Stylin': Jennifer Bringle keeps up with the Triangle's evolving fashion and trends

A few tips to master your mustache and beard

CorrespondentMay 15, 2013 

Local guys can avoid the scruff at the Wahl mobile barbershop at the Got to be NC Festival at the NC State Fairgrounds on May 17-19. During the festival, men can score a free facial hair trim, plus grooming advice.


From the Hollywood red carpet to the streets of Raleigh, it’s clear that facial hair – be it beards, mustaches or goatees – is definitely in.

Yet just wearing facial hair doesn’t automatically make a fella fashion-forward. An unkempt beard can leave a dude looking like a “Duck Dynasty” extra. Local guys can avoid the scruff at the Wahl mobile barbershop at the Got to be N.C. Festival at the N.C. State Fairgrounds on Friday through Sunday. During the festival, men can score a free facial hair trim, plus grooming advice. For every trim, Wahl will donate $1 to ZERO, an organization dedicated to fighting prostate cancer.

In the meantime, Wahl senior product manager Jeff Bovee offers these easy tips for wearing facial hair without looking like Grizzly Adams:

• Razor bumps are often caused if you use the wrong tool for the job or shave too quickly. To prevent razor bumps, avoid dull blades and shave or trim after a warm shower.

• Keep facial hair clean; try using the same shampoo you would on your head.

• Don’t ignore the skin beneath your facial hair. Moisturize the way you would if you did not have facial hair.

• Be sure to trim and shave every few days to keep lines and growth neat.

For those who’ve mastered the art of the beard, Wahl will be on the lookout for its Wahl Man of Raleigh, who will win a $500 cash prize and a Wahl trimmer. (The 2011 Wahl Man of the Year was Mike Parks of Wake Forest.) The winner will go on to compete for the title of 2013 Wahl Man of the Year and an additional $1,000. Men can enter at the Wahl mobile barbershop or by visiting

Writing the books on style

Main and Taylor will host two local authors for a book signing Saturday. Stylist Suzanne Libfraind, author of “Portraits of Lifestyle Dressing: Your Style, Your Closet,” and stylist and designer Shekina M. Moore, author of “Personal Style Overhaul,” will sign their books from noon to 3 p.m. Main and Taylor is at 4421 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, 919-821-1556,

A successful sale

Dress for Success will hold its quarterly inventory excess sale Saturday at Northgate Mall in Durham. Bargain hunters can score big deals at this sale: $10 suits, $4 pants and skirts, $3 shoes and purses, and $2 jewelry. The sale runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and shoppers can enjoy early-bird shopping at 9 a.m. with a $20 donation. All proceeds benefit Dress for Success, a local nonprofit that provides careerwear to women seeking employment. For more info, call 919-286-2128 or visit

Everybody’s a winner

Belk recently announced the finalists in its 2013 Southern Designer Showcase Competition, and once again, the Triangle was well represented. Raleigh childrenswear designer Chantrelle (Elle) Parkinson-Cue was selected for her Rosie Olive Designs clothing and accessory line. N.C. State grad Jessica Fulks and her womenswear line, Lache by J. Fulks, also made the list. Other North Carolina-based finalists include Perla Segovia of Atkinson, Bradley Rhyne of Charlotte, Tsvetelina McAuliffe of Concord and Rhonda Wyman of Union Mills. The winner, who will have his or her clothing sold in Belk stores, will be announced June 12.

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