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Scruff Founder Hypothesizes Why Beards Are Growing In Popularity: VIDEO

Johnny Skandros

Face fuzz has been seeing a resurgence in recent years and among gay men in particular, as evidenced by the popularity of location-aware social networking applications like Scruff and Growlr. The founder of Scruff, Johnny Skandros, was brought on to HuffPost Live to offer his theories as to why men are once again embracing their beards. In short, he figures it's a cultural shift from the clean-shaven metrosexual look of the 90s seen in Will & Grace and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

You can watch the Huff Post Live video AFTER THE JUMP...

Why do you think beards are back?

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  1. One word sums it up nicely: "masculinity". It's harsh truth but the truth none-the-less.

    Posted by: Sam | Dec 18, 2013 3:07:15 PM

  2. Two reasons for me...

    1. I look better with scruff or a little beard.

    2. My god are razor blades expensive (and electrics eat my face).

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 18, 2013 3:11:14 PM

  3. Shaving every day or even 3-4 times a week did damage to my skin and felt time consuming. I never even knew it was a trend. Just feels more right to do.

    Posted by: Mel | Dec 18, 2013 3:18:02 PM

  4. @ Ryan: I agree! I'm sick of paying so much for razors!

    I had always been an everyday shaver until this year. Now, I shave about every 3 to 4 days. You can get a really close shave if you have longer beard hairs for the razor to grab hold of.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Dec 18, 2013 3:23:37 PM

  5. good on men growing facial hair

    Posted by: Moz's | Dec 18, 2013 3:27:24 PM

  6. A bit of scruff is nice. Beards, not so much.
    Look at the article below this one. Vomit.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Dec 18, 2013 3:36:03 PM

  7. "One word sums it up nicely: "masculinity"."

    You haven't met many bears then.

    Posted by: crispy | Dec 18, 2013 3:39:35 PM

  8. Back from where?

    Still, nothing beats a nice clean face, for me.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 18, 2013 3:43:17 PM

  9. I look horrible with a beard, so, not an option for me. One some guys, it looks great.

    Posted by: Jack M | Dec 18, 2013 3:45:24 PM

  10. Because a little stubble or a soft beard feels great on your inner thighs, groin, stomach etc while a guy's running his lips and tongue all over your nether regions. At least, that's something I like.

    Posted by: Dback | Dec 18, 2013 3:48:43 PM

  11. Some people look good with facial hair, and some don't. I prefer to be clean shaven because I have a young looking and rather angular face, but on a rounder face it adds a lot of weight to be clean shaven. Either way, it's not like a decade ago NO ONE had a beard.

    Posted by: Joey Y | Dec 18, 2013 3:48:47 PM

  12. Hair is masculine and sexy, I have it, and I love it.

    Posted by: Tom | Dec 18, 2013 3:49:57 PM

  13. Fashions come and fashions go. This is a reaction against the bland, bloodless hairless/textureless look that was all one saw on the streets of New York and in the homogenized porn of the time. Now, thank goodness, we're getting to see how handsome men are with facial hair. I often find it very fetching, thought It has gotten a little tiresome riding the L train to see that every boy who gets on has the same look as the boy he's sitting (or, more likely, standing) next to.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Dec 18, 2013 3:53:51 PM

  14. well I always loved facial and body hair - all this grooming crap turns me off.....its like pre-pubescent boys...plus the stubble- ewwwwww - chest hair, facial hair, pube hair turns me on

    Posted by: disgusted american | Dec 18, 2013 4:05:49 PM

  15. Why is Andy Towle referencing a sexist web site like Huffington Post?

    Posted by: asamb | Dec 18, 2013 4:19:53 PM

  16. And some guys need a big bushy beard to cover up the fact that in the looks department, they're sorta facially-challenged. Here's lookin at you, Johnny.

    Beards can be hot. But anything a sexy guy does it sexy. Beads on a "meh" guy does not a hottie make.

    Posted by: HardeeHarhar | Dec 18, 2013 4:25:06 PM

  17. I blame the hipsters... lol

    Posted by: graphicjack | Dec 18, 2013 4:27:42 PM

  18. Facial hair never goes out of style in San Francisco. One of the things I love about this city.

    Posted by: Grady | Dec 18, 2013 4:37:49 PM

  19. In my world, beards, goatee and moustaches were never out of fashion.

    Posted by: Poof | Dec 18, 2013 5:01:08 PM

  20. I like scruff and beards, and think most guys pull it off nicely.

    My only pet peeve is when a guy looks like he hasn't shaved his face in a week but he hasn't missed a day shaving what's below the face. There's nothing more unnatural than a shaved, plucked, waxed man.

    Posted by: sparks | Dec 18, 2013 5:22:10 PM

  21. De gustibus non est disputandum.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 18, 2013 5:22:14 PM

  22. Because I'm freaking tired of spending $20 for a pack of 4 razors. Plus it's nice for men, gay or straight, to look like men.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Dec 18, 2013 5:31:08 PM

  23. In order to eschew one stereotype (effeminacy), embrace another (hyper masculinity). Either way its GAY.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Dec 18, 2013 5:58:53 PM

  24. Being able to grow a beard is "hyper-masculine"? AND "gay"? I miss the days before the Internet when proof that people are morons wasn't staring you in the face every single day.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Dec 18, 2013 6:12:14 PM

  25. Scruff looks good on most men - - but just as barely anyone looks good with a shaved head, not everyone looks good with a beard. In fact, judging by how fast and prevalent the beard trend has, ahem, grown ... I'd say most men don't realize that most beards really look either stupid or terroristic. Or Russian. Or 19th Century. Heheh.

    (Oh, yeah, I couldn't grow a beard on a bet, and my opinion is merely that - - but maybe one out of ten beards look hot to me.)

    Posted by: Zlick | Dec 18, 2013 6:36:01 PM

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