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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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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.

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?

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A Century (and change) of Facial Hair

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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.

1910's

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.

1920's

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

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Warner Baxter

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

1930's

Mustaches stay in trend for several decades.

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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.

1940's

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William Faulkner

Master of stories, master of the mustache.

1950's

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

1960's

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

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Che Guevara

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

1970's

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Richard Chamberlain

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

1980's

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Harrison Ford

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

1990's

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

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The Dude

Jeff Bridges show's us to keep unemployed classy.

2000's

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.

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Keanu Reeves

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

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Me

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

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