Shave The Date
Facial hair matters when it comes to your Big Day
Over the past several years, beards have become the biggest trend among gentlemen. But, when it comes to your significant other, what do they think about the lumberjack look?
According to The Wedding Report about 25 percent could “take it or leave it.” Even though a healthy 22 percent is against the scruff, with the majority not worrying about their bearded men, this laidback attitude is paving a way for wedding day (facial) hair.
Depending on location and feel of your wedding, different facial hairstyles work for different situations. Opt for the clean-shaven look for a black-tie affair and keep the full or trimmed beard for the outdoor garden soiree.
Your face is going to be in your wedding pictures forever. It’s important to treat your face with as much care as the bride does to hers. Take this opportunity to take yourself and your groomsmen to an authentic barbershop. It’s a perfect day-of bonding, and having a photographer tag along makes for classic photos. If not just for the professional shave, going to an authentic barbershop is all about the experience. Hot towels, manly shaving cream and the sheer relaxation of just sitting in the chair makes for the perfect pre-wedding prep.
Lucky for local gentlemen or those traveling to the city for their nuptials, there are a few barbershops to choose from in New Orleans. Aidan Gill for Men, on Magazine Street or Fulton Street, transports its clients to the golden years of the 1900s. The Art of Shaving, located on Canal Street, gives men the “royal” treatment at their Barber Spa. Magazine St. Barber Shop is all about embracing the tradition of an authentic barbershop with a modern feel.
No matter where you go, or if you decide to handle your shave personally, it’s essential to make sure you are camera-ready for the Big Day.
New Orleans Magazine health columnist Brobson Lutz, M.D., wrote an important piece on the complications of shaving and how to protect your face and skin. You can read the column here.
Jon Dyer of Dyer.org has dedicated his site to the art of beard grooming. See his “7 Ways To Conquer A Naturally Unruly Beard” here.