Next up on the Groom Your Beard Q and A is 41-year-old family man, Jez King from Eastbourne. We had the chance to catch up with the football mad Dad about what makes his beard tick. All with the useful tips and product advice our bearded brothers always provide. Hope you enjoy the read.
Can you try to give our readers a bit of a background on yourself, a quick spill about what you do for a living and things you are into?
Hi I am 41 years old, married to Allyson for nearly 18 years, stepson Harry and daughter Grace who is 16. Live in Eastbourne. Civil servant – work for the Crown Prosecution Service. Enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Huge Everton fan and have been since they were the 1st ever badge I got in my 1977 Panini Football sticker album! Also follow my local non-league team Eastbourne Borough – great little set up down there.
Oh I have no idea! See the pics and judge for yourself!
What made you grow a beard in the first place?
Never been a regular shaver. Was always just once or twice a week. About a year and a half ago I decided to have a change of look and decided to grow it out.
Was the current length always the set goal, or did you have other styles before you grew it this long?
The current length is something that I am happy with and wouldn’t grow it any longer that it currently is.
What other things are you passionate about? (Except your beard)
The 3 F’s – Family, friends and football – in that order.
How do you trim and groom your beard?
I use a beard trimmer which is just a battery operated one I purchased a while back and scissors to keep the shape and trim the bits that get unruly! Wet shave my neckline and my cheeks again to keep it shaped.
How do you keep your beard clean and skin healthy?
Wash it daily with a beard soap or normal shampoo. I did have a beard cream from Lush but haven’t been able to find it since.
What products do you use on a day-to-day basis for your beard?
I use products purchased online from Gruff Beard and I use a soap which came free with my order which was great value as it will last a while. After giving it a blast with a hairdryer I use one of their beard oils and then a beard balm. On windy days or a night out I will use a tiny bit of hairspray to keep it under control.
What has the general response been towards your beard?
Mixed – some people like it and others can’t stand it! I find there is no middle ground with people’s views on it.
Any tips or techniques to share with the bearded readers?
Tidy up after yourself or face the wrath of your other half! Other than that treat it as you would your hair – wash, style, maintain and use quality products on it.
Are you planning on shaving your beard off any time soon?
I will come off but can’t say when next week, next month or next year – who knows! – My best mate gave a good bit of advice. Always give yourself a couple of days thinking time before finally getting rid of it.
Thank you Jez for taking the time out to speak to us, there is just one part I don’t get.. An Everton fan, not only outside North Wales but a fair distance away?! Only joking buddy!
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