Friday, December 30, 2011

Worst Celebrity Moustaches or Underrated Visions of Beauty?

Over in's Entertainment section there is a piece about the Top 5 Worst Celebrity Moustaches. Some of these would be seen as winners in moustache growing contests.

This begs the question: are these really the 'worst' moustaches or are they simply underrated visions of beauty? What do you think?

While we are on the topic, what do you consider to be a "best" and a "worst" moustache?

For me, while I love all moustaches in general, I think part of it depends on the style matching the face and personality of the man, how full it is and how well-groomed it is.

I am not a big fan of the "caterpillar" growing above a man's upper lip, nor am I a big fan of a "bristle brush" growing there that hides his lips from view. How can you lip lock him if you can't see where to aim? ;-)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The 4th Annual Adirondack Donegal Beard Contest

Get your razors out, (*sniff sniff*) because it's that time again, Gents! That's right: it's time to get clean shaven for New Years Day so you can enter the 4th Annual Adirondack Donegal Beard Contest.

From New Year's Day (January 1) to St. Patrick's Day (March 17), all contestants will grow a Donegal beard, starting from a completely clean shaven face. The Donegal beard is also known as a chin strap or Lincoln. There is no mustache or soul patch: just a beard.

Judges will be assessing and awarding prizes for winners in the following categories: manliness (grrr, baby), length, fullness, and style & sophistication.

The contest will be held at Bail and Wicks (used to be Casey's North) on March 17th from 4 to 7 p.m, with judging beginning at 6 p.m. In addition to the contest, there will be live entertainment.

Basil and Wicks is located on Route 28 in North Creek, New York.

More information about the contest can be found on Facebook, at the official contest page.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Trim that Wild and Unruly Full Beard

I found this great clip on YouTube showing "Chuck" getting a trim of both his hair and full beard from The Art of Shaving in New York.

Though no tips are shared in how best to do this, you can see from what she does that even only clipping off a small amount can make a huge difference in your appearance. You can have a lush, long, full beard and still look nicely groomed.

Let's face it, if you want to get those who are not fans of your facial hair on your side, its a lot easier when you keep your facial hair well-groomed. Even I, the Goddess of Men's Facial Hair who loves facial hair on men, prefer it be kept clean and trimmed nicely. (Click here for tips on how to make it extra soft and silky, too!)

Have any tips for keeping facial hair nicely groomed? Feel free to share them in the comments section.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Hobbit Movie: Men's Facial Hair Bonanza!

What am I looking forward to most about The Hobbit? Men's Facial Hair Bonanza, baby!

At a press conference about the movie, multiple male cast members had already begun growing their own lovely facial hair. The lineup (albeit limited) on display of hairy male faces was absolute heaven. All bias aside, every one of them looked perfectly delicious with their facial hair growth.

As for the movie itself, stills and trailers have shown a fabulous array of facial hair, sure to thrill and delight the most discerning men's facial hair lover.

Ahh, what I wouldn't have given to have been on set, if only for a few moments, surrounded by all of that luscious facial hair! Ya know I would've resorted to bribery with my delicious (and quite addictive) homemade dark chocolate brownies in exchange for some face rubbins. mmmmmmmm. It would have been a win-win for all involved.  :-)

Unfortunately, the first installment of The Hobbit is almost a year away, with the second installment to follow an entire year after that. Talk about prolonged foreplay. Sheesh.

Sadly, I am sure the bearded cast members, now home again, have shaven off all their lovely facial hair. *pouty lips* Pity.

Some of the cast members, such as the UK's own Richard Armitage, seem to routinely sport some type of facial hair in real life and in various roles, so there is that consolation prize for those of us who just can't get enough.

You can find more about The Hobbit at the following links:

The Hobbit Movie News
The Hobbit Movie Blog
The Hobbit Movie Publicity Stills

*CORRECTION: The cast members went home only for a Christmas break and the filming has once again resumed. It is scheduled to continue on through July 2012, so facial hair lovers rejoice! We have many more months ahead of that luscious facial hair to dream about!

Do you know of a movie that features a lot of men's facial hair? Share your recommendations and reviews in the comments section.

Image Credit: link to The Hobbit movie publicity still at IGN.[1]_1311289054.html?page=mediaFull

Friday, August 12, 2011

Whisker Wars Reality Show and Beard Team USA

The producer of "Deadliest Catch" ("Ax Men", "Ice Road Truckers", "Storage Wars" and more) has created a new seven-episode reality show based on one of our favorite things: facial hair!

