The obsession with facial hair has been growing in recent years whether it’s as a hipster trend or through contests to crown the best beard.
A survey released Wednesday, commissioned by grooming brand Braun, of New York City men and their grooming habits showed that Queens men are the lowest maintenance bearded men in the city, with 53 percent trimming their beards just once a week.
The majority of Queens men, like the rest of the boroughs, have facial hair, at 63 percent, the survey also said.
Queens followed closely behind Manhattan, which was New York’s most clean-shaven area, with 61 percent of men having facial hair. The Bronx and Brooklyn tie for the least clean-shaven areas with 73 percent of men sporting some sort of facial hair in each borough.
According to the survey, the most popular type of facial hair for Queens men is the full beard, followed by the goatee and moustache combination, and the “balbo” style.
About 57 percent of the borough’s males said they grew a beard because it was convenient, and about 44 percent said a beard made them feel more mature, while around 40 percent said it made them feel cool and 39 percent said it made them feel more stylish.
Partners were a small influence in why men choose to grow beards, at 10 percent, but once they did, 45 percent said their significant others loved their new fuzz.
But only about a third said they plan to keep their beards for life.
Compared to the other boroughs, Brooklyn men were most likely to lose the beard when it was no longer a fashion trend.
The survey also found that on average it takes New Yorkers 67 days to grow what they consider to be “the perfect beard.”
“Beards have never been more popular and, as a result, men have become much more adventurous and experimental with different facial hair styles,” said Braun grooming ambassador Fabio Vivan. “Your facial hair is an integral part of your own distinctive look. It should be tailored to suit your face shape and improve your image; however, many men don’t know what styles are most flattering or achievable.”