How to Pamper Yourself and What to Expect

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How to Pamper Yourself and What to Expect

You have a half day, no chores, no work, just you, and time for yourself. What do you do? If you're like me you either smoke pipe tobacco, drink a beer, play video games, or all three at once. That may be down time, but that's not pampering yourself.

Pampering yourself requires doting on yourself. Last week, Rocky and I set out to do just that. We met up with Monica DeLuna of Salon Boutique Academy in Addison, Texas and we each got intense skin treatment called facials.

Just like you go to get your teeth deep cleaned by a dentist, going for a facial will get your skin to a place it should be that normal daily care can't quite take it.

Our facials involved a steam blast, to prep the skin both cleansing and forcing sweat to bring extra oils to the surface of the skin and prep the beard. After that we received a high-frequency combing of the facial hair. This is a light electric charge that creates a soft tingling feeling both killing bacteria and promoting growth.


Immediately after the skin was prepped with a hot towel and a massage then removing any residue with sponges and dry towels. Then an anti-oxidant scrub was applied to the skin and left to sit under a hot towel. It's also fun because it's green and you can pretend to be Shrek.

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The towels were removed then more hot steam, massages, and relaxation. I know facials aren't usually considered a male event, but I promise as soon as you walk out you'll be scheduling your next appointment. Just check out these after photos below, I don't think my skin has ever looked or felt so soft! Don't forget, facials are just like most service industry jobs, you should tip at least 15%!


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How to Find and Pick a Barber


How to Find and Pick a Barber

Good barbers are hard to come by, and finding one that works well with your preferences, hair type, and style can be a daunting task. If you're like most guys, you bounce around from barber to barber, or even just stopping by a major chain satisfied with, "just okay." Here are a few steps to help you narrow down your search.

1) Search Online

And not just google, or yelp, but MULTIPLE places cross-checking their ratings across several platforms (this helps weed out biased pay-to-play type services like yelp). Use these search results to narrow down to a few barbers.

2) Look at their Porfolio

Do they have their own website? Facebook? Instagram? Twitter? Find them and check out the type of work they are posting and see if it aligns with your desired style. A lot of high-quality barbers, while able to do a lot across the board, focus on a particular niche of styling hair and beards.

3) Ask Your Friends

See if your friends have any recommendations or been to any of your potential barbers and get their opinions. Trusted recommendations are always a great place to start, or to settle a tie.



4) Try Them Out

While it may be disappointing when your hair or beard isn't cut/styled how you like, it does grow back, so get out there. You will never know until you try! Once you find a rockstar barber, make sure to reocommend them to a friend! These are men and women working hard to provide high quality service!

Soon, we will be doing barber spotlights, know a good barber that should be featured? Shoot us an email to


A Valentine's Guide to Gifts for Men


A Valentine's Guide to Gifts for Men

Guys are hard to shop for. We get it, if you are able to get an answer more than a grunt we are either hyper specific (and difficult to find) on what we want or unabashedly ambiguous and more often than not, the latter.

We hope to shed some light on some desired gifts and lead you in the right direction for the right valentine's day gift for your man.

1) Play to His Hobbies and Interests

While this isn't a specific gift recommendation, this should be number one. This may be a no brainer but often times we forget about this. A great resource is to find a specific subreddit (a micro-community inside the greater website of dedicated to his interests and search around or even post a text-post and ask a question!

2) Spirit, Mixer, Glass & Garnish

If your man is a fan of cocktails then the Spirit, Mixer, Glass & Garnish cocktail recipe journal is a great gift for your man. A gorgeously designed journal made to store favorite cocktail recipes with separate spots for each step of your cocktail recipe. This lifestyle piece is both practical and will stir up great conversations.

3) Tobacco Pipe

Our most popular beard oil scent is our Evening Discourse. The number of people enjoying the smell of pipe tobacco has increased greatly over the last 10 or so years with the rise in hipsters and the desire for that old school "gentleman". Help him start a new hobby with a new tobacco pipe. If you're not sure, pick up a Missouri Meerschaum corn cob for less than $10 (pro-tip, pipe price mostly boils down to aesthetics). If you're going all in, check out an Irish-made Peterson, a high-quality brand.

