Dr. Allan Peterkin is a physician, author and professor. He has published 14 books, most recently The Bearded Gentlemen: A Style Guide To Shaving Face. He is currently working with Dove Men+Care and helping dudes care for their faces.
1. Thanks to all the facial hair in Game of Thrones, we assume that everyone had the ability to grow a beard. What were the options for lads with scant facial hair in the Dark Ages?
There are very few records on hairstyles from the Dark Ages, so we rely on approximations from artists of later eras. Courtiers and royalty sported a variety of facial hairstyles, but often long mustaches predominated as long tresses were associated with great honor. For much of the time period, the only men who were clean-shaven without any facial hair at all were slaves.
2. How would a “Soul Patch” have been received? What are the origins of the Soul Patch?
The Soul Patch is a style staple for the collegiate set. While it used to be considered a man’s first step toward facial hair, it has begun to gain support as a simple way to experiment with facial hair without going all the way to a full beard.
3. I’d like to “axe” you a question. Is everyone bearded, or at least hairy because the only way to shave was with the blade of their sword?
While shaving was not easy in the dark ages, it was possible. Facial hair at that time was made fashionable by royalty, and short, cropped hair was a sign of subservience (and thus all slaves were clean shaven). Among the first razors were iron blades that came about by 500 BCE, when Alexander the Great insisted his soldiers were clean-shaven to avoid any beard-grabbing in combat. These razors tended to rust and grow blunt easily, cutting those who used them and killing many with tetanus. The wealthy had personal, intricate blades that their servants used to shave them. For others, barber shops did exist, and also served as a hub for gossip and socializing. Some like Julius Caesar took a more extreme approach and had beard hairs plucked out individually with tweezers.
4. Of all the facial hair styles on Game of Thrones, which was the most preferred in that era, and what character’s hair would translate as “cool” to the present day?
Oberyn’s mustache and nearly hairless chin or Tormund’s full, long beard would have been the most typical/popular during the Middle Ages. It’s highly unlikely that the ruling royal family would have been clean shaven as the Lannister’s are!
Presently, beards like Jon Snow’s and Daario Naaharis’ have been sported by men of all ages, but for the coming summer months, Jamie Lannister’s clean shaven face is very on trend. With this look, it’s important to use a moisturizer with SPF like Dove Men+Care Hydrate+ Face Lotion. This lotion makes it easy to keep the skin moisturized and cared for while offering protection against the strong summer sun.
5. In Game of Thrones, we see plenty of dudes with unruly facial hair hooking up with hot babes. When did women become so adverse to immense facial hair and what spurred the transition?
One would think that most women prefer a clean shaven guy, since facial hair can sometimes be irritating to a woman’s skin. However, recent studies have shown that women are actually most attracted to a man with heavy stubble.* In the study both men and women rated full beards highest for parenting ability and healthiness, and masculinity ratings increased linearly as facial hair increased. So those hairy faces in Game of Thrones do actually attract women.
What exactly is a “Dreadnought”? 1) A person that fears nothing. 2) One that is amongst the largest and most powerful of its kind. Which makes it perfect to tackle your badass face skin that needs to be moisturized into submission.
Dreadnought is on a mission to convince the men of the world to “man up and moisturize!” And the new Dreadnought Cooling Moisturizer is a product featuring the “manliest of ingredients”.
Comprised of hard-assed, exotic compounds like Prickly Pear, Stinging Nettle and Fenugreek, they actually join forces to moisturize and reinvigorate the skin.
The moisturizer itself is a cream, not a gel, and has a full-bodied, thick consistency, yet quickly absorbs into the skin.
Also, you don’t have to douse yourself in the product to completely cover your targeted area. Because it is high-quality, a small dollop will cover the entire surface of your face.
The scent screamed “MAN!” without being invasive or overbearing, and has a certain stateliness to it. It lends itself to a quick spruce up before a night on the prowl and almost serves as an aftershave in that capacity, with a crisp, clean scent.
If you have tough, hard to moisturize (aka “manly”) skin that usually destroys inferior “brand x” products, take the challenge that is Dreadnought.
Oh, and the canister just looks cool sitting on your sink or designated “man grooming” area.
For more information and to check out the entire line of awesome Dreadnought products, visit the website here.
Men get bored easily. No matter how good a grooming product is, and no matter how much we like it, we’re always looking for the newest, hottest thing. Maybe it’s the thrill of the hunt or the excitement of a new conquest, but Birchbox has built a one of a kind delivery system around man’s natural instinct to choose and then fall in love with many partners.
Birchbox was founded in 2010 and helps consumers discover the best beauty, grooming and lifestyle products through monthly deliveries of curated, deluxe samples that are tailored to their grooming likes and dislikes.
Each box includes a mix of products across categories – from makeup and hair, to skincare and body – plus lifestyle extras. An important trend in the evolution of retail for both brands and consumers lies in the discovery experience.
Here’s how it works: For $20 a month, Birchbox will send you a monthly care package of high-end grooming and lifestyle samples from top brands. The contents of the package are determined in part by your Grooming Profile that you fill out on the site.
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The Schick Hydro 5 Sensitive Collection had all the sensitivity of a toddler petting a kitten on a pillow with a rainbow in the background, while listening to Richard Marx’s hit power ballad, “Hold Onto the Nights.”
As a dude, shaving your chin is a delicate, sensitive process. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve nicked myself in that particular area based solely on excessive speed and a lack of tenderness.
Luckily, the Schick Hydro 5 Sensitive is here to save us from ourselves. The Ultra Glide Blades are equipped with Skin Guards (that would be a sweet band name) that smooth the surface of the skin while you shave. In the 20-plus shaves I used the product, it didn’t happen once. And I sped through my shaves like a young Apollo Ohno.
Since we’re being sensitive, I have a confession to make. Thanks to investing in high priced, high-end shaving creams (not to be confused with the Tribe Called Quest classic, “The Low End Theory”) over the years, I’ve tended to look upon Edge products with a jaundiced eye.
I mean, look at the people Edge hangs out with — Wal-Mart, Target and almost any other national retail chain. Edge will pretty much align itself with anyone that will have it, and those whoreish tendencies have never been lost on me.
But, as with the case of many whores, there is also something that attracts you in the first place, no matter how many strange beds she’s laid in.
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- Old Spice Guy Terry Crews Said So – Terry Crews helped introduce new Old Spice Shave Gel last year, so he knows what he’s talking about. He also looks pretty intimidating with his shirt off.
- First Day of Spring (March 20) – It’s time for guys to hibernate those nasty winter beards.
- Beard Envy – With any new facial hair transplant comes the need for a new beard trimmer. Talk about taking advantage of a trend.
New Old Spice Electric Shavers and Trimmers:
- Hair Clipper ($49.99) – Like a lawn mower for your hair with 8 adjustable settings.
- Beard & Head Trimmer ($49.99) – Get your face and head shipshape with 12 adjustable settings for precisely trimmed beardstyles and hairstyles.
- Wet & Dry Shave & Trim ($59.99) – This is the pocket knife of shavers for your face. Shave, trim and define with one tool, in and out of the shower.
- Shaver ($69.99) – Like 3 smooth barbers for your face, this shaver features a triple-action cutting system with twin foils that shave off stubble and an integrated cutter that shortens longer hairs.
- Wet & Dry Shaver ($79.99) – Features triple-action cutting system that’s tough on hair and smooth on skin. Can be used on land or at sea (in the shower) with Old Spice shave gel. For more information on the new shavers, visit oldspice.com.