In today’s fast-paced world, a clean shave is becoming ever more inconvenient, which might explain the resurgence of facial hair: more and more men are sporting not only designer stubble, but full-blown beards and slick moustaches. What’s more, a manly growth on the chin and cheeks is evidence of modern-day masculinity. As with any fashion statement, it’s no longer sufficient to tend to it yourself, which is why many barbers now specialise in styling facial hair for you.
‘The most common style we see is the “blended beard”, measuring about 3mm,’ explains Filipino stylist Nestor Helgado at Dubai’s Urban Male Lounge (UML). ‘If customers don’t have particularly strong cheekbones, we recommend they have a straight cut to accentuate the cheekbones. For long faces, we recommend a rounded finish.’
Laser treatment is becoming more popular as a way to style a beard or moustache. ‘Laser-treated hair is easier to maintain,’ explains Nestor, though he says it’s not practised at UML. ‘Treatment areas are mostly on the neck and chin, though we don’t treat the face itself in case [customers] decide to change their style. Once treated, they obviously can’t choose a different look.’
Though he doesn’t have a favourite style of facial hair, Nestor appreciates the way styles can be changed relatively quickly – follicle accessorising, so to speak.
Beard trim and tidy Dhs55; gentlemen’s shave with facial massage Dhs65. Urban Male Lounge, DIFC (04 425 0350).
The moustache A well-trimmed upper-lip warmer bespeaks sophistication,
while bushier versions, such as the ‘lady tickler’, are a perfect
way to express individuality and eccentricity.
The goatee Say what you will about the goatee, but this brand of beard has stood the test of time – it can be worn smartly (trimmed and chiselled) or unkempt.
The mo-beard This is a hybrid of moustache and beard – the chin and cheeks
are all but devoid of hair, while the upper lip, sideburns and sides
of the face boast a manly growth.
The pencil-line sideburn Most young Arab men favour carefully trimmed facial hair in sharp angles that accentuate their jawline and cheekbones.
The circle beard This style is usually worn as a dusting of stubble. It’s rugged and practical in that it deals with the sensitive area of the face that’s particularly prone to shaving rash and in-growing hairs.