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Equal parts humorous and informative, The Bearded Gentleman is a must-read for guys who have or are considering facial hair. Burns and Peterkin provide thoughtful advice on growing, styling and upkeep, with advice from some of the industry’s leading experts along the way. Did you know there are right and wrong beard styles for your face shape? Read this book and look your best.
—Brian Boye, Fashion & Grooming Director, Men’s Health

Facial hair is totally BACK! But anyone attempting to navigate this treacherous and codified world without consulting Nick Burns and Allan Peterkin is destined for gruesome public humiliation.
—Simon Doonan, author of Eccentric Glamour

This new book on beards helps men navigate the treacherous waters between laughingstock and Jake Gyllenhaal.... [the book] suggests age-appropriate styles, advising, 'Never apologize, never explain.'
New York Times

If knowledge is power, The Bearded Gentleman will put any pogonophobic to rest. Authors Allan Peterkin and Nick Burns have poured untold amounts of hours into detailing the history and future of facial hair, along with witty (but entirely practical) advice.
Nylon Magazine

From the basic (avoiding ingrowns) to the very specific (achieving the ultimate Klingon), this definitive manual offers advice and instructions for dozens of looks. Our suggestion? Leave the Fu Manchu to the amateurs and use this book to coin your own signature style.
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About the Author

Allan Peterkin is a psychiatrist and the author of numerous books, including One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair. He lives in Toronto, Canada. Nick Burns is one of the leading writers on men?s grooming. As a journalist, he has covered skin care, fashion and health for leading magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, GQ, Details, Elle Accessories, Out, and Zink and he pens the popular men?s style blog, HommeGrooming.com. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551523434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551523439
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Salerno on May 26, 2010
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For years I went between having a beard, being clean shaven, beard, clean shaven...you get the picture. Never did I know that there were so many types, shapes and styles of beards. This book lays it all out on the bathroom vanity, so to speak. What to use, how to use it, how to cut, what could look good on you, some history of beard types. A great read for somebody looking to experiment with their image. My face has never been happier. Thank you! I can't wait to try them all!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CLS on June 24, 2010
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Had the occasion to meet Nick at a signing at Border's San Francisco Center. Nice guy! But about the book - it's a great read, tons of historical content, so it's not just about style, it's about the whole history of the bearded gent. We had to give it as a gift to a friend, but not until we went through it. Written in a casual informative style, you'll learn a lot as well as enjoy the different styles of goatees, soul patches and beards (who knew there were so many options!). Fun for the fans of the bearded gent and the bearded gent in your life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Tassel on June 16, 2013
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I bought this for my Dad and he LOVED it! He liked it so much that even though I am unable to grow a beard (I'm a lady), I had to read it for myself. I usually avoid books on grooming because they are all hype and no substance, but this one is different. It has great information and is a really fun read. It's a great gift for any of the men in your life who have or would like to have facial hair.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RadioRob on September 20, 2014
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To tell the truth, I wasn't expecting to much from this book. But. It has been very helpful. My beard was squaring off my chin and I didn't like the look very much. The book has many drawings and the text covers about every situation I can imagine and I have fixed my squared-off chin. Excuse me, my door-bell is ringing - pretty sure its that outrageous blonde next door. (heh-heh)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simone Faunt on March 24, 2014
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My partner is lazy when shaving. So for a laugh I got him this book. Lots of inspiration can be found from all the different styles and if you don't mind the odd titbit of trivia fact about the history of a certain style, then this book is fantastic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Chrismer on December 29, 2013
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this was a good book to pass the time. although I disagree with the entire idea of keeping my beard up with the popularity of current styles, the information about dos and don't s are excellent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By oldladyloomis on February 18, 2015
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not many styles that you could take to your barber. Was not impressed, however, was not that expensive. I would not recommend to anyone. If you like a particular style you see in a magazine, just rip it out, would will fare better than buying this book with few Illustrations, and lots of chatter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rich on December 24, 2012
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light on details of beard care, lots of humor. it does have some pics which is nice to get an idea of what you are going for though.
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