...beards are one thing, trends, another
I think I've made it clear in the past: If there is one thing I love, it's a man with facial hair.
But there is a difference between donning facial hair and following trends.
I've fallen prey to multiple trends in my life, so my judgement is also cast upon myself.
No, I've never grown a beard.
But it seems every few months, something else is "cool."
From pirates to mustaches to "Keep Calm and Carry On" prints and variations of the like.
Trends spread like wildfire and, as fast as they ignite, they burn out and the world is on to something new.
No harm done, right? Not unless you got a tattoo I guess, but I still feel like followers follow trends and leaders, and those who do not give a flying flip what people think of them, even more so, are trendsetters whether they like it, know it or not.
I'm sure the television show "Duck Dynasty" has something to do with the resurgence of woolly beards on men these days, but should they have to have done it first for it to be cool?
Why do we wait for such outlets to deem something cool or uncool?
As I said, I've fallen victim many times to trends and then I fall out of love with them as soon as they get popular. I'm admitted not a "hipster," but similarly have the thought process in which I get annoyed when something I'm into becomes overly commercialized.
But beards? Beards I cannot hate on, no matter how saturated they become.
I equate facial hair with masculinity.
Even a 5-o'clock shadow speaks volumes. It could be an indicator of laziness, but it has a certain ruggedness about it. In my head, it means the man was just too busy working hard labor to worry about shaving, and a rugged, hard-working man is all right by me.
Even the men of NBC's "Today Show" are sporting whiskers in support of "No Shave November," which claims to be an effort to raise cancer awareness.
Awareness is all fine and good, but honestly, if you're going to participate, you should really go to their website and click on the "donate" link and throw them a couple bucks, because funding is much more conducive to aiding cancer research than skipping your daily shave for a month.
Trends come and go and what was cool is suddenly deemed lame. My biggest concern is men who regularly choose to wear beards will dismiss them due to their overpopularity.
Please don't do that. I don't even really know what my point is, but I choose to use this outlet to encourage men to continue to wear their desired facial hair with pride no matter what. Do not let it come and go with the trends, lest there be, at the very least, one very disappointed gal out there.
Keep them growing, fellas. You all look great.
(Jenna Wasakoski, a News-Item editor, is a graduate of Von Lee School of Aesthetics and is certified as a professional makeup artist.)