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Bearded breden vie for America's finest facial hair

PRNewswire/ -- In the coming days you may notice things getting a little hairy, as November is widely recognized as the month when men join in facial-haired camaraderie — all in an effort to support men's health initiatives. But men's grooming leader, Wahl, wants you to know there's another beard bandwagon that everyone can jump on. Now through Dec. 1, by voting in the Wahl Man of the Year Contest you can help determine the best beard in America. 
         Eleven finely groomed gentlemen are going face to face for the title of best beard in America, as votes will help determine the winner in the annual Wahl Man of the Year Contest.
     Over the last year Wahl traveled to the Top 10 Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America; along the way, a handful of finely groomed gentlemen 'made the cut' and were crowned champion of their cities. These whiskered specimens are now finalists in the annual Wahl Man of the Year Contest. They are going face to face, as votes on the Wahl Grooming Facebook page will help determine who wins the Grand Prize, which includes the title of Wahl Man of the Year, $1,500 and bearded bragging rights.
     To vote for the next Wahl Man of the Year visit
     "We think men with great facial hair deserve an extra 'feather in their cap,' that's why we travel the country each year looking for worthy whiskers," said Steven Yde, division vice president for Wahl. "Our past Wahl Man of the Year winners have been exemplary in their facial hair enthusiasm, so we look forward to seeing which one of these finalists will rise to the top."
  What is the Wahl Man of the Year Contest?
     Wahl's annual search for real guys with a real passion for facial hair kicked off this past April when the Facial Hair Friendly Cities Tour visited the No. 1 city, Philadelphia. The tour features a 30-foot mobile barbershop and a team of Master Barbers traveling from city to city to give guys free trims and grooming advice. Style delegates were chosen at each of the ten Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities, and one was chosen from online entries. These finalists each won $500 and Beard Grooming Gear, which includes a Lithium Ion Stainless Steel Trimmer and a starter kit of Wahl's new Beard Care line.
     For more information about Wahl's Facial Hair Friendly Cities Tour, or the Wahl Man of the Year Contest, visit

Hair Talk with JoJo the Hair Care Expert
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Q. JoJo, I’m in my 40’s and is starting to get a few more gray hairs. My hair is dark, so I’ve been using a black rinse. My sister said my hair is too black and that I should get some highlights. Is this a safe idea and what color highlights would you suggest?
A. Your sister might be on the right track. Making the hair black to cover gray, as we get older usually makes you look fake or unnatural. Don’t try to hide the gray - highlight it. Unfortunately, black rinse has probably stained the hair, and the color will only take closer to the scalp. Grow it out with the lighter rinse over the winter. It’ll be sweet by spring.
Q. JoJo, a lady on my floor has a Botox treatment on her hair, and I watched how much it grew in a year. Can this treatment really grow hair, and what’s the difference between the hair Botox and the keratin treatment?
A. The Botox treatment is a conditioning system, not a straightener like the keratin treatment. The Botox system fills the cuticle with conditioners. Once it’s sealed with a masking agent, it remains in the cuticle for up to three months. When shampooed with sulfate-free shampoo's, the hair appears to revert back to its original state. Once heat is applied, the hair is softer and more manageable. Blow drying time is reduced and heat usage is minimized, allowing the hair to stay straighter longer. The ends split less, resulting in less trimming, and longer healthier hair. While the Keratin treatments are straighteners designed to make the hair straight, similar to the relaxer, formaldehyde is usually the active ingredient used to complete this process.
Q. JoJo, I wear wigs. Can you give me some wig wearing advice?
A. When wearing wigs, don’t forget about your hair underneath. Your hair should be shampooed and conditioned at least once every two weeks. I suggest using professional products, not the grocery store brands. I sell and use Dudley products to my clients. The moisturizing shampoo, combined with either the moisturizing or cream protein conditioners are best, depending on the condition of the hair. A light application of vitamin ADE oil to the scalp will help maintain a healthy scalp and promote hair growth.  
     Remember, when your hair is on your mind, drop JoJo a line. Terry’s Place is the largest black-owned wig salon in Detroit. We want to take your look to the next level. When you look good, we look good. Visit Terry’s Place online at or on Facebook. Email or stop by Terry’s Place at 19139 Livernois Ave., Detroit, Mich. 48221. We’re open six days a week. To schedule an appointment, please call (313)863-4014.