I never thought I would trend in this direction. More about that later. Men across America are increasingly growing beards from the stubble to the goatee, or the full beard.
Procter & Gamble (Gillette’s parent company) says it’s easier for men today to avoid a shave during the workweek. P & G says many co-workers including managers no longer see the facial hair as negatively as they once did. Unfortunately, this new social attitude is hurting razor sales at major companies.
Several mental health professionals say that the “stubble” could actually be a sign of self assurance and confidence. Some men want to portray that laid-back look and believe that the opposite gender finds the 5 o’clock shadow sexually appealing. (No hard evidence in on this yet-seems to be totally subjective).
While some men have professed that they were unsure what the affect of facial hair might have on a job prospect, most admit they think it was a benefit. Many maintained that as long as they were groomed and dressed appropriately the facial hair was an extension of their self confidence.
Ok, let’s get personal. I am now adorning a “scruffy-stubble”. I like it. I also like not having to shave daily. In addition, I think it looks great. But, I still have not mastered the proper primping and trimming technique. Oh, and no Duck Dynasty beard for me. Ryan Gosling is more my style.
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