Quarantine goatees & lockdown stubbles: Is beard on the chin worth all the bush?

As a man, turn on the shaver at your own peril. Scraggly studies show hairy truths.

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Science has confirmed that women are, indeed, susceptible to the ‘beard goggles’ phenomenon.
The Covid-19 pandemic seems to have defeated man’s will to groom, giving rise to quarantine goatees, lockdown stubbles and corona beards. Male shagginess is at its peak, with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and actors Milind Soman and Will Smith among those devolving into cavemen.

Their Palaeolithic avatars are triggering a primal response in womankind — and the birth of a new dating trend: beardbating. Many are denouncing the push-up bra-like deceiving qualities of the primitive bush, which disguises weak chins, rendering women weak-kneed. So, are they wrong?

Science has confirmed that women are, indeed, susceptible to the ‘beard goggles’ phenomenon. Just like how a peahen is dazzled by a peacock’s iridescent feathered tail, or a female frog can’t resist the full-throated croaks of her amorous amphibian mate, the female human species, too, is hardwired to see bearded men as healthier, more affluent and even better fathers. Hormones can make hirsuteness seem like a sign of a superior immune system — exactly the quality one craves in a partner in a pandemic.


But ladies blinded by the ‘stubble spectacles’, take a note of this: a recent European study found that the average man’s scruff is riddled with more human-pathogenic bacteria than the filthiest parts of a dog’s fur. Let’s chew on that fact, shall we?

Trim, Shape & Sculpt: How To Style Your Beard Like A Pro During Lockdown
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As homes have become de facto offices, a number of cozy wardrobes - from pyjamas to yoga pants to sweatsuits - are catching on in isolation. And it’s not just the clothes leading the comfy charge. With limited access to barbershops, it’s become perfectly acceptable to don facial fuzz during a video meeting, within limits.

The same way you need to mind the hair on your head for a flattering style, you also need to tame your beard. If you’re stuck for inspiration or just need a guiding hand, here are a few tips to make sure that even in lockdown, your beard stays sharp.

As homes have become de facto offices, a number of cozy wardrobes - from pyjamas to yoga pants to sweatsuits - are catching on in isolation. And it’s not just the clothes leading the comfy charge. Wi..
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If you’re trimming your beard for the first time by yourself, it’s going to take a trim or two to find the most flattering length. Always start with a higher guard length to be certain that you don’t trim too much away. You can’t undo a too-short style but you can always shorten it on a second pass, if needed.

If you’re trimming your beard for the first time by yourself, it’s going to take a trim or two to find the most flattering length. Always start with a higher guard length to be certain that you don’t..
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While growing a beard, it might be tempting to let your beard grow any way it wants but that can give an unkempt look. Trimming loose stray hairs as it grows will not only prevent a disheveled look but it will also help sculpt your beard into its stylized place.

A great way to do this is comb out your beard in the direction it grows before cutting to remove any tangles. If you’re not growing a moustache, trim the hair that grows over the lip area - – this immediately gives the appearance of a neater beard while in the growing stages.

While growing a beard, it might be tempting to let your beard grow any way it wants but that can give an unkempt look. Trimming loose stray hairs as it grows will not only prevent a disheveled look b..
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Once you have the ideal length, it’s time to sculpt. You need to know where to draw your beard boundaries. However, getting the lines right can be tricky. Stick to the natural growth pattern around the cheek area.

Try not to cut into too much of the beard hair as this may result in further maintenance as the beard grows. Use points of the ear and nose area to ensure your beard is symmetrical.

One expert recommends that if your sideburns are overgrown, trimming down this area will reduce puffiness around the face. Additionally, trimming the neck area will do wonders for giving you a chiseled jawline. Start from the middle of your neck and work your way out on either side to help with symmetry.

Once you have the ideal length, it’s time to sculpt. You need to know where to draw your beard boundaries. However, getting the lines right can be tricky. Stick to the natural growth pattern around t..
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