It’s official… Beards are back. From Brad Pitt to George Clooney to Ben Affleck, it seems that everyone has been sporting them recently. And why not? Five-bladed razors are all well and good, but daily battling against something your body does naturally can be tiresome, if not on some occasions downright impossible. If you’re looking to have a break from the razor, the good news is 2013 is the year of the beard! Whether you want to dip your toe in the water with a bit of stubble, or are looking to jump in at the deep end by throwing away the razor and having a wild, laissez-faire attitude to your man fuzz, all systems are go!
No longer, is there the requirement for men to be freshly shaven to connote tidiness and cleanliness. It seems that not only is 2013 the year of the beard, it’s also the year of the grunge, with young, fashion conscious hipsters sporting long beards, the more untamable and ironic, the better. After all, when we get down to it, why grow a beard that still requires grooming? The inner caveman in all men yearns to be wild and free from societal restraints like grooming and bathing. Well, okay so consenting to shower regularly on behalf of loved ones, is sort of excusable, but surely the least you can do to please your inner caveman is grow the very symbol of manliness!
Growing a beard in some ways is a rite of passage. How long can it grow? What shape will it take? Was grandma ginger? A never ending learning experience as you discover whether people think you look better or worse with facial hair (heads up: a study by Behavioral Ecology found that the majority of women find bearded men less attractive however also at the same time, perceive them as deserving more respect and being more powerful and of a higher-status than their clean-shaven brethren). Having a beard comes with a lot of perks. Wear it with glasses and you’re on the surefire route to being mistaken as a college professor… Also, why not do something Justin Bieber can’t do? The pint-sized teen might have made more money in his first paycheck than you’ll earn in a lifetime, but look on the bright side. You can grow a beard. He can’t… Score 1-0 to you.
Oh and if things really start to take off, you can always head over to the National Beard and Mustache Championships held yearly in the United States for your shot at $5000 of prize money!
But really, money aside, it all comes down to this: With a beard, you get to look like one hell of a badass.
Just dont grow one if you play for the Melbourne FC!