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Wednesday, Aug 25 2010
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Some people (certainly no one at SF Weekly) have trouble growing a full beard. There are patches that grow in hesitantly, or not at all -- like the right cheek, for example -- suggesting a puberty that is never quite complete. What does the beard movement have for them? We emailed style-man Nick Burns for some tips. "Your dermatologist can best guide you and might recommend corticosteroid injections or other treatments," he wrote. What? Fuck! Actually, Nick Burns is doing an expert job right now guiding people (like us, for example; no, like us in particular) who decide to tame the unruly thatch of unbridled manliness sprouting like virile winter wheat upon the rugged face, neck, and right cheek. He co-wrote The Bearded Gentleman: The Style Guide to Shaving Face with Allan Peterkin, and the sharp book which has had so much press -- Nylon Guys, The New York Times, New York, Money, Men's Health, Out -- you'd think it was Freedom. The book details more than 50 face-styles, many of which sound like sexual acts: the Horseshoe, the Lampshade, the Painter’s Brush, the French Fork. As for Nick, he has a fine, perfectly trimmed beard, which has grown in nicely, if you're into that sort of thing.
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