Patchy Facial Hair? Here’s How To Fill It Out With Confidence

Patchy Facial Hair? Here’s How To Fill It Out With Confidence

Do you have uneven beard growth? Do you have patchy facial hair? Most people do, don’t worry there are some ways around it. As you may already know, beard growth is down to genetics. Dealing with hand you’re dealt. When starting out on your beard journey, you will notice uneven beard growth and patches appearing, almost certainly everyone will. I haven’t yet met a person who has the ‘perfect’ beard. I have spoke to men who get to the 1 month stage of growth, notice patches with little growth, decide that’s the cards they’ve been dealt then shave it off. That is then engrained in their mind, thinking they can never grow a beard. I’d recommend aiming for 3 months of growth before making a decision, let that hair get to 2-3 inches. You will be able to get a better gauge on things. The length of hair may fill in any patches, you can comb it to suit. I have bald patches on my chin from bouncing my chin off pavements several times as a kid skateboarding, you wouldn’t know it now though. Just let it grow. Healthy lifestyle, healthy beard. Now that you have got over that hurdle, it’s time to start caring for your new found love. You’ll want to take care of the facial hair and skin below, if you don’t, dirt and grease may clog the follicles, preventing hair growth, leading to patchy facial hair, which is exactly the opposite of what you are trying to achieve. A good natural beard oil will help to start off with, a selection can be found here....
Here’s Why You Need A Boar Bristle Beard Hair Brush

Here’s Why You Need A Boar Bristle Beard Hair Brush

Choosing a beard brush may seem like an easy task, right? You may be using your significant other’s hair brush? One of our athletes, before joining Braw Beard, was even using his cat’s brush!! I won’t say who… Yes, an ordinary plastic brush will do ok, but it won’t perform as well as a boar bristle beard hair brush. There are certain aspects you will want to consider; 1. The handle material. 2. The bristles. 3. Bristle stiffness. 4. The handle shape. 5. The size. 1. The Handle Material Many brushes that can be bought off the shelf for much cheapness are exactly that, cheap. Made from plastic, from a mould that will probably have ragged edges that will catch your facial hair. This will potentially damage your beard. We prefer natural products, like wood. Bamboo being one of the favourites for a beard brush. Bamboo is our preferred material, it’s smooth, natural, it has very unique patterns and absorbs a little amount of beard oil. This helps the beard brush glide through the beard and it takes on some of the scent from the oil, what’s not to like? 2. The Bristles There are natural and synthetic options available, much like the handle options. But, the bristles of choice on a beard brush are boar bristle. Again, we like to go with the natural option. Boar bristles distribute beard oil/beard balm evenly and leave it feeling soft and fuller looking. We chose to give our beard brush contoured bristles to match the shape of your face when brushing. 3. Bristle Stiffness Believe it or not, there are different grades of...
Unsure How To Use Beard Oil Properly?

Unsure How To Use Beard Oil Properly?

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...
That rounds out another busy week!

That rounds out another busy week!

It’s been a busy week yet again at the BrawLab. Since Monday is has been all go!   New Stockist The display unit is in production for our new stockist which we plan to announce next week!   New Combs For the last wee while I have been working on new beard combs. The flip combs we had made were great but some issues appeared over time. So I have got new combs in production, they are not flip combs but they are pretty damn cool. They should be here and on the website withing 2 weeks. Fresh Batch Of Tash Wax Made We just made a fresh batch of Braw Tash Wax so if your moustache need some tlc, stocks have just been replenished. It is Movember, so it’s perfect timing. I just wrote a blog on moustache styling, check it out here. Remembrance Day & The Grand Eckson 1918 Some of you may know the story behind The Grand Eckson 1918, where the name came from and what influenced it. If you don’t, there will a blog post appearing tomorrow explaining all. (or click here).   New Travel Size Braw Beard Wash The 100ml bottles just arrived at the Lab, so today I have bee making up 100ml travel size Braw Beard Washes. If you are heading off for some winter sun, you can now take your favourite beard wash in you hand luggage #win. So that concludes another busy week in the world of Braw Beard. This weekend I plan to watch some muay thai, pay my respects on Sunday, then watch some ice hockey on...
Do You Have The Best Ginger Beard?

