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A Beginner's Guide to Serious Shaving - Part One

Folks who take their grooming game seriously know that an established routine with a line of quality products is essential, whether bearded or unbearded. Serious grooming isn’t a “one and done” product kind of deal. If you’re looking to step up your game, you should take the time to do some research, especially when it comes to shaving. 

First and foremost, figure out your skin type. This will help to avoid any sort of irritation or allergic reaction that can be caused by using a product you’re not familiar with. Then research brands and choose wisely. Products made with synthetic ingredients are far more likely to cause issues with your skin, and since this is your face we’re talking about, it’s likely something you want to avoid. 

Step one in proper shaving is the use of a good pre-shave oil. Now it may seem like an unnecessary step, but there are actually a great deal of benefits:

  • Made with natural ingredients
  • Hydrates skin 
  • Prevents razor burn 
  • Allows razor to glide smoothly across the skin
  • Results in a closer shave
  • Generally safe for the skin 
  • Better protects the skin when using a double-edge safety razor

So now you know it’s a great addition to your shaving routine, but you might be wondering when and how to use it. People have different ways of using pre-shave oil, but we find that the following steps bring the best results: 

  1. Take a hot shower or wash face with warm water to open up pores
  2. Gently pat your face to dry, but try to keep the skin slightly damp to add moisture
  3. Apply pre-shave oil 
  4. Apply shaving soap or cream 
  5. Enjoy a close, smooth shave 

It really is that easy, and while it may be an extra step, it won’t take long and will be well worth the extra couple of minutes. All good things (like soft, smooth skin and the best shave of your life) require work, so if you’re looking to level up your shave game, this is a great start. 

 Stay tuned for Part 2 of Beginners Guide to Serious Shaving where we tell you what to do AFTER you shave. 





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Rocking the 'Stache With Style: 7 Tips for Using Mustaches Wax

Mustaches are the new in thing; if you don't have one, you'd better start questioning why not!? But if you do have one, you'd better believe in 2020 that you should be maintaining it properly.

We don't just mean washing your mustache regularly, you should be doing that normally when you shower! We're talking about using specially produced mustache wax.

What is mustache wax you ask? Well, its a wax that you put on your mustache. Fairly self-explanatory, right? 

It's used primarily to keep your mustache design in place as well as to protect it from the elements. After all, mustache maintenance is just as important as full beard maintenance. Now that you know what it is, read on to find out 7 tips to using mustache wax today!

1. Mustache Wax: Choose Your Wax (Strength and Type)

Mustaches are more popular than ever, but you need to make sure yours looks as good as it can be. First things first, you need to know how to choose the right mustache wax for you. Two main things need to be considered here.

The first, and arguably most important, is the strength of your wax. You can purchase mustache wax in different holding strengths, typically light/medium, medium, strong and extra strong variations. 

The difference between them is that light/medium mustache wax isn't gonna hold as well as extra strong. The strength you'll need depends on how long your mustache is as well as how elaborate your styling is.

In addition to strength, the other main determiner between mustache wax brands is the type of wax it is. There are many different kinds with different properties, from organic mustache wax to tinted and vegan variants. 

Do some research on different brands to decide which of these you'd prefer to go with.

2. Think About Scent and Color

As well as strength and type, when deciding your mustache wax don't forget to consider the scent and color.

These factors won't change how the wax works on your mustache (too much) but will affect the smell and look of it. Many different mustache wax scents are on the market today, including citrus, timber, and mountain fresh.

When it comes to color, the decision is much easier. You should get a wax color that matches your hair color, so the wax blends in with your design. 

3. Don't Use Oil

The main mistake that first-time mustache waxers make is that they oil their mustache first. 

Wax isn't water-soluble, which is what helps it protect your mustache from rain and other elements. But it is oil-soluble; this means that if you apply wax to a well-oiled beard, the wax is likely to break down as you try to use it.

