Always on Trend: Facial Hair on Men
In ancient Macedonia, a beard implied that the man sporting it was a philosopher. Let your inner sage shine through by embracing your facial hair.
By Jonathan Hackman
While a clean-shaven face is always in style, facial hair on men has drifted from full beard to scrubby soul patch and back again over the past few decades. Anyone who follows fashion knows that style always comes back, and it’s the same way in the beard and mustache arena. Men who want to be trendy and modern need to pay attention.
A mustache without any type of beard is the hardest type of facial hair to pull off these days. Brad Pitt pulled a retro-style one off, but we’re not all Brad Pitt. Bushy mustaches seem popular in the fire and police services, but they otherwise come off as dated or comical in many cases. Eccentrics and lovers of the surreal should pull out the mushroom wax and curl the corners a la Salvador Dali.
The beard is where it’s at for modern hair styling. While goatees and Van Dykes have held strong in popularity for the past decade through the present, full beards are definitely in again. Of course, a full beard is accompanied by a ‘stache in most cases, or you risk looking like a misplaced Amish gent.
While hipsters and fringe types may have heralded the reemergence of the full beard, it is being accepted and embraced by a large chunk of the male population. As it is with all facial hair on men, just remember to keep it clean and neat. The general rule is: if it works for you, wear it. Beards and mustaches are no exception.