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Brotherhood of the Moustaches of Distinction (BotMoD)

A home for those of us who take the plunge and grow Victorian style facial hair.... Tips, tricks, photos

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Straight Razors

Started by Lord Sebastian Eldritch. Last reply by Prof. Jonus Naler Dec 13, 2014. 3 Replies

 Now that my mo' is finnaly 'ready', id like to know other's here views on straight razor's.Does anyone else use one ? how much did you pay for it? How do you find it compares with teh 'modern' throw…Continue


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Fu Manchu to Muttonchop: Styles of Victorian Facial Hair

Started by The Squire. Last reply by The Squire Feb 14, 2010. 3 Replies

The Moustache and the Beard ~ How many ways can it grow?Clean-shaven faces were uncommon; a pair of "mutton-chop" whiskers was de riguer; but a "pair of mustachios," as they were called, was never…Continue

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Comment by Leslie Orton on October 17, 2014 at 5:11pm

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Comment by Major Tam (A. Scot) on May 24, 2013 at 3:59am

Has there been anyone that has accomplished this or up to the challenge ?

Besides, the chap in the film. 

Comment by Major Tam (A. Scot) on May 10, 2013 at 4:04pm

Well chaps, This is the beginning of my facial hair adventures.

Trying to grow the chops with a curl up & feather back. 

Moustache same. 

Comment by Major Tam (A. Scot) on May 9, 2013 at 7:01pm

You’d be forgiven for thinking a beard was de rigueur at the Baftas.

From Ben Affleck and George Clooney to Hugh Jackman, Sam Mendes and Joaquin Phoenix, it seemed every celebrity male has joined the beard brigade.

The look that was first spotted on hipster twentysomethings has been taken on by their dads’ generation.

Ben Affleck
George Clooney

Beards at the Baftas: Ben Affleck (left) and George Clooney (right) have joined the beard brigade

Many women won’t want to put up with a scratchy-faced partner. 

But think twice before you tell your man to reach for a razor, because beards and moustaches might be beneficial for men’s health. 

This is still, it has to be said, an emerging field of thinking — but here, with tongue half in bearded cheek, we reveal the health upside of men’s facial hair...


A fuzzy face offers significant protection against sun damage and skin cancer, according to a recent study from the University of Southern Queensland published in the journal Radiation Protection Dosimetry. 

The researchers found that the parts of the face covered by beards and moustaches on average had a third less exposure to harmful UV rays compared with hair-free areas. 

The study was conducted in the Outback sun with mannequins and stick-on beards (1.5in and 3.5 in long), with a clean-shaven mannequin used as a comparison. 


The researchers used dosimetric techniques, which measure the amount of rays or radiation absorbed in a given time. 

Their results showed the beards appeared to offer 90 to 95 per cent protection against the sun, depending on length of hair.

Generally hair offers good protection against the sun, says Dr Nick Lowe, a leading London-based dermatologist. 

That’s why women have much less sun damage if their hair covers the back of their necks and the sides of their faces. 

‘It’s also a question of the thickness of hair,’ he says. ‘It’s similar to an SPF factor — the higher the hair density and thickness, the higher the SPF. 

‘I frequently see the classic example of this when I work in southern California. 

‘A balding, bearded surfer will have more sun damage and pre-cancers on their heads than they will on the top of their faces.’ 

Another theory is that coarse, curly beard hair breaks up the sun’s rays, says Iain Sallis, a consultant trichologist.

‘Light travels in straight lines, but when it hits curly hair the light waves refract, or break up, so they hardly ever reach the skin underneath.’ 

It also depends on how long the beard has been growing. 

Sun damage can also occur when it reflects off surfaces below the face — such as pale sand or water — so hair growth on men’s faces will add to the protection under the chin and neck.

However, Dr Lowe recommends men with facial hair use a thin sun lotion or spray that isn’t too greasy over the hair because a lot of beards are not very dense.


Men whose asthma is triggered by pollen and dust could find facial hair helps reduce their asthma symptoms

Men whose asthma is triggered by pollen and dust could find facial hair helps reduce their asthma symptoms

Men whose asthma is triggered by pollen and dust could find facial hair —– or more specifically, a big moustache —– helps reduce their asthma symptoms. 

Moustaches that reach the nasal area may stop allergens going up the nose and being inhaled by the lungs, says Carol Walker, hair medical expert and owner of Birmingham Trichology Centre.

Dr Rob Hicks, a London-based GP, thinks it’s only pollen — which is sticky — that might be trapped this way, preventing it getting into the airways. 

‘Dust particles are microscopic,’ he says. 

Even if moustaches did trap dust, then a downside, according to Dr Hicks, is that it can build up and it just takes one wipe or knock before it goes into the nose. 

