5 Rules to Become Your Best Bearded Self This Movember

first_img The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard Editors’ Recommendations How to Shave With a Straight Razor How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy Dive down the rabbit hole that is #NoShaveNovember and you will be rewarded with a truly candid look at humans doing something good — or should we say not doing something — to help their fellow earthlings in the ongoing battle against cancer. You’ll see prize-worthy beards that would turn Spanish moss green with envy. You’ll see gentlemen who can’t grow a beard worth a damn doing their damndest, retired military officers who couldn’t grow facial hair due to regs, regulating their first growth.No Shave November, an annual event akin to Movember, asks good-willed participants to skip shaving for the month, keeping those otherwise ill-fated hairs intact in order to raise awareness about cancer, especially since so many cancer patients end up losing their hair due to chemotherapy. Participants are then encouraged to donate the money they’d normally spend on hair care in a month to organizations that educate about and fund cancer research and treatment. This year the movement specifically aids the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. If you are trying this out for the first time, your beard and skin may require a little help to get over the first few days and weeks of hirsuteness. (Full disclosure: this writer started growing on November 1st, and made it to November 10 before a stiff beard and sensitive skin drove me to the razor…looks like I should have waited a few days and taken my own advice.) You may also find that to keep your job or maintain peace at the family table during the holiday season, a little upkeep is required.Here are some sage pieces of advice and a few product suggestions to take you from clean-cut to boldly bushy. Rule No. 1: Don’t Over Cleanse If possible avoid washing your beard every day. Use a natural soap if you feel like you have to wash, which will at least be less harsh on your skin, and always follow up with a conditioner. To get an idea of what to look for in a product, check out The Manual’s guide to winter grooming, and don’t forget to read up on beard balms. (We know, we know — the idea was to donate money to charity,so add the cost of your supplementary product to your donation or fund-raising goal, if that makes you feel more benevolent.) Maapilim Beard Wash – $27Consider this beard wash, crafted with natural materials from the Mediterranean Sea. Key ingredients include argan, cedarwood, and mandarin orange oils to moisturize hair and skin, as well as reduce dryness and itching. Pair it with the brand’s Beard Softener for a luxuriantly soft beard. Shop NowRule No. 2: Use Lube…on your beard, that is. Depending on where you live, as the weather gets colder and drier, beard oil becomes a necessity. Apply it daily to a damp beard after your shower, while the skin is still relaxed from the warm water. You can explore our picks for best beard oils, but we also like this offering: Fresh Heritage Classic Beard Oil – $25Lots of guys swear by using coconut oil to condition their beards. We like this mix, where Fresh Heritage adds argan, jojoba, and olive oils, to make thin and patchy spots fuller, coarse hair soft and manageable while rendering your beard irresistible to touch.  Shop NowRule No. 3: Keep It NeatTrim split ends. We recommend using scissors to prevent dramatic trimming accidents. It may take a little longer, but allows for more precision than an electric trimmer. Beard Brand Beard Trimming Scissors – $45While we heard that one Adirondack Trail hiker used the scissors on his miniature Victorinox Swiss Army knife for six months of beard trims and haircuts, we prefer something a little more specialized for daily beard maintenance. These nicely weighted, ergonomically shaped blades provide excellent control, while the Japanese steel material provides hardness to maintain a sharp edge. They’re technically TSA-approved but check first, since regulations change frequently. The gold accents make them a proud addition to your bathroom countertop or medicine cabinet. Shop NowRule No. 4: Tame Your ‘StacheUse mustache wax to train the mustache to part evenly to both sides of your face. This will keep the hair out of your mouth and prevent you from chomping down on it as you eat (even if those little snacks you find later help you get through long afternoon meetings.) Find our recommended waxes, or try:Fisticuffs Lavender Scent Mustache Wax – $9This handy tin allows simple, one-hand operation, and makes it easy to warm up the lightly scented wax before use. Reviewers recommend it for light styling rather than full bristle dramatics. Beeswax, tea tree, jojoba, coconut oil, and petroleum jelly are all combined for a conditioning hold. The half-ounce tin means you can easily tuck it into a pocket or bag for quick touch-ups on the go. Shop NowRule #5: Make It SFWIf you need to keep a more “corporate” beard so you can keep that more corporate job, keep the length spare and be sure to trim along the neck and cheek line. A good rule of thumb is to make sure neck hair is cleanly shaved from the Adam’s apple to your shirt collar, and from the cheek line up, not going any higher than the bottom of the nose — keep sideburn width at a good proportion too. Check out this guide to how to shape a beard for what it takes to get your preferred look.Remington Virtually Indestructible Haircut & Beard Trimmer – $23This 15-piece kit satisfies all your styling needs, including a beard brush and styling comb, as well as length-adjusting combs for the Powercut blade system. Shop NowFor more information on Movember, the mustache-focused benefit this month, check out our explanation here. 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About last_img read more

TSX posts minor gain after two days of losses but Wall Street

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market posted a minor gain after two days of heavy losses on North American exchanges as resource shares recovered slightly.The S&P/TSX composite index ended the day up 15.12 points at 12,937.59, after losing 436 points over the previous two sessions.In New York, all three major markets posted losses for a third straight day. The Dow Jones average of 30 stocks lost 75.7 points to close at 17,492.30, the broader S&P 500 fell 15.97 points to 2,047.62 and the Nasdaq fell 75.37 points to close at 5,022.87.On commodity markets, the January contract for benchmark crude oil ended trading down 35 cents at US$37.16 a barrel, January natural gas fell 0.8 of a cent to settle at at US$2.062 per mmBtu and February gold added $1.20 to US$1.076.50 an ounce.The Canadian dollar rose 0.12 of a cent to 73.72 cents U.S., rebounding slightly from two-day slide that saw the loonie lose more than a cent in value since its close on Friday. read more