BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge entrepreneur stopped shaving three years ago, out of what he calls laziness. About a month ago he decided to get rid of his beard, after some pleading from his family and mainly his girlfriend. The catch, he wanted to use the opportunity to raise money for a local charity.
Logan Leger says his beard has been a part of him, since his senior year at LSU. It was around that time that he started dating his girlfriend, Melissa. She has never seen him without facial hair. Recently Melissa told Leger that if they were ever going to get married, or engaged, she wanted to know what he looked like.
Coincidentally, the Steve Harvey Show was looking for men to makeover. The episodes are airing this week and on Tuesday's show, Logan was debearded.
"It's Logan, Logan's beard and Melissa," his girlfriend told Harvey.
Melissa also pointed out that random people would stop them on the street and want pictures with Leger and his beard.
"It's a total change," Leger said. "Whenever we go somewhere people would stop me and say 'Rad beard dude', 'Love your beard' things like that. It was its own thing that happened to be on my face."
Leading up to his reveal on the show, Leger decided if he would be losing his beard he wanted to turn it into a fundraiser to help Triumph Kitchen. Triump Kitchen is a local non-profit that helps at-risk and disadvantaged youth learn the restaurant business and find jobs.
"The goal was $2,500. That covers one of our students tuition because our students pay no tuition. We find sponsors for every one of them," said Chris Wadsworth, owner of the non-profit.
So far, the bearding effort has raised $3,100 and donations are still coming in.
Leger said he did try to recycle his old facial hair. He called charities that take donated hair, but was told they do not accept beard hair.
He's already thinking about growing his beard back, after he gets a feel for what he's been missing.
"I'm learning what a pillow feels like on my face, how to shower without a beard. I am really excited about being able to eat BBQ, without needing a shower afterwards."
You can donate to Leger's cause by visiting http://www.gofundme.com/shave-logans-beard