The Unscratchable Beard Itch

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3-STEP BEARD ROUTINE TO HELP "SCRATCH THE ITCH"

THE UNSCRATCHABLE BEARD ITCH

In the midst of 2020 going onto 2021, the year full of surprises and change, one thing that hasn’t changed is the desire to grow a perfect beard.

Beards have grown in all different shapes and sizes and to the delight of many, their beards are now acceptable in most workplaces, AKA their homes.

Although beards might be growing long & strong, there is something happening beneath the surface. It’s a constant source of irritation, frustration, and most likely has made you think once or twice of reaching for your cheap clippers since you can’t visit your barber; yes, I’m talking about itchy-beard-syndrome.

Itchy-beard-syndrome is nothing new to beard growers everywhere, but it is something that has been amplified with the wearing of masks and face coverings. Regardless of the material, I have yet to find a mask that doesn’t cause irritation to my beard. This means that we need to make an extra effort to ensure the health and cleanliness of our beards.

That being said, we’ve put together a simple 3-step routine that, from our experience, has helped to "scratch the itch."

Step 1: Clean It Up!

  • Gentlemen, we take this moment to remind you that dry skin and damaged hair is one of the leading causes of beard itch. I’d recommend getting into a warm shower, not too hot because you could further dry your skin out, but warm enough to open up your pores so when you use a beard & body wash, that it will clean it through and through. Finish your shower off a cold water rinse on your face to close up the pores.

Step 2: More Oil Please!

  • Grab your B.I.G Beard Oil, I personally love the smell of the Regal Vanilla (so does my wife), put a nickel size amount in your hand, rub your hands together, and then apply to your beard in all directions.
  • Pro tip: if you have extra oil in your hands, apply it to your eyebrows & lips to moisturize them also!

Step 3: Brush, Brush, Brush it out!

  • Grab your Beard Brush and start grooming! Doing this after putting the oil in your beard is smart because it will help get an even better distribution of the oil around your beard by using the brush. Not only that, but the brush will help get rid of any loose skin, hair, dirt, and other things that could plug up your pores.

It also provides the benefit of training your hair in what direction it should grow, providing you with a symmetric, clean look on top of keeping any pesky in-grown hairs at bay.

Say a B.I.G goodbye to beard itch!

We’ll leave you with this thought today: self-care is not selfish. Take moments every day to keep yourself refreshed and recharged so you can continue to be Incredible Gentlemen in every action you take during your day.



TRAVIS BROADHEAD

Beard Expert | The B.I.G. Company

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ELEVATE YOUR LOOK WITH ONE ACCESSORY: THE FEDORA

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TIPS & TRICKS FOR ADDING A FEDORA TO YOUR LOOK

ELEVATE YOUR LOOK WITH ONE ACCESSORY: THE FEDORA

Have you ever tried on an outfit and then looked in the mirror and wondered if you looked more like a guy on pinterest or someone stuck in a time capsule? That’s exactly what a fedora can do for your overall look, and I want to provide you with a few tips & tricks to ensure you accomplish your desired look!

Before we get too far into this, I want to make a few disclaimers. You do not need to be a hipster to wear a fedora. You simply need to understand that people are constantly going to be jealous of your “hat game.” Next: expect for random people, like your server at a restaurant or someone walking around the street, to come up to you and compliment you on your fedora and get into a conversation about where you got it, how it’s so hard to find the right one, etc. And last but not least: people will automatically think you’re more stylish … if you wear it right! Check out some tips & tricks below to help you get started.

 

TIPS & TRICKS FOR ADDING A FEDORA TO YOUR LOOK

H.B.S. (Hat, Belt, Shoes)

  • This rule does not ALWAYS apply, but 9/10 times I follow this rule and it makes it so easy to choose how to complete your look: make sure you match the colour of your hat with your belt and your shoes! It hits the high, middle, and low part of your overall look and really grounds anything else that you wear.
  • I personally love to wear a black fedora, black belt with black boots. From there, I can select almost any of my jeans, shirts, and jackets and be sure that I’ll have a solid looking attire because what doesn’t go with black?

Wearing a Fedora automatically increases your dress code.

  • One time I didn’t have a good collar shirt for a fancy event I was going to, so I took a clean black t-shirt, tucked it in, threw on a coloured suit jacket (it was royal blue), a nice pair of black jeans with some black boots, and topped it off with my fedora and the result was me getting complimented the entire night out.
  • Whenever I go out, I also always ensure that my beard is maintained in a way that suits my look. My outfit can be perfect, but if my beard is out of control it can take away from the overall aesthetic. This is why I love our Beard Balm here at B.I.G.. I know with confidence that it will not only hold my beard right where I want it, but it smells so good that people often mistake it for a cologne! Tame your beard gentlemen.

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Just Own It, You Look Great!