This is the exact opposite effect of what you want the wax to do. It should hold your mustache in place, not disintegrate on impact. To avoid this happening, simply don't use oil before using your mustache wax. 

Instead, apply it after you've showered and dried your face, so your mustache is clean and ready to be groomed.

4. Take Your Time

Another problem for mustache waxers is being impatient with the process. We know you often have a busy morning schedule and need to get your grooming done quickly so you can be out the door.

But if you take just a few minutes longer on your waxing, the results will show. Think about it as if you were sculpting a work of art, which you sort of are in a way. If you rush the process, it's going to look shoddily done or a bit messy in places.

But if you take your time, go from hair to hair, then the result will be something to marvel at. Once you've gotten more patient with mustache care, you can consider other habits to become a fully well-groomed man.

5. Be Gentle

Back to that work of art point; your mustache hair isn't the strongest material in the world. If you start pulling at it from every angle, you're going to hurt yourself and be left with a patchy mustache in the process.

Waxing isn't a rough, quick process, its a gentle and slow routine. This is particularly true for the ends of your mustache. The last thing you want to do is be twizzling your second end to have several hairs get pulled out.

You'd be left in pain with a lopsided mustache on your face. A little bit of caution goes a long way when it comes to mustache waxing. Perhaps if everyone adopts this approach then one-day mustaches will become more popular than beards.

6. Start From The Centre

It can be tempting to go straight for the ends of your mustache, but this isn't the best way of applying wax. The optimum approach is to start from the center and work outwards.

This is because much of your hair is found in the center of your mustache. This outward stroke can help you create a more cohesive design overall for your mustache.

7. Practice It

The best thing you can do when it comes to applying mustache wax is to keep practicing. You aren't going to get it perfect first time, but who does!?

The more you keep at it, the better your result will be. Think about practicing on days where you don't have to go outside, or as you get home in the evening if you're worried about people seeing your early attempts.

The more you work at it, the closer you'll come to the best mustache a man can have.

Where Can I Buy Mustache Wax?

You can buy quality mustache wax right here at Mountaineer Brand!

We specialize in beard and mustache care products and have a huge line of mustache wax to suit every need. If you want a timber scented mustache wax, or an extra firm option, we've got you covered.

Take a look at our full range of beard and mustache care products today. Or if you can't find what you're looking for on our website, please do contact us directly.

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Beard Care Just Got Better

We have been working hard over the years to perfect our beard care product formulas. Our goal is to make our customers the best, all natural men’s grooming products at an affordable price. With lots of research and carefully chosen ingredients, we developed a complete line of beard care essentials that deliver our customers the results they desire. Since perfecting the recipes of what is now known as our Classic Beard Care products, we've decided to step it up a notch, which brings us to our new Premium Beard Care product line. 

Premium Ingredients 

  • Jojoba- Rich in vitamins and minerals, this oil strengthens and deeply conditions your beard and skin. It also encourages hair growth by reducing excessive sebum buildup, resulting in a fuller, healthier beard. 
  • Grape Seed Oil- Filled with Vitamin E goodness, this carrier oil makes your beard more vibrant and lively. 
  • Almond Oil- This is a lightweight ingredient with heavy benefits like reducing skin inflammation, eliminating dandruff, and encouraging hair growth. 
  • Essential Oil Blend- We use our own special mix of high quality essential oils to top off the base. This proprietary blend will stimulate hair growth, improve cellular generation, eliminate dandruff, reduce hair loss, increase hair strength, and provide antibacterial properties.

This new, effective formula has it all for those that are seeking better health and more growth in their beard. The beneficial ingredients not only work, but smell great. Let's look into the aromas our Premium Line has to offer...

Essential 7: The Essential 7 Blend of Premium beard care is a special formulation of carrier oils and 7 essential oils. It has an earthy scent with pepper and citrus after notes, creating a rugged, yet classy aroma. Just like our Classic Line, this variation has a full line of beard care products available to help you along your growing journey. 

