Irish men are looking well at the minute – men’s grooming expert on grooming the perfect beard

A recent email to gardaí from her superiors urged her to “admit defeat” and shave off her beard if it resembled “a poorly watered lawn in a heat wave.”

This comes just months after Garda Commissioner Drew Harris changed the force’s uniform policy to give members leeway, including allowing them to grow a beard.

Members have now been told to “get better” about facial hair, and the correspondence even suggests a two-week timeframe to grow a beard or give up and shave it off. enlisted the help of Andrew Kozlov, co-founder of Men’s Grooming Ireland, an expert in styling the hairier half.

Andrew said the deadline imposed on gardaí to grow a beard is unfair and counterproductive as people would have to grow facial hair for a month to know what they were even dealing with.


Andrew Kozlov having a close shave at Men’s Grooming Ireland.

“You have to grow a beard for four weeks to decide whether or not you need to shave it, so two weeks makes very little sense. Hair grows about 1 cm per month. After four weeks, you’ll know if it’s growing properly or not, and then you can understand what suits your face,” Andrew said.

The respected barber said there’s not much follicle-challenged gardaí can do to speed up growth on their faces and that gardaí’s submission to equal facial hair length holds power in the style department.

“Some guys come to us with the usual gray patches or ginger tinge, but that often grows out after a while and they look a lot better, so beards take time and length.

“If it’s a man with a square jaw, he might want a thin beard, but men with smaller faces often want a thicker beard that makes them look healthier,” Andrew said.

For the male Gardaí who are afraid of losing their beards because the sands of time are turning them into silver foxes, Andrew says the beard dying trend is increasing in Ireland. The combination of red beard and black hair is a common trait of Irish men, but that can be helped if it gets Gardaí into hot water, Andrew said.

“People are getting their beards dyed all the time now, it’s become very popular. It will fade over time after a while, so you don’t have to worry.

“People are often confused about dying it as a few shades of gray stick out, but a bit of mixed color and it’s as good as new. This is pro tip for Gardaí who want a dark beard and no one will know you have a color in it,” Andrew said.

An Garda Síochána’s top executives can breathe a sigh of relief as Andrew says the bigger, hipster-style beards that have been in vogue of late are now losing popularity and people are opting for strong but styled facial hair as lockdowns are now a thing are of the past.

“Irish men are looking good at the moment, it’s all very office friendly but stylish beards and not the wild styles we’ve seen unleashed during the pandemic. When Covid was done that long style seemed to go away, lucky for gardaí,” said Andrew.

So there probably won’t be any ZZ Top Impressionists in the troupe, as gardaí feared in Kerry last year. Irish men are looking well at the minute – men’s grooming expert on grooming the perfect beard

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