John Axford Teams with Wahl

Fu Manchued Pitcher John Axford Teams with Wahl to Promote Facial Hair 

-- Ace closer shares 3 reasons to “sport” facial hair and thoughts on ‘Man of the Year’ --


STERLING, Ill. (Sept. 6, 2011) – Facial hair and baseball go hand-in-hand.  Some of the game’s most legendary figures are known for their signature ‘staches, beards and goatees.  So, it’s only natural the company that invented the facial hair trimmer would team up with one of the game’s most recognizable facial hair supporters—Milwaukee Brewers pitcher John Axford.  

Axford, whose Fu Manchu mustache and ninth inning magic have combined to make him a cult hero among fans and followers, announced today a new partnership with Wahl Clipper Corporation to promote excellence in what is clearly his second best attribute--facial hair.  Axford’s new role as a “pitch man” for facial hair comes at the right time.  Wahl is in the process of scouring the nation for its annual Man of the Year contest, which recognizes one guy with the best beard, mustache or goatee.  Wahl also recently launched a new three-in-one grooming system called the Triple Play Trimmer & Shaver powered by Lithium Ion technology that comes with a series of quick-change heads which helps guys get a great look.  Guys can enter their mug in the Man of the Year contest by submitting a photo at  Guys can also enter in person at any Wahl Face the Day mobile tour events. 

“Wahl is a company that knows great facial hair and recognizes guys who have it,” said Axford.  “My mustache and I are proud to support Wahl’s Man of the Year contest and everything it stands for.” 

The Power of Facial Hair 
With some of the best kept facial hair and statistics in baseball, Wahl turned to John Axford to find out what any aspiring athlete or man would want to know—does facial hair yield any power?  According to Axford, the answer is yes.  See below for his reasons.

Three Reasons to Sport the Look from John Axford
  • Confidence.  Whether stepping up to the mound or stepping into the office, choosing to wear facial hair is a bold move so it immediately sets you apart and asserts your confidence.  This confidence will give you success on and off the field and allows you to “close the deal.”
  • Power.  The key to winning in any profession is to be assertive and facial hair gives you power over your opponent.  Whether as a distraction or a way to show your high levels of testosterone, facial hair proves that you are a force to be reckoned with.
  • Connection.  Facial hair lets you showcase your personal style, which makes it easier for teammates and fans to connect with you.  Experiment with a bold look or just change up your current look every once in a while and I can attest that guys will give you props and girls will be intrigued.
To learn more about how to win with facial hair, including tips for growing and upkeep, visit  The site offers the opportunity to ask questions to Wahl's facial hair experts and shows a variety of styles to choose from in the Encyclopedia of Styles.  You can also follow Wahl on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for updates on tips and trends.

About John Axford
John burst onto the scene last season and set a Milwaukee team record for saves by a rookie and has continued dominating hitters in 2011.  He currently ranks among leaders in saves and has already set a team record for most consecutive saves.  He engages his fans regularly on both Twitter and Facebook.

About Wahl
Now in its 92nd year, Wahl Clipper Corporation is an international industry leader in the manufacturing of products for the professional beauty and barber salon trade, consumer personal care and animal grooming.  Headquartered in Sterling, Ill., Wahl employs more than 2,000 people worldwide.  Wahl products are available in 165 countries around the world.  For more information about Wahl, visit

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Sharon Boeldt, (414) 225-9582 

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