It is that time of year again. November, the leaves are orange and brown, the air is thick and cold, the German market will soon be here, and yes, male students all over the country are scratching their chins in anticipation of their coming Movember beards. So us helpful chaps at The Met Online had a frank chat with perhaps the campuses favourite beard, Student Union President Dave Alcorn, to see if he had any tips and tricks for you soon-to-be moustachioed students!
All too many people miss out on Movember when they need not, I’m sure we’ve all heard (or used) the tired excuse of ‘I can’t grow a beard, it’s all patchy…’ What would you say to this David?
In short, Grow your strengths, trim your weaknesses. If you can only grow side burns and moustache, or a bit on the chin, then grow them and shave the rest! Partial beards are awesome and stylish!
How about those who don’t suit a beard?
How do you know if you suit a beard or ‘tashe? Have you grown a beard before? Everybody’s face is different, and different beard styles suit different people. You wont know til’ you try!
You often hear it said that the ladies don’t like beards and moustaches, have you had any issues in this area?
Ha ha, many girls love beards, some do not. Most are indifferent. What I’ve found upon research is that most don’t like prickly beards, so for me, stubble is out. The ol’ tashe rash isn’t pleasant. When your facial hair gets longer than stubble, it gets soft and smooth, especially if you use conditioner on it
I’m pretty sure there isn’t a guy at the University that over Movember, hasn’t had the dreaded beard itch, and wanted to shave it; How’d you cope?
Push through the itch! It itches for the first four weeks and if you can get past that stage it will never itch again! EVER! Its just cuz’ your face isn’t used to it. I’ve heard a bit of moisturiser helps sooth the itch also.
How about in a couple of weeks in, when you’ve got a bit more than a Bandito, or goatee? What do you recommend?
Well, a good beard is a well maintained beard – don’t let it get all bushy and unkempt looking, and it is harder to maintain neatness the longer it gets. There are a host of grooming products available, from moustache wax and beard oils to conditioners and boar hair brushes.
How about food? Any issues on that front?
Do you often have food smeared across your face when you eat? If not, You’ll be fine. Food only becomes and issue if you have a MASSIVE beard; even still it’s more the long moustache that becomes a problem. Avoid stuff like ice cream etc. A napkin usually solves any issues with the long beard.
So there you have it, how to grow your very own Movember masterpiece. Don’t miss out, and spread the brotherhood, keep each other strong, and don’t ridicule your clean shaven friends too much. Spread the Movember message.