Double Your Stubble: Can't grow a beard? There may be help
PORTLAND, Ore. - Master barber Brian Porteous, owner of Heritage Barber Shop in Northeast Portland, sees too many beards to count.
"People want big beards, and they want the curls, and all that," he says.
Lots of people, especially here in Portland, love facial hair.
You can't walk two blocks without seeing half a dozen different shades of scruff.
And there's a romantic history to them, too.
"If you just go back to the civil war, some of the greatest battles were commanded by some of the most amazing facial hair you've ever seen in your life," Porteous says.
Portland is so bearded it is actually hosting the 2014 World Beard and Mustache Championships.
For some men, however, it's just not in the cards.
But there is a man locally who can give men a living, luscious beard.
"I've done consultations for patients in their late 20s and 30s for facial hair, all the way up to 50s and 60s, who desire a thicker beard," says Dr. Steve Gabel, a hair transplant specialist in Hillsboro.
He takes living hairs from the back of your head and plants them like seeds into your face. His patients end up looking pretty good.
"These hairs grow. Once they're placed in there and after they implant - about two weeks after the procedure, they fall out and then about two months later, they start growing, and you have to keep them trimmed," Gabel says.
The transplant takes up to a day and Dr. Gabel does it right in his office. But there is one catch.
"It can be expensive," he says.
He says depending on how many hairs you need transplanted, it can cost between $1,000 and $8,000.
Gabel says always talk to your primary doctor before considering a surgery like this.
He can also thicken the hair on the top of your head, your eyebrows and even your eyelashes.