But the fashion for flamboyant facial hair has reached dizzying new heights thanks to this year's World Beard And Mustache Championships.
Silver beards teased into rigid spokes, majestic foot-long handlebars and pristine pointed moustaches left judges of the bonkers event in a hairy situation with the quality of their efforts.
More than 300 contestants in teams from across the globe gathered in the picturesque Alpine village of Leogang in Austria on Saturday to compare and contrast their elaborate beards.
The event, first held in 1990, takes place every few years at different locations worldwide and this years attracted folk in top hats, suede dungarees and even full military gear.
The gentleman displayed their facial fuzz by competing in 16 different categories in three vital groups - moustache, partial beard and full beard - and the results were hair-brained but utterly outstanding.
Octopus chic: One silver-haired gentleman set the bar exceedingly high as he teased his wispery beard into rigid spokes that curled in at the ends
One of more than 300 contestants at the event, an auburn locked contestant curled his beard into figure of 8 swirls that appeared to defy gravity
Long and wild: This man's two-foot long beard put the hipster beard trend to shame in terms of length and dedication
One particularly cheery looking chap sported a healthy set of side-burns that had been immaculately teased into wide curls
Chops to die for: This gentleman's bushy beard appeared to defy gravity as it rose majestically up on either side of his face
Hats off to you: One contestant's facial fuzz harked back to the 1700s with his severely pointed moustache and goatee
A bit of a hairy situation: This man's white whiskers were preened to perfection and stuck out at pristine points that framed his face
Shady guy: The classic fuzzy beard was not overlooked either, as this gentleman proved with his bushy facial hair - a sure-fire contender for the full beard category
Suited and booted: A crimson bow tie and top hat did little to distract from this contestant's thick white chops
A hair-brained idea: The concept of facial manicuring reached new heights with this man's eye-catching sideburns and circular beard
I must dash: This uniformed gentleman went for simplicity and subtlety with just a tasteful hint of moustache and a dash of handlebar
A close shave: This suited and booted gentleman looked regal as he sported a fuzzy beard that graduated in tone from auburn to grey
Y'arrr! The similarities to Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates & the Caribbean franchise could not be ignored with this savage looking chap
Perfectly coiffed: One contestant's interspersed a fully bearded 'do with several tendrilly sections that curled amid the facial fuzz
Pretzel, anyone? Another contestant joined the swirly beard brigade, sporting concentric circles intertwined with inward curling facial hair
Just hanging out: It may have been a brutal championship but the event was a spectator sport in mutual facial fuzz admiration too
Looking for a barber? The contestants made for quite the quirky crowd as military-style costumes mingled with denim boiler suits
Источник - Daily Mail Online