After traveling to the Top 10 Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America, and scouring through hundreds of contest entries, 11 men ‘made the cut’ as finalists in the Man of the Year Contest. Washington D.C. topped the list of the most facial hair friendly cities, and the Capital City prevailed once again as one of its bearded locals, Steve Carpinelli, triumphed with the coveted title of Wahl Man of the Year.
The annual facial hair face-off is designed to find and celebrate guys who embrace a whiskered lifestyle. It seeks out men who have a knack for grooming, and for men who consider facial hair to be an integral part of who they are.
Steve is a great example of this; he’s had his beard since 2000, and plans to have it for the rest of his life. “My beard is a definable part of me; it stands out and is one of the first things people notice,” he said. “I’ve also found that facial hair can segue into conversations about interests or passions. For example, facial hair has been a way for me to honor my roots and represent a family heritage I’m proud of.”
As the next Wahl Man of the Year, Steve takes home a $1,500 Grand Prize; in addition, he will reign supreme throughout 2016 and will be featured in a national advertisement.