Believe it or not the founder of Beardbrand, and a leader within the bearded community, is telling you to shave your beard. Let’s face it, summer is coming up and you probably think it’ll be too hot. In addition, there was this article on how beards are only cool if a few people have them. In this article you read about how the beard trend is over. Finally, you are reading this article right now which is simply telling you to shave.
Yup, take off that beard and be done with it.
I mean, dammit dude. If you are browsing the internet looking for random internet people to guide you on something that should be personal, then by all means shave that beard off. The dudes who grow their beards for their own reasons are tired of all the medial articles talking about how it’s a trend. So if we could have those trendy beard wearers follow the next trend – that’d be fantastic.
But you know what I think is going to happen? I think more guys are going to grow their beards rather than shave them off. They talk about how many men are wearing beards, but it’s only at 30%. Shit – back in the 1890’s as many as 90% of men wore some type of facial hair. The media pundits don’t know shit about history. If a man does absolutely nothing with his appearance, he’ll have facial hair. A beard is by default, and being completely shaven is unnatural and ultimately a societal pressure.
Right now, I would imagine there are a lot of PR efforts by big razor companies to try to make beards as unappealing as possible. They know they are fighting something ingrained in our DNA, and they know they are losing. As the saying goes, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Look, they ignored the bearded movement while we launched and grew Beardbrand, then on Shark Tank you saw them laugh at me. But now, you are seeing big name companies come out with their own line of beard care products trying to fight us. In time we will see who is victorious.
The reality is that it doesn’t matter if you grow your beard or shave it off. You need to do what you want to do with your life. We are working hard to make beards as socially acceptable as possible – that way if you do want to grow your beard, you won’t have to deal with all the flack that our brothers have dealt with in the past.
I want to leave you with this last line of thinking to help you with your decision on whether or not to keep a beard. Shaving could not, and would not, exist without beards. There is no chicken or the egg – beards have always come first. Beyond that, it’s people who don’t even know you that are trying to get you to fit their mold.
The best action is to do whatever you want.