Mazen Hariz is well-groomed. A bartender and business student, he has fine features, limpid dark eyes and a long, shiny beard topped with a twirling mustache.
He tends to his appearance meticulously.
"My beard is like my girlfriend," he says during a cigarette break from a shift at the Kayan bar in east Beirut.
It took seven months to grow, and needs 30 minutes of attention every morning. First, hot water, then shampoo, conditioner, blowout and then sometimes straighteners. But not too often because that's not good for the beard.