“Don’t Be A Sissy” …When It Comes To Beard Grooming

Picture taken February 2014.  An unruly grown out beard is quite different than a well groomed grown out beard.

Picture taken February 2014.  About six months into Joshua DeFreitas’s one-year beard growing quest.  An unruly grown-out beard is quite different than a well groomed grown-out beard.

Yep, he’s growing it out! Joshua DeFreitas is just coming up to the end of his one-year quest. It was last Labor Day when he decided to grow his beard out. Other than some minor trimming and shaping, he hasn’t touched the length of his beard for one full year. The result is a beard with wonderful length, texture and color.

Joshua reflected, “Ever since I could grow a beard I’ve had one.” He’s not sure why, but we think he feels more like his authentic self, bearded.

“I have always had a beard, but I could never grow it too long because I couldn’t get past the itchy phase,” Joshua said. That was until about a year ago, when Joshua was inspired to conquer the hurdle.

Joshua is an avid reader, and a fan of the fantasy (projected) trilogy book series, “The Kingkiller Chronicles.” Kingkiller author, Patrick Rothfuss dons an impressive, yet unruly beard.

Patrick James Rothfuss (born June 6, 1973) is an American writer of epic fantasy and college lecturer. He is best known for his projected three-volume series The Kingkiller Chronicle.

Patrick James Rothfuss (born June 6, 1973) is an American writer of epic fantasy and college lecturer.

At the end of last Summer Joshua attended a meet and greet book-signing event featuring the author. It was there that he met author, Patrick Rothfuss. Joshua waited patiently to have his book signed, and meet one of his favorite authors in person.

“The Kingkiller Chronicles.”  author, Patrick Rothfuss

“The Kingkiller Chronicles.” author, Patrick Rothfuss

When it was his turn he took the opportunity to pose a question to Rothfuss. Joshua complimented Rothfuss’s beard and asked, “ how did you make it past the itchy phase?” To this Rothfuss told Joshua, “Oh don’t be a sissy!”

That was the push he needed, and the inspiration that prompted Joshua to persevere. It’s been a year since that inspiring day, and now his quest is coming to an end.  Joshua still hasn’t decided what he’s going to do after Labor Day this year. It remains to be seen — will he cut it or will he keep it?

Master Barber Cheryl Dumont shapes Joshua's beard.

Master Barber Cheryl Dumont shapes Joshua’s beard.

 

Even though the beard's length isn't touched,  Joshua keeps his hair style neat and short.

Even though the beard’s length isn’t touched, Joshua keeps his hair style neat and short

“Don’t Be A Sissy” — Groom Your Beard

Chez Moustache client Joshua DeFreitas hasn't cut the length of his beard for just about a year. Picture taken July 2014.

Chez Moustache client Joshua DeFreitas hasn’t cut the length of his beard for just about a year. Picture taken July 2014.

Joshua washes his beard daily in the shower with his hair products, and then does a post-shower conditioning with hair cream. At Chez Moustache, we encourage every gentleman’s journey to express their authentic selves.   However, we encourage our clients – “don’t be a sissy” when it comes to grooming.  An unruly grown-out beard is quite different than a well groomed grown-out beard. Just ask Joshua’s gal. Although long and impressive, it is also clean, well groomed, soft and lovable. You don’t want to repel your loved ones. Grow it out, but for goodness sake – groom it!

Stop by Chez Moustache if you need any beard growing or grooming advice!

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