Do You Have The Best Ginger Beard?

Do you have the best ginger beard? Do you fancy being part of the historic Braw Beard and Moustache Championships? With 10 categories to choose from, including fake beard, there is an option for everyone. Spectator tickets are available too. 24th February 2018 at Drygate in Glasgow (+18 only). In association with the Liverbeards Beard and Moustache Club and in support of Cahonas Scotland. There will be a live set from Scottish rockers The King Lot too. The 1st event SOLD OUT!! With 4 months left to go, almost half the tickets are gone already! Get yours quick. The Braw Beard and Moustache Championships details…. Again we have teamed up with our good friends, The Liverbeards, to put on another historic event. >>>>>>>>>Tickets available at brawbmc.bigcartel.com <<<<<<<<<<<<<< ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Along with the championships, there will be a live set by The King Lot. OPEN TO ALL COMPETITORS. The event is taking place in Scotland, but all nationalities are welcome to compete. We already have entrants from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. Categories Best Moustache – styled or natural, if there enough entries, we may split into 2 categories. Best Partial Beard – from goatees, chinstraps to sideburns. Best Freestyle – anything goes, get creative, waxes, hairspray etc. Reckon you can create a thistle from your beard? Go for it. Best Over 4″ Styled – Measured from the bottom lip, if your beard is longer than 4 inches, get entered in this category. Any products go, such as sprays, waxes, oils & balms. Best Under 4″ Styled – Measured from the bottom lip, if your beard is shorter than 4 inches, get entered in this category. Any products go, such as sprays, waxes,...
How To Get The Salvador Dali Moustache

How To Get The Salvador Dali Moustache

We just made a fresh batch of Braw Tash Wax so I quickly gave the Salvador Dali moustache a go. I was in a rush (as usual) but I could nail it I’m sure 🙂 So Movember is upon us, are you taking part for the craic with your mates? Or do you have goals? Are you aiming for a Salvador Dali moustache? Obviously, to get a tash like his you’re going to need to be growing for several years and training it with moustache wax. Where Do You Start? 1. If you are starting clean shaven, just let it grow. 2. Once it starts to interfere with your food when eating, start to train your moustache by applying a little beard butter or tash wax and brush each side towards the edge of your mouth (in it’s natural direction). Do this daily. 3. After a few months, you will start to notice a decent length on your moustache. At this point, you may want to start curling or twisting the ends up with Tash Wax, do it! It’s awesome. 4. Now it’s up to you how far you take it! Personally, I prefer to keep my moustache natural looking, it suits my style. BUT I can’t help but admire guys who can rock the Salvador Dali moustache and the various styles that accompany it. Check out these Best Moustache entrants from the Braw Beard and Moustache Championships in 2017. I have serious tash envy… Photos by Ross Walker – Number94 Photography What products to use? As mentioned above, we recommend using a beard butter at the very early stages to moisturise...
Remembrance Day & The Grand Eckson 1918

Remembrance Day & The Grand Eckson 1918

You may have wondered how I managed to come up with an obscure name like The Grand Eckson 1918 for a beard oil? Why did I choose Remembrance Day to explain? There is a connection, to be honest any day is a good day to explain it but it just feels right on the 11th November. The Grand Eckson 1918 is named after someone very important to me.     The Story… Alex (Eck) Jackson was born in a farm cottage on a small holding near Ancrum a village in the Scottish Borders in 1918. He left school at fourteen years old and started working on farms until he was called up for army duty in September 1939 when he joined The Lothians and Border Horse Yeomanry and served almost seven years as a Corporal. He was demobbed after the second world war and continued to work on the Scottish Border farms. He met and married his wife Anne in 1951. Eventually in 1966 he took employment as a heavy goods vehicle driver with a company based in Musselburgh. He soon earned a reputation as ‘the best driver’ and admired by his workmates. Alex became a retired pensioner. He coped with this role for one week only then returned to work in all aspects of labour. It would be fair to say Alex never retired. During his time with the Lothians and Border Horse Yeomanry for him the second world war experience was mixed, as you could imagine the horrors he witnessed cannot be spoken about or repeated. Alex and his regiment were involved in ten major battles and...
Thinking Of Growing A Beard? Here Are Some Tips To Get You Started

