Men’s Facial Hair Through The Ages

History is quite fuzzy
by Ian Vill

Before we evolved into the sophisticated beings that we are now, there has been facial hair. If you look at our genetic cousins, apes, and monkeys, you will see the hair moment going on. The history of beards and facial hairstyles has been with us since we began as mere ignorant apes. 

 

We have gone through many changes in styles and fashion when it comes to our manly facial glory. Let us take a closer look at these styles through the ages. 

 

THE CAVEMAN

The timeless classic that all future styles originated. As our bodies adapted to produce shorter hair, somehow, our faces did not. Without awareness of facial aesthetics, our ancestors decided just to let their fuzzes grow gloriously on their faces.

 

THE FERTILE CRESCENT FACIAL HAIR

Men in the cradle of civilization more than 3000 years ago decided to give styles to their faces finally. They sported long square and sharp-edged beards. 

 

THE VIKING KNOTS

From the 900s, Vikings have been known to tie their beards in knots and braids. This was the first-ever recorded instance of men tying their beards. Before this, it was usually just giant fuzzes. Vikings may be savage and scary to some, but they are way ahead of their time in terms of facial hair sense.

 

THE VICTORIAN ERA’S FACIAL HAIR

This era is where facial hair grooming was indeed popularized. Different kinds of styles of beards popped up in this era. Techniques such as the chin curtain, the chinstrap, mutton chops, and many other styles emerged.

 

THE 1900s MOUSTACHE DOMINATION

The era of mustaches. Pretty much every kind of mustache popped up in this era. From the classic handlebar mustache to the infamous pornstache. There was, of course, the brush mustache that went severely out of fashion and pretty much never worn again after World War 2. My grandfather was from this era, and I can still remember him grooming his mustache every day. It was quite gentlemanly.

 

 

THE PRESENT FACIAL HAIR

We have finally reached the modern-day, where we take inspiration from all of the previous eras. The most significant difference in this time is grooming. So many styles of beards have emerged through the creativity of barbers around the world. The practice of grooming has become very clean, with cuts and lines that indeed form and shape a man’s face.

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