Bristlr Arrives For Beard-Loving Singles


For those who thought every dating niche had been accommodated for comes Bristlr, a site for singles looking for full-bearded partners.

Bristlr, “the social beard network”, connects people who like having their beards stroked, with those who like to stroke beards.

The site comes with a “penchant for trendy words and phrases such as social orientation, location based, and peer-to-peer economy, Bristlr is the innovation in socio-facial interaction you didn’t realise you’ve been wanting.”

It was created by 28-year-old bearded Mancunian John Kershaw as somewhat of a joke, and although he admits the site is a “little ridiculous”, says it now has over 10,000 international users.

The site is currently in open beta, and rather than asking if you are looking for a man or woman, simply asks if you have a beard or not.

Kershaw also included a beard-rating feature, where users can compare, rank and reward the follically-fortunate.

Asked whether it was a dating site, Kershaw said: “Most dating apps are pretty heavy going. We shifted the focus from hook ups to a more light-hearted, warmer-in-winter kind of thing. Instead of expecting to go home with someone, we hope to have a nice chat and share a mutual admiration of a beard or two.”

The site has over 10,000 users, and yesterday on Facebook said they had experienced their “biggest ever spike in signups”, following some national press.

Visit Bristlr here.

Simon Edmunds

Simon is the former editor of Global Dating Insights. Born in Newcastle, he has an English degree from Queen Mary, London and after working for the NHS, trained as a journalist with the Press Association. Passionate about music, journalism and Newcastle United.

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