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How to Find and Pick a Barber

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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 info@UBIQUITYbeards.com

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A Valentine's Guide to Gifts for Men

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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 reddit.com) 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

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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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5) UBIQUITY Oils

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!

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How to Wash Your Beard

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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.

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

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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.

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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?

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Why your beard should be your New Year's Resolution

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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.


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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.

1)YOUR FACIAL HAIR SHOULD BE APPROXIMATELY THE SAME LENGTH

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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.

2) DON'T BE SCARED TO TRIM SIDEBURNS

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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.

3) YOUR MUSTACHE DOESN'T HAVE TO COVER YOUR LIPS

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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4) COMB YOUR BEARD

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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5) YOUR BEARD SHOULD BE TRIMMED LIKE A BUSH NOT CUT LIKE A SCULPTURE

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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.