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Marco Morlaas

Photography by Bruno Lacaussade

I began to let my beard grow six years ago. In the beginning, I just wanted a short beard, but month after month, I let my beard grow longer and longer. It took about a year to grow the length it is now.


In the city where I live, Pau, France, I have had the same barber for years, “Les Hommes Ont la Classe.” I go to the barber once a month if I don't have a shooting.

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My beard changed my life the day I went to a barber meeting as a model. I’ve never been photographed so much in a weekend with my photographs being published in so many specialized magazines. At that time, the fashion was for hipsters with checkered shirts. I was an older model than the others with my white and grey beard. I wasn’t vintage, but very classic.  

A big European cosmetic brand noticed me at this meeting and asked me to work for them. A few weeks later, I went to Switzerland to do my first official shooting. I continued with many shows for different brands. I modeled for fashion magazines, menswear, jewelry, painters and photographers. They were all interested in my look. With my beard, I met various artists and worked with them. 


For men who want to grow a beard, be patient. It can be scratchy in the first days. Make sure to moisturize your skin with a cream. When the beard is longer, brush it twice a day and use a balm or beard oil. Make sure to go to the barber; a professional will be the best to cut your beard while giving it the right shape for your face.

I clean my beard with a special beard shampoo. My favorite is Italian,Proraso." It’s very famous in Europe. I also use a hair shampoo for grey and white hairs once a week.


The mask that we have to wear, because of Corona, is not the best friend of beards, but it’s important to wear it in public areas. I just hope we will stop having to wear it as soon as possible. 


I don’t listen to people who say,“ Oh shave this beard. You look older with it.” I believe they are just jealous!


In fact, My white beard gave me a second youth.




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