For what I am about to write I ask forgiveness, if necessary. I do not mean to offend anyone- not much, anyway. Here goes.
There is this thing- The Beard!
What to do with it? Do you jump on the proverbial band wagon and grow, grow, grow, or do you keep it short and remark on other men’s facial hair with comments like “dirty beard”? What is in the minds of the majority- men and women-regarding beards? Is it a fad or is it a lifestyle?
Beards have been around as long as men have been around. Since the beginning of time.
Epictetus (AD 55) stated he would embrace death before shaving.
For those that think this is just a fad and it will blow over soon-If you have a beard, please shave. I don’t want to be full of crap, I just want to be honest. Be who you are. Look at yourself in the mirror and make a decision-with or without, and then do it. If you are riding the bandwagon, that’s cool as well -each to his own. Happy bearding. But take note-the beard is here to stay. I have known people with beards all my life- way before the beard thing became big anywhere. Again I say the beard is here to stay. Humanity and human DNA dictates that men will have beards as long as their bodies produce the needed chemicals to encourage hair growth on our chins. Why? Because that is how our Heavenly Father has made us. Men will be hairy.
A couple of decisions will have to be made from this point on.
Do you shave or not?
Let’s say YES. What then? Then you shave, done. Are you less of a man? No. Are you cleaner than any of the other men that have a beard? No. In fact some clean shaven brothers are a bit grimier than many others. Whatever you decide to do, rather leave the insults about beards, dirt and crap at home. Hell yes! There is no difference when it comes to cleanliness. Some prefer the beard; others don’t.
Let’s say you decide to say NO to shaving. What then? Then you grow. Does that make you dirty? No. Does it make you more of a man? No. The chemicals that make hair grow are there. It is choice that dictates whether you have a beard or not. It does increase the manly look of some. I have seen some guys go through incredible transformation just by growing a beard. It changed them forever, and that is my point.
You will probably never see Simon Cowell with a beard, and that’s okay.
But some random guy might crawl out of his mom’s basement and decide to grow a beard and then finds himself becoming a millionaire a couple of times over. Leave him be and sell him some beard oil. Beards have helped many people find themselves and given them the confidence to start stepping into greatness. It is a journey and it might be a long one for some. But it has begun.
Help us change the minds of so many regarding the stigma of dirt equals beard and clean being associated with shaving. It is a mindset and perspective, that’s all. Let’s change it. Help us keep them soft, healthy and smelling great.
To the many women and men in the world- each to his own. Let us help, support and encourage each other in our ventures. Live in harmony-shaven or bearded.
Black Hat Out!
When having a look at our Black Hat Blog, you may notice that there is more than one author contributing. I would like to take some time and tell you a bit more about the people behind the names.
We will start with the lady first.
I decided to add a lady to the mix for obvious reasons-Mrs Black Hat is married to a bearded man. She will try to shed some light on the somewhat murky aspects of being involved with a bearded man. Abi (AKA Mrs Black Hat) will cover topics including kissing a man with a beard, dealing with social situations and having a relationship with the man behind the beard.
Secondly there is the tall, dark and handsome J.L. Borstlap (AKA Beard Bearer). We (Beard Bearer & Black Hat) met a little while ago and slowly but surely started to become friends. We share the passion for bearding and the enjoyment of good whiskey, bacon, cheese and coffee. We are looking forward to bringing you the people’s news and info regarding beards and the bearded lifestyle. The Beard Bearer will cover some of his own topics and rumour has it that he might do some reviews on various nice things as well. Beard Bearer for the win!
Then finally – The Black Hat. Me. My name is Kandas. Not Candice but almost. I am a father to one… There should be more sometime in the future. I am a husband. I am an avid beardsman. I am the owner of ‘The Black Hat Beard Company’ ~ Grooming for men is manly! I am an active member of our local Airsoft club. ~ Milsim for the win! I am a friend to some and foe to others- not too many though. Combining all these things makes me who I am. There are interests like fishing and coffee and bacon and zombies that could be added to this list as well, but I’ll leave it at that for now.
Last thought before heading off. With there being various people blogging and our lives being so different, there might be times where there will be some overlap in topics covered or things mentioned elsewhere. Overlap is not a bad thing. It will give one more than one perspective or view on certain topics.
If you have any questions or requests regarding bearding or the bearded lifestyle, give us a shout. We will answer those we can and find answers to those we can’t.
I spoke to a man the other day who made a comment about beard balm not having the same hold as beard & mustache wax.
