To all the bearded men of the SouthCoast, your time to shine has finally arrived.

When it comes to appreciating a good beard, I'm an advocate for men with facial hair. Throughout my life, my face has gone through different stages. Sometimes I keep my beard long and well-groomed and sometimes I keep it short and simple.

Having a beard takes time and patience.

With a beard comes responsibility and a strong sense of confidence and accomplishment. A beard undergoes multiple stages before it becomes strong and noble.

First, there's the stubble, also known as the five o'clock shadow. Next is the awkward patchy stage that eventually will fill in over time. Over a few weeks, you'll start to experience the gains of the growth; this is when facial hair can be dubbed as an official beard. Finally, within a month, that's when a beard is long and strong.

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At this stage, will you start to stand out among the crowd of bearded men, only to be recognized as the top gun of grooming, the champion of chops, the almighty God of facial hair, the apprentice of a wizard's set of whiskers and most importantly, the best beard at the bar.

This week as I was sitting at the bar at Max's in Dartmouth, there was a significant beard that caught my eye and captured my attention.

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The owner of this glorious beard was 21-year-old Jayton Dias of New Bedford who recently had a birthday and was out to eat with friends.

Now for a little background on Dias.

Born and raised in New Bedford, Dias attended New Bedford High and enjoys spending his time in the studio making music. That is, of course, when he's not taking care of his grizzly beard.

As for his secret to success, Dias recommends combing it thoroughly with a beard brush, don't be afraid to go through the patchy phases, and condition it on the daily for that soft touch.

Dias is currently single and ready to mingle, so ladies, hit him up if you like a man with some pretty impressive facial hair. Cold weather can't chill those cheekbones.

Congrats to Dias and to his mighty beard; may your facial success bring you humble beginnings and never-ending bragging rights as the chosen one for the best beard in the bar.

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