Why Beards are so HOT now

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Beards. They’re everywhere now! Everywhere I look, on the street, at the beach, in the music store, inside a car, I see….a beard. And not just any beard. Its usually a full thick but maintained beard on any number of ethnic and not so ethnic men in their 20s & 30s. Even a few in their 4os and 50s are getting in on the trend. Bearded-men have seem to overpopulated themselves over night and I’m rubbing my edges trying to figure out when did this occur?

And more importantly, why?

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According to various sources online, men growing and sporting beards have been steadily rising in popularity since 2010. And its’ not just because of the benefits of not having to buy razor and other shaving products nor the natural UV protection they provide the facial skin, but they represent something more powerful. Having a beard means you’re a strong, masculine, sexual, virile, mature, intelligent, and high class man.

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Some even believe that the fullness of a beard subconsciously represents premiere selections for a sexual partner for procreation, as women subconsciously respond to those bearded-men with the desire to be chosen to make a family with that man.

Hmmm…

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Studies have been done on proving how easier it is for some nationalities to grow beards, than others, like Asian, South Americans, and Native Americans ~ although I have seen plenty of Native Americans with beards!  Beards, overs the years have also had a negative connotation, think dudes with evil roles in movies and barbarians, which ironically means ‘the bearded ones’. Yet religious groups such as Israelites, Orthodox Jews, Muslims, and Amish are mandated to keep and not trim their beards. So the beard has symbolized a spectrum of people and concepts.

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But when did every man I know, online & off, get the memo? It appears as if overnight, we went from the popular goatees, sideburns, mid patches and jaw-line definition to full, and full trimmed, beards. And why are so many women attracted to them now? I see so many couples, young couples, older couples, interracial couples, all with bearded men! Even I have started to become weak in the presence of a bearded man and now have put that down as a must have for my future mate. What caused this turn on inside of me for beards? I don’t know for sure, but I like it and hope the beards keep coming.

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If you have your own ideas as to why beards are so hot right now, please share them with me !

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Sources:
Site pueblopulp.com ~ what’s with the Beard phenomenon
All Photos ~ various tumblr accounts on beards

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What Being a Natural Really Says about You

I have been studying naturals for a while now…almost 3 years to be exact. And I’ve discovered amazing things along the way. There are many things I can say about naturals:

*they are sexy
*they are exotic
*they eat healthy
*they are earthy
*they are desired

But there is one thing I’ve noticed that is a bit deeper than these things. Something I see , that every natural, especially female naturals, have. Young or older, Mixed or black, foreign or local, I realized that every natural has….

ACCEPTED HERSELF

That’s right! In a society, where for sooooo long, the straight haired, no fuss, no problem, long or short hair was lusted after, the natural woman or man has accepted his or her self. In the past few years, it has become more popular, yet still wildly exotic to be a natural, but this is only veeeery recent. Us curly, wavy, kinky, zigzaggy girls have had to endure being the outcast for decades! We had to endure the stares, the mockery, the disbelief, the ‘why can you look like (fillintheblank)’ statements. Or was that just my experience?

You’ve really got to be internally strong in order to not allow your environment to influence adverse thoughts about yourself. It took a lot of spiritual work for me to be strengthened in who God made me.

Yet then and now, every natural whom has decided to leave the relaxer, the conk, the texturizer, the chemicals, and the hotcomb alone, is making so many statements to herself (or himself) and to the world:

I Accept Me, I Love Me, I Am Me, freely

I Don’t Have to Look Like What Everyone Else Praises

I Can Also be Creative With My Styles and Still Amaze You

Newsflash for all those taking notice and that care: this is not a trend. This natural haircare and hairdo has changed, no exploded, the direction of the hair product industry. New businesses and old ones have sprouted up natural hair care lines and are ferociously marketing them with, guess who? Us naturals. Photographers and designers are frantically searching for natural models. Some of the most popular YouTubers are natural chics. We are writing a new history. It’s a movement toward multi-cultures accepting themselves intensely in the face of the passing ‘straight’ standard.

And…we naturals are only going to get bigger.

Bigger in hair size.

Bigger in numbers.

And bigger in ideas of where to take are natural hair next.

It’s our turn to be desired for just being…..naturally us.