The fine folks at the New Zealand Beard Appreciation Society have come up with a helpful facial hair reference guide, so that you can be sure not to confuse your Mongolian warlords with your sea captains, like you’re always doing. Because you need to know if you’re dealing with a super wizard, or just a regular run-of-the-mill wizard. That’s a powerful mix-up to make. [New Zealand Beard Appreciation Society]
Hipsters get hated on all the time for everything from their weird shoes to their insistence that they knew about every cool thing before it was cool, but they’ve recently come under fire for a very specific reason: their trendy beards are cutting into razor sales. Yep, razor makers like Gillette and Schick have seen sales slip in recent years, and market research indicates that “the vogue for stubble” and “growing acceptance of the unshaven look” are partially to blame. Keep reading »
In the past few years, it seems that facial hair has become the ultimate fashion accessory for the stylish man and Jonathan Daniel Pryce decided to document this beautiful phenomenon. The fashion photographer, blogger, and social media consultant decided to walk the streets of London and photograph one bearded man per day for 100 days. Thus, “100 Beards 100 Days” was born.
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After Winona admitted that she was nursing a bit of a crush on a guy with a Spider-Man beard, we thought it might be interesting to hunt down some other examples of crazy facial hair and ponder whether or not we would date these weird-bearded dudes. Click through to check out 15 guys with seriously crazy beards, plus our honest discussions about why we want to date them (or not)…
Chad Roberts, professional beardist and founder of the RVA Beard League, recently sculpted his ample chin mane into the shape of a massive spider. Paired with a muscular Spider-Man costume, the effect is kinda terrifying, and kinda sexy, no? OK, nevermind, it’s mostly terrifying. [Neatorama]
Ben Affleck reportedly grew his stately beard as a good luck charm for the awards season, and while it didn’t secure him a Best Director nomination, it did get his movie an Oscar for Best Picture. All in all, not bad for a good luck beard, right? But now it seems Ben’s famous facial hair is no more: apparently Jennifer Garner brought clippers to an Oscars after party at a Hollywood restaurant, and, bolstered by tequila shots and cheered on by George Clooney, shaved it off in the hallway (a bit unsanitary, yes, but hell hath no fury like a woman who’s tired of her husband’s beard).
Ami was delighted to hear Ben’s beard is gone, while I’m in a bit of a mourning period myself. I thought it looked great, mostly because it made him more closely resemble Commander Riker from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and that is always a good thing. [Truth. -- Amelia] What do you think? Weigh in below! [Us Weekly]
Jessica may be grossed out by beards, but she’s not invited to this furry party over at theBERRY anyway. I am, and you all our my plus one. Put up your Away message on GChat and check out all 30 random hotties sporting facial fuzz here...
So, Jared Leto posted this photo of himself with an American flag and a “big patriotic beard” at the Democratic National Convention on his Facebook page, and it’s bringing me such a potent mix of confusion and delight that I had to share it with you. God bless America, indeed. [Facebook] Keep reading »
Dude. Dude. I am really, really into Jake Gyllenhaal’s Paul Bunyon-inspired wooliness on the cover of Details’ September issue. Let’s go chop some wood, if you know what I mean… Anyway, the actor has a decidedly more manly look and vibe to him in both the magazine’s photos and interview, in which he talks a lot about his approach to acting. He’s got two films coming out — “End of Watch” and “An Enemy” — which required him to play vastly different characters, both physically and mentally. The former, a bulked up cop, and the second, a nerdy history professor (hence, the beard?). Sounds like the perfection combination, if you ask me. Check out some more photos above, and read the interview at the link! [Details]
So, apparently those handlebar mustaches and ironic neckbeards aren’t just babe magnets, they’re also a boon for your health! A group of Australian researchers found that facial hair provide an effective barrier against the sun’s UV rays. “Facial hair reduced the exposure ratios to approximately one-third of those to the sites with no hair,” the team reported in the Radiation Protection Dosimetry journal (sounds like a great beach read, no?). “The variation in the exposure rates over the different sites was reduced compared with the cases with no beard.” Another finding? The more facial hair you have, the more protected you are, so put down those razors, fellas, and repeat after me: “More mustaches, less melanoma!” [Washington Post]