The new series is called "Whisker Wars" and airs on IFC on Fridays. The pilot episode features our friend Beard Team USA Captain Phil Olsen and Beard Team USA in the USA National Beard and Mustache Championship, as well as their entry into the 2011 World Beard and Mustache Championship in a future episode.

Over on the Whisker Wars site you can "Beard Yourself", which explains the frightening picture of myself in this post. Let's face it, chicks just can't do facial hair justice the way you sexy men-beasts can. ;-)

The Whisker Wars website also has an IFC locator, so you can find the channel for it in your area.

Please be sure to send congrats to Beard Team USA for their great job at the championships and their appearance on "Whisker Wars".

If you are in the show or have your photo posted on their site (they are running a contest-you can win a $500 gift certificate plus swag), please let me know. I'd be honored to throw some Greek Goddess love your way with votes, links and posts.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Beards in Sports: Creating Samson-like Power?

A post over on CSN waxes poetic about some famous beards in sports and some phenomenal athletes and their facial hair. The end result is a top ten list of the best beards in sports history.

After reviewing the list, please weigh in. Do you agree or disagree with the picks? Do you think facial hair has any bearing on an athlete's ability to perform or his level of confidence? Who sports your favorite beard in sports history and why?

Image Credit: pepetps. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Poll: Do You Find Mustaches Sexy?

Over on Sodahead there is a poll asking the question "Do you find mustaches sexy?" The answers and images are funny, insightful and helpful to any male who is wondering how others view or might view his mustache.

At the time of publication, the results were leaning to the against-mustache crowd. Mustache-lovers, be sure to vote! There is also a map graphic showing which states lean in each direction.

Obviously, the Goddess is PRO-Mustache. ;-)

While we are on the topic, what are the funniest or most bizarre comments and experiences you have had related to your mustache? Please keep comments "PG" in nature.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mustache Contest for Blount County Cops

Speaking of police and facial hair, Blount County, Tennessee officers were part of a mustache contest Friday, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police.

According to Blount Today, Laramy Gregory, a chapter president, stated, “We’re trying to raise awareness. There have been 48 officers killed in the line of duty across the nation so far this year, and we recently had an officer with the KPD shot,” said Gregory. “This is just a goofy, fun way to bring attention to the officers and the jobs they do.”

Kudos to the FOP in Blount County for celebrating facial hair and the great job the police do. To read more about this event, please click here.

Image Credit: mustache by Daniella Nicole.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Goatee Win for Colorado Police Facial Hair Win for All?

While police officers in Durango, Colorado still cannot have a full beard, they are now allowed to sport a goatee. As soon as the change was made, several, including the Chief of Police, have grown a goatee.

No word as to why the change was made or if full beards will be allowed at some point. This is a victory for men's faces across the country, as there are still many workplace bans on men's facial hair in the United States.

Special thanks to Fritch of The Fritch Show for the head's up on this story.

Image Credit: Open Clip Art Gallery. Public Domain. Wikiemedia Commons.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Second Annual $5000 Beard Team USA National Beard and Moustache Championships Announced

Get ready for a rumble, guys! I got word yesterday from Phil Olsen (captain of Beard Team USA) that the date and location of the Second Annual $5000 Beard Team USA National Beard and Moustache Championships have been set.

Date: October 8, 2011
Location: Lancaster, PA at the Clipper Magazine Stadium
Contestant Entry Fee: $40
Spectator Admission Fee: $10

*Please note the Monday, October 10 is Columbus Day, so there may be an extra day for travel and fun on this trip.

For more information regarding accommodations, rules, etc be sure to check out the Beard Team USA website. (If the information is not there yet, it should be soon. You can subscribe to be notified.)

Image Credit: JaMikePA. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

LA Area: Mustache Making You Sick? Be on The Doctors

CBS’s Dr. Phil spin-off show, The Doctors, is looking for men with a mustache in the LA area. Participants will undergo a simple test to find out ‘what is in their beard and mustache’ that may be making them sneeze or making them sick.

For more information and to apply, click here.

If you are chosen to participate, be sure to let us know!

Image Credit: Mysid. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.

Monday, March 21, 2011

World Beard and Moustache Championships; Beard Team USA Group Trip to Norway

The 2011 World Beard and Moustache Championships will be held in Trondhjem (also known as Trondheim), Norway. The World Beard Championships website has organized a group and deals to travel there in order to participate or just enjoy the festivities, with Beard Team USA. The full trip runs from May 8 to May 19 in order to be at the World Beard Championships event on May 15, and also to enjoy other sites and activities around the time of the event.

