OK, some facial growths may look like a toilet brush, but that’s as far as it goes.
According to multiple news sites, beards can contain more poo than a toilet
I was curious to read the original study to see what the basis was for the investigation and the actual results.
However, as far as I can tell there was no proper study, no team of microbiologists and no poo in beards. The origin of the story appears to be this segment from a TV news network in New Mexico, which involved a reporter swabbing a “handful” of men’s beards and then sending the swabs to a microbiologist in a lab to culture any microbes present.
The reporter then interviewed the microbiologist, John Golobic, who identified a few of the bacteria present as “enterics”, that is they are bacteria that normally live in the intestines.
“Those are the types of things you’d find in faeces,” he said.
And that’s all. Somehow, from this story other media organisations have managed to get poo in beards.
While it is true that human faeces are partially composed of gut bacteria, it’s not accurate to describe those bacteria on their own as faeces.
Further, even if this was a properly conducted scientific study with a large number of samples and published in a reputable journal, there wouldn’t necessarily be any cause for concern.
Human skin is home to great diversity of microbes, and it’s not unheard of for types of bacteria normally found in the gut, such as E. coli, to be also found on the skin.
So, if the stories aren’t right, are there any actual proper studies into microbes in beards?
I could only find a couple in a short amount of time, but there was one study in the journal Anaesthesia which looked at whether facial hair had any effect on the ability of surgical face masks to prevent transmission of bacteria.
The study found that bearded men shed more bacteria than clean-shaven men. The study did have a relatively small sample size though, with only 10 people in each category.
Another study in the Journal of Hospital Infection examined how facial hair affects the prevalence of potential pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus (golden staph).
It found that having a beard actually reduced the likelihood of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and S. aureus being present on the skin. It also found that hospital workers with beards shed more bacteria than those without beards, supporting the earlier study mentioned.
However, the unbearded workers still shed enough bacteria to emphasise the importance of everyone wearing face coverings for sterile procedures, regardless of your facial hair situation.
So in summary: there is more crap in these stories about poo in beards than there is in beards. So chaps, you can all relax.
For years, the clean-cut man-boy was ruling the runway. Parted hair, waifish waist, skin smooth as a Botoxed three-year-old. Then a gritty crew rolled in and changed the game. With it, the beard invasion began. Whether we’re talking about a thick, irreverent Galifianakis or a jawline-amping mown lawn, a beard is just about the most on-trend accessory you can pull on this season. And while they look great on a beanie-and-cardigan-wearing gang like Fleet Foxes, they’re not just for dudes who dress down. “When a guy wears one with a suit, it’s just like, whoa is that sexy,” GQfashion director Madeleine Weeks explains. “They give you this handsome, don’t-mess-with-me appeal. Just look at Jeff Bridges, Paul Newman, and Cat Stevens (pictured above). All icons who wore them well.” The key is not overanalyzing it. Nothing too manicured or manscaped. Nothing too wild and overgrown. You want to look like you’ve let go.
“Beards show that you’re the independent type and possibly self-employed, seeing as how facial hair is frowned upon in certain uptight conformist corporations: the New York Yankees, for example. Consider Ben Roethlisberger. He made the mistake that many beard wearers commit: He shaved his neck almost up to the chin. Men think this always sharpens the outline of their face and even makes them look thinner. Wrong! This is the worst thing a guy with the slightest weight issue can do. The shaved neck makes you look like you have a double chin.”
Chances are you’re going to need a little sculpting here and there. A little on the cheeks, a little on the neck depending on the kind of look you’re going for. Ideally, you’d leave that all to a pro. A hot shave once a week isn’t realistic for most of us, though. Beard-sensei Nick Wendel from The Blind Barber—esteemed NYC barbershop/speakeasy hybrid—lays down some ground rules for taking matters into your own hands.
DO: “If you want to sculpt super-close, there’s no alternative to a straight razor. Buy one from The Art of Shaving and they’ll tell you everything you could possibly need to know to avoid a Sweeney Todd situation. A number of regular razors come with a single blade on the back for sculpting,”
Don’t: “It seems like a no-brainer, but so many guys treat shaving like a race and end up with nicks. Take the few extra seconds to add water to your shaving cream for an extra-smooth shave, and always go with the grain.”
Do: “Use a hot towel to open the pores before you sculpt and a cold towel—or a cold rinse—to close your pores after. This keeps ingrown hairs, redness, and nicks in check.
