I guess it's because it's basically summer. The weather is hot, I'm officially in the groove of bike season, so I decided it was time to say goodbye to the beard.
Attention, ManMakers! For your fun fact of the day: beards are good for you! A recent scientific study from the University of Southern
A classic, quality barbershop shave always includes a "hot towel," which goes on your face prior to the shaving. The experience is not only relaxing, but the heat and moisture from the hot towel serve to open your pores and soften your beard, so you can get even closer with the razor. Plus, it's all kinds of old school fun, and you can easily recreate the effect at home.
In honor of Movember, a mustache-growing event to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer, "classically-trained actor and fine woodworker Nick Offerman," offers his tips for properly growing his best known feature: a serious mustache.
I'll never forget the first time I saw my dad with a clump of toilet paper stuck to his face. It was a Saturday, a day he usually worked, and we were at home getting ready for some formal occasion...I think a wedding, or perhaps a funeral. I was watching The Jetsons in the living room, and here comes my dad, all clean and shiny, in his Sunday best, with not one but three little white mounds with a bright red center on his chin. I immediately ran to my mom to find out what in the world was going on.
If you're anything like me, and 95% of the other men I know, you don't use any sorts of skin care product beyond the occassional aftershave lotion and sunscreen, and perhaps a bit of lip balm. And if that's true, then you, like me and 95% of the other men I know, are terribly, terribly wrong.
San Francisco-based cartoonist and animator Ric Carrasquillo obviously understands the importance of having a personal and clever "about" page on his website, so he whipped up some humorous sketches that tell the reader a little more about himself. Like this,
I'll admit...that's a pretty unlikely photo to accompany a post on ManMade. But, bear with me. (Get it?)
It's a screenshot of the funniest site I've found this week, a Pinterest page entitled, "Hairy Chests I Want to Cry On," by comedian Stacey Nightmare. It includes, not surprisingly, some fine, manly chests, but the real gem is Stacey's commentary, including captions like,
- Elliott Gould. I want to shrink down to the size of a thimble & frolic on his chest like a young lamb in the springtime.
- Mike Rowe, I can't decide if I want to cry on your chest hair or lay eggs in it.
- Lee Majors. Remember the Six Million Dollar Man? They paid him by the chest hair.
Some say the U.S. Civil War was fought over slavery. Others say it was really about Northern and Southern lifestyle values. But, 150 years later, with the results clearly determines and the effects established, the real question is:
Which side had the better facial hair?
Previously on ManMadeDIY.com: Chris wonders whether or not he should stop smooth skinning it for the winter and grow a manly beard. Reader response is decidely positive, with 82% of voters saying, "Go for it." (Grow for it?) Chris keeps on not shaving.
So, there's my face. Seven days of not shaving, and the half-beard I have to show for it.
Thankfully - the worst is behind me: most of the itching has subsided. Well, some, at least. I've stopped touching my face and thinking there's a furry creature attacking my head. And most importantly, I'm passed that weird inbetween stubble stage where my beard looks like it belongs on an 80s movie villain and I should have a ponytail and wear a white blazer with the sleeves rolled up and a giant cross earring.
Head's up, facial hair fans! The always excellent (and frequently so-enticing-its-problematic) Fab.com has Jeff Phillips' Beardo Bearded Beanies on sale today and tomorrow for a cool $24.75. The deal also includes the even-more-desirable "bendable mo'" beanie, complete with sculptable mustache.
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So, I just got back from a week of traveling and learning at the (excellent) Alt Summit, and with airports and hotel rooms and red-eye flights, and (let's be honest) general vacation-brain and laziness, I haven't shaved for a few days.
And...I'm thinking about keeping it, and growing a beard. So, I thought I'd see what you thought, and I hope you'll share your vote.