As much as we might love our beards, unfortunately we are still often slapped with the stereotypical labels by our peers. It seems no matter what we do to maintain our face fluff we can't always avoid such stereotypes. Today, I wanted to highlight some of the most common ones, and merrily slander them along the way. So, without further ado, here's 4 Of The Most Common Stereotypes The Bearded Are Labelled With....
YOU DON'T SHAVE, WHICH MEANS YOU'RE LAZY AND SCRUFFY!
Labelling a guy scruffy simply based on the fact he has a beard might seem a tad outdated, yet still happens more than you probably realize. It's crazy to think folks jump to such assumptions, as truth be told, us bearded kind probably spend more time grooming away in the mirror then you do! Yes, these furry faces don't manifest into a pile of awesome without plenty of TLC from the beardy beholder. So, you know what you can do with that stereotype now don't you? I'll leave this one for your imagination.
YOUR BEARD MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE YOUR PART OF A GANG OR CULT!
Because a man chooses to grow out a beard does not instantaneously grant him a green card into any so called 'gang' or 'cult'. Although there are many amazing organizations that are associated with beards that do outstanding things within their communities. Assuming that we're in a 'gang' or 'group' and looking for trouble is a touch overboard don't ya think? Instead of sticking such a stereotype on our beards, why not look at some of the good our beards have made! You might be surprised!
YOUR BEARD AGES YOU! MAKING YOU APPEAR 20 YEARS OLDER THEN YOU SHOULD!
It has to be said, facial hair does make the wearer look a touch older, but is that really such a bad thing? Through most of my teens I was labelled 'baby faced' and I was forever getting I.D'd when trying to pick up some beer from the store, or a pint at a pub (how very British of me!) so when I began to grow a little facial hair I noticed the need to flash my I.D suddenly began to decline. My friends and family wasn't too sure on my new rugged look, but I didn't care all that much if at all. A few suggested I looked much older the longer the beard began to grow. I much preferred the term 'mature' though. Beards simply add character to your image, and if you're lucky enough to pack an awesome bad ass attitude you'll have all the tools to make your beard a huge part of your cool new image and personality.
I'M NOT KISSING THAT FURRY FACE! IT'S SO PRICKLY AND ITCHY!
It is believed that kissing a man who has a beard is an uncomfortable and rather itchy affair. Whilst I understand when a beard first starts growing things can become a little stubbly and itchy to the touch. But once a beard has reached a certain level and has been cared for with the right products your facial hair will soon soften and feel a whole lot less irritating, making smooching a whole lot more pleasant. So, whilst you may have early misconceptions and concerns, rest assured this isn't nearly as bad as you'd first think. So, what are you waiting for? Get to smooching underneath the mistletoe this Christmas!
So, there goes another beard blog for today folks. As always please fee free to leave us any thoughts, questions and feedback in the comments section you'll find below.
And until next time, Beard on Brothers, Beard on...