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    Wahl: The Hub is the ‘most facial hair friendly city in America’

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    In this 2013 photo, Dustin Pedroia (right) gets his beard tugged after a hitting a homer. That’s David Ross (center) and Jonny Gomes (left). Photo: Jim Davis/ Globe Staff.

    Perhaps because the Red Sox won the World Series last year with a line-up awash in bearded players, Boston is the Most Facial Hair Friendly City in America, according to Wahl Clipper Corp.

    An Illinois-based company that says it’s been “On the Cutting Edge Since 1919,” Wahl makes a range of grooming products including devices designed to manscape a gent’s mug.

    A company press release described the methodoloy of how Wahl set about determining rankings that found that Los Angeles placed second, behind the Hub, on venues that are fertile ground for mustaches and chin-beards.

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    “To identify the Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America, Wahl partnered with market research leader Opinion Research Corp.,” the company said. “The study included in-depth analysis of the online universe over the past two years for beard and mustache positivity. Conversations and searches surrounding facial hair were measured, and cities were ranked based on overall interest and positive sentiment.”

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    And so Wahl decided that Boston was tops in “beard and mustache positivity.”

    Apparently, there can be a correlation between the success of a city’s sports teams and the outbreak of luxurious facial hair.

    “In Boston, it was the fanfare surrounding the city’s pro baseball team sporting beards on their way to glory in 2013,” Wahl said. “Similarly, in Chicago, the city’s pro hockey team won it all in beardly fashion last year, helping it earn the number four most facial-hair-friendly city in America.”

    And as hockey fans know, the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup this year. And that may be one reason why LA is second on Wahl’s facial friendly list. (Of course, it’s long been a hockey tradition that players moth-ball their razors during the play-offs.)

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    Sports fans have to wonder, though. If last year’s Sox team inspired local males to sport beards, this year’s team might provoke male fans to go with the clean-shaven look in 2014. (Principal Sox owner John Henry also owns The Boston Globe.)

    Wahl said it issued its “Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America” rankings as part of its quest to find the guy with the best facial hair in the country.

    Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.