  • When you finally settle on that perfect hat, put it on with confidence. I remember seeing one of my music icons, Jon Foreman (lead singer of the band Switchfoot) wearing on in a concert and thought it looked incredible, so the next chance I had to find a fedora I did. I remember being a bit nervous at first, but now I’ve worn various hats for so many years that I have people that know me not recognize me if I don’t wear one!
  • So pro tip: find a famous person, an instagram model that you can get inspiration from. Buying that fedora single-handedly changed my fashion game.
  • Here’s my 2 favourite places to go hat shopping (online).
  • https://www.yellow108.com/
  • https://www.brixton.com/ca/en_ca/men/headwear/full-brim-fedoras.htm

 

 

Say a B.I.G welcome to your future fedora!

Gentlemen’s Advice: Love your look! Don’t be dependent on the compliments of others. If you need the compliments to wear the hat, when you stop getting the compliments you’ll stop wearing the hat. This applies to almost anything in life. If you live for the approval of other people your emotions will be on a roller coaster ride for life. Love your look for you.


TRAVIS BROADHEAD

Beard Expert | The B.I.G. Company

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IN 2021, IT’S TIME TO EMBRACE BALDNESS

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NOTHING EMITS MORE CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF THAN OWNING YOUR BALDNESS

IN 2021, IT’S TIME TO EMBRACE BALDNESS

Whether men admit it or not, appearance is a big deal to them. Even guys that openly admit that they don’t know where to start when they go shopping still want to feel good when they look in a mirror. Beyond just clothing, hair has been a constant under-cover stress point of men, even if we try to brush it off.

My hair started receding & thinning when I was 15 years old. You read that right. I remember growing my hair all long as I could to ensure no one ever saw my hairline. That worked well until any kind of exercise occurred where my long skater-hair would insist to fly up in the air for all of my high school to see. Lucky Instagram was only just becoming a thing.

All of that being said, if you find yourself in a similar situation where you’re not feeling the best about your hair, I can relate and empathize with you. And for many of us, it’s not whether or not you’ll go bald, it’s a matter of when.

Many studies point to going bald increasing by 25% after the age of 30, by 50% when you hit 50, and I don’t even want to tell you more stats beyond that point. So, as a fellow guy owning a balding head for over a decade but as still blessed with a beard, here is some advice to help you through this time.

IF YOU WANT TIPS TO MASTER YOUR BALDNESS, KEEP READING...

Ease Yourself Into It: Accessorize.

  • When I realized that I was going bald, I turned to my favourite accessory of choice: hats. Now as a teen I was stuck in a ball cap scenario, which still can look nice and proper. But one thing I discovered in my early twenties was fedoras and man do they look sick with a beard.
  • It gives you an elevated look immediately. I could be wearing joggers and a t-shirt, but I put that fedora on and instantly I have an elevated look. It did two jobs for me: it hid my insecurity while I built up confidence in myself & it guided my fashion picks.
  • I did something I never did before: I downloaded Pinterest and started looking up Men’s Fashion Trends. I realized that a lot of guys that are bald with beards can still have sick style and create their own unique look. Some guys could switch up their hair style, I just switched hats.

Gentlemen, it’s time to embrace baldness!

We’ll leave you with this thought today: in the pursuit of confidence, do not let your confidence come from receiving approval from others. That will cause your confidence to fluctuate like a rollercoaster. Putting your identity in what others think of you means you'll never fully come alive. Create a look and a vibe that you like, that you feel good when you look in the mirror, and go with it! Like everything in life, take small steps every day and include the people that you know love you in the process. Bald truly is beautiful.

How To Own What You Have: A Beard.

  • There is a lot of research that points to bald men having higher levels of testosterone, which is directly related to the ability to grow a better beard, so own it! Trim that hair on top right down, maybe even bick it and use the B.I.G Premium Pre-Shave Oil to prep your head for the shave. But then get your focus and attention on making that beard the envy of every bare-faced guy that comes your way.

"Gentlemen, can we let the comb over fade away into the abyss? Can we stop spending thousands of thousands of dollars on miracle drugs and hair implants to cover up something that could just as easily be embraced? Let’s break the stigma that being bald is ugly. Instead, I like to say that bald is beautiful ;)"

  • By saving time & maintenance on having nothing on top, you can give the proper care to your beard that it truly deserves. If you’re brand new to that bald-beared life, start with B.I.G Executive Spice Black Seed Beard Oil. It will keep your beard hydrated, which will reduce itching, promotes growth of a longer, healthier hair and it smells really good! Check out the best ways to keep the dreaded beard-itch away, especially when you’re wearing a mask, here. https://bigbeardbalm.com/blogs/news/the-unscratchable-beard-itch 

The Time To Embrace It Is Now.

Nothing emits confidence in yourself more than owning it. The amount of compliments I received from people I knew when I started showing up without the hat on but looking clean and proper was astounding. Confidence in yourself is one of the most attractive qualities in a person and I guess it was emitting from my bald head when interacting with these people because they couldn’t stop talking about it.

  • There’s nothing worse than hanging on for something past its expiry date. Gentlemen, can we let the comb over fade away into the abyss? Can we stop spending thousands of thousands of dollars on miracle drugs and hair implants to cover up something that could just as easily be embraced? Let’s break the stigma that being bald is ugly. Instead, I like to say that bald is beautiful ;)

Gentlemen, it’s time to embrace baldness!