Don’t: “Never squeeze ingrown hairs like they’re pimples. Dirt in your nails can lead to infection.”
Do: “When you have an ingrown hair, put a hot towel on your face, disinfect the spot with some alcohol, take a tweezer, and go at it. Grab the hair as close to the base as possible to pull the bulb out. If you yank it from the top, you’ll just split the hair in half, and then you’re screwed.”—As told to Stelios Phili
How to get the perfect fade
Yes, you can use your beard trimmer to get a perfect fade. Dzenad “Geno” Bicic of Geno’s Barberia, in New York’s West Village, breaks it down
• Step one: Buzz it
“Set guard to 3 and buzz your whole beard.”
• Step two: Clean lower neck
“Switch guard to 1 and buzz from your Adam’s apple to two inches below your jaw.”
• Step three: Fade it
“Switch guard to 2 and buzz that remaining two-inch area, finessing and fading the 1 zone into the 3 zone.”
• Step four: Remove strays
“Remove guard (the 0 setting) and buzz below your Adam’s apple and any strays on the sides of your neck.”
In the market for a solid, no-mess trimmer? The built-in vacuum in this Norelco ($60, phillips.com) swallows clipped hairs before they fly all over your bathroom floor. One quirk: This guard operates in millimeters rather than traditional barbershop guard numbers. (Start at 9mm for No. 3.)
The Bearded Truth: Three Myths ,Debunked
New York dermatologist Dr. David Colbert sets us straight on three common beard misconceptions—including that Seinfeld thing about shaving. No, razors don’t turn you into a were-man
Myth #1: Certain foods make your beard grow quicker
“No food or vitamin makes the beard grow faster. However, we do need amino acids or protein in our diet to grow hair. For instance, guys who are anemic often experience beard thinning.”
Myth #2: If you shave more often, your facial hair will get fuller
“Shaving absolutely does not make your hair grow at any different rate. One reason it might seem that way? If you shave often, you’re feeling the prickly sensation of hair growing back more frequently.”
Myth #3: Gray beards are coarser
“If anything, our follicles become smaller as we age. Gray beards are not much different than regular ones, structurally speaking. If a Santa-like beard seems coarse, it’s just because it hasn’t been conditioned properly or is full of split ends. (Yep, you can get those with facial hair, too.)”—As told to Andrew Richdale
Maintaining a Perfect 5 0″clock Shadow
“I have a few friends for whom it is permanently cocktail hour, and it is only because my wife tells me that I look like a bum with a shadow around my smile that I do not have a permanent .25-millimeter beard. The noted artist Jean-Paul Goude got what I believe he calls his pas rasé look by using an electric clipper with a very short head on it. That is the most reliable method.”
And Now a Brief Meditation on Stubble
It’s like you’re too busy. Not that you are, exactly, but that’s the idea. You could shave every day, sure, but that’s ten minutes on the front-end that you’d lose, outright. That’s time you could spend answering email, or the inverse: sitting with your coffee, quietly, device off. You could beat the traffic or catch an earlier train. But again, this isn’t the point; it’s the idea. It’s the fantasy of a social calendar so full it doesn’t have room for a few quick licks of the razor.
Not that you care that much. You don’t. But you like it—no mistaking that. On your better days, you think it makes you look a bit like Patrick Dempsey (yet you’re only vaguely sure who that is). On your worse days, you’re too hung over to care. For the most part, it doesn’t matter, because this isn’t a choice you need to defend. You chose nothing. Beard? No, just didn’t get around to it.Yeah, I know the line. I use it too.
But let’s be honest: You shave on Saturday for a reason. Because by Monday, it’s a thing. And by Friday, it a serious thing. And in those intervening days, you can rub your hand across your cheek and feel the soft resistance of an oncoming beard, the 5 o’clock-the-next-day shadow. Or she can. And she does.* And we don’t really have time to argue.—Mark Byrne
* Or does she? More on that later…
Fact: The hair on your face is not the same as your scalp. So no need to treat it as such with whatever shampoo you have lying around. “All you want is a ‘gentle hair’ conditioner to keep your hair soft.” Martial Vivot from Martial Vivot Salon Pour Hommes in New York explains. He recommends Phyto’s Phytobaume conditioner ($22, sephora.com). Apply it in the shower just like you would the regular stuff. It has special proteins that help you dodge the itchy stage in the beginning. It’ll keep things less bristly as you gain some length. And there’s nothing about it that tastes foul, which, if you’ve got a beard of the “soup strainer” variety, is an important consideration.—A.R.
