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Stubble Guide

Women are always called high maintenance, and most are. However, a man's face requires a great deal of work as well, regardless of the look he's going for. One of these looks is "stubble". 
Growing in popularity, stubble is a look seen on many faces in Hollywood and men's fashion models world wide. It may seem like the easy way out, but that's simply not the case. Stubble requires work, too. If this is the look you want to pursue, we've provided some helpful hints to get you through. 
First thing you want to do is let your facial hair grow free for a week. This is really important, so don't give in! You need an idea of your growth pattern and speed. This will ultimately help you decide if stubble style is for you. If it just doesn't seem to fit, fear not. You can always grow out your beard :)
If you make the choice to go with this look, you must commit. This will require frequent grooming, just like shaving or maintaining a beard. You will find yourself needing to do a trim a few times a week. 
Now, trimming rules. After your week of growing, pull out the clippers, but don't go too crazy too quickly. Shorten in increments... this way you will see what length looks best on you. And while we're on the subject of trimming, let's talk about the neckline. 
You need to decide if your neckline will be kept clean or stay rugged. If you choose to go the rugged route, you've got to be sure to blend and fade the neckline. Otherwise, you may as well just grow a beard. A hairy neck without a beard is not so appealing. 
You can still care for your stubble with products! Your skin needs to be healthy, regardless of the length of your facial hair. Our Pine Tar wash and balm are extremely helpful with the itch that comes along with this look. 
As you can see, this look requires maintenance, just like anything else you decide to do with your face. That's just reality. Good grooming is a part of daily life. No matter the choice you make, Mountaineer Brand has something for all faces. 
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Behind the Scenes

Running a business is a TON of work. To be honest, even I'm not sure exactly what it entails, however, I do see the work that these two people put into this business every single day. 
Work is an understatement. Countless hours of paying attention to each and every detail of every single aspect, striving to keep things running smoothly, focusing on goals and making them happen, keeping our very valued customers happy... and so much more. 
I'm not sure how they do it, but they do- and they do it with a smile on their faces. 
Pictured above is Eric aka  "Mr. Mountaineer", CEO and founder of Mountaineer Brand, and his sister Meredith, Chief Operating Officer. I just wanted to take a second to give them some credit for everything they do for the company, the employees, and the customers. 
Eric and Meredith, we appreciate everything you do! Keep on being rock stars!
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Itchy Beard Syndrome

So, you've overcome the beginning stages of beard growth. You thought the worst was over, but you're STILL itching. Dandruff flakes are falling, blanketing your shoulders like a fresh snowfall. Sexy huh?  You thought you were using all the right products- oil, balm, wash, etc.- but you just can't tame that awful itch and dryness. 
Don't give up. You haven't exhausted all your options. As a matter of fact, we have products for people just like you. Let's take a look!
First let's go over all the ingredients in the products that will help to ease this issue. Grape seed, Almond, and Castor oils are all helpful when it comes to conditioning and soothing the skin. Eucalyptus and Lavender essential oils provide great moisture and stimulate your hair follicles, leading to an even more epic beard. 
But wait, my beard products already contain these ingredients... I'm still itching and flaking!
Well, here's the secret ingredient to the cure for your problem. Pine Tar. 
What is it exactly? 
Baseball players may be familiar with this substance, but this stuff isn't going to help you keep a grip on your bat. Believe it or not, Pine Tar has been used to help relieve problem skin for hundreds of years. It soothes itchy skin caused by eczema, psoriasis, inflammation, and even bug bites. It's commonly used as an additive in shampoo to get rid of dandruff, which we have also done with our Pine Tar beard wash. We decided to spice up our other beard care products with this magical ingredient, and our customers have been very pleased with the results. 
So, if you're having any of the problems mentioned above, here's what we recommend:

Or, you could go all out and get the whole package with our Pine Tar Complete Beard Care Kit. All of these products combined will give you optimal results, and you'll be feeling relief as soon as you rub the product into your beard and onto the skin. 

