So the day has finally come to shave my beard. I am writing this blog just hours before the BIG SHAVE, and boy do I feel nervous. I know most people wouldn’t understand the attachment I have to my beard but believe me I will be devastated to lose it.
I enjoyed many moments with the beard, caused many a debate with people about my beard and beards in general. I enjoy many people talking about me as the bearded one, the homeless one, the hipster, the beast, the one with a neck warmer and many other bearded references.
I am very proud to be doing this shave towards a wonderful children’s charity and reading their stories makes this all worthwhile. If you haven’t seen the charity I am supporting please head over to https://www.make-a-wish.org.uk/
At present i currently sit at 70% of my target and hope to achieve the full amount.
If any of you are curious there will be updates of the shave etc on my Instagram account. LOOKOUT for a before and after shot of my beard! @roddersbeardblog
I will still be posting updates on beard growth and any advice I find along the way. So the beard blog will continue! Hooray, I hear you all cry!
So with a final blog whilst having a beard, I beard you a farewell and see you on the hairless side.
Goodbye beard. It’s been nice knowing you!
What am I nervous about with just 5 days before the beard is shaved? Well I’m nervous to find out how I will look.. will people recognize me? Or will everyone just walk past me? I’m sure I’ll get the jokes at work, “who’s the new guy?” And “is your chin cold?” But that’s not going to bother me much. I’m just nervous of the big change, I am indeed very attached to the beard. I will feel as if I am losing a friend or even a part of me. I’m definitely nervous and apprehensive to find out how I will look clean shaven! It has been over 2 years since I have last seen my chin… Aaaa! And breath deep, it’s all aid of “make a wish foundation.”
Am I going to grow the beard back?
This has definitely been something I have been thinking about and toying with different ideas of what to do. And I have decided the beard will return! The aim is to just grow it as rapidly as I can, this will mean a very messy outragous beard as it starts to grow again! This will be very different to the approach i am used to, growth for a few weeks and then a good trim and shape to maintain the beards good form. So we can all look forward to a new beard, but how long it will go, what will i do with it… That is still to be decided. But keep reading my blogs to find out more. These blogs will definitely keep coming 😁
What’s my favorite thing about the beard?
Hmm this is tough, but I’d definitely say my favourite thing is the beard has become a common accessory to my face. It has become part of me, where I go we go. (Obvious I know) The beard first of all gave me a different look, and I really enjoyed that! Vein or not, I have enjoyed sporting a beard and maintaining it to this point! 😁
And I know I have mentioned it before but just to remind you all, I am shaving the beard on the 26th April 2017 to raise support and funds for Make a wish foundation! They support young children towards making their dreams come true. Please read their website to find different stories about what the charity has done recently.
So overall i am very apprehensive but very happy to be supporting a good cause!
Please check out the giving page and my Instagram too.
For this blog I thought I’d write about something slightly different, Getting other people’s opinions from family, friends and even the girlfriend.
So let’s start with what does my daughter think about the beard! “I thinks it’s cute.” (I’m sure she’s after something and trying to make it into my good books) she then said she liked my face with or without a beard. She later informed me that all of her classmates are aware her Daddy has a beard. (Of course this made me smile)
Now what does the girlfriend think of the beard? Someone who never liked beards to begin with, have I changed her mind or am I one of a kind? (Beard wise of course 😉)
…. “Before, looking at beards I’d ask isn’t it better to be clean shaven? How long are they trying to make their beard? And then I met you! Firstly without the beard and I felt you didn’t have anything distinctive and lacked in confidence. And as the beard grew, the confidence grew with the beard! Now you lift you head up, tall and proud. I feel this is because of your beard, either it has given you confidence or you are avoiding it getting caught in your clothes. It has become a statement! Whether you are in casual clothes or suited and booted for date night, the beard can carry itself off!”
What do my friends think of the beard?
Well it’s always a talking point whenever we get together. We constantly compare if they have grown a beard, but in admiration of my beard. (Said proudly of course) We discuss the length, then reminisce my growth and the journey the beard has undertaken! They do love a good beard stroke, and that is definitely a term of beard endearment in my group of friends!
