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Looking for a product line that covers all bases from beard hydration to a skin care regimen is hard especially one that is formulated for ethnic skin and hair type. I’ve heard so much about scotch porter and how great the product was but only problem was it good for me after spending hundreds of dollars with trial and error I was reluctant of trying something new, but I did!
I first stated with the Scotch Porter charcoal and licorice exfoliating face scruband being one who has struggled with mild break outs as a teen, I have come to appreciate my adult skin and take it very seriously. I used a dime size amount of the face scrub and started with small circles cleansing my face the sent was very light and calming and the exfoliant beads were not hard or course at all. After rinsing my face and patting it dry it felt clean but not dry and with a small amount of moisturizer left from the wash on my face.
On to the moisturizing, beard wash was very light send again the small 1oz bottle was not squeezable like the face wash bottle was so taking off the cap and shaking in it in my hand was what was needed to extract the product. When I applied it to my beard I worked it in from skin to tip, it didn’t lather heavy at all, but I could see the product wash out into the sink very easily. Groom Guy Tip: Use about a quarter size amount on a thick and long beard.
After the beard wash I moved on to the beard serum and immediately I got a whiff of nostalgia the serum smelled like Duke hair pomade I could be wrong but it smelled great.I applied 2 drops into my hand and worked it in from skin to tip, used a wooden comb to work the product through, and it felt soft and had a mild shine to it. With products I’ve used in the past I had to add heat to achieve the uncoiling of my beard but with this I didn’t at all.
“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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On February 16th, 2018, Los Angeles luminary Nipsey Hussle released his long awaited debut album, Victory Lap. Though Nipsey has long been a prominent figure in the west coast hip-hop scene, he’s still very much a new face to casual listeners. For the uninitiated there are a few things that stick out when watching the video for Nipsey’s lead single, “Rap N*ggas”. His charisma hops off the screen and his hometown of South Central Los Angeles is ever present. There is however one new addition to Nipsey’s visual profile: his beard.
During Nipsey’s musical career he’s generally maintained a consistent look. You can usually find him laced in Crenshaw apparel to represent his home turf along with his trademark braids tucked into a fitted hat. His Eritrean roots have made his free flowing hair a trademark of his, and the beard is now a part of that image.
As a noted hustler with a constant business plan in motion it’s easy to dismiss Nipsey’s new found facial hair as a sign of his busy schedule. Nipsey, however, is a master marketer who makes every move a calculated one. The beard is simply a part of that process. Nipsey’s beard is full, immaculately groomed and consistently looks healthy. It’s clear he puts time and effort into his beard, which makes him look a bit wiser and adds even more authority behind his words. His beard is now a trademark look of his and new fans likely can’t imagine him without it.
If you’re a hustler who cares about his grooming just as much as his paper Nipsey is an excellent act to follow. The first step to bearded greatness is creating a consistent routine. This includes scheduled barbershop appointments as well as an understanding of the look you want to achieve. Not sure if your beard grows in full? Give it at least 2 months and see how it looks. Beards typically look patchy during the initial few weeks, something even Nipsey has been victim too.
Once you give your beard time to fill in you’ll find it can become dry at times, which is where beard oil comes into play. Nobody likes dry, brittle hair (especially not your significant other). Beard oil solves this issue by moisturizing the skin underneath your beard while also adding shine to the hair itself. There are many different beard oils on the market with the difference usually coming in their scent. Much like choosing a cologne you’ll have to find the scent that works for you, though many companies also offer unscented options if you want to keep it simple.
Now that you’ve got your beard tight like Nipsey’s, hop in the whip and let Victory Lap be the soundtrack to your success. From one hustler to another. Visit brands like Babe of Brooklyn for a trusted, premium line of facial hair products that’ll leave your growth experience refreshing & easy.