I think that the crystal ball will agree with me when I say, “beard styles will continue to become more popular in 2012.” But this doesn’t mean barbers will be losing their shaving business, since there will always be a need and desire to get a smooth, clean shave. What I predict is that “us” barbers will become much busier in the facial hair trimming and styling category. I know that I personally have seen an increase of clients wanting to keep their bearded treasures.
Here are three styles you can expect to see more of… The Van Dyke, beard scruff & the beard.
Why? Well, I’m glad you asked!
I think we can all agree that a great deal of our style choices can be heavily influenced by the entertainment industry. Not only because it’s always around us, but because it’s easy and always offering new ideas for inspiration! Here’s a list of the four major categories of entertainment and the guys responsible for the trends:
- Music – Drake, Adam Levine, Rick Ross
- TV – Ashton Kutcher, Jason Momoa, Charlie Hunnam
- Movies – Johnny Depp, Leonardo Dicaprio, Justin Timberlake
- Sports – Matt Kemp, Brian Wilson, David Beckham
and even magazine ads… – Guess, David Yurman, Dolce & Gabanna
The influences are everywhere and they are always changing! Take, for example, the scruffy beard. It seemed like everyone was wearing it when the likes of Adrien Grenier, David Beckham and Tom Brady began sporting this style regularly. Hey, it’s no different from men embracing classic hair styles brought back by the likes of Mr. Don Draper from Mad Men.
So I think that it’s safe to say that the beard is here to stay, at least for the next year of so. Or until a few of these guys decide to give my straight razor shave a try!