Why Do Men Grow Beards?

Why Do Men Grow Beards?

Initially when asked, why do men grow beards? Our answer is, because It Grows For A Reason – like it said on our t-shirt! But I guess there is a little more to it than that. Men have an abundance of testosterone which in turn, fuels the facial hair follicles, producing thicker hair. Everyone has facial hair, men and women, but men usually produce thicker, darker facial hair due to high levels of testosterone. Beards were seen as a sign of a more masculine male back in the day, someone of status, a hunter or a feared warrior. But in the modern day, with mobile phones, skinny jeans and supermarkets to get your food sources from, beards don’t have the same significance as they did hundreds of years ago.   So nowadays, why do men grow beards? Many men grow facial hair for different reasons today, some like the unshaven look or designer stubble, a 5 o’clock shadow, some grow a moustache or beard for charity. Some guys grow facial hair to attract a partner. But a lot of people I know, just plain and simple, LIKE BEARDS. As I always say, it grows for a reason, if you like it, let it grow. If you don’t, shave it. I am interested to hear your reasons for growing your beard. Why do YOU have a beard? Too lazy to shave? To hide your chins? To make you look ‘tough’? For me personally, I was always surrounded by people who had beards, my parents loved rock music, naturally my choice in music became rock. Almost every band had someone with...
How To Get Rid Of Beard Dandruff

How To Get Rid Of Beard Dandruff

Have you ever considered shaving your beard off because of the dry skin? Do you want to know how to get rid of beard dandruff? I know the feeling, before starting Braw Beard I would suffer from beard dandruff and the worst of it was, all I would wear is black t-shirts which only highlighted the problem! Now I still wear black t-shirts everyday but I have no beard dandruff at all. The itching and irritation is GONE. Once I got the recipe right for Braw Beard oil back in 2012, that was when I started to say goodbye to beardruff.   Reasons That May Be Causing Beard Dandruff There are a number of things that can cause dandruff, but some issues may be: De-hydration Stress Poor diet The development of yeast (Seborrheic dermatitis)   How To Get Rid Of Beard Dandruff Follow the steps below and after a few days you will notice a great difference, don’t just take our word for it, check out the reviews here. Step 1. Braw Beard Wash If you are not shampooing your beard 3-5 times per week, you may be leaving dirt in there which may result in spots and irritation on the skin’s surface. Braw Beard Wash has been specially formulated for facial hair, we added aloe vera to combat dry skin and beard dandruff. It is a natural shampoo, unscented so it does not interfere with the scent of your favourite beard oil. Apply to wet beard and massage in for 30 seconds before rinsing thoroughly, make sure your wash it all out, leaving some residue may result in...
The Top Halloween Costumes With Beards

The Top Halloween Costumes With Beards

Halloween is not too far away now, it’s maybe time to start getting some ideas together for costumes. You may just love visiting folk dressed up, accompanying your children on their trick n treating or just straight up want to scare anyone who chaps your door on the 31st October. But being a bearded dude, your options can be pretty limited, or so you thought! Let us give you some ideas, some are easy, some are elaborate. It’s up to you how seriously you want to take it.   The Top Halloween Costumes With Beards   Tormund Giantsbane – Game of Thrones Get some Warrior beard oil in the facial hair, brush it to plump out the beard. Apply some Braw pomade in the hair, comb it through then ruffle it up with your fingers and you are good. You may need to find a costumes shop for the outfit though.   Ragnar Lothbrok – Vikings TV show. Some Jarls Northman 1263 in the beard this time, because it’s named after the battle of Largs between the vikings and Scots. Again brush it through to give some volume in the beard. There’s a couple of hair options, left – zero, zilch, shaved to the bone. or right – long hair tied, although I have seen guys kicking around with top knots trying to pull off this look. You may need to find a costumes shop for the outfit though.   Opie Winston – Sons of Anarchy TV show. This guy was the inspiration for a lot of men growing beards when SOA was on TV. This look is fairly easy to...
Why would we release muscle soak bath salts?

Why would we release muscle soak bath salts?