And finally what do my family think of my lucious beard? Definitely when the beard was starting out they made jokes, “when are you going to shave that mess?” And asked me if I’m not earning enough to buy a razor. But now it has definitely changed to a part of me. They have officially accepted the beard and it’s attachment to my face 😀 Now they see the fear I have to shave the beard and lose my chin warmer.
Overall i feel it’s beardiful to see that family friends, girlfriend and anyone I meet have definitely changed their opinions for the better about beards. I’ve seen it start out as a joke and now become something to be proud of. To know people admire the beard and encourage others to grow a beard is a wonderful feeling.
As always please remember I am Shaving my beard in aid of a charity I really believe is doing great things. If you can donate anything that’s wonderful, please head over to www.justgiving.com/beardshaving and check out my Instagram @roddersbeardblog
Thanks for reading!
As you may have expected eating and drinking with a beard can be difficult. Even to this day…. As much as I hate to admit!
Every bearded man should have a well groomed and maintained beard, it should be manly but not hanging on to left over food. We need to stay brushed, bushy and as clean as possible.
It’s always embarrassing to have someone tell you, “there’s something in your beard!” Along with usually someone pointing at your now ruined beard. 😒
So usually I tend to have obtained a different strategy dependant upon the food I am eating. Should it be spaghetti, I have smaller amounts usually with a spoon. Or cereal, usually I make sure there is less milk on the spoon as to avoid spilling down myself or the beard. Nothing worse than a beard all prepared for the day ahead and a dribble of milk is sitting there.
Not only is it food to be aware of it is liquid sprawled down the beard ready to drip at any given moment. To avoid this it requires a vast amount of concentration when drinking. I usually tend to open for a bottle to sip from or a straw. These are usually a safe option but not mandatory 😉
My advice to fellow bearded wonders, there are many tools that can assist you.
For drinking opt for coffee lids & cups and any other drinks I go for straws. Straws are a safe way to get liquid safely past that bushy beard and groomed mustache.
For eating I opt for teaspoons, their easier to handle and more precise to get past the bushy beard. Also forks and knives became my best friends to make my bitesizes smaller, minimising bearded disasters or devistations. And my ultimate favourite is the handkerchief, this is a very gentleman accessory to keep. It is helpful to wipe spills, should this be required. Sometimes a damp cloth is a better solution for those messier disasters.
As always please remember to donate to my beard shaving charity, www.justgiving.com/beardshaving & check out my Instagram for daily uploads. @roddersbeardblog
This is definitely a subject that could be spoken about in tons of detail, so IL try to make it relevant to my maintenance.
So the common questions I get are:
Do you use beard oil?
Do you comb your beard?
And do you blow-dry your beard?
So I will tell in the order i use to leave the house and start the beardiful day 🤣😎
I shower my beard everyday, this is so I know it is fresh, clean and I know I’m starting the day with nothing caught in the beard. I will tend to mix up what I wash the beard in, usually I tend to go for beard specific shampoo but on the odd occasion that has not been available I have used a good quality shampoo and conditioner. Beard shampoo I have found is better for leaving the beard smooth and soft all day. There is definitely a quality difference. After washing the beard I tend to towel Pat my beard down and then blow dry the beard on a cool temperature. Why a cool temperature…Well this is so I don’t damage the beard with extreme heats especially as the beard is alot finer hair.
Do I comb the beard? Of course I do. If I didn’t it is very messy, it looks like bed beard. I usually comb it with oil and whilst cool blow-drying it.
And finally do I use beard oil? Yes I do! But there are so many choose from. I have tried a few different types and they all have different benefits to suit different beards or beard qualities. The advice I would give is try different beard oils until you find the best oil for yourself.
If you have any questions or opinions please message me.
As always please visit my Instagram page and please donate to my beard shaving page.
Yes and no… Now let me explain the pros and cons to having a beard. I enjoy having a beard, seeing the way it looks but there are aspects that can annoy and even irritate an me.
