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A Gentleman is Always Learning

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 “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” ― Henry Ford

One thing all successful men and women have in common is that they are always evolving, always learning new things always growing. The same thing goes for a gentleman, a gentleman should always be learning new things, reading new books, having new experiences. But why should we continue to learn new things, try new foods, listen to new ideas?

There are many reasons, but one is that we will earn more. Take the example of an IT Consultant. Technology is changing so fast that it’s almost impossible to keep up with it all, and if one doesn’t learn the new technologies one will fall behind and become obsolete. The same thing happens to doctors, new medicines, procedures, and diagnostics come out, and if you don’t know them you become less useful over time. 

Also learning new things, like hobbies, can help with mental and physical growth as well. Learning a new sport like golf can help with physical fitness by increasing range of motion with your swing, and help burn calories while walking. Also you can make new friends on the links. Photography is another hobby that can help with mental growth. First by finding a picture you want to create uses the right side of the brain, the creative side, and the technical aspects of getting that shot use the left side of your brain, the analytical side.

Learning will also help you grow and evolve into a better leader by helping you be more charismatic and help you engage with others. A leader knows he doesn’t know everything, and is always looking for learning opportunities, and these opportunities can come from anywhere, even the lowest member of your team.

Also by going new places and trying different things it will help you relate to people, and find common ground in which to communicate for the sharing of ideas, or the resolution of conflicts.

These are just a few reasons why we should all continue to try and learn new things, to go to new places.

What new things have you learned, or new things you’ve experienced?

Greg from The Dapper Man

 

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A Gentleman is Clean & Tidy

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A gentleman is clean and tidy. This does not mean the gentleman is afraid of getting his hands dirty, quite the opposite a gentleman will tackle any job or task to the best of his abilities. So, what does I mean when I say a gentleman will be clean and tidy?

First a gentleman would not wear wrinkled, torn, faded, stained, or miss matched clothes out in public. These clothes are appropriate for working around the house, in the yard, or on the vehicle, but not to wear in public. You don’t have to buy bespoke clothing to be a gentleman, but you do need to make sure the clothes you wear are well made and fit well and are well made.

A gentleman will keep his hair, beard (if he has one) skin and nails neat, and his skin soft. If you have never had one I highly recommend getting a manicure and pedicure once a month. Not only will this help keep you hand and feet clean, but your nails will be filed down, and skin soft. Plus the massage that comes with the treatments.

A gentleman doesn’t let his hair get to long without a haircut. Depending on how fast your hair grows and the style you like (personally I like the old fashioned regular haircut with a side part. It is my favorite vintage barbershop look. This is also true for his beard. A man’s beard should be well groomed with beard oils, and beard balms.

Greg from The Dapper Man

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Clubman Pinaud 3-n-1 Beard Box Review

I’ve spent the last week using the Clubman Beard 3 Piece Kit and now it’s time for me to tell you if and how I liked them.

The beard oil was great, it smells good, it’s nice and thick and goes on easily with slightly damp hands and beard. The oil coast my beard well and lasts for hours.

The beard balm on the other hand was to tacky for my beard. For now  I have a shorter beard and the balm had more hold than I wanted. It left my beard feeling sticky. I will have to come back to the balm later on after my beard grows to the point it needs a medium to high holding beard balm.

As for the 2-1 Conditioner, I was a fool. I should have read the instructions and I would have known that it isn’t a conditioner like you would use in the shower. Instead you should use it as a moisturizer and rub it into your beard like a lotion.

Would I recommend these products? I do highly recommend the beard oil and the conditioner / moisturizer are good. I’ll have to get back to you on the balm. You can buy these items individually or as a package from Amazon, the links are below.

Greg from The Dapper Man.

 

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Year Long Beard (Yeard) – Week 3 Review

My Year Long Beard (Yeard) – Week 3 Review is here. This week has been pretty uneventful beard wise. Now that my beard is coming in I’ve noticed a lot of red. I’ve continued using the beard oil, and balm to keep my beard soft, and to prevent itching.

