On how beards can enhance your look:
“I grew mine out a little bit just to add personality to the way I dress.”
—Steven Onoja, Nigeria
On the practicality of beards:
“I grew my beard solely to catch food that falls out of my mouth when I eat. It’s a natural bib, if you will.”
—Stephen Harrison, Atlanta
“All beards are not created equal. I elevate mine to untouchable status by using Tom Ford Beard Oil and by getting überexclusive beard blowout treatments.”
— Shawn Suggs, Los Angeles
On their unifying factor: “I converted to Islam in 1976 and have rocked the beard ever since as a spiritual statement. On the streets, there are all the fashion enthusiasts wearing them for completely different reasons."— Jamaladeen Tacum
On beards and the journey:
“The beard represents my growth as a man and the wisdom I’ve gained along the way.”
—Erik Honesty, Philadelphia
On that awkward stage: “I’ve often been asked, 'How did you grow out your beard?' Going through the ‘patchy’ stage happens, but once you get past that, it’s all good.”—Hamid Holloman, Philadelphia
On the power of whiskers:
“My beard defines me as a young man with an old soul. It’s stylish yet makes a bold statement.”
— Merrick, South Florida
On facial hair and the definitions of manhood:
"Beards are masculine but they can get too much credit. To have one is cool, but to not have one is cool, too."
— Chris Classic, New York
On beards as a cultural expression:
"Aside from it being a representation of my religious beliefs, I think it has become a signature to my look."
— Curran J., Philadelphia
Wash - A sulfate-free shampoo will keep your beard clean without irritating skin. Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Beard Refining Kit ($25, billyjealousy.com)
If you can’t make it to your barber every week to maintain a well-groomed finish, keep those beard lines in check at home with this sleek and handy tool.
Andis SlimLine Pro Lithium Ion Cordless Trimmer ($70; andis.com)
Even while growing out your beard, trim split ends and unruly hair every two weeks.
The Art of Shaving Moustache Clippers($20; artofshaving.com)
Use a wide-tooth comb; it’s easy on beards and won’t snag.
The Art of Shaving Horn Moustache Comb ($25; artofshaving.com)
Moisturize with a light beard oil, or use a shea butter-based moisturizer to keep beard soft. Jack Black Beard Oil ($24; Nordstrom)