First impressions are the most lasting. Do you know what your facial hair or lack thereof says about you? From the Beard Scholar himself, Allan Peterkin, to our 41,000 Beard Gang members, we’ve scoured the internet streets to see exactly what people think of black men and their facial hair.
A clean shave is as much of a statement as a full beard. While we’re #beardgang here at Fresh Heritage, we still have love for our beardless brothers, with hope that they will one day join us. Until then, we’ve noticed a common belief about those who choose to stay clean. The clean-shaven black man is looked at as a young man that likes to be in control. He’s meticulous, some may even label him as a preppy, clean freak.
This man typically received fewer likes on his pictures in our Beard Gang Facebook Group leading us to believe it’s not the ladies’ favorite look. There’s a common misconception that this look is easy to maintain, which can make those without the scruff think that men who choose this style are easy going, laid-back, or even lazy. Trust us, we know how hard it is to keep this look up, which is why we offer a Custom Beard Grooming Kit equip with a beard comb, brush, scissors, and oils to assist you.
We’ve read around town, well online, that the man with a goatee may just be a commitment-phobe. A goatee is a gateway to a fuller, healthier beard, or any easy way to return to a clean shave if the mood strikes. This guy is keeping his options open.
Peterkin says, “It’s a guy who wants to push the envelope and also wants to be asked about his facial hair.” We scrolled through the Beard Gang Group and noticed only a few of our brothers wearing this look, but hey, it definitely takes a lot of work to keep up. The men who choose to rock a chinstrap put a lot of time and effort into their daily appearance and really care.
Full Beard aka The Alpha Beard
The new school has taken over this old style and made it the most popular among black men today. A full beard is associated with a high status and a wealth of experience. This alpha style seems to be a favorite among women who love beards.
People project their own meanings into facial hair. In this day in age, the only way to find out why a man wears a certain style over another is to ask him!
So fellas, what do you have to say about your beard?