The crash site where it all began.

Alright guys. We’re up at Nevis Range at Fort William for the British Downhill. We’re just standing watching the bikes, been walking down the circuit, down the track, and I’ve found the section where I fell off in 2011 and broke my back and that’s what led to the Braw Beard Oils story. Basically, if you don’t know it, I was racing here, well, I was due to race here and I was in a practice 2 weeks before the race. Fell off, went through this rock section and fell off and crashed into a big rock. Took the impact through the top of my head and broke my back. So, I was just going to show you that section, they don’t use it any more, they’ve changed it, they have a wee jump over the river now , erm, but I found the section so here it is. So you’re coming down through this rock section here, pretty wild, pretty wild, and it was pretty wet at the time, lost control on these rocks, went over the handlebars and crashed into that big fucker there. Took the impact through the top of my head and crushed my vertebrae. So, ended up in hospital and then, from that, that’s just some riders going past now, from that, started making massage oils when I was taught sports massage therapy, massage oils then hair oil then beard oil. And then that led to what is now Braw Beard Oils. So yeah, I just thought I’d give you a chance to see that while I’m here and I shall catch you later....

Keep Shotty!

Want to hear some stories about Braw Beard that no-one has heard yet? I was fortunate to be invited on to Keep Shotty TV’s podcast during the week. It was great to sit down and just chat, rather than be interviewed. We spoke about the Braw Beard story, how it started, where it has led me and funny (and fairly serious) things that have happened on the way. I hope you enjoy this insight into the Braw Beard brand! –...

Tips for razor burn & rosacea

Here lies our sequel to the oily, dry skin post on Saturday, a blog of guidance for those every day woes we all tackle with and tricks of the trade that may help you battle them. RAZOR BURN For all of you lads who’ve cut too close to the skin or shave every day you may have suffered the dreaded razor burn. It may be a savage experience however, there’s some simple little things that can make it easier on the skin. Simply apply cold water/ a towel with ice to the area which will reduce inflammation and cool the sensation. Aloe Vera is a great product for tackling many skin irritations as it has a cooling nature which benefits the skin greatly following razor burn. It also keep the skin well moisturised and speeds up the healing process. Battle Scar Skin Moisturiser is a fragrance free cream made from a combination of natural oils and aloe vera which is a good product to use while the skin is in recovery mode. AVOID SHAVING UNTIL THE SKIN HAS HEALED FULLY! ROSACEA If you think you suffer from rosacea, first step is to consult your doctor. They can hopefully help find a cause and prescribe medicine to help tackle this skin type. Here’s some helpful tips that might also help with mans every day grooming and dealing with this annoying condition. To understand rosacea a bit better, it’s often a case where the skin has a loss of moisture and water which can lead to inflammation around the cheeks, nose and forehead areas of the face. It’s often hard for people to...

Tips for oily skin, dry skin and irritation

In this feature I’ll be looking at various conditions that men battle on a day to day basis, that can effect your skin and the health of your beard. Hopefully, by the end of this you’ll have learnt some key tips to maintaining a great grooming routine with the right products. When writing features on the products themselves, I always stress that Braw Beard Oils are handmade from natural oils. This is super important as it is the foundation to Braw Beards selling point. John carefully selects the right combination of oils to ensure your skin is well nourished and that your beard has the appropriate balance of oils to grow healthily. Everyone lives a different lifestyle and each of us tackle various factors that effect our skin/ hair. Here are a list of predominant issues that the majority of people at some point in their life face and ways in which to find a healthy balance. STRESS An issue we all deal with in different areas of our life, whether it’s work related, family related or overall just day to day pressures. The emotional pressures we face effect our skin and hair and here’s how: OILY SKIN High levels of stress increase your cortisol levels leading to develop oily skin. Your sebaceous glands go into overdrive which produces excess oil on the surface of your skin which can in turn create spots and blemishes. The last thing you need when you’re stressed.. Basic advice everyone is told when dealing with stress is to get plenty of rest, work out regularly and eat a healthy and varied diet. Tips to...

Do you suffer this?

Hey guys, John again. I’ve had a few people asking me how they get around dry skin – they seem to be suffering from dry skin on the edges there and their neck line. So basically after I’ve used the beard oil, at the moment I’m using Wulver, again it’s all natural oils so it’s good for the skin too. But daily routine, I use this in the morning, just apply it to the hair, and go through conditioning my beard as normal. Man, that smells so good. So yeah, go through like that, and brush it through, eh get the beard done first. And then we introduced a skin and stubble moisturiser back in 2016, it’s a natural cream, as you can see, can you see that? Erm, so yeah it’s a cream, and it’s a skin moisturiser but it’s good for stubble as well. So I tend to use it when I’ve cut the edges in and shaved the neck line a little bit, needs a bit of a shave now, but once I shave that in and cut the edges in it sometimes does get a bit red and irritated so I’ll use the skin moisturiser – I use it all over my face as well as it’s just a skin moisturiser. You just rub it in and it’ll keep your skin hydrated as well and keep away any dry bits so yeah you’d take a bit and rub it down the cheek line there so yeah just wherever you want it really. Wherever you’re suffering dry skin it’ll work on your elbows and your hands...

Hey ladies!

