Beards seem to be more popular than ever. Everyone from HRH Prince Harry and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to NBA star James Harden and former late-night host David Letterman is sporting facial hair of all varieties. Even Cape Coral Mayor Joe Coviello rocks a beard.

If you don’t have one, you might not realize beards are serious business. It takes some time and effort to maintain the look.

We met with a local beard expert and some bearded gentlemen for some advice and tips.

Yoshi Campos

Profession: Manager and barber at Blackbeard Company Barbershop

Hometown: Miami

Years in Cape Coral: “This is my first year here. I moved here for the quality of life. I have three boys, ages 11, 4 and 2. My wife and I are all loving it here.”

How did you end up opening your barbershop here?

I’ve been cutting hair for 12 years—it’s my passion. My cousin suggested I come over to Cape Coral and open this shop. We opened in September of 2017, and we already have five employees. We’ve been really fortunate. I’ve met a lot of great people here in Cape Coral. It’s very diverse, and I meet people from all over the world here.

How many of your clients have beards?

About 60 percent of our clients have beards. A lot of people saw our shop’s name and thought we specialized in beards. We do love working on beards, but we are also a full-service barbershop.

Did you train specifically to be a beard barber?

No, I just learned on the fly. The beard trend really started picking up about four years ago. I’ve learned a lot just by practicing.

What services do you offer for beards?

Most people want it just cleaned up and maintained. We trim and use a straight blade to shape the lines and then add beard product. People like having big beards, but they also want them to look tame. I usually suggest my clients come in about every two weeks, depending on their beard.

What are some issues you see with beards?

I find the most common problem is dryness. A lot of clients ask for tips about products. I suggest beard oil and beard ointment, which we also sell here.

What other services does Blackbeard Company offer?

We do a lot here. Everything from regular haircuts to mini facials to hot-towel shaves to beard trims and more. We are a full-service men’s barbershop.

Blackbeard Company, 1930 Del Prado Blvd. S, Cape Coral, Florida, 239.217.0157, Facebook.com/BlackbeardCompanyLLC

Jimmy Salemi

Profession: Bartender and cocktail creator at Nice Guys Pizza

Hometown: Born in Winchester, Massachusetts, but raised in West Palm Beach

Years in Cape Coral: “I’ve been here four years now. We moved here because it’s a wonderful place to raise kids. My wife, Nicole, and I love the laid-back lifestyle of Cape Coral.”

How long have you had a beard?

I’ve had a beard since high school, so about 13 years now.

Is there a reason you decided to grow your beard?

I just really liked the look of having a beard. My two kids have never even seen me without a beard. It’s currently the longest it’s ever been, but I’ve typically had some sort of facial hair since about age 17.

Do you have any specific grooming techniques to maintain your beard?

I never cut my beard myself. I always go to the barber and let the professionals do the job. I go to SpitFire Fades on Del Prado. The owner, Joe, does a fantastic job.

What products do you use?

I don’t use a lot of products, but when I do I use local products. Groomed Gorilla’s beard oil is one I really like.

What are some of the pros and cons of having a beard?

The biggest con is when people ask to touch it. I really don’t mind that much, but it’s weird that people want to touch your face. The biggest pro is that I don’t have to wake up and shave every morning. That’s a big plus!

Paul Gallaugher

Profession: Carpentry and woodworking

Hometown: Originally from Ohio

Years in Cape Coral: “My family moved to Cape Coral when I was 7.”

How long have you had a beard?

I’ve been growing it on-and-off for about five years now.

Is there a reason you decided to grow your beard?

I really just didn’t want to shave anymore. It’s just so much easier.

Do you have any specific grooming techniques to maintain your beard?

I get it regularly maintained by the barbers at Blackbeard, but I always make sure to wash and condition my beard at least twice a week.

What products do you use?

I use beard oil and beard balm. I don’t use a specific brand. I use whatever smells the best.

What are some of the pros and cons of having a beard?

I think the biggest pro is that it protects your face from the sun. As for cons, I guess that would be getting food stuck in it or it getting in the way occasionally. There’s also that weird, itchy stage as you start growing it out, but overall I really think it’s fun to have a beard.