The Bearded Gentleman: The Style Guide to Shaving Face [NOOK Book]

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For centuries, men have been growing and styling their facial hair, whether for the sake of vanity, religion, or cultural considerations, but most of us don’t give it a second thought. The Bearded Gentleman is an authoritative yet lighthearted guide that offers detailed information on some fifty specific facial hair styles: where they come from, how to grow them, and how to maintain them.

Among them are many well-known styles, such as the Handlebar, the Fu Manchu, the Goatee, ...

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The Bearded Gentleman: The Style Guide to Shaving Face

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Overview

For centuries, men have been growing and styling their facial hair, whether for the sake of vanity, religion, or cultural considerations, but most of us don’t give it a second thought. The Bearded Gentleman is an authoritative yet lighthearted guide that offers detailed information on some fifty specific facial hair styles: where they come from, how to grow them, and how to maintain them.

Among them are many well-known styles, such as the Handlebar, the Fu Manchu, the Goatee, the Van Dyck, and the more recent Soul Patch. But there are also those that are less familiar, including the Horseshoe, the Lampshade, the Painter’s Brush, the Landing Strip, the French Fork, and El Insecto (a.k.a. the Mighty). There’s also practical advice on choosing a facial hair style that’s right for you, as well as insight into how facial hair has figured in the history of masculinity, including its impact on politics, class, and sexuality.

The Bearded Gentleman is an entertaining, witty, and useful guide to facial hair styles and the men who wear them.

Allan Peterkin’s previous books include One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair, featured in Time, Esquire, and The New Yorker.

Nick Burns is one of the leading writers on men’s grooming; he has covered skin care, fashion, and health for publications including The New York Times, GQ, Details, and Out, and he is author of the popular men’s style blog HommeGrooming.com.

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Editorial Reviews

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Equal parts humorous and informative, The Bearded Gentleman is a must-read for guys who have or are considering facial hair. Burns and Peterkin provide thoughtful advice on growing, styling and upkeep, with advice from some of the industry’s leading experts along the way. Did you know there are right and wrong beard styles for your face shape? Read this book and look your best.
—Brian Boye, Fashion & Grooming Director, Men’s Health

Facial hair is totally BACK! But anyone attempting to navigate this treacherous and codified world without consulting Nick Burns and Allan Peterkin is destined for gruesome public humiliation.
—Simon Doonan, author of Eccentric Glamour

This new book on beards helps men navigate the treacherous waters between laughingstock and Jake Gyllenhaal.... [the book] suggests age-appropriate styles, advising, 'Never apologize, never explain.'
New York Times

If knowledge is power, The Bearded Gentleman will put any pogonophobic to rest. Authors Allan Peterkin and Nick Burns have poured untold amounts of hours into detailing the history and future of facial hair, along with witty (but entirely practical) advice.
Nylon Magazine

From the basic (avoiding ingrowns) to the very specific (achieving the ultimate Klingon), this definitive manual offers advice and instructions for dozens of looks. Our suggestion? Leave the Fu Manchu to the amateurs and use this book to coin your own signature style.
Out

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551523811
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 821,454
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Allan Peterkin is a psychiatrist and the author of numerous books, including One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair. He lives in Toronto, Canada. Nick Burns is one of the leading writers on men's grooming. As a journalist, he has covered skin care, fashion and health for leading magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, GQ, Details, Elle Accessories, Out, and Zink and he pens the popular men's style blog, HommeGrooming.com. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Should I Shave or Should I Grow?

History 101 10

The Hair That Makes the Man 13

Power Trip 13

The Rite of Passage 14

The Scientific Research 15

Changing Times, Changing Attitudes 16

Who Grows There? 17

What the Hell is Pogonophobia? 18

Three Famous Fuzz Devotees Tell Us What Their Facial Hair Has Taught Them 18

Chapter 2 Get Growing

The Perfect Fit: Facial Hair and Your Face 23

How to Choose a Style 24

Size Matters 25

Ask the Expert: Martial Vivot 26

Stop Shaving: When, Where, How? 29

Ask the Expert Paul C. Cotterill 43

Chapter 3 Styling Tips

Current Hot-off-the-Press Trends 47

The Bearded Gentleman Manifesto 49

The Step-by-Step Style Guide to Mustaches 50

The Step-by-Step Style Guide to Beards (and Partial Beards) 65

The Step-by-Step Style Guide to Sideburns 96

Other Facial Hair Styles 102

Chapter 4 Maintenance

Washing a Beard 103

Perfect Trimming and Clipping of Beards 104

Clipping and Trimming Your Mustache 105

Sideburn Clipping 106

How to Use Mustache Wax 106

Dyeing a Beard 107

A Word on Eyebrows 108

How to Apply Fake Facial Hair 108

Facial Hair for Charity: Grow a Fortune for Your Favorite Cause! 110

Chapter 5 Saying Goodbye

How to Get Rid of a Beard 111

Why, When, and How We Shave 112

The Clean-Shave Manifesto 113

Shaving 114

Waxing, Epilators, Electrolysis, and Laser Hair Removal 117

Ask the Expert: Shorty Maniace 118

How to Build a Shaving Kit 120

Step by Step: The Perfect Shave 124

Harm Reduction 127

Ask the Expert Bradford Katchen 129

The Classic Shave-Strop, Hone, Cup, Brush, Blade 132

The Shave 136

Get a Professional Straight Razor Shave 140

When to Start Over: Age and Facial Shape 142

References 144

Index 155

About the Authors 159

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    A Great Gift for Fathers Day!

    I saw The Bearded Gentleman in The New York Times last week and thought it might make a great Fathers Day Gift--my dad has worn a beard my whole life. It's a great manual for guys both bearded and clean-shaven. After thumbing through the book, I ended up buying a second copy for myself! There are a number of great styles in the book from the practical to the insane. I personally enjoyed the tips for getting the perfect shave and how to shave with a straight razor. I'm sure to reference this book again and again!

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