Movember Madness at Stubble and Strife

by Dominic Holbrook

November is a weird month. The Christmas decorations are already on sale, the cold weather is drawing in, and a fresh group of upper lips become acquainted with moustaches for the first time.

To brighten up the dark days, the good people at Stubble & Strife, “The Great Shave Salon” threw a Movember Fundraiser and 1st Year celebration extravaganza at Henry’s Den, which Bearded London was happy to attend.

The S&S team: Rav, Parveen, Teresa, Kuldip and Hernâni.

The S&S team: Rav, Parveen, Teresa, Kuldip and Hernâni.

Guests were treated to music by acoustic singer Roo and her band (both appropriately bearded), and Chivas Regal whiskey sampling, and moustache themed food. A LOT of moustache themed food.

Roo and the band with an admirable amount of hair between them.

We don’t know if there is a cottage industry in moustache shaped food but there really ought to be.

We'd be lying if we said we'd ever seen, let alone eaten, a moustache-shaped quiche...

We’d be lying if we said we’d ever seen, let alone eaten, a moustache-shaped quiche…

...or a moustache-shaped 1-year birthday cake in the process of being shaved.

…or a moustache-shaped 1-year birthday cake in the process of being shaved.

Started one year ago by husband and wife team Rav Roopra and Parveen Dhandra, Stubble & Strife has gone from strength to strength, emphasising both long standing classic brands along with new rising stars in British beard, moustache, shave and skin products, as well as offering a rather magnificent shave.

Originally based in Greenwich Market on Sundays, the salon is currently occupying a pop-up store in Old Street station till the end of November, as well as attending other markets and corporate events.

Happy Birthday Stubble & Strife! We wish you many more!

For more information about Stubble & Strife, their product line-up, and future events over the Christmas period, visit their website or follow them on Twitter 

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Bearded London returns…

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Hello bearded lovelies!

You may have noticed that we’ve taken a little time out from updating Bearded London – but we just couldn’t resist posting this stop-motion video from Wilkinson Sword. Why?

Because the man with the wiggly moustache happens to be the other half of one of our Bearded London authors.

And yes, we were upset to see his glorious beard go. But now it can give joy to thousands of people on the internet! Watch it below and check out the behind the scenes film here.

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Beard Lovers: Artist Beccy Powell gives women sexy knitted beards

Lauren by Beccy Powell

Lauren by Beccy Powell

Beccy Powell is a 21 year-old artist, originally from Leeds and currently living in London. She caught Bearded London’s attention by adorning lovely ladies with beards. We just had to ask her some questions and increase our facial awareness…

Hey Becky! Tell us a little about your project.

My project was initially based around the stereotypes of women and textiles, so naturally I was interested to know what stereotypes were synonymous with men and, inevitably, I decided on the beard.

I started with the idea of knitting or crocheting a beard, and asking women to wear it as a facial adornment; whilst I was working on this I came across the 100 beards book/ exhibition. My initial thought was ‘why can’t I do this with women?’.

I have also been working on other bearded shoots, self-portraits and drawings.

Are you a fan of beards on men?

I am most definitely a fan of a man with a beard. I find myself obsessing over beards. I do find bearded men attractive, however I think my beard obsession is much more than that.

Are you making a comment on the unrealistic ideals of smoothness for women in your work?

I find the idea of a ‘perfect woman’ something quite difficult to deal with. Society expects that we are, to a certain extent, hairless. I think it’s our own personal choice. I recently read about a beautiful lady, who shows off a full beard, and she claims that she has never felt sexier than she does now!

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There’s been some suggestion that the bearded trend is a response to fourth wave feminism. How much do you think bodily hair is intertwined with the idea of sexiness in both genders?

I do think that having a beard is associated with being a ‘real man’. As an artist, I find it interesting to play on these ideas. Being hairy is considered sexy on a man, but why not a woman? In my opinion I find any woman with the confidence to have body hair just as sexy as women who choose not to have it. I have had some difficulty finding women to get involved in my project as many have refused due to being scared of what they will look like in a beard or what people will say, which is sad because I feel both men and women in modern culture strive for comfort yet there is still so much pressure through appearance.

I do feel that beards are a huge trend at the moment and I feel women have responded to this by being more open in growing body hair. I think women have responded to men and beards as opposed to the other way around.

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How can we get involved in your project?

Contact me via my blog!

Let us know if you’re a fan of Beccy’s work! Tweet @BeardedLondon.

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Bearded London tumblr page

If you haven’t already, why not check out the Bearded London Tumblr page.

You’ll find a lot of tattooed and bearded beauties, a few bearded blokes with cats (but of course) and even some of our beards around town.

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Watch: Shaving tips for the bearded man

You know how to shave right? You’ve been doing it for as long as you’ve been growing hair on that beautiful face of yours, but have you been doing it correctly? You’re starting to doubt yourself aren’t you? You’re worried that you’ve now got egg all over your face and in your beard. Don’t worry friend, we’re here to help.

It’s time to watch our shaving tips for the bearded man video, where we answer the following questions:

  • What equipment do I need to shave?
  • How hot should the water be when having a shave?
  • Should I shave against the grain?
  • How do I apply beard oil?
  • How do I comb my beard?

 

You’ve been doing it the right way all along… right?

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Bearded ‘woman’ to represent Austria in Eurovision

We at Bearded London like beards in all shapes and sizes. Big old yeards, a bit of 3 day stubble or even those ones you draw on your mates when they’ve passed out after a couple of sherbets. We even like the odd ‘lady beard‘.

Which is why this weekend Bearded London will be fully supporting Austria’s Eurovision song contest candidate Conchita Wurst (or Tom Neuwirth as he’s known in his non-drag form). Although we’ve already said that Hungary should win because of their President János Áder’s moustache, when it comes to the candidate’s facial hair, Conchita has to win!

 

Conchita has come under some heavy criticism from Russian politician Vitaly Milonov, who said her antics would “insult millions of Russians”. But we at Bearded London don’t feel the same. What a beautiful voice, what a great song and what a beard!

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Podcast: What do South Londoners think about “peak beard”?

Last week Bearded London asked East London whether we’d reached peak beard as a response to the media’s claims that we had. Now we’ve asked SE London what they think. And considering the unanimous result from East LDN, the results here might surprise you…

What do you think? Comment below.

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