You know who I am talking about. Those guys who have the perfect beards, growth that is beyond your wildest dreams, and style that you think is only accessible to the gods. Have you ever said to yourself, “how can I be a bearded style icon like this?”
Well, in the next 5 minutes you will be able to see my journey and some tips on growing and styling your beard.
The Journey Before the ShipShaper.
Let me give you a little insight into me before my beard, and before The ShipShaper was ever even an idea. There was fear. Fear of growing a messy beard. Why? You all know why I reckon. Because of outside pressures. Pressure to look groomed, pressure to tame the bearded beast, even pressure from family and friends who might take the p##s or disapprove. But you also know that those who have put in the work to have an amazing beard, look at the top of their game!
Well, you want my advice. Quit thinking about it, commit. Don’t dream, do.
Where I am now?
It is a moment of realisation. Either you have had it already, or you will have it one day. I have stopped caring about what others think about me. I knew what I wanted. I wanted to grow an amazing beard and guess what, that is exactly what I did! All those naysayers at the beginning, all the negativity. Where are they now….? Well they love it! First, they laugh, then then are interested, then they admire and finally they ask you for your guidance!! If you want to grow your beard and become a bearded beast, do it.
So, where are you in this journey?
- Tried to grow a beard?
- Shaved the facial hair off?
- Couldn’t cope with the itchy stubble?
- Currently in the beard growth stage?
- Unsure how to tame the beast?
There are challenges on every journey in life. If you want to become an athlete, you have to push your body to new lengths and break through every pain barrier, both mental and physical! (Maybe I am thinking a bit too extreme with my analogy, but this is serious business). We can all appreciate the challenges involved here though. Itchy beards, boredom, patchy facial hair or slow growth. All these things lead to one outcome…. You shave the entire beard off!
What should I do then? I hear you ask.
Simple... Commit to the beard. DO NOT shave it off. Let the beast grow. Let it become a part of you. Be at one with the beard (without sounding too corny). So, what is the key for your journey? Patience. Patience is key. Then I like to add a little spice to bring my 3 key principles for a perfect beard. Patience, Preparation, and a little Product thrown in!
Get past the itch, it will subside. Ignore the patches, it will grow. Ignore the naysayers, they will be your future admirers. Without sounding too much like the Disney film Frozen… simply LET. IT. GROW.
Listen, I hope you found some value in the post. While I am no expert in beards or a scientist that can hit you with a million stats, I am someone who has learnt a trick or two on my personal journey. Growing a beard is an art, taming the beast is another story entirely. I will touch on that when I check in with you guys next time!
To recap, here are my key principles for your journey. The 3 Ps of beard growing:
Signing off with a lovely image of a bearded gentleman.
Really interested to hear your personal journey! I can’t wait to hear from you. Message us on Facebook Messenger or just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Hope you enjoyed the article. Follow, like or comment us on Facebook. Until next time, keep growing and stay ShipShaped.
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I hope you have an amazing day today and until next time, keep growing and stay ShipShaped.
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