Grooming & Style
Universally Flattering Facial Hair: Is It a Myth?
A custom-made suit will always fit better than anything off the rack. The same applies to your facial hair: You look better when your whiskers are groomed to fit your face shape. But, like a well-made ready-to-wear suit that looks pretty decent on most men, is there one facial hairstyle that brings out the best in almost every guy who wears it? To find out, we asked barbers across the country. Perhaps proving that there isn’t one universally flattering facial hair style, their responses were as diverse as their hometowns.
NORTHEAST: The Groomed Five O’clock Shadow
-- Manuel Vazquez of American Shave Classic Barber in Union, N.J.
MIDWEST: The Full Beard
-- Shawna Carter of State Street Barbers in Chicago, Ill.
-- Craig the Barber of Gornik & Drucker barbershop in Beverly Hills, Calif.
-- Christopher Dickerson, president of Christopher’s Vintage Shave in Sugar Land, Texas
… Or a Goatee
-- Adrian Armendariz of V’s Barbershop in Houston, Texas
The style that’s the most flattering on an individual is the one that’s contoured to the man’s face; is neat and linear; and compliments the natural flow of the man’s cheekbone, jawline or lip structure.”
-- James B. Kynes Jr., Kings of Atlanta Grooming Lounge & Spa in Atlanta, Ga.
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Elizabeth Narins is the group editor of Men’s Life Today and Style and Tech for Men at Studio One Networks. The former YourTango.com Love Buzz blogger has written about relationships for Men’s Health magazine. Follow her @Ejnarins.
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