THE ACTUAL REAL BEARD MAN
It is with great pleasure that we share the first blog on this site which is a Q and A session with none other than the Actual Real Beard Man, Mr. Sean Thearle! So without further delay... this blog is dedicated to Sean and his beard! Thank you Sean for a great interview :)
How long do you have a beard? Can you please share the history of your beard?
I have had my beard for approximately 3 years. I started to grow it to only have it very short but decided on a complete change in look. Over time my hair on my head got shorter and my beard got longer. I really enjoy looking after it and also keeping a keen eye on all things bearded via social networks (Facebook and Instagram).
How often do you groom your beard and do you have a special grooming routine? How often do you have it trimmed? What is the longest it has been?
I wash my beard twice a day, but I groom it only in the mornings. I shower and wash my beard, sometimes using a normal hair conditioner on it too. I then dry it with a hairdryer and an open brush that I ‘borrowed’ from my wife. Once dried I leave it for a few mins and then apply an oil, BUT, recently I have been using the Machado Beard Balm which I now prefer as its slightly thicker than an oil and is absorbed well. At the end of a working day I will wash it again in the shower, let it dry naturally but with no balm added. It does feel softer since I’ve been using the balm too.
I tend to get it trimmed as and when I think it’s necessary. When I do it’s usually just a tidy as I don’t like having too much cut off, I tend to have it shaped more than cut. This again all depends on who the barber is. A few months back I had a guy cut too much off and the shape wasn’t good so I had to trim it back myself. Finding a good barber is vital. There’s a trend for a lot of barbers to offer male grooming services nowadays but as with a lot of things, there are good barbers and also not so good barbers, so finding them can be a case of trial and error.
The longest my beard has been was when I grew it for a year and then one evening decided to shave it back to a few weeks stubble length. I have since grown it again after missing it.
How do you get your beard to grow so healthy and full? Do you have a secret to the success of your beard?
I try not to over comb it. Using a wide toothed comb helps and I’m always careful should I towel dry it not to pull or knot the hairs too much. I always apply oil and now balm, apart from the odd day at the weekend where I may just leave it in a mess.
Can you stick a pencil in your beard???
I’ve managed 6 pencils at one point. Along with various food items. Cous Cous is a particular favourite.
Do you have any funny incidents involving your beard?
In 2015 while on holiday I had to trim my beard back very short as we spent a lot of time snorkelling. I was having trouble with the goggles leaking water and filling up due to my moustache causing water to leak in.
This year while returning back from Mexico I was refused entry at the U.K. border control. The biometric passport reader couldn’t match my face to my passport. It flagged up so I was guided over to the immigration officer who refused my entry as I looked completely different than the photo in my passport. His words were...”this does not look like you”
I had to call the wife back to see if we had other ID. Luckily, we did.
Below is the before and after photo with my passport photo on the left.
THE END :)