You can see photos of my Year Long Beard journey on The Dapper Man Facebook page.

I have purchased a Clubman Pinaud 3-1 Beard kit. It includes a beard oil, a beard balm, and a beard conditioner. I will be testing these products for a few weeks and will create a video where I review them.

You can see my review of the Clubman Pinaud 3-1 Beard Kit here.

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How to Grow a Beard

Have a Goal in Mind

So you want to grow a beard, that is fantastic. What kind of beard do you want? Do you want a big bushy beard like a wizard, and a mustache you can handlebar? Or do you want a small goat and stache? Do you want something easy to maintain or do you want to try for your Yeard (Year Beard)?

Don’t know what you want? Go to Pinterest and search for beards and scroll through and see what you like.

Stop Shaving

So now that you have a general idea of what you want to grow the next step is to stop shaving. I know this sounds silly but you can’t grow a beard if you keep cutting it off every day. What you stop shaving will depend on the type of beard you are going to grow.

For a Yeard or a full beard you don’t want to shave anything for at least 3 months. This will give your beard time to fill out so you know what you’re working with. For a goatee and mustache you can shave the sides and neck. In the beginning I would use something like the Goatee Saver until you get use to shaving around your goatee.

Just remember it’s easy to shave off, but you can’t stick it back on, you have to wait for your hair to grow back.

Caring for your Beard

So now that you have a goal in mind and you’ve stopped shaving you need to start taking care of your beard. I’m sorry to say there is no “Miracle Grow” on the market that will help you grow a big bushy beard overnight. There are however a few things you can do to help your beard be health and in turn and a healthy beard will also grow a bit faster.

So how do you take care of your beard? First find a beard oil, and beard balm. There are dozens of brands out there, all with different scents and at various price points. Find a beard oil and balm you like at a price you like and use them. You can actually check out The Dapper Man on YouTube to see reviews on various beard products including beard oils and balms.

When getting ready to put oils and balms into your beard I recommend that you apply them to a damp beard.

Bead Oils – Protect and moisturize your beard and skin underneath. Take 2-4 drops of beard oil into you slightly wet hands and rub it into your beard. Beard oils and balms are very important because they will help keep your beard from itching, a prime reason most men quick growing their beards.

Beard Balms – Also help moisturize your beard, but also help hold your beard for styling. To use beard balm scrape our dole out a small amount, about the size of a nickle in your palm. Rub your hands together to melt the balm and coat your hands, then run your hands down and through your beard.

Finally comb or brush your beard to evenly distribute the oil and balm throughout your beard.

A quick note about beard balms, there are three types of beard balms. The first, has little to no hold, the second is a “utility balm” which mixes hold and moisturizer, the third is high hold balm. Each brand is different so try several brands to find one you like when you’re first starting out.

What Else Can I Do?

Other things you can do to help your beard grow include taking a multivitamin, drink plenty of water, exercise, in general take good care of yourself and the effect will carry over to your beard.

Don’t overwash your beard. Wash your beard with a beard shampoo once a week. In between washes you can scrub your beard with water, or even “Co-Wash” your beard. (Conditioner Wash).

Let it Grow and Let it Flow

Last ti for growing a beard, just give it time. Don’t shave it or trim it for at least 3 months (unless you’re going for the stubble look). This will allow your beard to be the best it can be, no matter the style you choose.

When it is time to trim your beard go to a real life barber. Don’t go to a chain store, stylists are not trained or licensed to use razors. Find an actual barber and tell him or her it’s time to trim your beard. Tell him what you’re looking for in a beard and work with him or her to determine exactly what to do with your beard.

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Autumn Spice – Our First Beard Oil

Today marks an important day for The Dapper Man because we just created our first beard oil, and tomorrow we will create our first beard balm. We’re calling this first attempt Autumn Spice and a select few will be given the opportunity to test it out. If all goes well in phase one testing, phase two will commence in a couple weeks.

