The Black Hat Beard Company

brada & brkovi

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So what is with the title?

I stuck the words beard and mustache into Google Translate, randomly selected Bosnian and hit enter.

Why the words beard & mustache?

Let me tell you.

This is it… The beginning of yet another adventure in the life of Black Hat.

We are proud to say it is official. Facial hair will be recognized in our community and we hope to do justice to all that might  join us or where we might get involved in any way.

We are talking about the launch of our beard club in East London, South Africa.

East London Stache n Beard!

SnB Logo

As a club we have met a couple of times but we would like to get ourselves on the map as a beard club. One among many in the world. We hope to achieve greatness of some sort in the future. There are some brilliant individuals that join us from time to time. I am sure there will be some upcoming introductions of some club members.

There are after all some class beards and stache’s in the club, and that’s what it’s all about.

It is still early days, but we will keep you posted on progress, events and the like.

If you are anything like me you would ask anther question, I’m sure.

Why a beard club? Well that’s easy. There are loads of people with beards. Why not get them together in one spot, have a drink, some good food and chat about beards & mustache’s? Share stories and build friendships.

Keep an eye, more to come…



Fad or a Lifestyle?

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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!


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.

 Yes or No

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.


Simon Cowell

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.

Happy bearding.

Black Hat Out!

Black Hat Bloggers Introductions

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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.

Mrs Black Hat

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!

Beard Bearer

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.

Black Hat


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.

Happy bearding.

BH Out!

Is it soft or is it hard?

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Happy bearding.

Black Hat Out!

Have them? Now what?

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Hello World!

The Beard Bearer here, with a simple and quick, #BeardBearers, post to tell you more about the products of Black Hat Beard Company.

Let me start at the very beginning and address a couple of questions regarding our products  :

What is a Beard Oil? :

How to put this into words that will be appealing to all, other than the obvious? Beard oil is sort off like a brake fluid to your facial hair. Say you decided to grow your beard, suddenly your face itches, dries up and gets flaky. Just like your hair. That is where the oil comes into play. Beard Oil, is a key element to keeping your beard in shape and stylish. It functions as moisturizer to make the beard look smoother, fuller and healthier.

Why use Beard Oil? :

Now this speaks for itself, for the following three main reasons. Your beard is itchy and that causes you to feel the urge to shave it off. We discourage that by the way!!!
Secondly because your beard has flakes in them, just like hair on your head the beard needs to be taken care of, for the head we have shampoo and conditioner, here we have the oil.
Thirdly Black Hat Beard Company is the best smell and feeling your beard will ever know, HE HE HE!.
Mainly you want your beard to look good and at the same time feel good, so use the Beard Oil, it is good for you.

How to use Beard Oil? :

When it comes to the how to, it is very preference orientated process. Remember, the longer the beard the more oil you will have to use. Also keep in mind water and oil do not mix, so make sure the beard is fairly dry when applying the product.
Best time will be right after you come out of the shower or after you have washed your face. Why? The water and the heat of the steam opens the pores and softens the beard.
Now the amount of oil is all up to you, but keep in mind it needs to be absorbed by the skin, it wont evaporate into air! We recommend four to five drops if you use Our Products, but the longer the beard the more this might get. Rub the oil over your hands “Not into your hand” then slowly massage the oil over your beard and face. Please do not feel obligated to press hard and make sure it touches the skin, it is not necessary.
When this is done, grab our trusty combs and make sure you style and brush the beard. “One does not simply walk in public without a stylish beard!“.

What is Beard Balm? :

Beard balm is similar to the oil but, O SO DIFFERENT! Oil is absorbed by the skin and helps the skin to stay healthy and fresh. The balm is for the Beard itself. Simply it is a leave in “Conditioner” or Moisturizer of sort. It helps to soften and strengthen the beard, ultimately making it look better and more stylish.

Why use Beard Balm? :

Do you want people to see your beard and go, Why o Why?, no you do not, so treat the beard the same amount of attention as your head hair. IF, that means no attention at all, then change up your routine, you made the choice to grow it, now look after it. The balm will help your hair to be strong and smell good. For the ladies you see? It will help you beard to style easy and look full and neat.

How to use Beard Balm? :

Simple, just open your Beard Balm canister. Using your Thumb Nail, using the skin might prove difficult, remove some of the balm. Rub the balm between the fingers and then apply.
Start from the bottom of the neck and softly apply the balm to the beard. Now brace yourself, here it comes! The smell is great, and it stays! You breathe in through the nose and smile as you know that smelling that the rest of the day is simply great. Other than the smell, the sound of combing the hair is wonderful. Give the beard another good comb making sure it is the way you want it to be and then you are done.

Hope the quick description helps you with applying the products. Keep coming back to the blog for more information regarding #BeardBearers and of coarse The Black Hat Beard Company.

We have some exciting upcoming projects and interviews so keep an eye out!

J.L. Borstlap aka The Beard Bearer signing out!