Original Blend : This variant offers a light and invigorating scent. It's still packed full of all the benefits the Premium Line has to offer, including our proprietary blend of essential oils for optimal beard health. Just like the Essential 7, our Original Blend has a full line of beard care products available. 

Don't let the superior ingredients and quality packaging intimidate you... these products are still very affordable. We want to offer the best products money can buy without breaking your bank, so we also have convenient payment plan options available. 

Premium Line products can be purchased individually or all together in one of our Premium Beard Care Kits. 

So, we stepped up our game and created what we believe to be the best beard care products on the market. Premium Line products are sure to make your beard look, smell and feel great, all while being the healthiest it has ever been. Are you ready to step up your game and make the switch for a premium growing experience?

 

 

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7 Maintenance Tips for Your First Beard

According to a recent survey, 75 percent of American men feel more confident when rocking some facial hair. We know that we do.

Facial hair is a symbol of manliness, strength, and reliability. Think of the great masculine icons from history like lumberjacks, mountain men, special forces soldiers, and Spartan warriors. There's one thing they all have in common: well-cultivated facial hair.

Yet, as any amateur beard-grower will know, you can't leave your hair to grow and expect a magnificent beard to emerge fully-formed. Whether this is your first beard or your hundredth, if you don't maintain it, you'll end up with a scraggly, untameable beard. No one needs that kind of knock to their follicular confidence.

Maintaining a beard can seem like a lot of work. The truth is once you've bought a few supplies like our beard oil, developing a good beard care routine is easy.

We want you to grow that awesome beard of your dreams. Stick around and we'll show you how!

1. Invest in a Beard Brush and Comb

Keeping your first beard tidy is key if you want to remain confident in your facial locks. To keep it looking neat, you'll need to brush it regularly.

Once you've had your beard for around a month, you need to invest in a boar bristle brush. These are made from boar hair, which is very similar to human hair. This means that as it makes its way through your hair, it doesn't irritate or pull too much.

Brushing regularly removes detritus from your beard and promotes blood circulation. Do you know what good blood circulation does? It promotes good facial hair growth.

You can use the brush across all different beard lengths, but combs are a little more specialized.

You should use a beard comb once you've had your beard for three months or so when it's starting to get noticeably long. A beard comb has two sides, one with thicker teeth and one with thinner teeth. This makes it perfect for detailing and controlling your mane.

2. Beard Oil and Balm Are Essential

No matter if this is your first beard or just your most recent, you need to be using beard oil from the very start. Beard oil moisturizes the skin underneath your beard which keeps your skin and beard at their healthiest.

It also softens your beard hair, which means your partner isn't going to have to deal with scratchy kisses. 

Once your beard is long enough to use a comb, you should start using beard balm, too. The balm works wonders on your beard's hair and doubles as a styling agent, almost like a very soft hair wax.

3. Don't Try to Style It Too Soon

Some amateur beard-growers will attempt to style their beard too soon and ruin their progress. You can't take a pair of scissors or a trimmer to your beard too soon. It's like hacking at a bonsai tree and hoping for some world-class topiary.

Your beard needs to be at least an inch to an inch and a half long before you start styling it. Bear with it through the straggly phase. It might not be your dream beard quite yet, but just as every journey begins with a single step, every great beard begins with a bit of wildness.

4. Eat a Good Diet and Exercise

We know what you're thinking: "I came here for beard tips, not lifestyle advice." It may sound trite, but if you want to grow a great beard, you need to take care of yourself.

Exercise helps maintain good circulation and oxygen concentrations in your blood, which leads to healthier hair. Doing resistance training at home or the gym leads to increased testosterone too, which increases facial hair growth. 

As for diet, certain foods can give your beard a boost. These include:

  1. Foods high in iron and zinc like red meat and legumes
  2. Fruits and vegetables packed with vitamins for hair growth
  3. Healthy fats

5. Trim a Neckline

If you're growing a short, first beard, you need to trim a neckline into your beard. Don't make the mistake of thinking that nature will take care of this for you: it won't and you'll be left with a messy bit of facial fungus.

