What kind of beardsman are you? While some bearded guys go for the wild man image, we at The Magical Beard Co. believe that ownership of a magnificent beard comes with a certain responsibility to keep it clean and well groomed. No matter what you’re doing, your beard should convey a gentlemanly aura – and that goes for eating as well. When you’re at home alone, it’s ok to leave your manners at the door but when you’re eating in public, remember that you’re representing the entire beard culture. You don’t want to look sloppy! Here are a few tips you can use to clean up your act when you’re eating in public so you don’t end up embarrassing yourself.
A Napkin is Your Best Friend
We hope you haven’t made it into adulthood without learning how to use a napkin, and when you grow a beard, napkin etiquette becomes even more important. The problem is that not every restaurant offers a proper cloth napkin. So what do you do when the restaurant serves up your plate of ribs with a tiny cocktail napkin? Just like the scouts say: always be prepared! Get yourself a set of sturdy cloth napkins and keep one in your pocket when you go out, just in case.
The Soup Dilemma
Who doesn’t love a nice, hot bowl of soup? Do you prefer a hearty New England clam chowder? Or is an elegant consommé more your speed? Either way, you’re likely to end up with your beard in the soup bowl if you’re not careful. Not only that, but your beard has a tendency to direct any drips right into your lap. If you want to keep the soup out of your beard and off your clothes, we recommend using your non-spoon hand to hold your beard back when you go in for each bite.
The Flavor Saver
Your mustache is another area where food likes to gather, and you’re not likely to notice it’s there until it’s too late. If you want to keep food particles out of your ‘stache, it’s a good idea to keep it neatly trimmed above the lip; or if your push broom is a bit more lengthy than most, you might want to try out some mustache wax to keep those stylish hairs out of harms way.
True dedication to the beard lifestyle means making sacrifices. Unless you’re comfortable walking around with a beard soaked in wing sauce, you should probably just give up eating wings in public – especially if you’re on a date.
Of course, accidents are bound to happen, and when they do, you don’t want to get stuck cleaning last night’s gravy out of your beard with commercial shampoo or bar soap. Because these products are not designed with bearded men in mind, they can easily dry out your beard hairs leaving them vulnerable to breaking and splitting. For best results, we recommend you head over to our online store and check out our selection of all-natural beard wash. It’s great for cleaning your beard while allowing it to retain the natural oils it needs to stay healthy, plus it comes in a range of scents that will complement your natural musk. Until next time, keep your beard clean and don’t forget to check back in with our blog for more tips to enrich your bearded lifestyle.