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Honest Amish Beard Aid Kit Review

Greg from the Dapper Man reviews the Honest Amish Beard Aid Kit. The kit comes with 2oz of Beard Oil, Beard Balm, Mustache Wax, the Beard and Body Slick, and a beard comb, all nicely packaged in a first aid like pouch.

Let’s start with my beard routine, two to three times a week I wash my beard with the Honest Amish Beard & Body Slick. It smells fantastic, and does a great job keeping my beard soft. Afterwards I use the Honest Amish Beard Oil. The oil is slightly brown in color so those with silver or white beards may want to avoid using it. The oil is also slightly thin so I use about 5 drops of oil and rub it into my damp beard. Last I use the Honest Amish Beard Balm to add softness. The balm also smells fantastic, melts easily in my hands and doesn’t feel overly greasy.

The oil and balm still on my hands gets massaged into the hair on my head.

Would I recommend these products? Absolutely. They keep my beard soft, smell fantastic and will last a while.

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Good bye morning shave

I have been growing my Year Long Beard for about three and a half weeks now. It’s finally time to pack up my morning shaving equipment as I won’t be needing it for the next forty nine weeks or so.

Years ago while in college I had a beard, it didn’t look bad, but it didn’t look great either so I shaved it off. For years I used the new fancy five bladed razors but I hated having to spend $25 on a four pack of cartridges and one day while looking at videos on YouTube I came across a video talking about wet shaving.

Wet shaving is the term used for shaving with either a safety razor or straight razor. I was intrigued not only because of my love for everything vintage (records, cars, pipes) but because you can buy really good blades for less than half a dollar, and the start up costs aren’t astronomical. For what you pay for two months of fancy cartridges you can buy yourself a nice badger hair brush, a safety razor, blades, and amazing shaving cream. You may even be able to get a stand and bowl to whip up a lather in for just a few dollars more. Once past the initial costs the only additional costs are for blades and shaving cream when you run out, or if you’re like me because you see something new and shiny and you want it.

For me the best part about the morning shave is the ritual of shaving. You wake up in the morning and start your day off with a hot shower, then you move to the sink to shave. Your stubble is nice and soft from the shower  and you put on some pre-shave oil. While it isn’t strictly necessity it provides for a smoother shave with less irritation. Then there’s something about opening that jar of shaving cream, taking your badger hair brush and making a nice warm lather before spreading it across your face and getting a much better shave for much less.

For me when you wet shave you connect with the past, with your grandfather and father who’ve been shaving the same way for decades. Nothing beats that feeling.

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MAIL CALL – Clubman Pinaud Beard Products

Today I open the Clubman Beard 3 Piece Kit I ordered online.

The Clubman Pinaud Beard Trio includes a 2-1 Beard Conditioner and Moisturiser, a bottle of Beard Oil, and a can of Beard Balm.

Clubman Pinaud Beard Oil, Balm, and Conditioner

Each has the classic Clubman Pinaud smell, if you don’t know what I’m talking about it smells like an old barbershop, it has a fantastic scent. I can’t wait to try these out.

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Year Long Beard (Yeard) – Week 2 Review

It is time for my Year Long Beard (Yeard) – Week 2 Review. So how am I feeling two weeks into my beard journey? I’m feeling good. My beard is coming in well. It isn’t itchy, and it’s starting to fill in nicely. I’ve been using the Honest Amish beard oil and balm twice a day (morning and evening) and together they have worked to keep my beard from itching.

So two weeks down fifty to go. I’ll keep posting daily pictures on Facebook and you can click the link see my review of the Honest Amish Beard Products.

Honest Amish Beard Aid Kit – http://www.honestamish.com/product-p/full-load-kit.htm

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Greg on day 14 of his Year Long Beard
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