What a Girl Wants
Your beard will be met with opinions. And no one is going to have more of them than her. Here, two women give their take on the matter
|I don’t remember the episode in which Vinnie Bonitardi first appeared on Blossom but I was probably around 9 or 10, and I do recall experiencing, in an arm-hair-raising way, my first understanding of the word sexy. It took me a few more episodes to figure out why. Vinnie’s hotness had something to do with the leather jacket and the torn Dungarees and the messed up hair, but mostly it had to do with the scruff. What Vinnie had wasn’t even a full beard, but the hint of one, just enough to get the idea that this was a guy who couldn’t be bothered. And, for the love of all clichés, who doesn’t want to win the attention of that guy? David Lascher, the actor who played Vinnie, is now clean shaven and looks like he belongs on the trading floor in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. No matter. When I admire a scruffy Mark Ruffalo or Viggo or even Ryan Gosling, it’s Vinnie Bonitardi I’m really pining for.—Sarah Goldstein||It’s not like I mind the look of beards, especially from a healthy distance of ten electric razors fashioned into some sort of eight-foot-long pole. I understand that a face thatch is a cheap way for men to hide a gamut of imperfections: jowls, acne scars, chin butt, their age. But have you ever seen that vacuum commercial where the camera “penetrates” a seemingly clean carpet? To expose the dust and mites hiding deep between the fabric hairs? I’m attempting a metaphor here. I’ve dallied with a couple bearded men. There’s inevitably food in their chin bibs after a meal. Scraps. Crumbs. Treats for later you might say, if you’re disgusting. The girlfriend of a bearded man can either go full Mother Ape and finger groom, or be at peace with nuzzling a doggie bag. Neither option is desirable.—Lauren Bans|
Know When to Take it All Off
Great as beards are—and we could go on another millennium about how much we dig them—the truth is they’re not for every guy. Specifically they’re not for guys who can’t grow them fully. There’s nothing worse than a dude with a mold-like mess of patches all over his face. And, so, for the follicly-challenged out there, a quick guide to naked face essentials.—A.R.
The Cream: Kyoku’s sake-infused shave cream lands on your face like little grassy clouds. Thick as it is, it won’t clog up your razor, either.
The Blade: The folks at Schick will sing the praises of the Xtreme3’s scented handle. What you’re actually going to dig is its smooth glide, which is made possible by a pre-shave oil strip. The citrus wafting from the handle is basically undetectable.
The After-Shave: Aesop’s hydrating post-shave lotion is lighter than a cream but just thick enough that you still get a good tingle. It also happens to be some of the best-smelling stuff we’ve ever slapped on.
Congratulations. You have a beard that evokes images of manliness and superiority to all those weaker men beneath you that can’t, or don’t have the guts to sport a beard. Since time immemorial, men have grown beards as a way to show their strength, status and power. Men that can grow a beard strike fear in the hearts of the bare faced baristas of the world. They secretly want what you have and now it’s time for you to take full advantage of your genes and decide on a style that works best for your face and structure.
And remember, beards aren’t just a symbol of manliness, but they also serve well to keep you warm in the winter and protect your face from ultraviolet light. Wear your beard proudly, but don’t forget that a well-groomed beard is the key to invoking envy and attraction in the fairer sex.
This beard works well for men that can grow facial hair quickly and have a good, strong chin. If you want to wear this style of beard, the trick is to make it look like you have just too much testosterone coursing through your veins to ever get a decent shave. At the same time, you want to keep the beard tidy, give it shape and make sure it doesn’t look sloppy or messy. Trim just below the jaw line to help outline your jaw and use good trimmer everyday to get the right look.
A close relative to this style is the stubble look, ever so slightly longer, in which you also need to maintain good grooming habits to prevent looking like a bum. For men with fair hair and men with light or medium facial hair growth, this will be more attainable than a shadow, since you probably hardly get that effect.
Bottom line is that you need to not shave for 1-3 days, then make sure you carefully trim it daily for a shadow and once every 2 or 3 days for a stubble look.
