Tuesday, February 09, 1999

Vaughn puts goatees back in spotlight




BY REON CARTER
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Taking it onthe chin means taking it off the chin now that slugger Greg Vaughn has joined the Cincinnati Reds.

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With a computer, not a shaver, artist Randy Mazzola removed Greg Vaughn's mustache and goatee. The new Reds slugger is pleading to keep them in spite of the club's ban on facial hair.
        The days for Mr. Vaughn's beloved goatee are numbered, and he has publicly lamented the Reds' long-standing rule against facial hair.

        “I can't shave my goatee,” Mr. Vaughn said to the media last week. “My two kids (Corey, 9, and Genay, 4) have never seen me without it.”

        Mr. Vaughn's resistance to the razor has made goatees a hot topic again, at least in these parts. The goatee last peaked as an edgy fashion statement in 1994-95 when pretty boys like Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise scruffed up their clean-shaven chinny-chin-chins with wispy tufts.

        “Men use facial hair like women use makeup,” says Kenneth Collopy, owner of Kenneth's Haircutting in Blue Ash. “There isn't much a man can do with the hair on his head besides changing the length without appearing too feminine. Facial hair can offer a few more options.”

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        Like a full beard, “beardlets” such as goatees can camouflage nature's boo-boos — scars, less than perfect lips, weak chins, double chins, Jay Leno chins.

        On the downside, sporting a goatee comes with baggage. A wearer can be perceived as everything from bohemian to sinister.

        In a show of support for Mr. Vaughn's plight, we think everyone who wants a goatee should grow a goatee.

        “A goatee is easier for men who have trouble with a full beard,” says Mark Greene, director of Cincinnati School of Barbering & Hair Design in Colerain Township. “The beard might come in sparse along the jaw line, sideburns area or at the side of the mouth. It'll look patchy,” he says. “But most men have little trouble growing thicker hair on the chin.”

        If you're considering a goatee — and you don't play for the Reds — Mr. Collopy and Mr. Greene offer the following grooming tips:

        • Visit a hair stylist or barber to help you determine the most flattering shape and length for your face.

        • To avoid sinister vibes or the devilish look, avoid a goatee that tapers to a definitive point.

        • Depending on how quickly your hair grows, trim a goatee with electric clippers/trimmers once or twice a week. Shave the rest of the lower face to keep stubble-free and to maintain the goatee's outline.

        • Shampoo regularly. (Yes, some men bypass this obvious grooming ritual.) Condition to avoid drying. A dry goatee won't lie as smooth at the ends and can be unpleasant for women to touch.

        • To camouflage gray, consider a coloring product made for facial hair.

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