Saturday, December 6, 2008

Facial trends for men

It's now become a trend for men to use facial hair as a fashion accessory. And one has to admit they do it pretty well.

And what is encouraging is the number of ways they find to wear and style their facial hair. Let's take a look at the more popular fashions.
The regular beard: This style flatters many men. But they shouldn't make the mistake of thinking it's a way to avoid daily maintenance of facial hair. There's nothing more ugly than an unkempt beard. Even a full beard needs to be neatly trimmed and combed. A beard tends to attract food particles-it needs to be tended after every meal and kept meticulously clean.

The stubble: A la George Clooney - a stubble can give a guy a devastating look if he wears it well. This style either suits him or makes him look disreputable. A guy should never hold on to a stubble if it doesn't suit him. It'll end up driving away the girls.

For those for whom it works well, the way to maintain a stubble is to shave about twice or thrice a week depending on how thick the stubble gets.

Goatee: The high maintenance look. Goatees need to be neatly trimmed and well shaped. Untended goatees tend to waggle and look terribly unsophisticated and gauche. Be careful not to wear it over-long.

Side burns: Suits a few guys as long as they don't make the mistake of wearing them long and wide. The Victorian sideburn hasn't been considered fashionable for a long time now.

Moustache: While the moustache is frowned upon in the Western world, there is no doubt about the fact that it flatters very many Indian men. Neither Hitler nor Hercule Poirot are considered to have enviable moustaches. A medium sized one with a slight droop at the corners is fashionable now.

There are plenty of styles for men to choose from. The trick is to find the one that suits them well and enhances their looks.

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