Thinking Of Growing A Beard? Here Are Some Tips To Get You Started

Thinking of growing 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!   Growing A Beard From The Start. If you are starting clean shaven, at this time of year you may be starting Movember. You will be feeling the itch as your new fresh facial hair started to come through the skin. This is the point where Braw Beard products help you go from dreaming of a beard, to owning a beard. When you have stubble, we suggest using Battle Scar Skin and Stubble Moisturiser which is a natural cream designed to cool and soothe irritation. It works wonders on dry and itchy skin. Once you have a very short beard, you can start to use Braw Beard oil which will do the same job but the oil treats the hair better than a cream because it soaks in nicely and leaves a healthy shine without feeling greasy. Now that you have started your beard journey, you will want to take care of it. More tips are in the article below, but read the next section first to get an understanding of how...
The Braw Beard and Moustache Championships are back!!

The Braw Beard and Moustache Championships are back!!

Do you fancy being part of the historic Braw Beard and Moustache Championships? With 10 categories to choose from, including fake beard, there is an option for everyone. Spectator tickets are available too. 24th February 2018 at Drygate in Glasgow (+18 only). In association with the Liverbeards Beard and Moustache Club and in support of Cahonas Scotland. There will be a live set from Scottish rockers The King Lot too. The 1st event SOLD OUT!! With 4 months left to go, almost half the tickets are gone already! Get yours quick. The Braw Beard and Moustache Championships details…. Again we have teamed up with our good friends, The Liverbeards, to put on another historic event. Tickets available at brawbmc.bigcartel.com <<<<<<<<<<<<<< Along with the championships, there will be a live set by The King Lot. OPEN TO ALL COMPETITORS. The event is taking place in Scotland, but all nationalities are welcome to compete. Categories Best Moustache – styled or natural, if there enough entries, we may split into 2 categories. Best Partial Beard – from goatees, chinstraps to sideburns. Best Freestyle – anything goes, get creative, waxes, hairspray etc. Reckon you can create a thistle from your beard? Go for it. Best Over 4″ Styled – Measured from the bottom lip, if your beard is longer than 4 inches, get entered in this category. Any products go, such as sprays, waxes, oils & balms. Best Under 4″ Styled – Measured from the bottom lip, if your beard is shorter than 4 inches, get entered in this category. Any products go, such as sprays, waxes, oils & balms. Best Over 4″ Natural – Measured from the bottom lip, if your beard is longer than...
Another productive week

Another productive week

That’s the first week of November in the bag, it’s been a busy one again. So, what’s new? Urban Market Braw Beard will be at Urban Market Glasgow on Sunday 5th November. The market is held in Drygate Brewery where we had the Braw Beard and Moustache Championships (which are not far away now!!!). Urban Market is free entry and runs from 12-5pm, it is dog and child friendly too. Maddie will be looking after the stand, she’ll have The Black Series oils, hair care, sunglasses, beard wash, brushes, pin badges and hats. We only have one table so we can only bring a selection of the range unfortunately.   New Stockist Braw Beard picked up another stockist in Scotland early in the week, I cannot announce it yet because we are still finalising the space but all will be revealed soon! I am excited to add another shop to the Braw Family. If you know anyone who would be interested in carrying the Braw Beard range, please contact info@brawbeardoils.com for more information. Free Stickers! From November onwards, we are throwing a free sticker in with EVERY order placed at www.brawbeard.com YAAAAASSSSSS! I’m off to a friend’s wedding this weekend, so I have the Braw Beard cufflinks ready, the Braw Beard hipflask is brimmed with whisky and the Brawtherhood pin badge is on the flat cap. There may be some snaps on the Braw Beard Instagram story, we’ll see. I hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for reading. John Jackson www.brawbeard.com P.S. Use – brawblog – at www.brawbeard.com for a nice wee...