4) A Multitool


This seems like a cliche gift for a man, but a multitool is always a great option if your guy doesn't have one. Is he into photography? Awesome, it'll help with his tripod. Camping? Definitely useful. Mech model building? Still helpful!

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This wouldn't be a true marketing post without pitching our own products. Whether your guy has a beard or not our oils definitely help (they make a great aftershave!) These are great inexpensive way that no guy would refuse, browse our store to check out more!


How to Wash Your Beard


How to Wash Your Beard

"I already know how to wash my beard," you say to yourself, "I have hair on my head, so I'm good."

 Don't leave that milk mustache in, wash your beard regularly.

Don't leave that milk mustache in, wash your beard regularly.

Problem is, you're not good. I'm sure you've noticed, but your facial hair looks and feels nothing like the hair on your head which means you can't care for it the same way.

"Okay fine, my beard has been looking a little dry, but there are way too many products, what do I get and how often do I use it?!"

Oh I wish there were a simple answer. Beards are as varied as the number of people that wear them. Luckily the STEPS to beard care are the same, even if the frequency is different.

Do not wash daily!

Your beard is already designed to wick away oils, that's literally it's biological purpose (that and the warmth + bad assery thing), so shampooing daily only serves to dry out your already dry skin. Find the interval that works for you, but we recommend every 3-4 days.

Do apply oil daily!

You're putting back all those needed oils back into your skin. Beard oil wouldn't be necessary if you didn't shower regularly, but that's gross. Since we do shower regularly it is essential for you to put those oils back in.

Use shampoo AND conditioner!

Shampoo helps keep your hair clean but cosmetics companies are not stupid, they can sell you twice the products if you need them both. Shampoo is designed to dry out your hair and your skin so that you need the conditioner. When you do wash your beard, conditioner puts back a lot of the oils lost. It also helps your beard stay soft. But conditioner cannot replace beard oil, they serve different functions.

Sticking to this regiment will provide a BASIC outline for your beard care. Continue browsing the auxiliary products and routines that work best for you.


5 Tips To Make Your Beard Selfie Game Stronger From A Photographer


5 Tips To Make Your Beard Selfie Game Stronger From A Photographer

Many of our followers may not know this but I (Brett) am a seasoned photographer. I've taken all the photos on our site and do my best to share mostly original content on our social media. I love landscapes and urbanscapes while frequently booking for professional head shots and portrait photography.

 In Colombia with camera in-hand. Photo credit, my awesome wife, Stephanie.

In Colombia with camera in-hand. Photo credit, my awesome wife, Stephanie.

Cityplace tower in Uptown Dallas  by me.

Cincinnati by me.

With that being said, I have a pretty solid idea of how to take solid selfies. While not a definitive guide, here are some pointers to make sure you're capturing your best beard.

1) Light is ALWAYS number 1.

In photography light is the hero, darkness the enemy. Without light, photography is impossible. Find a good source of muted light NOT a flash (unless you have proper modifiers, and if you do there's a good chance you don't need this guide). Use a window or an overcast sky. This photo was taken looking out a standard window on a sunny day. This causes the lights to catch the eyes and to properly illuminate the face and beard.

2) Oil your beard.

And not just because I sell beard oil. Oil gives extra sheen to the beard giving the appearance of extra texture (which I will cover in the next point) and extra highlights. Again, light is the hero, the more light you can catch off your beard, the better it will be captured. Oil also aids in reducing fly away hairs keeping your beard organized while also making it look healthier.

3) Focus on beard texture and remove distracting backgrounds.

Don't seek to capture too interesting of a background, that's not the purpose of the photo. The purpose is your glorious beard. Beards Do more than alter face shape and jawline, they provide extra texture. Our eyes are drawn towards texture not smoothness so focusing the photo (and the edit) on texture you can be sure to draw the eye precisely where it needs to be, focused on your beard. In editing utilize the clarity, sharpening, or contrast.

