Edgrick Holland

by Terry Watson | January 16th, 2018
Edgrick Holland (Photo by Still Shots Photography)

Edgrick Holland (Photo by Still Shots Photography)

Edgrick Holland of Salisbury N.C. was raised in New York City, NY. He has seen the tougher side of things and still manages to maintain a calm and sensible demeanor. He is a former high school basketball star who also played at the collegiate level. He retired from the New York Police Department as a detective. After retiring, Holland decided to relocate to the slower ways of the south where most of his family resides and where there are fewer traffic jams and parking struggles.

He refers to New York as Gotham City. That is also the namesake for a line of products he has created for men, Gotham City Beard Balm and Oil. He launched his business online in April 2017.

“I hand craft beard balm and beard oils to moisturize the skin beneath your beard and tame and style large beards. Short or not so thick beards can benefit from my products because the focus is to stimulate the hair follicles and help with hair growth,” he says. The balm and oils are made with organic ingredients such as Almond Oils, Argan Oils, Beeswax, and Essential Oil including Tea Tree to help fight skin irritations beneath beards.

“Ever since I was a young teenager I dealt with facial hair and actually had a fully connected beard by the time I was 17 years old. I would shave my facial hair off at times. I was rushing nature’s natural process. This mistake caused rashes, in grown hairs, and irritations. Having to take public transportation to school, I usually rushed out the door and didn’t have time to groom my beard so I just decided to let it grow. From that early experience I started using home remedies such as olive oil and baking soda to help remove irritations and bumps from shaving. This method often caused more irritation and discomfort,” he says.

Holland’s adult son has dealt with Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema since he was a toddler. He would use natural oils to help with his son’s condition and started mixing up oils to help with his own skin. He applied the mixture to his beard to help hydrate and remove beard dandruff (beardruff) and itchiness with good expectations.

“As men, we shampoo our hair and suds run down to our face which eventually dries out our beards. Shampoo for our scalp hair is not formulated for sensitive facial area. I’ve recently added a natural organic unscented beard shampoo to restore and help keep natural oils and moisture and replace nutrients removed from harsh scalp shampoo,” he says.

Beard care is becoming more prevalent in today’s society. There are several platforms established to help men become educated on how to care for theirs. “I love to help educate anyone who wants to grow and keep a beard and also teach them the importance of not neglecting their facial hair. A well-groomed maintained beard says a lot about a man,” he says.

Holland named his business and product line Gotham City from New York. Two of his signature scents are named Gotham and Crusader. His cherry tobacco scented formula is very popular. There is also a peppermint scented product which helps stimulate hair follicles for beard growth. “If you’re going to wear it, be about it, groom it, baby it, and be about it,” he says.

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