If you're thinking of just one product to start, we highly recommend the wash. Dandruff is very frustrating, so you may think that massaging some Head and Shoulders shampoo in your beard is the way to go. This is simply not the case. In fact, you may find that your skin and beard are becoming more and more dry. A good beard shampoo is an absolute necessity. If you have sensitive, dry, or problem skin, the Pine Tar wash is the way to go. 

We're here to provide beard care for all beard types, and there are many, many types. If you're the flaky, dry, itchy type, look no further. Check out the reviews and see what you think. If you decide to give it a try and you aren't satisfied, we offer you a money back guarantee. 

So, what do you say? Are you ready to feel some relief? 

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    Will This Stuff Make My Beard Grow?

    I get this question quite a bit. Like 5 times a week. I always provide the same answer, but we'll get to that in a second. It's actually a great question to ask! There are so many brands out there that make this claim, but is there any truth behind what they're pitching? 
    The bottom line is, no. There is absolutely no magic growth serum that will make your beard grow thicker, faster, longer, etc. Why?
    Well, genetics play into this. Some men just don't have the genes for it. The good news is that there are several styles you can rock with minimal facial hair. Another factor is age. Don't get discouraged if you're 20 years old and don't have a massive, mountain man beard. Take a breather- all great things take time. Another problem? Giving up too quickly. Oftentimes men get discouraged a couple weeks in because they aren't seeing as much growth as they'd like and they have to deal with that horrid itch. Did you know that it takes at least a month to grow out a full beard? The itch WILL subside after a week or so (but we have products to help with that) and you will find that if you just stick with it, you'll be pretty satisfied with the end result. 
    So there are a few reasons behind my "no" answer. Here is what I tell our customers when they ask that question...
    While our products won't make your beard grow thicker, faster, or longer, proper beard care encourages healthier hair growth. Utilizing the appropriate products together will prevent your beard from dryness and breakage. Also, the essential oils we use in our products, like Eucalyptus for example, are said to encourage hair growth in general. That isn't us claiming that it's a magic serum, it's just us telling you what science tells us! 
    With that being said, why not start now? We offer a wide variety of products that will be kind to your beard and the skin beneath it. For $38.00, you can have it all- EVERYTHING you need to get the ball rolling on your beard growing journey. This gets you the Complete Beard Care Kit, which includes a brush, wash, oil and balm. These products combined have received nothing but positive feedback from beard growers worldwide, and we're pretty sure you'll feel the same way. If you decide to give it a try and don't like the results, we'll give you your money back- no questions asked. So, what do you say? Are you ready for epic, bearded greatness? 
    Let's get this thing started!
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    8 Reasons to Grow a Beard in 2017

