March 10, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Johnny Damon

This week's celebrity facial hair Friday superstar is none other than baseball's Johnny Damon. I say "baseball's" because it just doesn't sound right to say that New York team's name. As you may know, Johnny recently followed in Babe Ruth and Roger Clemens's footsteps when he left the beloved Boston Red Sox for the New York Yankees. There. I said it. It still smarts.

On the right we see Johnny in all his Red Sox glory. Full mane of hair. Unkempt beard. Bob Seger would be proud. On the left we see Johnny today, clean-shaven and trimmed for the pinstripes. Truth is, he looks better. But you always wonder if Sampson had any regrets.

Normally this is the part where I say "save it or shave it". But today I think I'd like him to grow it back. And put on that old bean-town uniform again. Oh Johnny... We already miss you.

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March 3, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - The Oscars

story.oscars.jpgWith the Oscars this weekend it seemed only right to find a suitable leading man for this segment. But alas, the five men nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role tend to be pretty much clean-shaven. Philip Seymour Hoffman was clean-shaven in his role as Capote. Same for Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain, Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line, and David Strathairn in Goodnight and Good Luck. Only Terrence Howard for his role in Hustle & Flow shows any kind of facial hair, and that's just a pretty standard mustache/goatee combo.

So what gives? I think it may have to do with the era in which the movies take place. The four clean-shaven movies all take place during the middle of the 20th century, while the one with facial hair is present day. Styles definitely change, and while people in the middle of the century were more reserved, unique facial hair is one aspect of today's self-expression. We may look back on those crazy oughts and wonder, "what was I thinking?" But for now, flaunt your facial hair. Here's to hoping for a more exciting crop next year.

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February 24, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Ben Bernanke

This week's celebrity facial hair Friday pick is none other than the new Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, who, as you can clearly see in the picture to the right, sports a classic salt and pepper full beard and moustache. I was inspired to pick Mr. Bernanke after hearing my least favorite Wall St. analyst David Johnson on Marketplace say that he was impressed with the new Fed Chairman and was thinking about growing a "Bernanke" beard. I was also inspired to pick Bernanke because he looks like my dad (pictured, left).

So, I called my dad, as any good investigative journalist would, to find out how he coifs. Here's a transcript of the conversation:

me:Hey dad. How do you shave your Bernanke?
dad:My what?
me:Your beard
dad:Is that what the kids are calling them these days?
me:No. I'm just wondering how you take care of your beard. It's for ShavingStuff.
dad:You're still doing that website?
me:Yeah dad, and it's actually a shaving blog.
dad:A b-what? Is that what the kids are calling them these days?

Apparently I'm no Barbara Walters.

Anyway, Ben Bernanke and ShavingStuff dad's beard are classic. Stylish, trimmed, full-bodied, and distinguished. Easy call this week - save it.

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February 17, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Kanye West

Today's facial hair Friday celebrity is hip-hip recording artist and recent Grammy winner Kanye West. Now I know what I said back in January when I declared the goatee dead, but just stop and look at this man. Damn. That's handsome. I think it's the close trim that helps. Shaggy goatees are definitely still out. Trim, fine goatees can still work. Now I don't recommend this for all men. Make sure you grow your hair evenly and dense if you want to pull this off.

Shave or save it time! I say "save it". Now about that shaved design on the top of his head. At some point that will become regrettable.

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February 10, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Jason Lee

This Friday's featured face is non other than Hollywood celeb and skateboarder extraordinaire Jason Lee. You may remember Jason as Brody from Mallrats, or an almost famous 70s rocker in Almost Famous, but theses days Jason is better known as Earl Hickey, the lovable karma-inspired ex-con who now spends his time making up for past sins on My Name is Earl. And for this break-out role, Jason has had to do the unthinkable - grow a moustache. The horror. Now some of you men out there might be reading this and think "hey, my moustache isn't so bad." Well, you're wrong. Earl's just poking fun at you by sporting one. So unless you also have a million dollar contract with NBC, shave it. Just like Jason Lee will do once his show is over.

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February 3, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Jack White and Johnny Depp

Am I seeing double? Or does this Friday's celebrity facial hair segment contain two of my favorite stars? Hold on to your hats because this week we're featuring rocker Jack White of The White Stripes (pictured, hat), as well as actor Johnny Depp (pictured, hatless), both sporting similar shaves.

Jack White is a guitar-slinging front-man, and one half of the mold-breaking rock duo the White Stripes. And while he previously followed the clean shaven look, he's now a trend-setter in minimalist facial hair sculpture. Wispy moustache, slight soul patch, hint of gruff.

Johnny Depp is one of Hollywood's finest, known for his roles in Edward Scissorhands, What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, and most recently Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Johnny's current image appears to be inspired by his recent work in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Slightly fuller moustache, messy soul patch, and a two-pointed billy goat's gruff.

Pretty similar, don't you think? So what's the verdict ShavingStuff readers? Shave it or save it? I say save it... for now. A look as bold as this rarely stands the test of time. When it's hip, it's hip. When you see all your friends starting to imitate you, you'll know it's time for something new.

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January 27, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Matthew Fox

Like this guy needs an introduction... If somehow you've been stuck under a rock for the last year or have never seen the modern wonder we call TV, today's facial hair Friday celebrity is Matthew Fox, better known to America as Jack from Lost. You may also remember him as Charlie from Party of Five, not to be confused with Charlie from Lost, who is played by Dominic Monaghan. Got that straight? If not, maybe you should crawl back under that rock.

Matthew Fox is today's Don Johnson, perpetually sporting a couple day's growth. And why not? If you were marooned on an island, wouldn't you take a break from shaving everyday? Especially if you looked that good. Oh Jack... sometimes I wished I weren't so heterosexual. The man is bringing stubble back into the mainstream. So long razor. Hello electric clippers.

Final call - Shave it or save it? I vote for the save. What do you think?

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January 20, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Mel Gibson

mel-gibson-beard.jpgUm... is that really Mel Gibson? Indeed it is. You may remember Mel Gibson from such clean shaven roles as Mad Max, or Danny Glover's crazy partner in the Lethal Weapon movies. These days Mr. Gibson is sporting what I like to call "The Hussein". Why? Here's the skinny from the New York Times:

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Mel Gibson, whose "The Passion of the Christ" was assailed by critics as an anti-Semitic passion play - and whose father has been on record as a Holocaust denier - has a new project under way: a nonfiction miniseries about the Holocaust.

Oh. OK. I get it. He needs to look the part of a concentration camp victim.

It is not expected that Mr. Gibson will act in the miniseries

Oh. OK. I don't get it. Why does he have that beard?

Feedback time! New segment in celebrity facial hair Friday - "Save it or Shave it!" I say shave it. Sound off in the comments.

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January 13, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Pierce Brosnan

Welcome to celebrity facial hair Friday - a new segment we're trying out on ShavingStuff where we look at facial fashion sported by our favorite Hollywood stars. First up - Pierce Brosnan. You may remember him from such clean-shaven roles as Remington Steele, or more recently James Bond. These days Pierce is going wild wild west with this hairy protrusion. WTF you might ask? Relax. He's doing it for the money. Pierce is currently filming Seraphim Falls, a western co-starring Liam Neeson.

So will Pierce make old-school waxed moustaches and bushy goatees hip and modern? I doubt it. Ten bucks says he shaves it once they wrap shooting.

See more pictures of Pierce and his facial hair here

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