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It's all about the black and (mostly) white beard | Elizabeth Wellington

Elizabeth Wellington, STAFF COLUMNIST

Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018, 6:47 AM

Joe Roman sports quite the full salt and pepper beard.

David Letterman is on the extreme end of a growing trend: the black and mostly white scruffy beard.

Most guys aren’t going as mountain man as Letterman, said Alex Masi, a stylist at Le Reve Salon & Barbershop in Cherry Hill, but they are embracing their aging facial hair.

Some, Masi said, are coming in for shape-ups with precise lines; others are taking a shaggier approach. But however they chose to let their faces age gracefully, the groomed result is more distinguished.

“It kind of happened all of a sudden,” Masi said. “My guys are really into grooming these days, and I think this is an extension of this.”

It also helps that some of Hollywood’s handsome leading men over 40 — Idris Elba, Brad Pitt, George Clooney — are showing us how comfortable they are with letting the salt in their beards overwhelm the pepper.

I’m a believer.

Dye may not be in order, but it’s still a good idea to get some professional maintenance every now and then, because without it, your white whiskers may tend toward yellow. That’s not a good look.

It’s important, Masi said, to wash the beard at least once a week with clarifying shampoo. It’s also a good idea to massage the beard, use a beard cream to condition, and then pick it out before trimming.

That way, my bearded brothers, you’ll definitely have more of a leading man than mountain man look.

Elizabeth Wellington, STAFF COLUMNIST

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