April 16, 2010

Beards Gain Trust

tinhatbeard.jpgWant to appear more trustworthy? Gain credibility? You might want to consider growing a beard. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports:

"The way you gain people's trust is to earn it over time by repeatedly proving that you deserve it. That, or grow a beard.

A recent study in the Journal of Marketing Communications found that men with beards were deemed more credible than those who were clean-shaven."

One exception: underwear. We don't want to buy our drawers from hairy guys, says the study. Men with beards were "slightly less effective than smooth-cheeked fellows in underwear advertisements."

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April 12, 2010

Shave Regularly, Have More Sex

brushShave.jpgAccording to a recent survey, the Schick Skin-dex (a national research poll conducted by StrategyOne), men who shave 5 times a week or more have twice as much sex, are happier, more outgoing, more social, more likely to report they are living their dreams, and more likely to report more attractive significant others.

"The Skin-dex survey also shows a clear link between material, emotional and romantic satisfaction and the frequency of men's shaves. In fact, men who shave five days a week or more are more confident, twice as likely to be employed as those who shave two days a week and are much less likely to live with their parents. On average, they earn $15,100 more per year than infrequent shavers and are more likely to own luxury items.


According to the survey, the three biggest turn-offs are body odor, dandruff, and 'irritated skin', which ranked as a biggest turn-off than baldness or gray hair. 

66% of women associate men who shave regularly with a variety of positive qualities, including higher self awareness, deeper commitment and greater comfort with themselves. 82% report a preference for cleanly shaven men and another 83% say it's sexy when a man has a smooth touchable face.

In addition, 64% of women surveyed said that when their man shaves, they just can't keep their hands off of him, 78% would rather kiss a cleanly shaven man than a scruffy man, and 64% would rather have sex with a cleanly shaven man than a scruffy one.

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April 8, 2010

Return of the Beard-a-thon

beard-a-thonThe Beard-a-thon has returned for another year of hairy hockey fundraising madness! Check out the details from King of Shaves, a sponsor of the Beard-a-thon:

"This season, hockey fans across the USA will be sporting their very own playoffs beards. In addition to participating in a great hockey tradition, they will also be raising money for charities across the county.

The Beard-a-thon program was launched last year when nine NHL clubs raised a combined $350,000 for charity. This season, twelve NHL clubs will participate in this unique fund raising program."

Sign up, grow one for the team, and raise money for charity. Win.

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April 7, 2010

Baldness Treatments Are Overhyped, Say 53% of Men

BaldnessCure.jpgSnake-oil treatments for baldness have been around since the days of Hippocrates says Consumer Reports Health, and those empty promises continue to this day. While late-night TV and pharmacy shelves are filled with products touted to restore hair, most of the tactics tried by thousands of balding men and women simply don't work very well, according to a new survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. The product that worked for the most people was the prescription drug Propecia (finasteride), deemed very effective by 27 percent of men.

The Baldness Remedies survey is one of three reports on the market for anti-aging products that promise to turn back the clock. Consumer Reports Health reports on do-it-yourself hair dyes, over-the-counter anti-wrinkle serums, and baldness treatments. The reports are available online at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org.

"The market for baldness remedies plays to a particularly vulnerable segment of society," said Tod Marks, senior editor at Consumer Reports. "It's a deeply personal, devastating issue to many who desperately want to believe that there's a panacea out there. Sadly, there is no magic bullet. At the end of the day, the best remedy may actually be acceptance. Those surveyed told us that masking hair loss was one of the more effective options. And they pointed out actual benefits of being bald: you won't get hat head; you won't waste time grooming your hair; and you'll save lots of money on shampoo, conditioner, gels, mouse, hair dryers, and other hair care products."

Of survey respondents who sought treatment for hair loss, 65 percent said they had nothing to lose from trying. Consumer Reports Health notes that there are plenty of downsides to several remedies:

* Finasteride, available as Propecia and as a generic, worked for some. Patients should commit to it for at least three months and any gains it may have will be lost once the patient stops taking it. While side effects are infrequent, they can include depression and impotence. It can be used by men only.
* Minoxodil, sold under the brand name Rogaine or generically, works best on patients whose hair loss is recent. Survey respondents said it was largely ineffective. As is the case with finasteride, any benefits are lost when you stop taking it. Side effects include dry, itchy, or irritated scalp and increased facial hair. Women can use Rogaine in the 2 percent strength if they're willing to live with the possibility of facial hair. Men can use 2 or 5 percent solutions.
* Surgery, which typically involves a basic transplant of hair from the back of the head to the top or front of the head, costs on average $5 for each graft. The average transplant can take 2,000 grafts, bringing the total cost to approximately $10,000. In many cases, the procedure must be repeated, doubling the cost. Not everyone is a successful candidate and there's a possibility of infection, a long recovery period, scarring, or patchy hair growth. And finding a skilled surgeon can be a challenge.

The Consumer Reports Health survey found that women were especially bothered by hair loss. Fifty-five percent of women who had hair loss, compared to 24% of men surveyed, said they worried a lot about losing more hair in the future. Women who had lost hair were more likely than men to pay attention to other people's hair or lack of it, stare in the mirror, and feel self-conscious about their appearance.

