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I like to think of beard care and lawn care as two chores that share a common denominator: Diligence.
The same diligence that goes into groundskeeping a lush, green lawn goes into caring for one’s whiskers.
Both require routine.
Both require patience.
Both come from a place of pride – The cosmetic vanity of keeping a beard or lawn well-manicured, sure, but also an accompanying sense of accomplishment that comes from getting the job done.
And, of course, both require the proper equipment.
You wouldn’t cut through a couple hundred square feet of ankle-high weeds with grass shears, after all.
So you absolutely wouldn’t attempt to trim a beard off with a manual razor.
I’m a hairy dude by nature. I love IPAs and ’90s rock – basically a cliche of a normie dude in his 30s with a dad bod. For the past three years, I’ve leaned into my inner-grizzly genetics, growing a gnarly beard that’s become a sense of pride and joy. As any hirsute lumberjack will tell you, a proper beard really does become a part of your identity – you feel a sense of kinship with other beardsmen, which can only best be described as a fraternal understanding of knowing just how hard it is to eat chicken wings or soup.
But after months of quarantine, as I watched my beloved beard morphed into a gross neckbeard without regular trips to the barber, I was finally ready to mix up my look and trim it down.
My tool of choice?
The Braun Series 5.
It’s one of the new waterproof, easy-to-operate shavers from Braun that features specialized cutting elements for the thickest of facial hair.
The Braun Series 5 boasts a middle trimmer to capture longer hairs, along with two ultra-thin SensoFoils to snap on for a close and thorough shave. The Braun Series 5 features Braun’s new EasyClean system, so I don’t even need to remove the shaver head to clean up.
This is exactly what I needed for my dense facial hair, which had sprouted into an itchy, overgrown forest of split ends after months of neglect.
But what’s the point in shaving it off if you can’t have a little fun?
The Braun Series 5 was developed to adjust to the contours of your face, which is why it makes shaping a big bushy beard so much fun.
With that in mind, I headed out to my lawn and used this precisely-engineered shaver to sculpt out three distinct styles I’ve always wanted to explore:
- Established in mid-19th century.
- Makes you feel like you’re a Wild West railroad conductor
- Or perhaps a saloon barkeep
- Popularized by bikers, rock stars, and professional wrestlers in the ’70s and 80s.
- Automatically comes with a black leather vest and a bicep tattoo.
The Dad ‘Stache
- Popularized by dads everywhere for decades.
- Commonly paired with white sneakers, mid-calve socks and a ride along lawnmower.
- Relishes in the title of “Grill Master”, excels at tapping the tongs
- Will turn this car around if he has to
Voilà!… a fresh face
Oh my. Can’t say I’ve seen this guy for a while:
Nice to re-meet you after all these years.
Because the journey is the destination when shaving a beard off, here’s a video tutorial of how easy it was to use the Braun Series 5.
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