard, and that might start something of a trend (and not being a trend-setter, I'll probably disappoint).

And if I start a beard, I have to either trim it neatly, or shave around the outside to shape it, and then I always wonder at what point it's really a beard and not just a scruffy face. 1/4 inch? 1/2 inch long?

So at this point in the 3 day weekend, I've got some hard choices to make: commit to a beard, have another day of scruff, or head straight for the Merkur and get down to it.

Is it just me, or does this happen to you as well?

Image: andronicusmax at Flickr

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September 2, 2009

August Shaving Stuff Wrap-up

Shaving day.jpgHoly cow! August is gone, and it's almost Labor Day! Before you know it, we'll all be shaving in our wool bathrobes...

If you missed any of the goodness from Shaving Stuff last month, here's the recap:

Do any Back Shaving?

Shaving Blogs and Websites

For the Electric Shaving crew

General Shaving News

Are you into Head Shaving?

How about Manscaping?

Here's to Old School Shaving

And Regular Shaving

Reviews

Covering Shaving Creams & Gels

Check out Shaving Gifts

Interested in Straight Razors?

Watch a Video

Image: AFresh1 at Flickr

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August 26, 2009

Celebrity Beards Gone Wrong

Beardcloseup.jpgWhen growing out a beard, most of us only have to worry about the reactions of our friends and family. But for those in the public spotlight, their appearance is open to criticism from the whole world.

From the Morning Call:

"A little facial hair can look nice. A little bit of scruff from a 5 o'clock shadow can look a little rugged and cute. Sometimes, though, facial hair can get out of control. Experimenting with a new look is one thing, but occasionally, you just need to shave that mess off."

Image: Ford Buchanan at Flickr

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August 20, 2009

Shave With a Shark's Tooth?

Shark tooth.jpgWe've got electric razors, cartridge razors, safety razors, straight razors for keeping us smooth, but a shark's tooth?

According to Mental Floss:

In the days before razors, you could either sport a hirsute look or get creative. Records drawn on cave walls show prehistoric people shaving with clamshells, flint knives, and even shark teeth. ... Still other cultures sharpened volcanic obsidian glass and used those.

I'm trying to imagine shaving with obsidian or a shark's tooth. But I can't.

I'm quite attached to my Merkur, thank you very much.

Image: BeMa at Flickr

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August 11, 2009

Moving is Fun, Moving Sucks

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I'm feeling a bit sheepish for missing a post here on Shaving Stuff yesterday, which was due to a big move we just made. We moved from Colorado (very dry state) to New Mexico (extremely dry state) over the last week, and the phone company swore that my phone and web access would be installed yesterday. It was, but not until 5 pm...

Anyway, I'm up and running now, and I wanted to share this picture of a vinegarroon (whiptail scorpion) that I almost stepped on in my shop last night - another reason to wear shoes at night when going outside. And yes, it was as big as it looks.

Over the last week, we've camped, been in a motel, and then moved into a house with no hot water (yet). I've been shaving with cold water for the last several days, and it hasn't been as bad as I thought. I'm using Speick shaving cream (my usual), and my Merkur safety razor with Personna blades. It seems like letting the cream sit on my face for a longer time before shaving really helps, but it's so dry here, the cream gets pretty dry on my face before I start. I have been just rubbing more water into the lather when I'm ready, and it works almost as well as a hot water shave (your mileage may vary).

I've got a couple of cool things coming up here on Shaving Stuff: I'm going to take the Gillette Razor Challenge, shaving one half of my face with the Custom Plus 3, and the other half with the Fusion Power, for a week. I plan to take some video of the challenge, so you'll get to see the results. I'm also trying out two new shave creams, Erasmic and ingram to review for you soon.

Now if the plumber could just get the hot water back in service...

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August 6, 2009

Shaving News 8.6.09: Moustache Edition

moustachekid.jpgThis week in Shaving the Web, moustaches are taking center stage:

How good are you at identifying moustaches and actors? Try your hand at the Moustaches in the Movies Photo Quiz.

A moustache turns 32 and gets the shave:

"Chris Meehan has decided to end his 32-year love affair with his hair on Saturday, when he will shave off his never-been-clipped moustache in a bid to raise money for cancer.

Tattooed gangster forced to look like Tom Selleck:

"An alleged gang member has been urged by his lawyer to grow a Magnum PI-style moustache to hide the name of a gang tattooed on his lip."

AMI Calls for Boycott of Ruby Tuesday:

"The American Mustache Institute is asking all people of Mustached American descent, as well as clean shaven mortals, to boycott the fledgling restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday as it has implemented a policy that violates the civil liberties of its employees."

Image: Hryck. at Flickr

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August 5, 2009

Sweet Summer Deals: Freebies and Cheapies

Quiet Reflections.jpgI just got wind of a couple of deals for free stuff from two great companies: Anthony for Men, and Philosophy. And like they say, "Free is always the right price."

Over at Anthony, you can score yourself a free steel mini flashlight and free samples with an order over $50 until 8/16. Enter the coupon code bright at checkout to get one.

Try the Ingrown Hair Treatment, the Whisker Lifter brush, or the fragrance-free Shave Cream.

At Philosophy, spend $60 or more through 8/9 and get a free set of shower gels by entering the code welovepurity at checkout.

Take a look at the common man extra-comfort shaving cream, or razor sharp
extra close silicone shaving gel
.

And over at newegg.com, you can get the Panasonic ES4815S Pro-Curve Compact Men's Shaver for only $14.99 right now, which is $25 below full price.

Image: andycoan at Flickr

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