Movember has been around for quite few years now, but new on the scene is its beardy cousin, Decembeard. The premise is simple: grow your facial fuzz and help raise money for bowel cancer.
The charity’s founder, Craig Jones, was inspired by the success of Movember, saying that while Movember was “’Tashes for Testicles’… ‘Beards for Bowels’ came from our aim to raise awareness of bowel cancer by growing beards all year round, but mainly campaigning each December… ‘Decembeard’ if you will.”
Why should you grow a beard this Decembeard
Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, with someone diagnosed every 15 minutes. However, 90% of cases can be treated successfully, if the cancer is diagnosed early. That’s why the work Decembeard does in raising awareness of the symptoms is vital – and why here at Woodhouse Clothing, we want to help raise awareness for this charity too.
If you’re looking for some beard inspiration, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered together 10 of the best beards in history, showing that no matter what your style, any man can pull off a beard.
Whether you’re hoping for a face of well-groomed stubble or bushy lion’s mane, put down your razor and start growing your beard. Here are 10 of the best beards in history:
While he was clean shaven in his most recent appearance as both Kray twins in Legend, and virtually hairless as the mighty Bane, Tom Hardy is man who likes a beard. Over the last few years, he’s been sporting an impressive beard, which certainly helped him look the part for Mad Max: Fury Road. If its rugged good looks you’re after, try a Tom Hardy-esque beard.
Fresh from the set of Spectre, Christoph Waltz is the man of the moment. As an actor that didn’t get his big break until he was in his mid-fifties, he’s famous for his silvered, rugged look. In Django Unchained, a role for which he won an Oscar, Waltz sported a fearsome bushy beard, in true 1850s style.
David Beckham has had as many beard-styles as he has hairstyles. However, this beard sums up classic masculine style: it’s sculpted, yet rugged. As one of the greatest football players of all time, style-wise, David Beckham is man aging like a fine wine. You simply can’t go wrong with this look at Decembeard.
Mr T may be a 1980s icon, but if you want a retro “tough guy” beard, you could try growing his signature, sculpted beard – and maybe even the striking hairstyle to match. However, one thing’s for sure, the excessive gold jewellery to match is something which should stay back in the 1980s.
Hugh Jackman’s beard will be forever associated with the wolfish and wild look of Wolverine. When he’s not part-wolf, the beard often stays with him. Most recently, his beard has taken an even more roguish turn when he played Blackbeard in Pan. Get your stubble prickling and try a wolverine-style beard this Decembeard.
From chiselled stubble to a bushy beard, Jake Gyllenhaal’s chin has been home to many beard styles. Recently, he’s had a wilder look filming Everest, as he’s starred as Scott Fischer, the expedition leader, who attempted to lead the team up the summit. While you may struggle to grow a beard of this length within the month of Decembeard, it’s certainly something to aim for.
From the ruthless drug lord “Stringer” Bell in the HBO series, The Wire, to his portrayal of Heimdall in Thor: The Dark World, Idris Elba is the man of the moment – and a man often seen sporting a stylishly groomed stubble beard. There’s even rumours he could be the next Bond.
Jonny Depp is characterised by his well-groomed facial hair. His moustache and goatee, combined with round, dark-rimmed glasses is his signature look and certainly a great style to try this Decembeard. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could try to replicate Jack Sparrow’s braided goatee.
Ernest Hemmingway was as much a man of action as he was a man of words. Aside from being one of America’s greatest novelists, Hemmingway was a deep-sea fisherman, great white hunter, war hero and all-round tough guy – his rugged, earthy beard sums up this persona.
The father of psychoanalysis may be better known for his theories than his facial hair, but Freud has what the Guardian describes as a classic Edwardian beard – a beard that’s tighter at the sides and longer on the chin. It’s a great choice this Decembeard if you want to hark back to a more historical look.
Want to get involved?
Now you’ve got some inspiration, there are many ways that you can get involved this year – register here to find out more.
Already bearded? The charity recommends grooming, decorating or dyeing your beard for the month, as way to raise money.
Grooming Tips for the Bearded Man
Keep your facial hair in order (unless, of course, you’re going for the wild, untamed look) with our range of grooming products. Not only that we have put together a shaving guide with the best tips and tricks to staying well groomed, which you can check out here.
Check out this selection of beard-taming supplies, perfect for the month of Decembeard:
- Beardsley Cantaloupe Ultra Shampoo For Beards – with a botanical formula, this is a natural way to keep your beard clean
- Beardsley Ultra Conditioner For Beards – after a wash, this conditioner will make your prickly beard a thing of the past
- Bounder Extra Firm Moustache Wax – Moustaches and beards go hand-in-hand. With pure British beeswax, fine Caribbean navy rum and extracts of vanilla, this wax allows you to sculpt your moustache to perfection
- Beardsley Lotion for Beards – with a cooling, aromatic bay rum scent, this lotion helps you to style your beard
- Beardsley Oil for Beards – this lightweight, anytime-use oil, helps you to tame a wilder beard
- Carter and Bond Moustache Comb LIGHT – perfect for grooming beards as well as moustaches, this comb will keep your facial hair in order
- Man Not Ape Mountain Top Beard Wax – don’t turn into an ape this Decembeard and tame your facial hair, with Man Not Ape beard wax designed to combat dry skin, kill bacteria and condition your beard
You’ve got style inspiration, a good cause and the grooming products, it’s time to get growing. Head over to the Decembeard website to find out more.