Once upon a time, beards were considered a seasonal affair. Big, woolly face mitts in winter gave way to crisply shaven chops when the sun came out in May or June. These were the rules, and a true gentleman never violated them. Now, though, beards are seasonless: a statement about the man, not the weather, and equally attached to beach bodies and flannel-covered lumberjacks. “A good beard doesn’t have an expiration date,” says Michael O’Malley, a barber in Boston. “You just have to treat it right in the summer to keep the heat from messing things up.” Here’s how to maintain your hirsute look (and the skin underneath) in even the warmest climates.
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