One big problem that any bearded individual will tell you is eating!!! 😡 There is always a war with the beard and food, it’s a fight that just can’t be escaped. Many a time I have eyed up a piece of food and developed a strategy just to eat it without getting it all over the beard. Be assured the beard and food are like Velcro or even magnets, they always find each other and can leave you looking ridiculous.
Having a beard comes with wierdos… I’m sure you thinking what the heck am I talking about now. Well when I say wierdos I mean people who just want to touch the beard. #awkward People really don’t understand that if I walk up to you and said “nice chin,. Can I touch it?” That is crazy,wierd and just inappropriate. Obviously certain people can touch my beard and that is ok, like family and my girlfriend, but strangers from the street is a big no no from this bearded wonder.
The split!!! Now this is definitely something I suffer with the beard. This is where I may have the beard in the most perfect position, it could be combed, treated, but a gust of wind to the face and it splits the beard in half. This is very annoying, frustrating and silly! I didn’t want the Viking beard style, some people may want this look but it’s not for me. It doesn’t help that in the middle of my beard my hair growth is less, and contributes to the split 😫
And breath…Rant over, I know I’m listing lots of negative points regarding my beard but still I enjoy having a beard.
Crazy as it may seem I’d barely recognize myself without a beard. Being called “the bearded one” or “the guy with the big beard” may annoy others but honestly it’s nice. I enjoy talking about the beard and maintaining the beard. It has strangely become a hobby. From the oil and the combing but I’ll cover this in the next blog.
Thanks again for reading.
Please remember I am shaving for make a wish foundation, please give generously at www.justgiving.com/beardshaving
The Big SHAVE is what I have nicknamed the fund raising for a wonderful children’s charity, Make a wish foundation. I am supporting the charity by gathering support and donations to shave my beard! The beard is definitely a big part of me and my life now…So all of you can see how committed I am in supporting the make a wish foundation.
If you would like to help support me please head over to: www.justgiving.com/beardshaving
The Big SHAVE will be videoed and uploaded as soon as the beard is shaved. Please do join me on the big day, April the 26th.
Honestly losing the beard is devastating, however I am will to shave my beard in aid of raising as much as I can. Through the irritations I get having a beard there are so many positives and many memories I will miss. Growing the beard has felt like gaining a new companion. You have to grow, treat and nurture the beard whenever possible. I’m 100% sure this won’t be the last time I am seen having and owning a beard…
Please donate as much as possible to my just giving page and follow me on Instagram: @roddersbeardblog
And if you want to know more please read my beard blogs at : www.roddersbeardblog.com
That’s a very good question, when I first think of the answer there are so many reasons I grew the beard. First of all it was to try something different, a new look even, and maybe a little bit of laziness if I am totally honest.
Before I knew it was at the point most men decide to shave.. the itchy stage of owning a beard. But from here I have to say the beard grew on me. (Excuse the pun) I was enjoying the changing look of having and growing a beard. ( Please don’t accuse me of being vein just yet)
There have been many an occasion I have been asked “why do you have a beard?” Or “when are you going to shave that beard off?”. This honestly just helped me grow the beard and not shave. It was my face but others got irritated and confused, which maybe encouraged me to not go anywhere near a razor!
But the time for their previous question, “when will I shave the beard?” Is soon approaching as I plan to announce the date in the next blog!
Please dig deep for a very hairy cause… https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Beardshaving
Wow, I hear you all sigh, another blog…But this is not just another blog. This is my blog, beginning with how I grew the beard, why I grew the beard and continuing to the big SHAVE! 😫
But all for a good cause!
Also I will be blogging on whether I plan to grow back my beard…
I will be posting blogs as regularly as I can especially during the count down to the big SHAVE! So please come share the experience with me and raise money in the process.
Please dig deep for a very hairy cause… http://www.justgiving.com/Beardshaving
The donations are going to a wonderful children’s charity, ” Make a Wish”. They intend to use the donations to make seriously ill children’s dreams come true.