It all started in November. The dedicated hunter that he is, every year my hubby grows a beard until he shoots a buck when he can then profess his manliness and shave his face. People know just by looking at him how his hunting season is going. “Still haven’t got a buck?” they’d ask as they see the stubble remain on his cheeks and chin after a few weeks into the season. Luckily, most years, this only lasts a month and I get my clean shaven, smooth faced man back.
This year is different though, this year was a slightly different hunting season and there was no buck for him in the books. So what does that mean for the beard? Well folks, it’s January and the beard is STILL THERE. How will I know how long I grow it if I never try? Why shave it now if I’ve already had it for so long? It keeps me warm in the winter! These are the excuses I hear day after day when I beg him to shave the Grizzly Adams of a mess that appears on his face. Our two little girls run from him in fear of the beard, hell, someday’s I do too. And so it began- the household debate: Bearded or Bare.
It’s no secret that most women love a little stubble. It’s the eptimany of masculinity and lately seems to be the trend (did you even know a lumbersexual was a real thing!?). But what about those beards beyond a little stubble, what about beards like the verdi, gerbaldi, bandholz or even the “yeard”- a beard grown for a year- yes people, there are actual names for these rebellious bristles. There is a whole market booming around beards and all their glory- ranging from necessities to make your fine tassels look their best- like beard soap and beard brushes- to things a little more out of the ordinary like lights for your beard, beard glitter and even “Beardilizer”- a vitamin aimed at stimulating the growth of your beard-sounds creepy.
Once I realized that this thing , which now felt like an additional family member, was here to stay it was time to set some ground rules- IF it was staying, he better be serious about taking care of it. Luckily we snagged some great products from Lockhart’s Authentic Grooming Co. to help us out in this area. Lockhart’s beard oils hydrate the skin under the beard which alleviates any dry skin, itching or irritation while also softening the coarse strands of facial hair- awesome for him. On top of that, they smell a.m.a.z.i.n.g- awesome for me. The sandalwood and citrus has a light, clean, refreshing scent that isn’t too overpowering and was appealing to the both of us. Check them out.
Ladies, if your man is going to have any type of beard make sure they become a pro at checking it for food. Saving that for later? No, you’re not. We’re quickly learning with these plantations of hair that you have to be vigilant in fighting the good fight and leaving no crumb behind. No one wants to see your leftovers hanging from your lovely man locks.
Slowly over the months, I find myself switching sides and going from anti-beard to pro-beard. I’m getting more and more used to those suburbs of the chin upon my husbands face and the bold masculinity they seem to add. If he’s all in, I’m all in to support him. For better for worse, right?
What do you prefer? Bearded or bare? Share with us in the comments!
~Mama in the Mitten