When you've spent time growing a striking gathering of facial hair, you will soon realize how important grooming is in your weekly routine. Gone are the days when you could quickly navigate snowy foam and a razor around your face and be done; you're a beard man now, a species of male that oozes pride at their rather fetching growth. Years ago, a beard could just be left to grow, but today things are different (unless you’re going for the low maintenance, shaggy sort of look) and a little bit of beard upkeep takes some effort to get it how you want it to be.
Well it sure seemed like the winter was never going to relent this year, didn't it? Slowly but surely, though, the signs of springtime have begun to show themselves. For instance, just last week on The Highline
, I saw a budding lawn of crocuses, a telltale signal that Spring has sprung!
It's important to remember that our oils and balms contain exactly the same organic, nutritive moisturizers. The difference lies in the addition of shea butter and unrefined beeswax to give the balm a hardier hold. I have used both balm and oil, separately and together. I have even mixed the two together to create an oilier balm. Here's what I've gathered:
Last week I took a customer's plaintive request for a good beard barber and sent him to a barber based on the opinions of a slew of bearded fellows I know.
This week I'm starting a series to highlight and draw attention to some shops that you may not know, but we think you should since they share our vision and philosophy enough to actually carry the BROOKLYN GROOMING line on their very own brick-and-mortar retail shelves.