Glory be to a good beard. World Beard Day may have come and gone over Labor Day weekend (Sat., Sept. 3), but we’re still celebrating designer stubble in the 502.
According to WorldBeardDay.com, people have been honoring the bearded since 800 AD — there’s even a Swedish village called “Dönskborg,” where the beardless are banished to the forest for 24 hours in observation of the holiday. Though, “Dönskborg,” doesn’t appear on the map, making us question the validity of that claim.
Whether the origins of World Beard Day are fact or fiction, we love to revel in the quirkiness of a weird holiday — which is why we’re giving you three local beards + barbershops for your hair care needs.
The thousand-yard stare beard
Reader Eric W.
Grooming recommendation: Shawn Green at Browhaus Louisville
Why it rocks: In addition to facial hair grooming, Eric said Browhaus also takes care of his haircuts. The St. Matthews-based salon also offers eyebrow shaping, waxing + lash lifts.
The brewery beard
Reader Robert F.
Grooming recommendation: Jameson at Vintage Barber Co.
Why it rocks: Robert, also a brewer at TEN20 Craft Brewery,told us he’s been growing this bad boy out for the last four years. Talk about major dedication to craft beard.
The red beard
Reader Peter R.
Why it rocks: The vibrant pigment of this beard alone is enough to take us back to the Scandinavian origins of World Beard Day.