Glitter Beards: To Shine or Not to Shine?

Source: Instagram/thegaybeards

Source: Instagram/thegaybeards

No Shave November may be over, but the festive month of December has brought with it a whole new reason to keep the facial fur firmly in place: the Glitter Beard. Yes, glitter. We apologize to all the significant others of the glitzed-out beards in advance.

The sparkly, hirsute endeavor joins the list of hipster grooming fads that have previously included the infamous man braid and the man bun, each winning their own hair show of late. But glitter-dusted beards have taken over the trending game on social media. And, yes, there’s a hashtag for it, naturally: #glitterbeard.

Just in time for the holidays, the spirited statement allows men to glitz up their grizzly status in no time flat. But just how does one join the glittery ranks? And perhaps a better question is why.

Source: Instagram/thegaybeards

Source: Instagram/thegaybeards

Glitter is nothing out of the norm for The Gay Beards, who never met a facial-hair ornament they didn’t like. They festoon their ample beards in everything from flowers, popcorn, and balloon to sprinkles, pom-poms, and mini paper drink umbrellas. They even have produced a short video tutorial for glitter newbies on best practices to achieve maximum sparkle action (use beard oil for the best results, and make sure your beard is well-shaped, too). The duo might even advocate the placement of little signs in your glitter beard of the lyrics to a Taylor Swift song.

Source: Instagram/thegaybeards

Source: Instagram/thegaybeards

The biggest problem we see, aside from the T-Swift signs and the #NSFW status, is the ongoing mess of a glitter bomb that your beard may become. Glitter it up this December, and you may still be finding shimmering specks next December. You may also be finding yourself alone under the mistletoe.

So, do or don’t try this at home. You make the call. All we can say is this: All that glitters is definitely gold for these bearded gents who aren’t dimming their shine quotient. Garner some glitter inspiration, some solid tips, or at least a good chuckle with these flecked-out beards.

Source: Instagram/pagliacciphotography

Source: Instagram/pagliacciphotography

Jeff Davis (@pagliacciphotography) makes it all sound as easy as pie: “I used old school Aquanet hairspray and poured the glitter on. Simple as that, after the photos I dusted the glitter out of my beard. Every bit came out, I barely needed to wash it after. You just have to make sure you use a good beard oil beforehand. My bathroom floor however, will be fancy & sparkly for a while.”

Source: Instagram/guillermo_enrique92

Source: Instagram/guillermo_enrique92

Proving that you need not have a robust beard to rock the glittered effect — or be afraid of wearing hot pink — is Guillermo (@guillermo_enrique92).

Source: Instagram/jairowijman

Source: Instagram/jairowijman

The glitter doesn’t have to stop at the beard, either, at least not when it comes to @jairowijman, who brings his purple glitter rain from beard to brow.

Source: Instagram/thekissboyz

Source: Instagram/thekissboyz

We just wouldn’t necessarily recommend glittering your beard and your tongue. But @thekissboyz might.

Source: Instagram/lushcosmetics

Source: Instagram/lushcosmetics

Lush Cosmetics (@lushcosmetics) are fans of the luxe effect — as long as it involved their plastic-free luster, of course.

Source: Instagram/crashpics

Source: Instagram/crashpics

Giving us the less sparkly, IRL side of the trend, Ryan (Crash) Barton keeps it real with his glitzy mess: “It’s been 4 days…there’s still glitter in places it shouldn’t be. #Glitterbeard is the worst.”

Source: Instagram/jtylermcculloch

Source: Instagram/jtylermcculloch

And, to put a bow on all that fun, J Tyler McCulloch basically said what we’re all thinking: “I did it. I put glitter in my beard. I will now have glitter in my apartment for eons to come. Was it worth it?”

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