‘In theory, a moustache could stop things that trigger asthma entering the airways, but it would have to be a big one,’ says Dr Felix Chua, a consultant respiratory physician at the London Clinic, Harley Street.


Over time, facial hair can help keep the skin young and in a good condition. 

The hair stops water leaving the skin — keeping it moisturised — by protecting it from the wind, which dries the skin and disturbs the protective skin barrier, says Dr Lowe. 

‘Also, if you put a moisturiser on then it will stay put under a beard or moustache much better than on an exposed or shaven skin where it can be more easily rubbed off.’ 

The simple presence of hair follicles on the face also helps, as do the sebaceous glands in the skin that coat the hair in protective oils.

Anywhere hair follicles and oil glands are present — including the chin, lower face and sides of the — makes the skin thicker (and men have more hair follicles in this area than women do).

‘Thicker skin is more resistant to damage, even if the man doesn’t have a beard, compared with women, whose skin tends to be thinner and have fewer hair follicles,’ says Dr Lowe. 


Thick beards that have grown under the chin and neck will raise the temperature of the neck and may help battle colds, says Carol Walker.

‘Hair is an insulator that keeps you warm. Long, full beards that trap the cold air and raise the temperature of the neck are going to be an added bonus when you’re under the weather,’ says Carol. 

‘When you have a sore throat, the body builds up temperature to kill the virus. 

'It has to run its course, but the warmer you keep yourself and the more fluids you drink equip you to fight it better.

‘Hair around the chin and neck adds another layer of protection.’
Facial hair can act as a physical barrier to cold temperature, says Dr Chua. 

‘A higher body temperature can help a cough, though you need to look at the underlying causes to treat it, too.

‘I’ve had patients who have said that if they wrap up by using something like a scarf their cough gets a bit better. It’s possible that a beard could also do this.’ 


Not shaving means no more nasty rashes. Shaving is usually the main cause of bacterial infections in the beard area, says Dr Martin Wade, consultant dermatologist at the London Skin and Hair Clinic. 

‘It can lead to razor rash, ingrown hairs and conditions such as folliculitis (infection of the hair follicles that causes spots), so men would benefit from growing a beard,’ he says.



Scientific evidence shows that beards can spread infections, says Dr Ron Cutler, microbiologist at Queen Mary, University of London. 

That’s why it’s important for fuzzy-faced men to wash and groom their facial hair regularly and ensure the area under the hair hasn’t become sore from ingrown hairs. 

‘Men need to wash and trim their beards and moustaches regularly and make sure debris from food isn’t left around,’ adds Carol Walker. 

‘Also be careful about your choice of barber, because you can get bad infections if they haven’t cleaned their tools properly.’

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Comment by Miss Cherries Jubilee on March 15, 2013 at 5:53pm

I can not resist this.

Comment by Christopher Elliott on February 5, 2013 at 12:33am

depending on your budget. this is the way to shave. there is a second video finishing up this video but my brother can make the sharpest blades using japanese forged steel 3 layers of pure awsomeness. at  he might even be tempted to make a straight razor.

Comment by Ryan Grimm on November 4, 2012 at 8:59am

The expedition to Cider Day was a success, to say the least. 
Be assured that the old whisker set was kept well-dampened by a assault of beverages.
Tasted 6 or 7 home-made ciders and ice wines at the morning Workshop, and on the way into the Workshop itself I was 'ambushed' by no less than three sets of folks giving away samples....walking was not a problem, as I paced myself and used the cane for it's third-leg support.
On the way out of the Workshop, the usual 'Here, taste this' ambushes on the way to the parking areas...another 4 or 5 tastings, including one award winner.
Then went to a 2-1/2 hour long Salon with 40+ cideries/wineries represented, each with 2-7 different ciders, scrumpies, common ciders, ice ciders, fortified ciders....EGAD!
Let's see....42 cideries, times 4 ciders each = Good Lord protect us all.
Thank the Gods that they had dump pails, and I only went after the sweeter types, a mere 30 or so.
Cideries from England, New Zealand, Spain, France, Washington State, VA, MI, CT, MA, Indiana, VT, NH, Oregon, Wisconsin, Minnesota...and so on.
This is the LARGEST collection of ciders on display in the world as far as I know...and started because two different people walked out of a Washington State spiel on 'eating' apples (nothing on cider when they went for this) 19 years ago; they met in the parking lot and thus....

My personal favorite was meeting the couple that show heirloom apples, they have over 100 varieties on the farm.
My personal favorite of these is 'DECIO', know to have been cultivated from Roman times...yes, the earliest known cultivated apple, still grown after 2000+ years.

Recovering, with a thoroughly rinsed nose dependent,
R. Grimm.


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