4) Aim High

People raise their phone slightly higher when taking photos for a reason, it's more flattering. It accentuates jawlines/beard lines and cheek bones. Don't go too high, or you'll look like a teenage girl, but go aim from slightly over eye-level.

5) Don't forget to smile.

Dudes getting their beards photographed somehow believe they can't smile. Seriously, type in #beard on instagram and try to count how many guys are actually smiling. Beard doesn't equal somber, it's always part of your facial profile, so while try to capture it any other way?


The Official UBIQUITY Old Fashioned

The Official UBIQUITY Old Fashioned

It's no secret, we love cocktails almost as much as we love beards, especially Old Fashioneds. In fact, we love it so much we made a scent after it. While it's a hard cocktail to mess up it is one that is often not done well.

Most restaurants and bars add way too much sugar and/or cherry causing the drink to be a syrupy mess of disaster.

So Without any further ado, here our recipe. We recommend recording it in the beautiful cocktail recipe journal from our friends over at Four Line Supply.

Official UBIQUITY Old Fashioned


  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1/4 oz. Maple Syrup
  • 3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters


To a mixing beaker add bourbon, maple syrup and bitters, add medium-sized ice. Stir for 45 seconds and, using a julep strainer, strain into rocks over new ice. Garnish with orange peel.

If you prefer slightly sweeter muddle in a luxardo cherry with your initial ingredients and add as garnish.

Let us know in the comments, what's your favorite cocktail?

A Century (and change) of Facial Hair


A Century (and change) of Facial Hair

The last century (and some change) of World history has been a little tumultuous with rapid growth, from two world wars, to the technological revolution. The one thing that's remained constant? Facial hair, to some degree or another, regardless of style, is deeply ingrained into fashion, masculinity, and allure.

Early 1900's

While the early 1900's are most notably some of the cleanest shaven in recent history, there were still many notable figures embracing their facial hair.

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King George V

A classic full beard with a solid flare mustache, King George V showed the early 1900's didn't have to be all clean-shaven.


The clean-shaven past moves on to the full mustache.


Dr. John T. Gerin

Not particularly famous, but a perfect archetype for a glorious 'stache.


With the rise of moving images and movie stars, the fashions moved quickly to the pencil mustache.







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A pencil mustache was the fad, and man did it look good with that fedora.


Mustaches stay in trend for several decades.


Albert Einstein

May be not the picture of fashion, but as one of my personal favorite historical figures he definitely gets notable mention. He rocked that mustache for many decades.





William Faulkner

Master of stories, master of the mustache.


Sure the 1950's saw a brief renaissance of clean-shaven, but once again, notable and respectable figures maintained their whiskers.


Ernest Hemingway

A farewell to the mustache, Hemingway ushers in a beautiful beard captured by my favorite portrait photographer, Yousuf Karsh.


In the 1960's facial became a symbol for rebelliousness in the budding counter-war movements or a symbol for creativity.





Che Guevara

Eernesto "Che" Guevara is a prime example of the 1960's umkempt and rough beard.










Richard Chamberlain

The 1970's were a great time to sport the full beard.










Harrison Ford

The Empire Strikes back just comes out, Harrison Ford is one of the biggest in Hollywood and he straps on a beard.


The 90's were a terrible time for fashion. We mostly ignore them, so instead enjoy The Big Lewbowski.


The Dude

Jeff Bridges show's us to keep unemployed classy.


Aside from so many boy bands, the 2000's had some great facial hair. Unless you were a youth minister, then you were forced into the required soul patch.










Keanu Reeves

Technically this photo is from 2014, but since Keanu Reeves doesn't age, I'm allowed to use any photo of him.




Your quintessential hipster beard, big, bushy, and oiled.


Why your beard should be your New Year's Resolution


Why your beard should be your New Year's Resolution

Long, short, styled, messy, doesn't matter. You don't have to set a goal to grow it out, or to keep it perfectly groomed, it's your beard, make it look how you want. BUT, don't ignore it. Beards require care and upkeep to stay healthy and to keep you sane, especially during the cold, dry winter season.