Why would a beard care company release muscle soak Recovery Bath Salts? Other than the fact we don’t do normal, there’s a very good reason. In between breaking my back and the birth of Braw Beard, I was making massage oils and muscle soak bath salts after studying the anatomy and natural remedies. The recovery bath salts helped me immensely after training and racing, I gave them to a few pro athletes and got great reviews. Once I started making beard oil, the muscle soak bath salts got forgotten about while building the Braw Beard brand. As you probably already know, my background is adrenaline sports, this is why we have so many athletes representing Braw. I like to keep involved with the scene while being busy with work. One evening recently, Mrs. Braw suggested bringing the muscle soak recovery bath salts back! Of course, I can’t believe I had forgotten about them. So naturally I sent them off to our athletes and the feedback was amazing! “The Braw Beard Relax & Recovery bath salts played a huge part in my recovery during training camp this season. It helped take out the soreness and fatigue the next morning and get me back on the ice and in the gym. It also helps with sleep, which is super important. I am a huge fan!” – Matt Nickerson, Ice Hockey Defenceman – Milton Keynes Lightning. “The Braw Beard Relax & Recovery bath salts helped ease my aching muscles from wrestling the superbike all day. They also helped me get a great night sleep ready for the next days racing. I’ll need to get...
Using Hempseed Oil For Beard Growth – Here’s Why You Need It

Using Hempseed Oil For Beard Growth – Here’s Why You Need It

Why would you need hempseed oil for beard growth? Since the very 1st bottle of beard oil we made back in 2012, our main ingredient has been hempseed oil. It’s been controversial on occasion because it’s often misunderstood. People seem to panic when they read Cannabis Sativa… although the THC content is removed. I discovered hempseed oil’s power while learning sports massage therapy in 2011. It was always going to be a main ingredient.   Using Hempseed Oil For Beard Growth Why do we use it? Because it’s so beneficial to hair and skin. Nutritional benefits (note: don’t drink the beard oil!) of hempseed oil are accompanied by topical benefits when it is used to moisturise the skin and hair. It also adds a protective layer to the skin, helps prevent rashes and provides relief for acne. Hempseed oil also helps to enhance the growth of hair in a number of ways. Among these is through the omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, which are necessary in stimulating growth. Hair is made of keratin, of which up to 90% is a protein. Hempseed oil is able to provide this protein during growth as a basic element of the hair. Photo by Phil Wilkinson. We didn’t add hempseed oil because it was cool, Braw Beard always strive to bring you the best product possible. Thank you for reading. John Jackson...
How To Pick The Best Beard Shampoo

How To Pick The Best Beard Shampoo

How to pick the best beard shampoo? Really? You get shampoo for your beard? ………yep. I’ll explain why we have formulated a beard specific shampoo. Have you tried using your partner’s expensive hair shampoo for your beard? It works alright, makes it feel soft for a while, but then when he/she realises you’ve nicked some, you face a wrath that makes you feel like it wasn’t really worth the effort. Plus, there are most likely chemicals in regular shampoo that YOU DO NOT WANT anywhere near your facial hair (or hair for that matter). Is regular shampoo good for my beard? No. Most high street brand shampoos contain compounds that are actually not that great for your beard. This can lead to hair damage, dryness, dandruff and beard breakage. Things to look out for are: Alcohol based products, alcohol dries out the moisture from hair and skin. This happens when you use alcohol based shampoos, but people get caught in the trap of using more to combat the dryness, not realising the damage done. You know the hungover feeling after absorbing copious amounts of alcohol hours earlier, now imagine how your hair is feeling after being doused in the shit, not ideal for growing glorious locks is it? Silicone based products, it can create the illusion of healthy, smooth feeling hair. But actually what it does is coat the hair and stops any nutrients from your Braw Beard oil penetrating and nourishing the hair shaft. If you suffocate the hair, it will get damaged and break, or fall out. Really cheap shampoo. I know, shampoo shouldn’t be expensive right?...
Breaking records and bones at the Manx GP

Breaking records and bones at the Manx GP

Celebrate with us, enjoy the heavy discount below courtesy of Jamie and Lee. The last week has been a successful one for Braw athletes Jamie Coward and Lee Johnston at the Manx GP on the Isle of Man.   Making history. On Saturday, Jamie finished 2nd in the Senior Classic TT race whilst making history at the same time on the Ted Woof Norton. Jamie just became the fastest ever rider on a British single cylinder machine with a lap of 110.057mph at the Isle of Man Classic TT. “I knew the bike was capable of 110mph after what we’d achieved in practice as you always go quicker in the race so I just got my head down and arse up from the word go. The bike was faultless until the last lap when it started to suffer a bit of a misfire so I knew I didn’t have the chance of the win but I brought the bike home,” said Jamie Coward. Photo by David Birchall On Tuesday Jamie went on to finish 3rd in the Junior Classic TT just behind Braw athlete Lee Johnston in 2nd.   A heroic effort. After a successful return to the Ulster GP from injury, Lee Johnston was looking good for the Manx GP. Unfortunately a crash at Jurby airfield in a sidecar left Lee with three broken fingers and two missing fingernails on his throttle and front-brake hand! Photo by iomtt.com Lee went on to race in the Junior Classic TT anyway on Tuesday and managed to hold the lead for some of the race before finishing in 2nd! A heroic effort!...
How Often To Apply Beard Oil Without Over Doing It

