Nate Maingard, bearded singer performs

Nate Maingard is a bearded singer-songwriter from South Africa. Nate first appeared on in 2008 with his first photo submission for the beards of the world gallery. Following that, Nate kept in touch and became a good friend of the site. We corresponded and discussed some of his struggles with staying bearded. Nate would quite successfully grow his impressive full beard. Then, he would get rid of the beard and subsequently come to miss the beard. Nate’s beard would come and go time and again. But in the process he became quite skillful in mastering the art of growing a beard. As a result, Nate became an expert on beard growing, beard styling, and beard grooming in addition to being a talented singer and songwriter. Music, clearly is Nate’s true passion. However, he certainly knows what he’s doing whenever he grows his beard.

With Nate being so far away in South Africa, I never thought it too likely that we would ever meet in person. He’s also lived in London at times. But London, too, is quite distant.

However, Nate has also been a globetrotter, going between South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the USA, among other destinations. During one of his trips to California, we had the opportunity to meet up. This was back in December 2012. We did a photo and video shoot for Many of the photos went into Nate’s beard feature. The video footage went into a video series, Nate’s beard story, that was published in 2013. In his beard video series, Nate shares his expertise in dealing with beard-growing doubts, successfully growing the beard, and he gives guidance on beard shaping and more.

While shooting video with Nate, he gave an impromptu, street performance of one of his songs, a ballad titled “Home”. Not originally included in Nate’s beard video series, I’ve recently published Nate’s performance of “Home”. Better late than never, this video provides a perfect ending to Nate’s original beard video series. For a real treat, watch Nate’s performance of “Home” in the embedded video below.

Today, Nate continues making music and growing his beard. The beard may still come and go. But Nate always returns to the beard.

For more on Nate and his music, visit Nate’s website,

Twenty-two years, all about beards

Here we are again at another all about beards anniversary. Today marks twenty-two years since that little site started out on its mission to promote beards, share information about beards, and celebrate beards. During this time, we have helped thousands and thousands of men all around the world to grow their beards. This, “adding beards to the world”, is among our proudest achievements.

Adding more beards to the world is one of the best ways to increase acceptance, and even respect, for beards. The more beards there are, the more the general population becomes accustomed to them. The more the general population becomes accustomed to beards, the more accepting of beards people become. With that, more people are less likely to harbor that pesky old anti-beard bias that surprisingly and stubbornly resists fading away. The anti-beard bias was much stronger in the early days of all about beards. And it was even stronger for years and years prior to that. Anti-beard bias, however, still remains stronger than many may realize. Plenty of people still feel entitled to tell new beard growers and established beard growers alike that they should shave. A milder form of anti-beard bias allows for limited beard growth, but not too much, with the limit defined by the beard critic. Grow your beard a bit beyond stubble length and you may hear, “That beard’s too long. You’ve got to trim that down.” Here at all about beards, we think that beard critics do not have the right to dictate what restrictions must be imposed on a man’s beard.

Anti-beard bias will never disappear completely. However, we are happy to see that it is much weaker now than it was twenty-two years ago. In recent years beards have made great gains in numbers and in acceptance. We could not be happier, except for the movement to continue in favor of beards.

Ready to grow your beard? Be sure to check out our tried and true beard growing guide and start growing today!

We will always keep growing. We are all about beards.

Virgil, bearded barber at work

Award-winning barber Virgil is seen here cutting hair at Tapered Barber Shop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Stay tuned for more on Virgil and his story in an upcoming feature. Thanks go to Virgil and Tapered Barber Shop for this photo opportunity.

Virgil, great bearded barber!

Virgil is an award-winning barber.  He sports a majestic full beard and does great things for the community. Yesterday Virgil was kind enough to participate in a photo shoot for Some sample photos from yesterday are below. Click on any of the images to view a larger version. Stay tuned for more on Virgil, his beard, and his story.

No-Shave November 2017: Welcome, new beard growers!

If you’ve never grown your beard before, today is a great time to start. Today is the first day of No-Shave November. Did you shave today? If you did, it’s not too late to stop shaving and start growing your beard. You can easily justify your new beard-growing adventure by saying that it’s No-Shave November. And all about beards | can teach you everything you need to know to achieve beard-growing success. To get started, head on over to our guide on how to grow a beard.

We hope that growing your beard will be a satisfying and enjoyable experience. We are always pleased to welcome new beard growers to the ranks of bearded men worldwide. We’ve been doing it since 1996!

