The origin of this superstitious practice is not known, but some point to the National Hockey League, and the 1980 New York Islanders as tradition starters. That’s when the team’s players stopped shaving when they entered the playoffs and vowed not to shave until they either were eliminated or won (they won their 1st Stanley cup that year).
The NHL playoff beard has morphed into a practice that every sports platform has adopted. And, it isn’t just the professional players who are participating, as fans have gleefully joined the tradition.
Playoff beard vs. Everyday life
But let’s be practical. Most men don’t have the luxury of letting a beard grow rogue the way professional athletes can. In addition to winning the approval of our significant others (who may choose to kiss that mug…or not), we may also have the need to look respectable when picking our kids up from school or giving that presentation at work.
So the question remains — how do we participate in the playoff beard tradition and still look respectable in our everyday lives?
Chez Moustache is pleased to offer the following beard grooming tips:
The Professional – For the man that wants to participate in beard growing, but need to keep it clean. We recommend keeping your beard edges clear and keeping the beard trimmed, neat and tidy. Seeking a professional eye for your beard’s lines can make a huge difference. A slight change to a neckline or cheek line can enhance your appearance.
The Rogue Beard – This for the man who considers himself a traditionalist. The guy who believes that any trimming, cutting or clipping will doom his team. That mountain -man rogue beard look doesn’t have to be messy. Keep it clean by washing and conditioning your beard in the shower. Keep it combed, and apply a beard oil or hair cream to make sure it is soft.
Removing The Beard – The take down can be pretty dramatic, and taking care of what’s under the beard is equally as important as the hair grooming. It is important to use daily an oil or cream conditioner in your beard. At Chez Moustache we use beard oil and hair cream for this purpose. The skin under your beard needs that conditioning otherwise it can get dry and red. Maintaining your skin under the beard will ensure that once the beard is removed your face is looking its best.
Chez Moustache was featured on WPRI’s The Rhode Show. The show had some fun exploring the playoff beard and we helped to provided beard grooming tips: