that time of year again. No shaving, haircuts or listening to music.
really don’t mind the restriction on haircuts since I can manage to postpone a trip
to the barber (or butcher depending on who you ask) until Lag BaOmer. Similarly, I have come to terms with a lack of music. I
have found other ways to keep myself entertained while sitting in traffic.
Besides, you can only truly appreciate something when you can’t have it for a
while. But the thing that bothers me the
most is not shaving. I really hate that. Besides for looking unkempt it’s really
uncomfortable. Personally, I think I look best with some stubble, maybe a 5 o’clock
shadow, or what have you. I think even the “baby face” look works better than a
beard. But an untrimmed beard? I think not, at least not for me.
read the results of a famous razor manufacturer’s customer survey conducted by the market research firm
StrategyOne. It revealed, conveniently enough, that men who shave five times a
week or more are happier (89 percent to 82 percent), more outgoing (41 percent
to 32 percent), and more social (42 percent to 34 percent). And the
kicker: men who shave regularly also earn on average $15,100 more per year than
infrequent shavers. Weird no? :-/
not all bad. A beard does provide some fringe benefits. For one, it protects
you from being pinched on the checks while someone proclaims “oh, so cute,”
typically a right reserved for the elderly and creepy uncles. :) The other benefit is for dating. Not having to shave means one less step of preparation (you can check the male first date
project responses for verification). But dating during sefira presents a complication or as my friend once asked me “don’t
you feel self-conscious about going on a date looking like a hobo?” Well… you
see... yes, I do, but I really have no choice. Assuming you don’t somehow get a hetter to shave, you’re left with two
options. Either you can date looking slightly disheveled or you can take a strategically
planned sabbatical from dating. My friend chose the latter. The best advice I
heard on this subject was from a rebbi
who insisted “if you plan on marrying a frum
girl, then she won’t mind dating you with a beard.”
all the female readers out there, what do you think? Is untidy facial hair a turn-off?