How Often To Apply Beard Oil Without Over Doing It

One question we get asked regularly is how often to apply beard oil without overdoing it. Beard oil is a leave-in beard conditioner that should be used regularly to keep your facial hair soft, hydrated and looking attractive. The natural ingredients moisturise the skin at the hair root, which will keep the dreaded beard dandruff away while soothing itchiness and irritation. So, how often should you apply beard oil without overdoing it? The answer varies from person to person because everyone is different. Too little will leave your beard feeling a little dry, too much will feel greasy. BUT, I will explain the best guidelines, then you can adapt slightly to suit your own needs. First things first. Use Braw Beard Wash first to ensure your facial hair is clean and give the beard oil the best foundations to work with. Once your beard has been towel dried, now you are ready to apply Braw Beard oil. How often to apply beard oil without overdoing it To start off with I recommend dispensing a few drops (around the size of a 5 pence piece) into the palm of your hand. That is a good amount for most sizes of beards. Beard oil is not water based so does not evaporate, it does get absorbed by the skin and hair though. For that reason you do not want to apply too much because that will leave pores blocked, skin greasy and the perfect ground for spots to appear. The best bet is to start of small and add more if needed. For stubble to 1cm in length If you are just...

How To Make Your Beard Soft And Irresistible To Touch

Often wonder how to make your beard soft and irresistible? Or are you happy with it feeling like a cactus? If you like the cactus chin, you may want to stop reading this article now, we don’t mind. However, if you want to soften that chinsulation up and make it more attractive to that special someone, give them the best seat in the house and something to cuddle in to. If that sounds good, you will find this article useful. Ok, your beard hair needs attention too, just like the hair on your head, it requires care to look it’s best. How To Make Your Beard Soft Step 1. Braw Beard Wash If you are not shampooing your beard 3-5 times per week, you may be leaving dirt in there which may result in spots and irritation on the skin’s surface. Braw Beard Wash has been specially formulated for facial hair, we added aloe vera to combat dry skin and beard dandruff. It is a natural shampoo, unscented so it does not interfere with the scent of your favourite beard oil. Apply to wet beard and massage in for 30 seconds before rinsing thoroughly, make sure your wash it all out, leaving some residue may result in irritation. Towel dry your facial hair gently, once it’s dry, your beard will feel soft already. BUT we’re not done there! Step 2. Braw Beard Oil and Comb Braw Beard Oil is a natural conditioner which is designed to be left in your facial hair throughout the day. It is made from plant based oils, which moisturise the hair, making it appear healthy and...
How Long Does It Take To Grow A Beard?

How Long Does It Take To Grow A Beard?

You may be just be starting off on your beard journey and wondering, how long does it take to grow a beard? Well, facial hair is facial hair, it just varies in style. But I am guessing you want to grow some serious chinsulation in time for winter? Depending on the look you are going for, you will probably be happy with the results from anything between 4 – 8 months. If you are really committed to the cause like our friend Michael Legge (below), you are looking at a 6 year investment!   The 3 phases of hair growth. Everyone varies in the speed in which they can grow hair. There are 3 phases in the hair cycle, which we will briefly explain below. Anagen This is the growth phase, it can grow for 2 – 6 years (or more in some cases). How fast your hair grows is down to genetics, if you naturally grow hair fast, you’re looking good for a great beard in a shorter amount of time. If your hair grows slowly, that’s ok too, just be patient, it will come in time. Good things come to those who wait n all that. Catagen This is the phase when the hair has stopped growing but stays embedded in your follicles, just kinda sitting there showing off. Telogen This is the phase where a new hair is born and replaces the old hair, pushing the follicle out. Then the anagen phase starts all over with the new hair. The hairs go through the cycles at different rates, this is why you will often find beard hair...