We caught up with Nigel Callaway, a 56 year old bearded brother who has recently embraced his love of beards and has taken the plunge to start growing one.

Read his bearded story below:

We caught up with Nigel Callaway, a 56 year old bearded brother who has recently embraced his love of beards and has taken the plunge to start growing one.

I decided to grow a goatee beard many years ago, although it took me a few years to master a good style that suited me. 15 years later, I decided I needed an image change, a fresh face.

I took the bold decision to start wet shaving my head, I grew to love the look and would wet shave my head as often as twice a week to keep it as smooth as possible. For as long as I can remember I have always had a love for beards, bald heads and tattoos. Over the next 15 years I decided to get more and more tattoos. The bald head continued but the goatee then became unfashionable so I needed another change.

In March 2014, I decided after seeing so many wonderful full beards about it was time to take the plunge. Whilst I grew the beard, I had to add some beard dye to keep the beard looking wonderful. By June 2014 the beard looked good but needed continued amounts of dye and grooming.

It was at this point I decided to go for some expert advice on the grooming of the beard.

My first appointment was in July 2014 with Mark at Swagger and Jacks in Norwich.  I enjoyed the experience and friendliness of the staff so much that I decided this would become a regular appointment. It was at this point in July I decided to let the hair grow.

One year on I have 2 monthly appointments to keep hair styled and a monthly beard groom. The beard is now its natural iceberg blond (a polite way of saying grey). I enjoy the attention at the barbers and the few comments from beard admirers.

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I was delighted a few weeks ago to be asked to model for Swagger and Jacks. At 56 I decided to have a go. I must admit I did enjoy doing it and if I had the chance to do some more I would definitely accept. I love my beard but still delight in looking at other guys and their amazing displays.

I’m still not sure about my hair, at times I’m tempted to wet shave my head again but for now both the beard and the hair are staying put.

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