As of last year, beards were officially back in vogue. This was probably thanks to the 2013 Oscars, where George Clooney and Ben Affleck were poster boys for the instant man points scored with the simple addition of facial hair - women think you look hot, children assume you're a figure of authority and other men are intimidated by this glaring proof of your high testosterone levels.
Of course, there are plenty of beardy hipster guys who've been doing this for years, thinking it would remain just "their thing", and they had a sense of underground allure because of it.
Like this guy: Ricki Hall
And it's not like Movember, it's no joke. There's no beard today, understated stubble tomorrow situation.
So this is our plea - go ahead and ride on the wave that is your elevated sense of manliness, but please, please reach for a beard trimmer. That's one of these:
So how about we make visible jawlines the new trend? We miss your strong, manly jaws. And even sexier than running your fingers through your long beard (not sexy) is this: