Jack's back with the 15th edition of his yeard update. Jack's never grown his beard this long before - he's used to keeping it at a few weeks' growth and trimming on the regular. This is as long and thick as he's gotten and while he's proud, it's giving him a host of new experiences (and mistakes to make).
Jack admits to recently committing a big beard blunder. The extra dense growth that he didn't expect is actually highlighting a couple areas of his beard that he isn't so fond of - most notably the gap between his mustache and cheek growth and the thinness of his mustache. Second guessing the look, Jack tried something new one day last week before coming into the office. On his first glance at Jack's new style, Eric (our founder) walked straight over to Jack to talk to him about it.
"Hey, Jack! Did you try something new today?" he asked.
"Yes," Jack replied, thrilled that someone notice. "I brushed it forward instead of down to cover up some patches. I'm glad it captured your attention!"
"Ah, yeah," Eric said, his tone shifting. "Those aren't actually patches, man. That's just happening because your cheek growth is so much higher than your mustache. That's pretty normal, and isn't anything to hide. You should keep brushing down! It shows off your density and length, buddy!"
OK, so that's probably not how that went down verbatim (I don't write a lot of dialogue), but the moment sticks. Jack's biggest mistake wasn't the grooming method (using a boar's hair brush to brush your beard forward with some styling balm), but feeling insecure about how his beard grows in. That's just not the Beardbrand way.
The Beardbrand way is all about embracing and working with what you've got. Your genetics are the blueprint for how your beard is going to grow in, and no amount of hormones, supplements, or skin treatments are going to change whether or not you have gaps, patches, thin hair, thick hair, or curly or straight hair. If you've got a couple patches or features that you feel aren't your best, changing your entire look just to hide them is going to compromise the features you want to highlight. Jack was brushing his beard forward to cover up a couple gaps of growth, but because his beard is so dense and long, it was pretty apparent, causing Jack to draw more attention to the coverup than to the length and volume of his beard.
Everyone's different. We say that over and over at Beardbrand because it's true. Embrace what you have, and learn what features are your best so you can highlight them. Resist the urge to cover your perceived beard flaws - you notice them more than anyone else.
Week In Review
Here are the other awesome videos we've posted this week - check them out for beard grooming and styling tips, as well as some awesome barbershop videos.
A Modern Take on a Classic Fade with Hollywood Dan
Dan gives his client an updated take on a classic barber fade. The haircut is precise and classic on the sides with a contemporary spin on volume on top.
The Best Place to Trim Your Beard with Greg
Greg discusses his crowd sourced survey results when asking "Where's the best place to trim your beard - at home, or a barber?" and other related questions. The answers are quite surprising!
The Key to a Healthy Beard and Body with Mahesh
In this edition of Mahesh's musings, Mahesh details the significance of keeping your mind healthy and active and how that affects your body (and consequently, beard growth). Watch this video to learn how to make incremental changes to keep your mind and body healthy over time.
A Quick and Crucial Beard Trim with Sam
Sam gives us a look at a super efficient and super effective beard maintenance trim for a client that has a giant mane.
How to Trim a Short Beard with George Bruno
George goes in depth on how he maintains his short beard with meticulous care and precision (and an extra tool or two along the way).
An American Barber Shows How it's Done with Michael of SHED
One of the local barbers (Michael, co-owner of SHED) here in Austin, TX gives our Inventory and Logistics Manager a badass haircut and beard trim. Keith looks damn good, ya'll.