“My beard represents overcoming the struggle. I started growing my beard during a rough moment in my life where I was unsure of a lot of things. I grew my beard as kind of like a new beginning and ever since then nothing but positive has been manifested into my life.”
What is your beard grooming routine for your beard?
“I wash it every other day, pick it out and then use beard balm for shine and style.”
What has been a conversation starter with the beard?
“Usually people ask how long I’ve been growing it etc.”
Ever plan on cutting it or beard forever?
“I don’t think I can ever cut it. I’ve had people through work ask me to cut it for a more professional look but I never folded.”
What is the best thing about having a beard?
“I think the best thing is just being different. I feel people with beards are a special breed of humans.”
Any embarrassing moments? Food caught in beard? Etc
“Yeah I was on a tinder date and we went out for dinner. We conversed for a solid 40 mins before I used the restroom. Went to the restroom looked in the mirror and I swear I had broccoli everywhere in my beard haha I’m still blown she didn’t let me know.”
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I decided to start the Beard Chronicles series in 2013 after growing my beard and noticing more and more guys were growing beards as well. Through my love for photography I have been able to give bearded men a platform to share their beard journey story. This series has allowed me to meet and make friends from DC all the way to LA. Learning about different guys beard journeys I have developed an interest in grooming and wellness tips for Black men. Also, from photographing and interviewing for Beard Chronicles I have been able to tap into another creative area: writing. I have written four blogs in the past year topics including: beards in business to mental health wellness in the Black community.
Full Beard Chronicles interviews can be found on my Instagram: @mrr360
How long have you been growing your beard?
“I started growing my beard last November. At first I was growing it for “No Shave November” to support cancer awareness.”
Would you ever cut it?
“I have cut it a few times since growing it out but I plan on keeping it for a while this time.”
What is the coolest thing about your beard?
“The coolest thing about my beard is that I decided to support a cause and it grew on me”