It’s World Beard Day: Which cities rank most facial hair friendly in U.S.

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DENVER — Bearded folks and the people who love them are celebrating facial hair Saturday for World Beard Day.

Whether you prefer a goatee, Van Dyke, mutton chops or chin curtain, there are various ways to mark the annual event, which falls on the first Saturday in September.

Most facial hair friendly cities

The most facial friendly cities are getting a visit from a grooming company, Wahl and its 30-foot mobile barbershop celebrates great beards and mustaches on World Beard Day.

Top 10 ranking fuzzy-faced friendly cities:

  1. Washington
  2. New York 
  3. Chicago 
  4. Nashville, Tenn. 
  5. Indianapolis
  6. Denver
  7. San Francisco 
  8. Seattle 
  9. San Diego 
  10. Los Angeles


Denver ranked sixth in the most facial friendly city list and got a visit from the Wahl team this Labor Day weekend in Civic Center Park.

A team of barbers gave free trims for guys with the best scruff — such as mustache, beard or goatee — to represent the city as Wahl Man of Denver on Saturday.

This year’s hair-friendly places made the list based on their acceptance of facial hair, according to its website. Wahl, an Opinion Research Corporation and a team of facial hair physicists, searched online for beard and mustache positivity and interest, to come up with the rankings.

For every facial hair trim performed, Wahl will donate $1 to ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, a nonprofit that is leading the fight to end prostate cancer.  Also to raise awareness that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men.

For more information on the Wahl Facial Hair tour, visit their website.

Other Beard Facts 

First, make sure you brush up on beard facts. The longest beard in the world, grown by Hans Langseth in 1927, was a staggering 17 feet 6 inches long. The Smithsonian Museum in Washington has his beard in storage. The second longest beard measured in at 12 feet long.

It’s a made for social media holiday, with bros, sports teams and even women sharing their most impressive manes.

The “Official World Beard Day All-Bearded Human Pyramid” pits countries against each other in a battle for national pride. Last year, the United States pulled out ahead of Australia in the last minute with a pyramid of 22 bearded men compared to Australia’s 19. Will the United States defend its title this year? The winners take home bragging rights.

If pyramids aren’t your thing, how about a hatchet toss? In Australia, the Sydney Facial Club went beard-to-beard with Beard and Mustache Club of Canberra (aka, Canbeards) in the finals. The competition was close but the Canbeards took the win.

If you don’t want to attend any of the beard celebrations alone, check out Bristlr, the dating app for connecting beard lovers.

If you don’t have a beard no worries go to your local party supply store and pick up some fake facial hair.

But whatever you do today, don’t break the honored rule, no shaving!

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