The corona cloud has a stubbled lining: hipster beards are the ...

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The corona cloud has a stubbled lining: hipster beards are the new no-no

Facial fluff carries more germs than a dog’s coat – not exactly what’s needed in a time of hyper-hygiene

Stephen Doig

The relentless growth of the beard as a feature of men’s grooming has sprouted unimpeded for the past two decades, aided in no small part by the rise of hipster culture and the fulsome facial topiary that entails.

It’s taken an international pandemic to call the beard into question, but finally it looks set for the clippings bin. Coronavirus has made facial fuzz a social pariah.

Part of the reason comes out of a real and serious need for care workers...

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