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Beard Power 1

Beard Power 1

Look, I don't know when this started, or how it became so powerful, but thank God I have a fully functional beard.

Having a beard is nothing new, its just hair that sprouts out of some men's (and women's) faces. While they all have different lengths, textures and colors, it's still just facial hair. However, somewhere between Mr. T and Rick Ross, beards have become highly popular and I for one will reap all the benefits.

I was unaware of these mystical powers I posses until around 2010. I decided to grow my beard out late in '09 and it wasn't to be trendy, I was just tired of constantly shaving every three days. Before people got put onto Bevel products and proper skin care, constant shaving with little to no care had a brothers face and neck looking like the back of a Nestle Crunch bar. I wanted to give my skin a rest, just let it grow out and I would deal with looking like a vagabond later.

For those of us who have beards the initial growth process is the worst part. Because Black hair is so curly and coarse it feels like little bristles shooting from beneath your skin and you literally want to rip your face off. I didn't know this then but regular face washing and exfoliation helps with the start up process. Also if you aren't good with clippers let your barber start your outline for you so you can still be somewhat neat during the process. Also some of us grow beards faster or fuller than others so if this is the path you're willing to take be patient. For me once I reached a decent fullness and length I went to my barber for my superhero transformation and bang, I was immortal. Well not exactly, but the ladies do love a full and healthy beard.

Now to be clear my beard wasn't accepted right away, it wasn't a presto changeo life altering moment. Again I don't know when beards became so mainstream, maybe it was the #beardgang hash tag, or the success of Rozay or James Harden. What I do know, its popularity almost blossomed overnight and every other man's goal was to become bearded. Nothing feels better than being at a social event and a pretty young woman wants to run her fingers through your facial mane. Beard care suddenly became key and a conversation starter. "Do you wash it; what do you put in it; can I touch it?; how long have you had it?" Questions such as that became so common, I felt like I should have prepared index cards.

Beard envy is a thing as well, I'm serious, and dudes get mad that their shit can't connect! "My girl been dying for me to grow a beard." Sorry to hear that brother but not all of us were meant to wield such greatness. With power comes responsibility and all that jazz, you get it. Also we have the hairless haters who say beards are a way to hide how you really look. Well so is a fancy car, a big house and lots of money. Some of us are breadwinners and some of us are beard winners, it's okay.

Beard aficionados, range from your elite and debonair, to your rugged and blue collar. They're your rappers, athletes, entertainers, your bartenders, bus drivers and construction workers. But, you know who they aren't, your local politicians. Don't trust politicians, they don't grow beards...

Next time I'll cover beard/skin care and I'll give out some secrets you may or may not have heard of. Until then lather, rinse, and repeat...Always repeat.

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