Yes, you read right - cool kids are shelling out thousands to get beards put on their faces.
New York is maintaining its firm hold as the capital for hipsters. Apparently, the latest growing trend amongst so-uncool-it's-cool types is beard transplants, or, to be more specific facial hair transplants.
According to DNAinfo.com, Dr. Yael Halaas has performed an average of one beard transplant per month on men from Brooklyn's hipster-filled neighbourhoods, like Bushwick, Park Slope, and Williamsburg. Halaas describes his clients as being often “detail-oriented people – artists, architects.”
Halaas is not the only one doing these transplants, Dr. Jeffrey Epstein claims that he has been performing beard transplants for more than 12 years, averaging about three beard transplants a week in both his Miami and Manhattan offices. "Whether you are talking about the Brooklyn hipster or the advertising executive, the look is definitely to have a bit of facial hair," Epstein explains.
DNAinfo explains the process: "The hair for beard transplants typically is taken from the patient's head — roots and all — and then planted through micro-incisions on a bare patch of face, in an eight-hour procedure under local anaesthesia, similar to how hair transplants are done, doctors said. Once transplanted, the beard hair takes root gradually. The hair then falls out, but the roots stay and begin to grow new hair within several months, doctors said. Once it's fully healed, the new beard can be shaved regularly and will grow back just like real hair."
The average cost for a filling in patches is about $3,000 and for the full beard it costs around $7,000. It seems preposterous to us that hipsters would be willing to spend that kind of money, but then again, hipster are pretty ridiculous to begin with. One can only imagine that this will not be happening anytime soon in Egypt, as the last thing Egyptians would want is to pay a stupid amount of money, for what would surely be a Brotherhood beard. Unless, it's a Douglas, of course. Here is an example of a beard that is priceless: