All You Need To Know About Beard Shaping Treatment

Have you noticed a growing number of men asking for beard shaping treatments?

There has been an increase in the number of men who have started looking towards improving their looks. Facial hair that is shaved in a way that contours the face and brings out the jaw line and cheek bones giving a more masculine yet clean cut and professional look is considered designer. Metrosexual men with their designer clothes and accessories want that contoured cool look. With offices allowing people to dress informally, we have seen an increasing number of young people looking to get a shape on their beard.


* How many such requests and clients do you get on an average?
On an average we get about 2-4 people a week inquiring about having a designer stubble or a beard. About 25% of these people get this done, some permanently and others temporarily.


* How old is the trend in India now?

This trend of having a sexy stubble, a flamboyant goatee or a manly full beard as a sign of sexuality has been increasing in India in this decade. Early part of 20th century was about growing the beard while the latter part was about having a clean look more so with so many companies flaunting their products for a closer shave. The designer trend has increased in the last 10 years due to the ability to have a permanent shape to the beard.Be it a sexy stubble, a flamboyant goatee or a manly full beard – facial hair in men is coming of age as the virile symbol of neosexuality.

It’s the thin line demarcating masculinity and metrosexuality. Hitherto considered as a male affectation belonging to either the unconventional pseudo intellectual, the rebellious rockstar or the aging esoteric sage – facial hair is increasingly becoming the signage of a new creed of neo sexual men. Gillette’s razor sharp marketing ploys be damned – urban men are finally shaking off their SNAG (Sensitive New Age Guy) avatar and sporting stylish beards with ease and elan. Be it a sexy stubble, a flamboyant goatee or a manly full beard – facial hair in men is coming of age as the virile symbol of neosexuality.

It’s the thin line demarcating masculinity and metrosexuality. Hitherto considered as a male affectation belonging to either the unconventional pseudo intellectual, the rebellious rockstar or the aging esoteric sage – facial hair is increasingly becoming the signage of a new creed of neo sexual men. Gillette’s razor sharp marketing ploys be damned – urban men are finally shaking off their SNAG (Sensitive New Age Guy) avatar and sporting stylish beards with ease and elan. Be it a sexy stubble, a flamboyant goatee or a manly full beard – facial hair in men is coming of age as the virile symbol of neosexuality.

It’s the thin line demarcating masculinity and metrosexuality. Hitherto considered as a male affectation belonging to either the unconventional pseudo intellectual, the rebellious rockstar or the aging esoteric sage – facial hair is increasingly becoming the signage of a new creed of neo sexual men. Gillette’s razor sharp marketing ploys be damned – urban men are finally shaking off their SNAG (Sensitive New Age Guy) avatar and sporting stylish beards with ease and elan.

* Typically, what is the age group and socio-economic profile of the clients asking for cosmetic surgery?

People looking for such procedures are usually youngsters or people in their middle ages who have accomplished things in life and would like to make a statement. Youngsters usually keep experimenting with their beard designs and hence like a temporary change whereas middle aged men usually have sported the new look beard for a long time and are open to have a permanent changed look.

* What are the various procedures available for beard shaping and how much does each one cost?

The two most common procedures are-

Temporary- Using a trimmer and a razor, a hair designing artist analyzes the face of the person. The length and shape of the beard Is planned based on the facial shape which can vary from round to square to narrow and oval. The areas to be shaved are then addressed and treated by a razor while the remaining beard is trimmed to get that designer look.

Permanent- The permanent designer beard involves permanently removing hair in places like the neck line, along the cheek areas and the moustache lines which is done using Hair removing lasers which are painless but need a few sessions.

It also involves adding Hair grafts in areas where the person has reduced density so as to get that uniform look. This is a one time procedure done under local anaesthesia and requires a lot of surgical skill. We usually take the donor hair from an area on your head which has a texture like the beard hair. This is done without leaving any scars and there are no tell tale signs of the grafted area. The hair will grow naturally in a couple of months.

* How long does each process take?

The temporary procedure takes about 60 minutes.

The laser hair removal takes 30 minutes and may need 3-5 sessions.

The hair grafting is usually a onetime procedure and may take about 2-3 hours for the complete procedure.

* Are these painless processes?

All the procedures are painless. Hair transplant needs local aanesthesia.

* According to you, what has led to this trend of beard shaping among men? 

Just as there are different styles of men’s jeans that are best suited to particular body types, there are facial hair styles that look best on certain face shapes. By altering your facial hair (and your hairstyle as well), you can seriously play up or de-emphasize the features on your face. Celebrities with designer beard, of course, have helped youngsters get information about the growing trend. The mushrooming male hair parlours have also added to the education of the people by showcasing the different type of designer beards used by sportsmen, movie actors and others.

* Do you think it’s just a fad or a serious sub-culture in India? Why?

Designer stubble can be a rugged way of adding interest to your face, it can give a dashing, even slightly dangerous appeal, the stubble will make your jaw look more angular and give you a more masculine look, and as workplaces the world over move ever closer to a permanent state of casual its becoming more and more easy to carry the look successfully.

In these times women are looking for security and safety and a bearded man presents a symbol of strength and sensuality more like an original caveman. More- so a stubble shows that the person is a stand up guy who is even ready to rebel against the norm of having a clean face.

In times of recession, women look for protection and security. They’re reverting back to the original cave man prototype – someone who combines strength and sensuality and the beard is the symbol of this primordial male energy


* When you first came across a client who requested for a beard shaping treatment, were you surprised? Can you please elaborate on this particular consultation the request, the reason he gave for the request, the concerns that the client had, the age and profile of the client and your inner monologue at the time? 

The first time I came across such a patient was 7 years ago who mentioned and wanted to know if such a treatment was possible as his online male friends in the US had undergone such a procedure.

The reason for his request was that he was getting married and he wanted to surprise his fiancée with a new look on the wedding day. He had a round face and wanted to look chiseled and make his jawline more prominent. I was really surprised by his request as usually people do not like new changes to be made on their wedding day.

Luckily I had enough days with me so that I could design his beard in such a way that it matched his face and also made his jawline prominent. He was thrilled with the outcome and he later on made it permanent as it matched his image and his work profile.

* Do you get clients from outside the city requesting such beard-shaping procedures? 

A few of the people come from other metro cities as well as from foreign shores. Middle east is a very fertile ground for permanent procedures and there are increasing number of people coming from there for these procedures.


* Did you get any funny or unusual requests/questions from a client who came in for beard-shaping? Something that may have stumped you? Any instances?

The most funny and unusual request came from this older gentleman who wanted to shape his beard as his teenage daughter wanted a designer stubble on her father for her farewell.

She wanted to showcase her father to be a cool man.

* Any additional comments are welcome

The only comment is for people undertaking permanent procedures as it cannot be altered once the final procedure is done hence please try a temporary change and see how it goes with your face. If it matches then go ahead a make it permanent.

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