We’ll leave you with this thought today: in the pursuit of confidence, do not let your confidence come from receiving approval from others. That will cause your confidence to fluctuate like a rollercoaster. Putting your identity in what others think of you means you'll never fully come alive. Create a look and a vibe that you like, that you feel good when you look in the mirror, and go with it! Like everything in life, take small steps every day and include the people that you know love you in the process. Bald truly is beautiful.

TRAVIS BROADHEAD

Beard Expert | The B.I.G. Company

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A Simple Guide for the Man in

Your Life with a Beard

WHAT DO I GET HIM FOR CHRISTMAS?

It’s hard to believe that the Holiday Season is right around the corner, but it does mean that you’re likely going gift shopping soon! Everyone has that one person in their life that is hard to buy a gift for. My own father, for example, has a go-to line whenever we ask him if he has a Christmas wish-list: “All I want is peace, joy, love, and freedom in my soul!” And I want that for your too dad, but that doesn’t answer my question!

If you have a man like this in your life who owns a beard or any type of facial hair, the gift of a Beard Product could be the best and easiest gift to give! Everyone likes to feel good about themselves and it is still surprising to me that there are a lot of people out there that have never tried to add a Beard Product to their routine.

That being said, here is a run down of some staple beard products that are going to be an easy win for you this holiday season.

Beard Balm

A bit of bias here, but our Regal Vanilla Beard Balm enhanced with Black Seed Oil is a fantastic balm. Not only is it made with ingredients you can actually pronounce, there are a number of benefits to using this balm daily:

  • It smells incredible. My partner is always excited when I use the product for that reason alone!
  • It helps to control your mane. This balm will keep your beard held right where you want it to be!
  • It promotes beard hair growth.
  • And it even helps with anti-aging!

Beard Oil

  • Our Executive Spice Beard Oil is another product we have to recommend to you. Does he need beard oil and beard balm? Yes, they both achieve different things! Where the balm is more focused on keeping the beard held in place, the oil helps hydrate and keep your beard healthy!
  • Our recipe for our Balm and Oil is very similar, both with made with natural ingredients to keep sensitive skin safe. But what it also means is that they both do a great job of promoting beard hair growth, hydrating your skin, and so many other awesome benefits that make having a beard much more enjoyable!

It’s that easy. With simply those two products and a comb from your cabinet, you can get your special someone’s beard grooming started in a great way!

Gentlemen’s Advice: Be the gift of love this holiday season. 2020 has been a rollercoaster ride for everyone. Gifts are a part of the holiday’s, but are not the main thing. Spend that quality time with your family & friends, make that extra zoom call to someone far away, write up an encouraging letter and send it to your friends. Especially in a time of worry and fear, sometimes all us humans need is some genuine encouragement.

TRAVIS BROADHEAD

Beard Expert | The B.I.G. Company

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What Do I Get Him For Christmas?

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A Simple Guide for the Man in

Your Life with a Beard

WHAT DO I GET HIM FOR CHRISTMAS?

It’s hard to believe that the Holiday Season is right around the corner, but it does mean that you’re likely going gift shopping soon! Everyone has that one person in their life that is hard to buy a gift for. My own father, for example, has a go-to line whenever we ask him if he has a Christmas wish-list: “All I want is peace, joy, love, and freedom in my soul!” And I want that for your too dad, but that doesn’t answer my question!

If you have a man like this in your life who owns a beard or any type of facial hair, the gift of a Beard Product could be the best and easiest gift to give! Everyone likes to feel good about themselves and it is still surprising to me that there are a lot of people out there that have never tried to add a Beard Product to their routine.

That being said, here is a run down of some staple beard products that are going to be an easy win for you this holiday season.

Beard Balm

A bit of bias here, but our Regal Vanilla Beard Balm enhanced with Black Seed Oil is a fantastic balm. Not only is it made with ingredients you can actually pronounce, there are a number of benefits to using this balm daily:

  • It smells incredible. My partner is always excited when I use the product for that reason alone!
  • It helps to control your mane. This balm will keep your beard held right where you want it to be!
  • It promotes beard hair growth.
  • And it even helps with anti-aging!

Beard Oil

  • Our Executive Spice Beard Oil is another product we have to recommend to you. Does he need beard oil and beard balm? Yes, they both achieve different things! Where the balm is more focused on keeping the beard held in place, the oil helps hydrate and keep your beard healthy!
  • Our recipe for our Balm and Oil is very similar, both with made with natural ingredients to keep sensitive skin safe. But what it also means is that they both do a great job of promoting beard hair growth, hydrating your skin, and so many other awesome benefits that make having a beard much more enjoyable!

It’s that easy. With simply those two products and a comb from your cabinet, you can get your special someone’s beard grooming started in a great way!

Gentlemen’s Advice: Be the gift of love this holiday season. 2020 has been a rollercoaster ride for everyone. Gifts are a part of the holiday’s, but are not the main thing. Spend that quality time with your family & friends, make that extra zoom call to someone far away, write up an encouraging letter and send it to your friends. Especially in a time of worry and fear, sometimes all us humans need is some genuine encouragement.

TRAVIS BROADHEAD

Beard Expert | The B.I.G. Company

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