The gentleman and the beard
It has come to my attention that there is a misconception that gentlemen do not have beards. This rumour has been started by certain parties and I must say that it is wrong. There is more to facial hair than the moustache and it is called the beard. Beards have been worn by men since the cavemen and the the modern beard was brought about by Socrates who cultivated his beard with the first pair of scissors ever invented.
There seems to be a certain stigma attached to the hirsute gentleman (other than his beard) and we here at The Gentleman would like to change this.
Over the centuries the beard has gone in and out of gentlemanly style but it seems that now it has become associated with a dirty, unkempt look that is below a gentleman. However a well kept beard can do the exact opposite, just like a clean pair of spats can get you into the White House.
A well groomed beard can not only display your virility to the fairer sex, it can also be used to duel with other, less-bearded men over matters of honour. Unfortunately with a great beard comes great responsibility. Many gentlemen will have beard envy and will try anything to get rid of it. On the flip side of the coin you might find your significant other trying to de-beard you after a severe case of beard rash.
Unfortunately these are the follies associated with the beard and have since seen the decline of a once majestic gentlemanly facial hair.
The main thing to remember about growing a gentlemanly beard is grooming. Like all good gentlemen you should go to the barber daily to get a shave and have your hair fixed up before the barber slaps some tonic in it for strength. A beard is no different and needs the same amount of attention that you would invest in improving your golf swing (ruffly 40 hours a week).
So there you have it.