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In a national contest of beards, metro Detroit’s Jason Heien beat out the competition by a whisker to receive a national honor and become Wahl’s Man of the Year.

If you remember, Wahl’s mobile barbershop made the rounds through the Motor City, and Heien was our area champion in the facial hair face-off.

The contest is decided in part by public vote (40%) and also by a panel of judges (60%) who evaluate across a variety of beard factors, including intangibles like enthusiasm for the beard.

“Just as Detroit is in the middle of a big come back, facial hair too has grown in popularity. I think the city’s influx of creative and hardworking people is the perfect environment for facial hair, and I’m proud to be a part of it,” said Heien.

He’s going to be featured in a national commercial and received a  $1,500 prize.

Below are some more photos if you’d like revel in Heien’s resplendent face mane.