Be sure to keep in mind that once No-Shave November ends, you are encouraged to stay with your new beard and keep it growing. You have only just begun! Your beard deserves more than a month. We hope that you will keep on growing and will convert to a dedicated, permanent beard grower. And even if you end up shaving for whatever reason, you can always grow the beard again. And you probably should!

Happy No-Shave November and happy beard-growing to all!

Now head on over to our guide on how to grow a beard and start growing!

Joe: today’s beard, 2017/06/14

Name: Joe.
Occupation: Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Refrigeration Professional.

About Joe’s beard:

Why did I grow my beard? Honestly, it was a combination of things. First, shaving is just a pain in the butt. Ha ha. Seriously though, I was going through old photos my ma had and saw my family’s older men from her dad and grandpa to great grandpa on both sides and they all could grow a heck of a beard.

I wanted to see how mine would fill out and if it could get as thick and full as theirs. I also work outside on the roofs of commercial buildings in the winter, working on heating systems, and it helps a lot.

What do I think about my beard? Well I like it. I don’t look in the mirror and see anything that stands out, really. I get a lot of compliments on it and some funny ones. I never thought I would hear the words epic, magnificent, majestic, etc., etc. I just see a beard and am happy with that.

How do I feel about my beard? I feel great about it. It is definitely a conversation starter. Ever since I have grown it out I get a lot more looks and smiles. I do feel odd when I cut it shorter a few times. Kinda bums me out.

How long have I been bearded? I have been bearded on and off all my life, nothing like this, though. I went from nothing to this in about 2.5 years. I have cut off about six inches in that time. This length still gets on the dinner plate if I am not careful or tie it up. Ha ha. I like this length but I am gonna let it grow out a bit more. My daughter wants me to reach wizard length on the shirt she bought me!!

How do I like being bearded? I love it at times and at other times it is a curse. Ice cream cone… Yep. That’s a trick. Outdoors in the winter, I love it. Running down the road and watching people’s faces…another fun time!! I like the attention and the looks I get. Most of all, I like having the ability to grow one like this. Those that can’t want to, those that can should!

With a beard this epic, magnificent, and majestic, Joe can’t help but get lots of praise and attention!

Click on any image below to view a larger version in Joe’s beard gallery.

My dad has a beard!

My Dad Has a Beard is a new children’s book that’s great for father/son bonding over dad’s beard. The book tells a cute story about how cool it is to have a dad with a beard. While the book is perfect for young boys, daddy’s little girls will probably enjoy the book, too. At twenty-two pages, the story is fun and easy to read. The illustrations are perfect for the story. Kids will love the whimsical drawings in bright, vivid colors.

Author Kellen Roggenbuck with his book My Dad Has a Beard
Author and dad Kellen Roggenbuck shows off his new children’s book My Dad Has a Beard.

Not surprisingly, author Kellen Roggenbuck is a beard enthusiast. He grew his first beard as soon as he could, which was at age nineteen. Ever since then, he has sported one form of beard or another except for one time. That was for his honeymoon, to allow his wife one opportunity to see him beardless. Neither of them liked the beardless Kellen. So the beard came back to stay.

While his wife was an expectant mother, Kellen grew a “yeard” — letting the beard grow essentially untrimmed for a full year. In recent years, Kellen’s been keeping a longer beard. So Kellen’s son has only known his dad as having a big beard.

About the book, Kellen explains, “The book was a sort of side project that came from funny experiences with my own son and wanting to try my hand at illustrating. I created the illustrations myself with hopes of having the book be colorful, fun, and enjoyable to read for both parents and children.”

My Dad Has a Beard is perfect for any bearded dad with a young son or a bearded granddad with a young grandson. The book might even manage to convince a beardless dad to grow his beard!

The book is now available on Amazon:

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Photos appear courtesy of Kellen Roggenbuck.

Sam: today’s beard, 2017/06/07

Name: Sam.
Occupation: Travel agent.

About Sam’s beard:

Why did I grow my beard? Because I loved the beard since when I was young.

What do I think about my beard? My beard is everything in my life.

How do I feel about my beard? More manly.

How long have I been bearded? One year.

How do I like being bearded? It’s hard.

Eager to grow his beard since he was young, Sam’s beard has arrived and it’s a great one.

Click on any image below to view a larger version in Sam’s beard gallery.

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