Braun Cruzer 6 to Remove One Year Beard Growth

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Zac Efron have all made having beards trendy in the past couple of years, and this is after Johnny Depp sported one in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Last year I decided to give it a go. In the beginning it took a while before it started to look good. Every day of the first two weeks I wanted to shave that beard off. It was itchy, and irritating. But my patience soon paid off and I was receiving compliments. Apparently having a beard is supposed to be healthier for your skin too.

But after about a year I tired of it. It wasn’t any easier to take care of than shaving once a day. I was tired of having extra hair to wash in the shower, and to do a quick check after every meal to ensure there were no crumbs in it. Plus, someone thought I was older than I really was! That was the turning point for me. It was time to trim this growth off, but my regular electric shaver just wouldn’t do the trick.


I turned to the net to find the best beard trimmer. I thought it’d be handy to have one on hand, in case I decided to grow my beard out again. I was thinking I might try it again for later this year, but probably not for as long. After a good search I found the Braun Cruzer 6 beard and hair trimmer.

This electric cordless trimmer comes in a dark grey plastic casing with blue blade cover and blue on/off button. It’s priced under $50, so is an affordable option for a man who needs more than one type of shaver in his personal care kit.

Braun has been marketing the Braun Cruzer 6 trimmer as their most powerful beard trimmer. Its internal motors have sensors that will increase power over particularly difficult portions of the beard.

The blades in this trimmer are made from stainless steel, to prevent allergic reactions, and are also extra-sharp, so you can can create intricate beard styles as needed.

The Braun Cruzer 6 has six different settings, so I was able to choose the best one to match the beard comb I needed. These settings vary between one millimeter and twenty millimeters. Besides the settings, there are two detachable beard combs. I could trim the beard I had, or create a stubble look. I chose to trim down to the stubble, and then my regular men’s cordless shaver could take over from there.

The Braun Cruzer 6 is also 100% washable under running water, and one hour of charge gives 40 minutes of shaving time.

The Braun Cruzer 6 can also be used to trim hair to super short, though for my purposes I’d only be using it for beard hair. But it was good to know that I could use it for another purpose, should I decide to go with a super short hairstyle in the future.

Back On Home Ground: Six Months in the Middle East

While it was a relief to be back on home ground in the US, in many aspects I missed life in Dubai. This big city is full of rich, vibrant life, and some of the most amazing architecture and technology around. I was working for a major corporation with headquarters in the US, London, and Dubai.

Before you head out to the Middle East you hear a lot of stories, and most of them aren’t positive. But keeping in mind that the US has their own issues too, I packed my suitcase and headed there for six months.


During this time there was a lot to do. While I didn’t need to put overtime into my consulting job, there were plenty of recreational activities. I could hang out in a bar, or catch a film or play, or even go skiing in the summer time! While drinking was discouraged, alcoholic beverages were available at many food and beverage establishments I visited.

The weather was hot there. Fortunately, I had the use of an air conditioned company vehicle. In this city you’ll see many rich people, the middle class, and the poor. I felt sorry for people who were waiting at bus and train stations in the heat.

In Dubai you hear all sorts of stories about women being downtrodden, but I had the opportunity to work with many. Like any other country in the world they were aware of its issues and did their best to improve life there. It’s also important to remember that many laws are similar to the US. I saw a man being chased by police who had been harassing a lady—this type of behaviour is not tolerated here either.

The police aren’t so tolerant of foreigners who have been drinking and cause crimes either. Sometimes it’s safer to have a coffee instead, and leave the drinking to the hotel bar where you don’t have to drive home afterwards.


Also many travellers to Dubai don’t realize that you need a licence in order to drink. You can easily obtain these from any shop that sells alcohol, and they must be presented to the police if they ask. They’re cheap to get and worth an ounce of prevention.

I found it really difficult to judge a shop before entering. Would it be affordably priced for my purposes, or would it be ridiculously high-end? And yes, Dubai is the place for spending $2000 on a piece of underwear.

What I found so disconcerting in Dubai was the high level of customer service that’s expected from every person, from the gas station to restaurant servers and even the reception at some of the businesses I visited. There is a code of social conduct here where you need to exchange pleasantries first. It’s definitely different than much of the rudeness I experienced while living in the US.

A visit to Dubai is recommended for anyone hoping to get away to a nice hot climate, but you’ll be glad when you get back home too.