RECOMMENDED TOOLS FOR THIS STYLE
Trimmer: Mangroomer Scruff Sculptor Pro – While not the best trimmer overall, it’s the closest stubble setting you can get (and specializes in stubble and shadow trimming) and has some handy features like a ‘whisker belly’ that catches some of the cut hair.
Detailer: Philips Norelco NT9130 D-Finer – The exact outline of your beard is very important when it’s so short, so make sure you pick up something that is meant specifically for the fine details. This unit is one of the top rated grooming tools on the market today.
Oil/Conditioner: Botanical Skin Works Men’s Bay Lime Beard Conditioning Oil – It’s incredibly important if you’re doing regular trimming to keep both your face skin and your beard hair constantly moisturized. While you don’t have to break your ways if you’ve never used it before, we highly recommend you at least give it a shot before you knock it!
SHORT BOXED BEARD
The short boxed beard is an all around strong beard style that works well for those that don’t want to go the full beard route. This beard is carefully sculpted and requires work to maintain. Using a close crop and defined edges it showcases the cheekbones and helps to outline the jaw. This option works well for people that don’t have a prominent chin and can help give a more robust look to your face. The hairline extends just an inch or so below the chin and doesn’t go all the way to the neck. Managers and other professionals can sport the short boxed beard while still maintaining a put together, professional look. The short boxed beard is perfect for angular, oval, heart-shaped and round-shaped faces.
Be careful if you’re going for this, as it’s slightly less than a full beard, as we mentioned, and you want to be very careful you do NOT cut your neck line too high. It can really make you look like a doorknob and give you a really unflattering line where your beard ends and your neck begins.
RECOMMENDED TOOLS FOR THIS STYLE
Trimmer: Philips Norelco QG3380 Multigroom Pro – This has multiple heads you can easily switch between, including a foil shaver and a small detailing trimmer. This will make sure you can get both a really high quality trim for the majority of your beard, but also do the detail work this style requires.
Oil/Conditioner: Botanical Skin Works Men’s Bay Lime Beard Conditioning Oil – Like the shadow/stubble look we talked about above, it will be important for you with a fairly short beard, to keep things clean and well maintained to make sure you don’t look like a slob. Try this out if you’re going to be keeping things fairly short with a fair bit of shaving (like on your neck and cheeks).
The tight beard comes in close on the face and uses a trimmer setting of about 2 millimeters. However, for the most professional look, you may want to invest in some specialty beard trimming shears. The beard provides the face with definition and strong character, but it also requires you to be able to grow hair higher up on the chin. The tight beard stops midway up the cheek to and connects fairly evenly with the mustache, line. This beard requires you to pay special attention as it grows out to prevent it from getting too long. Those that grow facial hair extremely quickly may not like the amount of maintenance required to keep this beard looking trim and neat.
This is very similar to the short boxed beard, but extends up the cheeks a bit more. Think of it like this in terms of progression of face coverage: Chin Strap > Short Boxed Beard > Tight Beard > Full Beard.
RECOMMENDED TOOLS FOR THIS STYLE
Trimmer: Philips Norelco QT4014 – An all around great trimmer, you won’t have any difficulties keeping up with either the short length requirements or the little bit of detailing work that goes into this beard style.
Olde English incorporates several beard styles into one manly and rugged look. Think mutton chops with a thick beard that goes all the way to the chin line. It provides full facial coverage stopping just short of covering the cheekbones. This beard style comes with its own personality and once you grow it, people simply won’t know what happened to you if you change styles. It’s the type of style that gives you a unique look and character. This style works great for musicians, authors and those that need to be remembered. It’s also a good option for those with a weaker jawline and chin.
RECOMMENDED TOOLS FOR THIS STYLE
Trimmer: Panasonic ER224S – Because of the potential to have this beard be fairly long, you might want to op for the very versatile ER224s. It has 14 length settings and goes all the way up to 20mm, which is one of the longest lengths you can find on a beard trimmer.
Conditioner: Virtu Beard Balm by Liberty Premium Grooming Co. – As you start growing your beard out a bit, you’ll want to make sure you take very good care of it. It becomes a big part of your style and who you are, so if it’s not well groomed, you risk looking unkempt and like a slob.