Interested parties can join in on the fun with the Beard Team USA group, whether traveling with them or meeting up with them for the various activities. More information about this can be found on the World Beard Championships website, in the post about the trip.

Please note that the head of the site told me that more people can come along with his group, however, the cabins are now full on the boat from Bergen to Trondhjem, so other arrangements will need to be made for that part of the trip such as sleeping on deck or taking the train.

He also sent me the itinerary for the trip, which includes departures from both Seattle and New York, with Beard Team Canada meeting up with the group after flying in from Toronto; a short stay in Iceland and walking tour (and time for other activities); travel to Norway and walking tour (with time for other activities); cruise or other travel to Trondhjem; The Norwegian Moustache Club welcome to group (and friends); registration for Championships; The 2011 World Beard and Moustache Championships; trips around Trondhjem; parade and celebrations for Norway’s national holiday (similar to USA Independence Day); travel home.

Please note that to travel with his group on the trip, payment in full must be made by April 1, 2011. All the information needed for that is in his post, plus there is a contact link on his site if you have additional questions. Otherwise, you can make your own arrangements and meet up with them as you wish along the way. Registrants will be given an itinerary for the trip and some very helpful advice regarding money, what to take, what to do in preparation for the trip, etc.

Big thanks to Phil for such a quick and helpful response to my inquiry. Be sure to stop by the World Beard Championships website for lots of great photos and information about this fun annual event and other great stuff. GO BEARD TEAM USA! *WOOT*

Image Credit: US Marine Corps/US Government. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.,_Norway_panorama.jpg

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Beardyman: Music and Facial Hair Collide, Beautifully

Today I discovered a place in our universe where music and facial hair collide in a most beautiful way. Earlier, I stumbled upon an article about an album release by Beardyman. Intrigued, I checked out the official Beardyman website where I immediately listened to Luv Ya (all over your face). It's a funny video attached to a really lovely song. I've included the video here, for your enjoyment.

I admit, my heart stopped for just a second when I saw the shaving cream and razor come out in the video!

To find out more about Beardyman, check out the official website or the YouTube channel.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Big Changes Coming Soon!

Big changes are coming soon to the Greek Goddess of Men's Facial Hair blog and website. These changes should enable better interaction and allow for more regular posting of fresh content. Other exciting changes are being considered or in the works.

In the meantime, there is a lot of helpful content on both the blog and site in their current format. Also, you can contact me with your men's facial hair questions via the contact link in the sidebar.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Greek Goddess of Men's Facial Hair

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

United States Presidents and Facial Hair

President Obama has publicly stated that he can’t grow facial hair. Many of his predecessors were clean-shaven, as well.

It has been almost 100 years since the office of President has been held by a man with facial hair. Of the 44 different presidents we have had, according to images of them only 12 have had some type of facial hair while in office. They are:

#6 John Quincy Adams (side burns) 1825-1829

#8 Martin Van Buren (side burns) 1837-1841

#12 Zachary Taylor (side burns) 1849-1850

#16 Abraham Lincoln (beard) 1861-1865

#18 Ulysses S. Grant (beard, mustache) 1869-1877

#19 Rutherford B. Hayes (beard, mustache) 1877-1881

#20 James A. Garfield (beard, mustache)1881

#21 Chester A. Arthur (mustache, side burns)1881-1885

#22; #24 Grover Cleveland (mustache) 1885-1889; 1893-1897

#23 Benjamin Harrison (beard, mustache) 1889-1893

#26 Theodore Roosevelt (mustache) 1901-1913

#27 William Taft (mustache) 1909-1913

Of the twelve presidents with facial hair, ten were Republican (Adams, Taylor, Lincoln, Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Harrison, Roosevelt and Taft) and two were Democrat (Van Buren and Cleveland). Two, Adams and Taylor, are listed under party names some may not be familiar with. John Quincy Adams and Zachary Taylor were members of the party known under various names such as Federalist, Democratic-Republican, or Whig party. This would be the Republican party of today.

Of the candidates currently tossed about as possible nominees in 2012, none have facial hair of any type. This is a shame. There is something to be said for a man with facial hair.


US Presidents (images). Wikimedia Commons.

Republican Presidents of the United States.

Democrat US Presidents. Maps of World.

American President: An Online Reference Resource. John Quincy Adams. Muller Center of Public Affairs: University of Virginia.

American President: An Online Reference Resource. Zachary Taylor. Muller Center of Public Affairs: University of Virginia.

Image Credit: George Bush Presidential Library/US Government. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.

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