Thanks to the rise of the humble beard and moustache, respectively, have gone en masse: joining the ranks of the man bun as a look to define the masculinity of our decade. But let’s face it (man buns aside): without saying a word, nothing shouts MAN quite like facial hair. Whether it’s neat and tidy, wild and woolly, stubby or straggly, every bro who’s ever rocked a mo’, beard or even a bit of stubborn stubble feels, understands and knows, firsthand, the macho power of male facial hair. Old school, suave and sexy (chicks dig it), a badass beard – or Magnum PI moustache – can leave us feeling as smooth as a triple-distilled, twelve-year old whiskey.
In a study on The Impressions of the Male Personality as a Function of Beardedness, psychologist Robert J. Pellegrini writes: “Inside every clean-shaven man, there is a beard screaming to be let out.” We’ve heard it. We know it. It’s a primal scream (AWOOOO); a loud, innate shout-out to bygone Caveman days when man was wild, proud and, let’s be honest, beastly. Any man who’s had anything more than a clean-shaven face can relate to the thinking that the art of growing facial hair is akin to perfecting the art of manliness itself. Whether good, bad, burly or curly, it’s the defining characteristic that separates man from woman, and boy from BOSS.
Above and beyond the stamp of bonafide grizzly-ness, a man’s facial hair is also, without a doubt, the ultimate form of makeup. Some well-tended facial hair can do miracles for a man: it can hide a double chin or add a good decade to a baby face. A beard can instantly create an air of rebellion to a straight-laced man. There’s a catch though, for those who aren’t fully into grooming: growing a beard or ‘stache involves a lot more than simply not shaving. It requires work and maintenance to ensure it’s well-groomed, well-oiled and always food-free.
From the luxe full beard to the chinstrap, the goatee to the pencil moustache, choosing a look that works for you – facially and psychologically – is all-important. With so many styles to choose from, and facial hair fully in vogue (to the point where some consider we’ve reached “beard peak”), it’s no wonder that the next fashion forward trend is dubbed to be… (dah dah dahhhh) a clean-shaven look. For now though, stubble (and everything extra) reigns supreme. So use your razor, or visit your closest Sorbet MAN master barber, to shape and style a new look for a super groomed 2017!