Shave or Save?


Beards are certainly now a staple among the Sri Lankan male population. It’s almost as if almost everyone has made a common agreement to grow at least a shadow of some facial hair in a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. The only problem is, not everyone seems to have perfected the care that their facial hair deserves, which can significantly take away the benefits of having facial hair to begin with.

So, should you shave your face, or save yourself from the detriment of sporting that beard outside of no shave November? We have some things you would want to consider.

Genetics, genetics

As much as we would love to have a luscious beard, or that ‘Greek-god-esque bod’ that we see in many superhero movies, the truth is these are all the result of genetics, (and an inhuman amount of training for the body) more than anything else. Some are genetically gifted with a full face of hair, and others maybe not. But it doesn’t change the fact that having a beard is a question of what your lot is in the genetic roulette, and no one is a winner in this game.

Why do I say this? Because having a beard has nothing to do with your masculinity (unlike what some beard touters may say) and you having a beard will definitely have little to no impact on how people will perceive you. 

Less can be more

Sometimes, sporting stubble can do wonders better than having a full face of hair. Maintaining a full beard and taming it takes considerably effort and care, and without professional attention, things can get out of hand.

On the flip side, stubble can be a great accessory to a face, enhancing the natural contours and jawline that you already have to make them more prominent. Consider your facial structure and what works best for your preferences. Maybe even look at a few celebrity pics with similar facial structures for reference. Pick a style and own it. 

It’s about the small things

Keeping that neckbeard under control, trimming the beard and maintaining those clean lines, daily or at least regular care go a long way when taking care of your facial hair, and you will look and feel all the better for it. It doesn’t take a lot to do daily maintenance, but when you make that small effort, it shines through and your facial hair immediately stands out from the crowd as a result.

Be patient, be bold

Although I would usually encourage you to be unafraid in your style choices when it comes to many things, I would recommend exercising some restraint when it comes to matters that involve your face. It is the main thing that we are identified by, and pretty important after all.

Maybe that shaved line, or avant garde decision will turn out really flattering, but on the off chance that it doesn’t, you’ll have to shave your entire beard off and have to wait at least a couple of weeks for the beard to grow back in order to try again. When in doubt, Sri Lanka has a couple of very reliable places with stylists that can help you get the best look with your facial hair. Make use of that.

Of course, there’s so much more to talk about when it comes to facial hair, but that will have to wait for another week. Until then, I wish you all the best for your adventure with your facial hair.

By Shanuka Kadupitiyage