On a cool brisk Christmas Eve in Midland, Texas there lived a bearded man named Kevin Duggan, his beautiful wife Kelly Duggan, their sons Dexter and Julian, and their rescue dog Rosa. Kevin was your typical hard working beardsman who takes pride in his lustrous facial hair. But unfortunately Kevin's family didn't love his beard quite as much as he did so after years of well earned beard growth Kevin did what any selfless, loving son, and husband would do. He shaved it off as a Christmas gift to his family. Full beard to clean shaven over night.
Naturally Kevin recorded himself shaving off his beloved beard and his mom's reaction to seeing his face for the first time in years. And we are glad he did because her reaction is priceless. Kevin's transformation from full beard to clean shaven was pretty impressive but we can't get over the heartwarming response from his mom. It's the kind of touching wholesome content we need more of right now and apparently we aren't the only ones who think so.
Since Kevin posted his mom's reaction video on his All Dogs Go to Kevin YouTube channel the video has garnered over 30 million views, 302,000 Likes, and 29,620 comments! With that many comments you'd expect to see some trolls but most of the feedback has been positive. One commenter saying "Love this! My son surprised me by shaving his beard for high school graduation, was one of the best days ever!!"
A friend told me that they used milk instead of shaving cream. I said “Pasteurised?” He said “No, just around my chin”.
Another going on to say "Thank you YouTube recommendations. This was so wholesome. A man willing to part with his magnificent beard for his loving mother is a beautiful thing. Dude looks great with or without the beard. So awesome and wholesome."
My favorite comment though had to be "How touching! This reminds me of the first time I also took a razor to my beard after 5 years! It had been so long since I saw my clean shaven face that I forgot what I looked like. It almost brought a tear to my eye. As I shaved my beard and felt the smoothness of my face for the first time in years I too couldn't help but think of my family and how happy they are going to be when they see me. I quickly became overwhelmed with excitement in anticipation. The second I was done I ran downstairs to my wife and kids.......
They looked at me with disgust, as if I were a monster."
Before and after shaving videos and reaction videos have become quite popular on YouTube and TikTok so it's no surprise that Kevin's video went viral. Not only are shaving videos satisfying to watch but every burly beard needs a good shave now and then. Women love clean shaven men so get out the warm water and shaving cream. It's time to give your skin a much needed break.
Don't have the time or patience to shave yourself? No problem, practically every city is loaded with barbershops. If I can find over 10 barber shops in Midland, TX then you can find one in your town. Should you choose to go that route make sure you ask for a Hot Towel Shave. They are glorious.
Look, we love our beards as much as the next guy but a full shave now and then does have it's benefits. Shaving off all that facial hair eliminates dead skin sells that result in skin problems like beardruff, itchiness and rashes, makes you look younger, helps moisture penetrate the skin, makes your face easier to mange, and opens clogged pores that can result in skin infections. This is why going full beard to clean shaven is considered a healthy, hygienic practice for men.
When I stopped shaving, I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
What's the longest you've ever gone without shaving your face? Would you ever shave off your beard for someone else such as work, family, or a loved one? Let us know in the comments below.
About Kevin Duggan
Kevin Duggan owns and operates All Dogs Go To Kevin, an online and in person dog training service located in NE Ohio and Knoxville, TN. Kevin opened ADGTK in 2012 after working with his own dog on reactivity, which left him with an irresistible drive to help other dogs and their humans on the same path. Kevin is an Honors Graduate of the world-renowned Academy for Dog Trainers, an institution widely regarded as the “Harvard for Dog Trainers.”