    Beards are being seen on more and more faces nowadays. The bigger they are, the better they are. It turns out that facial hair has become somewhat of a lifestyle marker, and social media networks offer sound proof of this. Hashtags galore, such as #beardlife, #beardgang and #beardzone (to name just a few) will take you to hundreds of thousands of photographs of some of the most epic and wondrous beards your eyes will ever see. Is this a mere trend, or are the factual benefits behind growing a beard finally being brought to light? Regardless of what lies behind this puzzling mystery, here are 8 reasons you may want to join forces with the bearded brethren and rock some whiskers in 2017. 
    # 1- Protect your Skin
    Everyone enjoys some fun in the sun. It would be cruel to deprive yourself of blue skies and salty ocean air, but we know all too well how damaging the sun can be. Scientific studies have shown that beards are essentially a built-in sunscreen for your face. In fact, your mug will be protected from 90-95% of harmful UV rays. Not only will your beard assist in protecting you from skin cancer, it will also keep your skin looking younger by protecting you from permanent damage that the sun can cause. Wrinkles and age spots are no fun, right? If you can protect yourself from these aging evils by doing something so simple, why not? 
    #2- Build Confidence
    When a man has a beard, he radiates confidence. He gains more respect from others by showing dominance without saying a word. Masculinity is all that's necessary, and the beard that so gracefully flows from your face asserts just that. If you want to get scientific, way back to the prehistoric days, men grew beards for warmth, protection, and intimidation. Protection from the sun was mentioned previously, but we can now add a defense against arctic elements. Intimidation factors into masculinity. The more masculine you are, the more intimidating you will be to others. The more intimidating you are to others, the more respect you will gain, and a well respected man is an absolute powerhouse. Get ready to take on the world, bearded wonder! (Within reason, please) 
    #3- Balding Gracefully
    According the American Hair Loss Association, 2/3 of men will experience some sort of hair loss by the age of 35. While that may not sound like a devastating blow, most of us know someone that inherited the unfortunate genetics of their maternal grandpa and began balding at the young age of 18. Or, maybe you're one of those people. Fortunately, there's a solution- your head doesn't have to look like a future-telling crystal ball. Spruce up the naked canvas with a luscious beard. It's like adding sprinkles to ice cream, icing to cake, bourbon to water... you get it. Enhance the features you have with a tasteful and appealing addition. 
    #4- Look More Intelligent
    Picture this, if you will... a man standing in a crowded room, deep in thought, looking wise beyond his years and stroking his beard inquisitively. Yes, that could be you. Some of the most intelligent minds of history were bearded men. So, even though you may not have the prophetic mind of Nostradamus or the honesty of Abe, the human brain associates beards with wisdom and upstanding character, so you're an honest genius by default. 
    #5- You Have a Natural Allergen Filter
    It makes perfect sense if you think about it. Those pesky nose hairs that you have to trim tediously are there for a reason- to filter out the toxins and allergens that float around in the air you breathe. You can double that filtration with the all-powerful beard. Seasonal allergy symptoms will be more mild, and you'll be less likely to fall victim to illness during cold and flu season. No "achoo" for you. Again, it's beard FTW!
    Not yet convinced? 
    #6- Chicks Dig It
    Not in a superficial "OMG, he's so trendy and sexy" kind of way. This is science. Women are scientifically proven to be more attracted to men with facial hair, and a recent study has shown that bigger beards provide better results. Full beards give ladies the impression that a man is full of masculinity, sexual maturity, patience and loyalty. The scientific message behind the mask of these sultry words is- wait for it, guys- You are the perfect, long-term relationship candidate with husband potential and extreme baby making skills. If you aren't prepared for this, please go to your local drug store and purchase some clippers. 
    #7- Save Time, Money and Frustration
    Shaving is a time consuming routine that is typically performed every other day by men who choose to go for the cleaned up look. Lather the cream, butter up the face, and GO... then you nick your face, continue, rinse out the razor, continue, nick yourself again, rinse out the razor, continue, rinse off your face, dry your face, apply small pieces of toilet paper to your cuts, rinse the sink clean of tiny pieces of stubble... I'm exhausted already. Then there's the cost- razors, cream, aftershave, moisturizers (because shaving strips your skin of the oils it naturally produces to be healthy and soft), blemish treatments (because dry skin causes irritation and acne)... the list continues, but the point is, it's all downright frustrating. Save yourself the hassle. Let it grow, get some quality beard care products that will last you for months, and rid your life of a pesky, repetitive chore. 
    #8- Get Creative
    Beards aren't just cost effective, element protecting chick magnets. They are a blank canvas waiting to be transformed into a work of art. You can decorate your face to fit any season, or (if you're feeling adventurous) any day of the week. Take creativity to the next level, and when you find your own personal style of wacky perfection, show it off to the world! Competitions such as the National Beard and Moustache Championships are a true display of beard style innovation. Fair warning, the competition is stiff, so make sure you're ready! 
    Come on, gentlemen. Step over the velvet rope and join the VIB (Very Intriguing Beard) section. We listed 8 great reasons to drop the razor, but you will find that there are many, many more. Just try it- we guarantee you won't have any regrets!
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