Prevent Beard Flakes, Stop Itch

 Okay, that's snow, not beardruff, but you get the idea.

Okay, that's snow, not beardruff, but you get the idea.

Ask any beard newbie and the biggest two complaints are 1) my face itches all the time, 2) every time I scratch my now-itchy face I get beardruff everywhere. Proper beard care will render these issues nonexistent.

Brush or Comb Your Beard

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This seems basic, but the number of men I have spoken with that have never allowed the graceful teeth of a comb, or soft bristles near their face astounds me. Brushing and combing do more than detangle hair, they stimulate the skin under the hair encouraging proper growth, preventing ingrown hairs, and it feels great!

Use Oil

  • Your skin produces oils that your beard needs.
  • Maintaining proper hygiene and showering everyday removes these oils.
  • You need to put oils back.

This is an unbelievably simple, unbelievably effective, and unbelievably crucial step, yet so many people miss it. I get it, I sell beard oil, so of course I'm saying that. Simply put, that's why I started UBIQUITY, because I saw the need for oils and wanted to make my own.

Pay Attention to Your Beard

Check in on it, ask it how it's doing, see if it needs a trim or a different style. Are you getting split ends? Does it feel a bit dry and bristly? Have you been getting too many ingrown hairs? Every beard is different and you'll never learn how to take care of yours if you don't pay attention.


On Cancer and Beard Loss

On Cancer and Beard Loss

One of my (Brett's) best friends was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer. The resulting chemo has caused hair loss and, of course, beard loss. I have not been beardless for longer than 1 week since I was 16 (and even then only twice), I LOVE my beard. I mean, I even own a beard oil company!

So I wanted to hear from Kyle and asked him to write about his journey and the many things that come with it. And for the next week (Today, Nov. 10th through Saturday Nov. 18) 10% of all sales will go to a cancer research charity picked by Kyle. If you would like to support Kyle's cancer fight, you can purchase an awesome shirt from here.

This is a snippet of Kyle's story:

This isn’t the first time I’ve lost my beard. The last time was in early 2013, when a bad trim (come on, we’ve all been there) led to a fresh start. I have the pics to prove it, and no, I won’t share them. See, I love my beard. I can grow a dang good one, too—one that I can be proud of. My wife loves my beard (when it’s properly tamed and maintained, of course; Hat tip to UBIQUITY).
I like it so much that I braved the DMV one year instead of renewing my driver’s license online just so I could get a new picture with my beard. This one does have proof.
I think it would be safe to say that my beard had become a part of my identity.
So when my oncologist told me that the type of chemo I needed to be on for my testicular cancer would make it fall out, I was initially disappointed. My mom tried to reassure me (as moms do) that some people she knew went through chemo treatments and didn’t lose any hair, but I didn’t get my hopes up. In fact, when my beard hairs did start coming out upon the slightest brush, I felt something I hadn’t quite anticipated:
 Click the picture to buy this shirt and support Kyle!

Click the picture to buy this shirt and support Kyle!

That meant the chemo was doing what it was supposed to do. Sure, I’d had some of the standard side effects before the hair loss (nausea, fatigue, and the like), but nothing had yet signaled to me that the types of cells that were supposed to be affected were actually being affected. Don’t get me wrong—treatment for testicular cancer is extremely well-established and I trust my doctors, but there’s just something about having some good old-fashioned empirical evidence right in front of you that tends to put your mind at ease. It’s worth all of the well-natured babyface comments from friends, the “but you’re so handsome with no facial hair!” remarks from grandparents, and yes, even the 10 minutes of belly laughter from my wife when I walked into the room after shaving. And you know what? I laughed right along with her.
Yes, my beard had become part of my identity, but it was not who I am. It did not, nor will it ever, define me. Cancer sucks, but it will not define me either. I am a husband, a son, a brother, an uncle, a friend, a co-worker, a citizen, a teacher, and a child of God. Soon, I will get to add survivor to that list. To allow myself even a minute of lament over the loss of something as superficial as my beard would be to hand this disease a small victory over all of that, and that’s just something I am not willing to do.
I loved my beard, but my beard will grow back. This cancer, God-willing, will not.

