FACIAL HAIR. Is the beard trend over?

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FACIAL HAIR. Is the beard trend over?

“Is the beard still cool? Men such as Benjamin Levy, who works in sales at Ralph Lauren, say no. After three years of having one, the freshly shorn 24-year-old said they now reflect conformity: ‘You go to a bar and all you see are bearded dudes. I don’t like it.’

Robert McMillen, the head barber at Blind Barber, which just set up its fourth shop, at the downtown Barneys New York, believes the beard reached its peak in popularity a year or two ago. ‘Men with burly beards are starting to reduce them for a more streamlined look,’ said Mr. McMillen, 36.

Take Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, whose much-maligned Rasputin beard was a shadow of its former self when he appeared on a morning talk show last month.