Would you grow a beard if you could? Jakub Marczewski with his moustache in Warsaw, Poland (AP photos)
Would you grow a beard if you could?
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Jakub Marczewski grew a beard six years ago. He was too lazy to shave. Now he finds himself in the middle of a global trend.

The 21-year-old got his hair and beard trimmed at a new shop. It's called the Barberian Academy & Barber Shop. It opened in Warsaw, Poland, last month. Its customers are the growing number of men with facial hair.

Europe is agog for beards.

"Worldwide, we are at the height of facial hair," said Allan Peterkin. He is a Toronto psychiatrist. He wrote the book, "One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair."

"It's a delightful expression of masculinity. But not a super-macho expression."

After World War II, men were mostly clean-shaven. Over the next decades, facial hair was adopted by various groups. Since the mid-1990s, it has been slowly spreading to even more groups. Now the mountain man beard is all the rage across North America.

The 2008 financial crisis added to the beard momentum. Some men who lost their jobs ditched the conformist look. They reinvented themselves.

"To grow a beard is to start a new life and to have more confidence in yourself. You look a little older, so people have more respect," said Salvador Chanza. He is a 31-year-old master barber from Spain. He trains professionals.

Today, facial hair is hugely popular across Western Europe. That's especially true in fashion-conscious Paris. And across the globe, it's the month of "Movember." That's when men are encouraged to grow a mustache to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues.

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COMMENTS (4)
  • GMauricio-Sti
    12/18/2014 - 09:52 a.m.

    Allen like cutting hair and started his own shop. Allen said "I know it isn't macho". Don't listen to those people just do what you like to do. That the reason why Allen started cutting hair and that's why he started his own shop.

  • Tiffany0307-yyca
    1/20/2015 - 08:59 p.m.

    No, I do not want a beard because I am not a boy and I don't want a scraggly beard because it makes me look like a grandpa. I think it is kind of weird because not do you look hideous but maybe sometimes people can make fun of you. It is also kind of strange because that man kind of looks a little bit funny, (not that I'm trying to be rude). But he does kind of look older and he kind of reminds me of this other fourth-grade teacher in my school. I think that it is kind of dumb to get a beard and using just money so that you can look older and deserve respect, (although the respect part is important).

  • luisTMS22
    1/28/2015 - 07:01 p.m.

    It's cool to see how people change on what is popular. Beards are cool but mountain man beards are a little weird. It's cool that movember helps people with health issues. This started because people were lazy to shave. I wonder what people will think is popular next.

  • felipevidal
    7/09/2015 - 10:44 p.m.

    This text talks about how beards are very popular and how its style has changed through the years, after World war II men were mostly clean-shaven. Over the years many people has adopted this style letting the beard grow without shaving for months or even years.

    "To grow a beard is to start a new life and to have more confidence in yourself. You look a little older, so people have more respect," said Salvador Chanza. He is a 31-year-old master barber from Spain. I agree with him I'm a real example I have a babyface and I don't like to look like a baby I have a big beard but I've only been some months without shaving.

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