Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Ajaz Patel I am a professional Cricket player. I'm currently playing in New Zealand and have played for New Zealand national team.
How long have you had your beard?
To be honest I cannot remember how long I’ve actually had the beard. I suppose that I’ve had it for quite a while. I’ve always had a short beard but recently I’ve been trying to grow mine out.
What was your motivation to grow a beard?
I think for me it was a bit of both; it was a combination of appearance as well as religion. The prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) had a beard and it's one of the sunnas. At the same time, I felt like the beard suited me and my facial structure quite well. When I was younger I’ve always had a short beard but I think recently I’ve been more encouraged to get it longer and grow it out a bit more.
Do you recall encountering obstacles to grow your beard?
"My secret to keeping the beard fresh and healthy! @elegance_beard Really enjoy using their beard balm and best of all its completely vegan friendly! No boarbrush in sight!"
How did your friends, relatives and coworkers react to your new look?
I suppose it's become somewhat of an identity of mine so no one really reacts any differently. I suppose everyone is quite accepting.
Have you ever faced any negativity, discrimination or odd comments in regards to your beard?
No not at all.
Do you have a funny or positive anecdote in relation to your beard?
None that I can relate to or remember.
How do you care for your beard? Do you have a daily or weekly routine? Do you go to a barbershop? If so, how often? Are you loyal to one barbershop or do you try different places?
For me, it’s about keeping the beard clean and well lined up. Currently, I'm using the Elegance Beard balm as well as their vegan beard brush. I have found that it helps to tame my coarse hair which can sometimes be quite difficult to tame. And yeah, I definitely only go to my local barber. I don't trust too many people with my hair or beard! haha!
How important is fashion in your life? Do you style and shop for yourself? Where do you usually buy your clothes and why? What was the last fashion item you purchased?
I have a simplistic outlook on fashion. I like to keep it simple, nothing too outlandish or out of the ordinary. A clean tee, denims and nice kicks would be my go-to.
What is your advice to those who would like to grow their beards? Do you have any beard tips or tricks?
Be patient!! Accept the times you feel like a caveman and know that it will get better in time. Maintain your beard just as you would your hair. It's a commitment.
Have you ever encountered anyone who thinks beards are dirty and thus needs to be shaved "clean"? What would be your answer to them?
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