To find your neckline, place your fingers above your Adam's apple. Then trace a U shape to your ear on each side. This will be your neckline. 

There is one exception to this rule. If your beard is long, you can leave your neckline, as the longer hair on the front will cover it anyway, and it'll contribute to a fuller beard.

6. Wash Your Beard

Washing your beard is like washing the hair on top of your head. It's an essential part of good hygiene and making your beard look its best.

You should shampoo your beard a couple of times a week. This keeps your beard clean, fresh, and looking great. You can use ordinary shampoo on it, but for the best results, we recommend using our special beard wash!

7. Forget the Shaving Myth

There's a myth that if you shave your beard, the hair will grow back faster or thicker. This isn't true. This myth springs from the way that shaving leaves sharp ends on your hairs, which can feel coarser, but aren't.

If you want to grow a thicker beard, use the tips that we've given you, eat a good diet, exercise, and get plenty of sleep.

How We Can Help You With Your First Beard

Growing your first beard can be a tense experience. It can be fraught with itchiness, worries, and stress. 

Here at Mountaineer Brand, we want to help our unbearded brethren embrace the beard that's in their hearts and get a fantastic first beard. Take a look around our site and you'll find a range of oils, balms, washes, and more that can help take your beard to the next level!

If you've got any questions about our products, please get in touch with us! We'd be happy to help you.

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Soap is Soap

COVID-19 is taking over the news, internet, and communities across the globe. Times of uncertainty can cause mass panic, prompting people to buy in bulk. The struggle is all too real when it comes to finding basic essentials needed for everyday life. Toilet paper, hand soap, sanitizing wipes, disinfectant sprays and more are wiped from shelves as soon as they are restocked, causing many families to go without. We can’t help much in the toilet paper and Lysol departments, but we have plenty of soap on our shelves during these trying times. 

A great deal of shoppers are seeking hand soap, specifically one with the word “antibacterial” slapped on the label. There are a few issues here… 

  1. It’s almost impossible to find right now 
  2. These soaps haven’t been proven safe for long term use by the FDA
  3. The ingredients in antibacterial soaps are not proven to be any more effective than washing with plain soap and water

Another thing to take into consideration is that COVID-19 is a virus, and antibacterial products are NOT antiviral. Washing with any plain, lathering soap gets the job done if your method is on point. Below we have listed the 5 steps to proper hand washing according to the CDC:

  1. Wet hands with clean, running water. Turn off tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather the soap between the palms and fingers, back of hands, and under fingernails.
  3. Scrub for at least 20 seconds. A good way to time yourself is to sing “Happy Birthday” in your head twice from start to finish. 
  4. Rinse hands well under clean, running water. 
  5. Use a clean towel to dry hands or allow them to air dry. 

Now, how often should you wash your hands? The CDC recommends washing them often, especially during this global pandemic. Key times to lather up are:

  • Before, during and after food preparation
  • Before eating 
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick 
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After changing diapers 
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing nose 
  • After touching and caring for animals 
  • After handling pet foods
  • After touching garbage 
  • After you have been in a public place 
  • Before touching eyes, nose or mouth 

Now that you know when and how to wash your hands, let’s dive into what we have to offer. Keep in mind that the type of soap you are using to clean your hands isn’t important; it’s all about how you use it. Soap is soap if your method is dope! 

Mountaineer Brand Soaps:

  • Classic Beard Wash - 5 Scent Variations 
  • Premium Beard Wash - Original Blend
  • Premium Beard Wash - Essential 7  
  • Chaga Shampoo Bar
  • Body Wash - 5 Scent Variations  
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    Whatever you choose to wash your hands with, make sure you’re doing it often and efficiently. We want to keep you, your loved ones, and community healthy, so practice proper hand hygiene and stay well! 

    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When and How to Wash Your Hands, April 2, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html.



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