Barber Advises Shy Insurance Guy To Grow A Beard And Ends Up Changing His Life

If you think that growing a beard won’t make you look better than without any facial hair, this amazing story of a shy insurance guy might give you inspiration. When the 21-year-old businessman named Gwilym Pugh started an insurance company, he worked from the comfort of his bedroom.

Unfortunately, lack of physical activity and his injuries made him gain up to 280 pounds or 127 kilograms. But Gwilym found rays of light and managed to escape from this life-damaging lifestyle when his barber told him to grow a beard!

“At that time I was pretty overweight, working 12 hours a day, plagued with injuries which meant I couldn’t train at all,” Gwilym expressed.  “The business was doing okay, but I decided I needed to get my life back in order and wanted to get healthy again.”

Several years ago, Gwilym formed a folk band together with his friends. That’s when his barber urged him to let his facial hair grow. He was convinced, and in addition to his beard, the freshly-baked musician decided to shed those excess pounds. He also realized that his desk job was not healthy for him, so he decided to quit.

“It was the best thing for my health as I stopped sitting for nine to 10 hours a day,” Gwilym said after losing 90 pounds over the course of five years. While he was growing his beard and losing weight, the man who became healthier than ever created an Instagram account to share his progress. Soon enough, Nathan Palmer came across his page, and things skyrocketed quickly.

Gwilym is now a part of the London agency AMCK Models. His great efforts allow him to work on campaigns with Diesel, Bud Light, Vans, and other big names in the industry. He also became an ambassador for House 99, David Beckham’s new male grooming brand.

Scroll through some of Gwilym’s Before and After pictures to see his incredible transformation.

More info: Wales Online, AMCK MODELS, Instagram

Gwilym Pugh was a businessman working 10 to 12 hours a day from home.

Gwilym Pugh Before TransformationGwilym C Pugh

His life changed drastically after his barber advised him to grow a beard.

Gwilym Pugh BusinessmanWales Online

This is how Gwilym looks now.

Gwilym Pugh AMCK ModelAMCK Models

“A picture says a thousand words…. Coming from being 22 years old, overweight, plagued with injuries, and unhappy barely leaving the house.”

Gwilym Pugh body transformation

“I’m happier and healthier than I ever thought possible and doing things that didn’t even cross my mind to dream of.”

Gwilym Pugh with beardAMCK Models

Gwilym works as a model and he also became an ambassador for David Beckham’s male grooming brand.

Gwilym Pugh as ambassadorHouse 99

Even after reaching success, Gwilym manages to stay grounded.

Gwilym Pugh in LondonGwilym C Pugh

“I think I’m lucky I got into this profession at the age that I did.”

Gwilym Pugh in formal attire

“I try not to get caught up in it all and my girlfriend helps a great deal with that.”

Gwilym Pugh arranging his tieExposure London

“Having worked in finance for years, the opportunity to work with creative people and travel around the world is amazing.”

Gwilym Pugh successful transformationGwilym C Pugh

“It was the best thing for my health.”

Gwilym Pugh shows the displayGwilym C Pugh

Gwilym is consistent with his training to maintain his weight and form.

Gwilym Pugh takes selfieGwilym C Pugh

“Regular osteo treatment and morning mobility and HIIT workouts are what’s in order.”

Gwilym Pugh exercises to maintain weightGwilym C Pugh

If his story doesn’t encourage you to grow a beard, we don’t know what else can convince you.

Gwilym Pugh with red beardGwilym C Pugh

Gwilym Pugh playing with catGwilym C Pugh

Gwilym Pugh in Snowdonia MountainsGwilym C Pugh

Gwilym Pugh in PortugalGwilym C Pugh

Gwilym Pugh with surfboardGwilym C Pugh

Gwilym Pugh hair lengthGwilym C Pugh

Gwilym Pugh black and white photoEdo Brugue

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