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THE HISTORY OF BEARDS AND SHAVING, WHY DID MEN START SHAVING THEIR BEARDS?

In the 2900500 BC: Wearing beards, which were signs of masculinity and strength, from Mesopotamian rulers and elites at the time.


From Prehistoric Times to Modern Day


Take a look at Ancient Greek busts, and you’ll see that beards abound. Greeks were extremely proud of their beards and put a lot of importance on them. They would only cut their beards during mourning periods, and if you lost your beard, it was considered shameful. At a time Ancient Greece



For thousands of years, man has been fighting a battle with his facial hair – over 25,000 hairs as hard as copper wire of the same thickness. The hairs grow between 125mm and 150mm per year and a man will spend an average of more than 3,000 hours of his life shaving them.


Egyptians shaved their beards and heads which was a custom adopted by the Greeks and Romans about 330BC during the reign of Alexander the Great.

Can you imagine plucking facial hair? When (and why) did men start shaving their beards? Interestingly, shaving has been around since the caveman! Perceptions of facial hair like beards and mustaches have fallen in and out of fashion over the centuries, just as they do today.