Hey ladies, how you doing? Erm, so, the past few days I have been hinting that we have, a new product on the go for us ladies rather than the guys.  So a few of you may have seen a video I did a few weeks ago about why I steal Mr Braw’s beard oil.  So with that in mind I finally got some lab time, managed to kick John out and came up with something for us.  So I wanted to introduce to you Mrs Braw’s Hair Oil.  Look at that beauty, isn’t she, isn’t she gorgeous?  Oh yes.  So, after about 5 years of stealing John’s I thought I might as well make something for me, well, for us, so I made it so we’ll got a nice little pump – I use just one pump in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together run it through – mainly work through the lengths, the ends, the little dry bit underneath, avoiding the roots otherwise they will get a little bit greasy and that’s not really a good look. So, based on one of our bestsellers, Heather, I changed the mixture up a little bit.  So, the main basis of a lot of our beard oils is hempseed oil which is excellent for your hair but I find it just that little bit too heavy.  It also has a bit of a stronger smell than the other base oils so I upped the argan oil, reduced that so still got all the great things out our oils.  It’s all natural you got the fatty acids, omega...

That weekend was awesome!!

  Aright guys? John again. Sorry it’s been a while, we’ve been quite busy. The latest show we just done at the weekend there was The Scottish Hair and Beauty Show with Mohair Barbers. We were sharing a stand with those guys and it was awesome. The show was really busy and we had the chance to show off our new products as well which are getting released this week. On Friday they will be available. Fans of Braw have been asking for hair products, so naturally we listen and we find ones that are suitable. So it’s taken a wee while to research these ones and we’ve found some we’re happy with. The first one up is a matt styling paste which has been getting really good feedback from barbers and bloggers as well, so there’s a few reviews kicking about of those. The pomade as well for slicking back the hair and we changed the logo slightly as well just to suit that. The show went good and the products were selling really well so far and they will be available for the public on brawbeardoils.com on Friday. Speaking of which, we are running a discount as well this week, it will run out on Friday midnight. The discount is – athletes25 – and use that at brawbeardoils.com for 25% off everything on the website. The reason being is, last year we done it too, we’ve got the Braw Athletes, we sponsor a bunch of athletes and there was 4 of the guys competing at the weekend there. Josh Tyler, MMA fighter from Utah was fighting at...

Why Mrs Braw steals my beard oil.

Hello, I just thought I’d do a little video rather than trying to explain this. A lot of people, especially when we’re at stands, when we have the Braw Beard Oils stand at shows, ask me why I know so much about the beard oils, also why I use it coz I use it as hair oil so obviously it’s great for beard hair so why shouldn’t be good for head hair for women, men, llamas, whoever. So the stuff, the ingredients that we use are all natural so really good stuff for your hair and skin, such as hempseed oil, argan oil, vitamin E oil, jojoba oil – anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, it’s got all the essential fatty oils that you need, erm acids, such as omega 3 and 6. It also contains no alcohol – everything is organic and really good for you whereas a lot of big companies, the main ingredient is often alcohol which, whether you drink it or put it on you will incrementally dry you out therefore your hair starts getting drier and frizzier then you keep using more and more of their products and they also put chemicals in there that aren’t great to have on your skin and also just there to preserve their shelf life. So, I am using Lover at the moment, well, John’s using that for his beard.  So I just take a few drops, rub my hands together, now obviously my hair looks pretty rubbish at the moment as I was using THIS as a demonstration. So I tend just to rub it through.  I don’t get too close...

How Fred Durst became a fan.

A’right guys, how are you doing? John from Braw Beard again. People are asking about more stories from Braw, because there’s quite a cool story up until this point. So, if you’ve been watching the videos before, you’ll know how the brand started. It started from a mountain bike crash, I broke my neck, and back and it led to making beard oil. A lot of people who have been following the brand for a while, they know that Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit is a fan of the brand and there’s a few good stories behind that as well. So I just thought I’d talk about that today, but it’s not all unicorns and rainbows. Fred got in contact at the end of 2013. He liked a tweet, I replied, he placed an order for some products and then I sent them out and he loved them, he loved the merchandise, he loved the beard oils and the brand. T-shirt available HERE So he invited me over to a gig in Glasgow, Limp Bizkit were playing in Glasgow with Crossfaith as part of the Kerrang Tour. I think that was the 16th February 2014, so he invited me over. But, in the build up to that, my mum had been really ill and she passed away on the 8th February, the week before the gig. So that week my head was a feckin mess, what do you do? Well I’m trying to grieve and potentially go to this Limp Bizkit gig to meet Fred for the first time. So my mums funeral, that was on the Saturday 15th,...

Braw Beard at British Superbikes

I caught up with Lee for a quick chat…   At the weekend there, Braw athletes General Lee Johnston & Lewis Rollo were racing at Donington Park at the British Superbike Championships. I decided to jump on a plane a go support them. Saturday morning, Stuart and I headed to the track and caught up with Lewis before qualification. This was Lewis’ 1st weekend of racing on the new bike and a big step up in competition from last year. There were a few teething problems on Saturday, but were quickly rectified for Sunday. Finishing 11th in a strong field, he done us proud!   The General Lee Johnston was racing in the Supersport class and using the opportunity to get used to his new bike for the road racing season ahead. Lee finished 20th & is looking forward to the road race season ahead. I also bumped into former World darts champion Andy “The Viking” Fordham ’til next time. John...