World Champion Beards

beard championshipIf you were not already aware, there is a championship of beards and moustaches set up every year.  From the contestants, winners are selected in a variety of categories.  The 2014 championship will be the third time the event will be hosted in the USA.

The 2014 World Beard & Moustache Championships will be held in Portland, OR.  The September event will feature competitors from all around the world.  You can get more information about the event here.

I’m not a complainer by nature.  However, it would be nice to get the next US-based event on the east coast.  The prior events were in Carson City, NV and Anchorage, AK.  For folks living in Georgia, Maine and Kentucky, driving to the other side of the country is no small feat.  So, we should see the next event in the US around 2018.  Let’s aim for something east of the Mississippi next time guys.  Please?

Grooming That Beard

Do you have a beard?  I do.  I haven’t always had a beard, but I grew one out last year.  Strangely, I can’t imagine myself without one now.

zz top

A beard is a highly individual thing.  Keeping and maintaining a beard is a lot like cutting and styling your hair.  How you do it reflects on your personality and tells people a lot about you before you ever shake their hand.

Think about the crew from ZZ Top.  The members of that band said a lot just from their appearance.  Crazy long beards combined with long necked guitars created an image for the band that they played on for years.

beards of duck dynasty

Consider the guys from the Duck Dynasty TV show.  Again, the stars of that show have gone with large, nearly untamed facial hair.  Those beards are as much a part of their trademark as anything filed by a corporate lawyer in DC.  When you see a few guys with those beards in camo, you cannot help but think of the crew headed out to a duck blind to do a little hunting.

Conversely, there are a lot of pop-culture types that sport beards that could be better described as long stubble.  I’ve seen everyone from movie stars to news anchors sporting these “two day growth” looks on their cheeks.  I don’t much care for the look, but I think they are trying to attract women, not me.  I guess that works out ok then.

Personally, I keep a decently long beard.  I’m no Grizzly Adams, but it took me more than a day without shaving to get where I am.  The difference between me and the ZZ Top folks is I run a beard trimmer over my facial hair every other day.  This keeps things trimmed up nicely and my wife doesn’t give me any grief over it.

Personally, I like a cordless trimmer that I can charge and carry with me out of town without needing to bring the cord along.  If I will be out of town for a week or less, I am looking at only two or three trims, and most of the grooming tools will handle that without a problem.  If I plan on being gone for more than a week, the charger will definitely go with me.

If you are looking for the best beard trimmer on the market, you might want to take a look at the Remington MB4040 (click here for a review).  I bought the clipper after reading that review, and I really like it.  I’ve been using this trimmer for more than a year, and can’t complain about anything.  The charge lasts a good long while and the blades are very sharp.  They provide a clean cut.  The trimmer adjusts so I can vary the length of my whiskers.  It is solid and you could do a lot worse.  The site that reviewed it also looks at some of the alternatives that are on the market and I found it to be very helpful.

Frank’s Beards – My Site, My Whiskers

Welcome to my beard site. As you might imagine, my name is Frank and I will be talking about beards. Well, more than just beards. I will also muse about mustaches, college football, and single malt spirits. But, mostly about beards and male grooming.

A beard is a manly thing, and all to often, I see men ignore these fine works of natural art. Do not let your beard grow fallow my friend. Take pride in it and in yourself. Grow your beard, but nurture it also. And that is what we will be talking about: grooming, cleaning, clipping and shaping facial hair into works of manly art.

The ultimate beard band and guys that rock the hell out of a stage:

I grew up watching the little old blues band from Texas and was always blown away by the music and the beards. While I didn’t grow a serious set of facial hair until recently, I learned to play guitar because of these guys right here.