How The Braun Series 5 Made It Surprisingly Fun To Shave Off My Beard

by 2 months ago

Presented in partnership with Braun

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.

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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:

Mutton Chops

  • Established in mid-19th century.
  • Makes you feel like you’re a Wild West railroad conductor
  • Or perhaps a saloon barkeep

Horseshoe ‘Stache

  • 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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