If you would like to send an encouraging message to Kyle, shoot me an email at and I'll make sure he gets it.

5 Best Facial Hair Grooming Tips

5 Best Facial Hair Grooming Tips

Facial hair grooming seems like such a daunting task, one wrong move and you have ruined weeks, months, or years of growing work. It feels overly difficult but wit the proper approach you can mitigate most of those fears, at least enough to keep yourself neat in-between barber trips. These 5 tips will help you brave those shortening shears and come forth triumphant.


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Have you ever heard someone claim they have a patchy beard? Sometimes, sure the facial hair may be a little sparse, but most of the time this is because facial hair grows at different speeds. Keeping hair trimmed to approximately equal lengths will make your beard look, and feel, more full.


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We've all been there, the beard starts getting a bit long and luxurious but the sides flare out at the sideburns. Most men get frustrated and trim their beard all the way back, but you don't have to. Use clippers or scissors to fade those sideburns into the beard to clean up your look and give your beard a proper shape.


When facial hair practitioners feel that they need a glorious mustache, they tend to just let the entire upper lip grow, but the most important portion to a flared or curled mustache is the ends. By leaving the corner of your mouth long and trimming over your lip, you can achieve that envied stache without making soup a nightmare.

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This sound simple but the number of people who simply don't comb their beard is honestly astonishing. They tell me their beard is out of control, but go on to explain how they've tried exactly nothing. Combing your beard will tame strays, detangle, and remove hairs that have decided to shed themselves.

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With a sculpture each cut is hard and cannot be changed. We often approach beards like this, but they're more like a bush, you can use other areas to fill in. If you have a patch of stray hairs that refuse to lay flat, chop them off the same way you would remove a stubborn branch in a bush. Your beard is a lot more forgiving to small mishaps than you realize, use that to your advantage during your trimming journey.

10 Best Costumes for Men with Beards


10 Best Costumes for Men with Beards

On year my wife suggested for Halloween that we could go as each other. She started explaining to me on how she could put on my clothes and paint a big beard on her face and that I could.... then she stopped when she realized the 15 inch beard on my face would ruin the illusion. So we started looking together, and there are SO MANY CLICHES. ZZ Top, Alan from the Hangover, and Abe Lincoln.

So we compiled a list of our favorites.

1) Gandalf

Okay, fine, we're giving into a cliche right off the bat but like we said in our recent Instagram post, it's one of the greatest and most classic beards in literature and cinema.


2) Viking

We're not talking about some sort of fat-lady-singing operat viking, and of course, Ragnar Lothbrok is a given, but there are so many incredible possibilities as a viking, studded leather, burly beard beads, and swords, what's better?


3) Thor

If a viking is a bit too mundane and mortal for you, how about the god of a viking? You don't even have to be Chris Hemsworth, you just need that manly scruff and big ol' hammer.


4) Zeus

If one pantheon doesn't work, you can always try another. No need to swear by the beard of Zeus, if you are the king of the gods. Full disclosure, that's a drawing a friend did of me, not Zeus, but I guess we're splitting hairs at this point.


5) Aquaman

Formerly the laughing stock of the Super Friends, this image has turned around with Jason Momoa bringing this character to a whole new level.


6) Bob Ross

Probably the greatest super hero of all, Bob Ross. Teach others zen and the art of the happy little tree.


7) Obi Wan Kenobi

Everyone is too busy going as Luke Skywalker form the Last Jedi. Show them you're an original fan by going as old Ben Kenobi.


8) Lumberjack

Hate to include this cliche as well, but if you're single, this one's for you. Did you even know Lumbersexual is a thing?! Yes this is a photo of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but you don't get much more Lumbersexual than that.


9) Geralt

We can't let mythology and cinema have all the fun and neglect the gaming world. Put that grey beard to use (or you know, use a temporary dye).


10) Jon Snow

There is no way we can make a list of bearded costumes and leave out the world's favorite show.