With this write-up I will try to shed some light on the subject of balm and wax. The definition according to the dictionary, not very clear though, says the following:
Balm: any of various oily, fragrant, resinous substances
Wax: a sticky yellowish moldable substance
With that being said, I will spend some time highlighting various aspects of the various properties of balm and wax. I am going to get straight to the point. Balms from various manufacturers can differ greatly in a number of ways.
(I just have to add that I will not be dissing any of the balms or the waxes. This is purely educational).
Once you have purchased your product (balm or wax), you will then proceed to open the tub or tin and- if you are anything like me- the first thing you will do is stick it under your nose and take a big sniff. Let us stop there and make some notes about the differences you may encounter at this point between wax and balm.
- Container size. Normally- and that is a very general normally- the wax comes in smaller containers compared to the beard balm. Balms come in tins and tubs of a slightly larger size. Why is there a difference between the two? Well basically, because of the hold wax has, small amounts are used to get the job done, whereas a larger quantity of balm will be used.
- Smell. Well, the two products could smell very different or they could smell exactly the same. This will depend on the oils and scents added to the initial blend to get the desired effect. Pretty straight forward.
Next you will probably stick your finger in there, right in the center, squeeze and rub and then check the consistency. Check the stickiness and then smell again.
- Consistency. Beard balm is again generally a bit softer than the waxes. I have come across some balms that have been relatively hard compared to others. It is very much a personal preference as to what will be the right one to use. The wax on the other hand will be harder and stickier in order to get the necessary hold for those curly mustaches or freestyle shaped beards. It might be a blend of various products like, waxes and oils etc.
- Smell. It still smells the same- fresh, clean, creamy and maybe a little minty even.
So, what’s the point?
You get beard balm and you get beard wax. They are different products used for different applications. You can use wax to style your beard or mustache but you probably won’t be able to use balm for the same purpose. Both products will help with feeding and nourishing your beard or mustache. It is possible that balm can be used to style your beard- it all depends on the beeswax content in the balm. Rather try and get the right product for the right application. You might take a while to find what you like in terms of scent and feel- experiment to find what works for you.
Hope this helps, and please send us your questions if there are any. We are happy to help where we can.
Black Hat Out!
I have a thing for beards. Always have. So I guess it was inevitable that I would end up marrying a bearded man (even if he was clean shaven when he proposed, I could see the potential for awesome on that chin).
What I didn’t realize before I hooked up with Black Hat, is that there is, in fact, a secret code involved in living with The Beard. One needs to learn a new language, different etiquette, and, of course, kissing techniques.
It can either be a battleground or a paradise.
As #MrsBlackHat, I have decided to sympathize with all partners of bearded men and share the knowledge I have learnt through much trial, error and moustache-tickled nostrils.
Think of me as the guru of domestic, bearded bliss.
Over the next few weeks I will be posting a number of musings to make your relationship with The Beard work. Look out for tips on social situations, secret code, and sweet times with The Beard in your life.
And now, I’m off. I need to go attend to my Beard.
It is happening. We have a facebook page, an instagram account and now a website…
We even have a blog. Fancy that. Have a good friend of mine (Lohan) that is going to be writing for this blog on a regular basis. Seeing that he decided it is time to start growing a beard. He will be in the thick of things here on The Black Hat Blog. He also runs his own Blog from here. Check him out. Well worth it. Lets call him ‘The Beard Bearer’ for future reference.
It has taken a little while but we are live and active.
With so many ideas that my head wants to explode, I will roll them out one at a time. Hopefully remember to advertise them all and keep everyone in the loop as to what happening in the life of The Black Hat.
I would like to make a request. Please could you guys talk to us here at BH.
There are a couple of things we would like to do, and the only way is to get the people involved.
First, we would like to supply a no compromise superior beard product range. If something is off, please let us know so we can make right with you. If there are suggestions about improving what we supply, we are all ears. Not at the place yet where we can craft personal oil and balm yet…
Secondly, at this stage it is my better half and myself together with our blogger mate The Beard Bearer, that does everything. We are currently working on a way forward to include others in our venture, but more details on that at a later stage as well. If we miss something somehow, send us hate-mail. We want it so we can fix the problems.
Third and last, please post, like, comment and share on some of our forums. If you rather instagram. Cool. #theblackhat and off you go. Facebook, give us a like and share or two. Blogger by heart ? Come and right, more than welcome.
That’s it in a nutshell…
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