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Beards, beards, and more beards! Wether you're a fan of the mountain man look or not, from Hollywood to hipsters, the beard is in. We're not just talking a little 5 oclock shadow either. This is facial hair that even Grizzly Adams would be proud of.
Joe Manganiello (Alcide in HBOs 'True Blood' series) is a perfect example of taking the biker look and making it current while George Clooney and Jon Hamm (Don Draper in 'Mad Men') juxtapose their very dapper style with a rough and manly long scruff.
So, why are beards a widespread trend right now? In the late '90s to early 2000s, men made a shift toward allowing more femininity into their lives... the world dubbed it "metrosexual".
Since that time, there has been a slow rebalancing toward masculinity and it has lead us to this point where men and women alike are wanting a more classic vision of what "manliness" is. Also, with a strong trend toward very clean barbershop style haircuts, sporting a scruffy beard keeps guys from feeling too polished.
Here are three tips for maintaining the perfect beard:
Its been a long time in the making and we are all very happy to see an age of rugged manliness that will have staying power.
Don't worry, if you're an employee of a face razor company - you don't have to worry about job security like most trends, the hefty beard will come and go. But, for now, let it grow... let it grow!