The survey found that masking baldness might very well be the ideal option. Sixty-five percent said that they found wearing a wig or toupee was very or somewhat effective, while 46 percent of men liked shaving their head, and 46 percent of people said that simply dressing better was an effective technique at hiding hair loss.

Most men and some women blamed genetic makeup or age; other women said their hair loss was due to a health condition (such as thyroid disease) or stress. Respondents whose hair loss was related to chronic illness or chemotherapy were excluded.

Survey Methodology

In December 2009, a random sample of online subscribers received an email asking them to complete a survey focused on hair loss. Findings from this Consumer Reports National Research Center survey focused on the 8,042 men and women who reported they had indeed experienced hair loss or balding. Respondents whose hair loss was related to chronic illness or chemotherapy were excluded.

Covering Up the Grays

For those consumers who still have their hair but are looking to cover grays, a new test of home hair dyes found that Clairol Textures and Tones, L'Oreal Paris Superior Preference, Clairol Natural Instincts, and Clairol Natural Instincts For Men work best.

Consumer Reports Health tested 13 home hair dyes consumers would use to dye gray hairs brown and rated them on how well they covered grays, how easy they were to use, and whether the color was blotchy or streaky. The top products scored high marks across the board when tested on tresses of grey hair. The results show that for less than $13--well below salon prices--consumers can easily and effectively cover their grays.

"More than ever, consumers are searching for ways to look and feel their best without breaking the bank, so we were pleased to find there are high quality, low-cost options for covering grays," said Consumer Reports Health associate editor Jamie Hirsh.

For maximum success with at-home hair coloring, Consumer Reports Health advises first performing a spot test for allergic reactions, then testing the dye on a single piece of hair to determine how the color will turn out and how long to leave the dye in your hair. Refer to the more detailed color charts on the sides or back of the box rather than the picture on the front to see how a color will work with your hair. And it's best to determine how much gray coverage you need before you select a product. Some products aren't made for hair that is more than 50 percent gray.

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April 6, 2010

Sometimes a Goatee is Just a Goatee

epicgoatee.jpgDo you really need one more article about Tiger Woods? 'Cause the guy's name and face are everywhere right now, taking him to task for his domestic issues and how that affects his sponsorships, debating his golf game, yadda yadda yadda.

However, one thing I didn't expect to see a feature about was the reason behind his newly grown goatee.

From the Globe and Mail, Is Tiger's beard weird?

"Q: Do you think Tiger grew his goatee knowing it would attract a lot of attention?

Peterkin: It becomes a deflection about asking some of the more serious questions about his so-called sexual addiction and so on. It can be a bit of a diversion."

Seriously? A diversion? Can't a goatee just be a goatee?

What do you think?

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April 5, 2010

Catholic Priest Raises $65,000 by Shaving Beard and Head

DSC00083.jpgRoman Catholic priest Leo Rancourt found a novel way to raise the money to heat his church, St. Dominique. Rancourt, who has worn a full beard and long hair for 20+ years, accepted a challenge to shave off his beard and his long hair if the members raised $25,000.

"The congregation took up the challenge, and parishioners sold tickets that were raffled off at $25 each for two trips for two, anywhere in the world, valued at $4,000 each, with the additional promise of a haircut and shave. St. Dominique's congregation far surpassed its goal, raising $65,000 to see their priest adopt a new look."

Read the full story here: Haircut and a Shave, 2 bits? Try $65,000!

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Gillette Pakistan Mass Shaving Event Canceled Due to Threats

Close Shave.jpgGillette Pakistan's planned "Shave it and Break it" event in Karachi on March 30 was an attempt to break the Indian record of mass shavings, but was canceled due to threats from 'Islamic extremists' in the area. According to the Huffington Post:

"The event ended up being embroiled in controversy when Islamic extremists blasted the website with hate messages and threats to anyone attending the event. "We will stop anyone attending this event and will not hesitate from using force," one commenter wrote on the blog. Another one termed all the people planning to attend the event as 'infidels'. Organizers of the events also received threats from the All Pakistan Federation of Madressahs and other organizations."

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April 1, 2010

March 25, 2010

Moustache Craze is Growing

Dali Double Moustache.jpgFrom the Arizona Republic:

"Mustaches are turning up in lots of places other than faces.

Curlicued facial-hair silhouettes evocative of the Pringles-can man are printed on pencils, pillows and pint glasses. Waxed whiskers adorn infant onesies and the covers of stylish greeting cards surrounded by hearts."

Image: Raúl Villalón at Flickr

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March 22, 2010

Beards: Art for Your Face

Hukka Man!.jpgMost of us find a facial hair style that works for us and then stick with it. We may experiment with a different look for a while, reverting back to our 'usual' after a bit, but rarely change it up weekly.

Not so with Sameer Mehta. According to Times of India, he changes his facial hair every couple of days, and is now entered into the Limca Book of Records for growing 54 different beard styles.

"Among his various non-verbal hairy expressions are an IPL tribute that came in the form of cricket bats and balls, a tricolour flag for Independence Day, a pierced heart for Valentine's Day and even a voting symbol that ran down his chin during last year's elections."

According to Mehta, he came upon the idea during hospitalization after an appendix operation, when decided to use his facial hair as a fashion statement. "I wanted to do something unique and prominent".

His unique styles attract people's attention wherever he goes, often resulting in requests for photos with him, and he's even got a short cut to worship. "I've got a VIP entry in at least four temples so far".

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