Why are they keeping the skull shavers?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been trying to figure out why a guy who’d never shaved a beard was shaving his skull.
“I can’t figure it out,” he said, as he held the shavers to his forehead.
“There’s no rhyme or reason to it.”
A man who’d only ever shaved a few times before has been shaving his head for years, but his beard, which was a byproduct of his upbringing, has grown over the years.
“It’s been going on for a while,” said Dr. Jonathan Farkas, an emergency physician who specializes in head trauma at the University of Ottawa.
He said the skull shaving trend has “been a bit of a fixation” among young men in recent years.
Farka said he’s seen it with the older men who have never shaved their heads before.
“They’ve just had a beard growing, so they’re starting to think, I don’t want to go bald.
I’m not looking to get a beard, I’m looking to have a beard,” he explained.
But Farkamas said his own patients don’t care about their facial hair — they just want to have facial hair, regardless of the age of the person they’re shaving it against.
It’s an age gap that is growing, he said.
“People who’ve shaved their head, even if they’ve had facial hair before, are much more likely to be diagnosed with the disease,” he added.
“And they don’t have any symptoms at all.”
While a man’s age will dictate how he feels about facial hair at the time, a growing number of young men, particularly those who live in urban areas, are becoming more aware of their facial grooming habits.
“We have to understand that if we’re going to have healthy beard growth, we need to be grooming,” said Farkasi, who noted he’s had “a few” cases of facial hair in his past.
And while facial hair can be a temporary fix, it can also be a permanent one.
“You’re not going to grow a beard the way you would if you weren’t shaving your head,” Farkasu said.
But Dr. Fattah Hassan, a plastic surgeon in Montreal, is not one to hold grudges.
“When you shave your head, you’ve done your work, you’re a part of society, and the longer you wait, the more it’ll become a permanent problem,” he told The Globe and Mail.
In fact, he’s been shaving beard in the past for years.
But he also pointed out that it’s a matter of personal preference.
“As long as you are having facial hair you’re not a bad person,” Hassan said.
A recent survey conducted by the Canadian Medical Association revealed that people in Canada are more than willing to shave their beard to have more facial hair.
But the research doesn’t provide an accurate picture of facial grooming trends, because it’s not a scientific study, so its results may not be entirely accurate.
The study also asked respondents about their grooming habits and whether they would ever shave their head again.
Fassa Hassan and his beard are among the young men who are shaving their heads, but he’s also concerned about the stigma that goes along with shaving facial hair that’s become an everyday part of life for young men.
“My biggest fear is that they’re going back to the days where you just went in the shower and shaved your beard,” Hassan told The Guardian.
“Maybe they’ll have a facial hair problem in the future.”
Hassan added that shaving facial head is also a sign that people are “loyal” to their families.
“A lot of people will tell you that they shaved their beard because they’re loyal to their parents, or they’ll go back to school, or go out and have fun, and people who have beard have a lot of those things,” he pointed out.
He also noted that shaving beard is often associated with men who don’t consider themselves “feminine.”
Hassan and Farkaras are hopeful that as more men get more educated about facial grooming, the trend will eventually change.
“But at the moment, I think people are going to go back with the beard,” Fatta Hassan said, “because it’s the most beautiful part of their body.”
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