No discussion of beards would be complete without talking about the full beard. It requires very little maintenance and is arguably the most popular beard style. Use a trimmer set at about 4 to 6 millimeters to keep it looking neat. Or, let it grow out even further to provide a thick, masculine appearance. The full beard completely covers the upper lip, cheeks, chin and goes all the way back to the neck. It works great for any facial structure, but the style does require some patience if your facial hair grows slowly. Many men quit before obtaining a full beard. Other men will respect you if you wear a full beard properly. Those with beards know how much effort and maintenance goes in to taming a beard and making it look presentable. For those that can grow a full beard, it is still the most sought after bearded style.
RECOMMENDED TOOLS FOR THIS STYLE
Trimmer: Panasonic ER-CA35-K – This has the longest length setting available. Sure, you can do the full beard with a pretty short shave, and this will cover you for that, too, but if you’re rocking the classic, full-on face-covering beard, you’ll want a longer setting, I’m sure.
Shears: Utopia Care Professional Barber Razor Edge Hair Cutting Shears – Again, if it’s a longer style you’re after, you may have to skip the trimmer and go with the shears. If you’re the manliest of men and can grow a good beard without shaving (this is super rare – a lot of guys THINK they can pull this off but can’t, so if you really can…you the man!), forgo all trimming, but if you need just a bit of help, getting good with shears can be very helpful.
Conditioner: Virtu Beard Balm by Liberty Premium Grooming Co. – Again, with any length of beard over a few millimeters, you’ll want to keep it very well ‘fed’ with nutrients so it doesn’t get scraggly and dry and unclassy.
Choose a style that works with your facial structure and your willingness to commit to good grooming habits. If you want to be lazy about your facial hair, you’re better off joining the masses that shave daily and don’t have the willpower to maintain a beard. A beard is a status symbol and if properly maintained it shows a strong degree of discipline. Most importantly, a beard is an expression of yourself. The colors, texture and shape all say something about you, so take your time when cultivating your beard and develop a style you can call your own.
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James Myrick (aka Spiral Beard) is constantly shaving his facial hair into wild shapes, growing it all out again then shaving new designs. His latest creation is the BEARD beard, but if you take a look back, he’s created many wonderful masterpieces that have led up to the masterpiece moment above.
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Have You Ever Seen Anything So Damn Trendy?
We love beards as much as the next woman – actually, perhaps slightly more than her – so imagine our delight when we stumbled across pictures of bearded men with facial hair shaped like animals.
Yes, there was hysteria.
The photos are part of New Zealand shaver brand Schick’s #FreeYourSkin campaign, which encourages men to hack away at their excessive facial hair.
According to them, hipster beards have gotten out of control and many men’s facial hair has now “gone feral”. Of course, being a shaver brand, they would say that and we can’t say we agree.
But while we approach any campaign that asks men to cut back their beards with caution, we have to admit the pictures are cute.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
A chin beard that is grown long into a point and styled with an accompanying mustache to resemble the shape of a ship’s anchor.
A wide chin beard that covers the chin as well as a small area beyond it, accompanied by a separated mustache.
A beard that covers the chin and stretches back along the jawline ending at the ears. Not to be mistaken for a “chinstrap” which extends to include the sideburns.
A longer beard grown only along the lower portion of the face, covering the chin and following the jawline.
A beard consisting of long sideburns that come forward along the jawline to meet under the chin, resembling the chin strap of a helmet. Also sometimes called a Donegal.
A beard that is grown from the chin along the jawline. Can refer to a “brett,” a “chinstrap,” or a “chin curtain,” which are all variations of jawline beards.
Circle Beard / Door Knocker beard
Facial hair consisting of a chin beard and moustache connected by hair along the sides of one’s mouth, thus forming a circle. Also called a “door knocker.” Sometimes referred to as a “goatee,” though technically the goatee refers only to hair growing on the chin area, not the mustache.
A beard formed by hair grown only on the chin area
A beard is characterized by coverage on all areas of the face: upper lip, chin, sides, and sideburns. A full beard can have either a styled or integrated moustache, and can be clipped close or grown long. There are many possible variations of the full beard.
A wide, full beard with a rounded bottom and integrated mustache.
A large, long beard, connected by sideburns, that flares outward in width at the bottom, without a mustache.
Spade beard / Shenandoah beard
A large, long beard, connected by sideburns, without a mustache. Also called a “Shenandoah.”
A short, full beard with rounded bottom accompanied by a prominent moustache.
A beard with integrated mustache that is worn on the lower part of the chin and jaw area, without connecting sideburns.
A small tuft of hair under the lower lip. Also called a “royale” or a “flavor saver.”