Beards And Moustaches

mann with fullbeard and mustache

I am funny when it comes to beard and mustaches. I happen to like them both but only if they are neat and well taken care of. I am not a fan of the let it grow naturally however it wishes to go facial hair. Beards need to be medium length and well trimmed. I do not like those little goat beard things. The ones with a line and some little hair. Mustaches should be full but not overly long. If you only have a hint of a mustache give it up, shave, you ain’t old enough to sprout a real mustache

Picture of George Carlin with a microphone

George Carlin

Here’s my beard. Ain’t it weird? Don’t be skeered, Just a beard.”~From Hair Poem by George Carlin

Beards and mustaches throughout  history, guys  with facial hair have been said to have good traits like wisdom, sexual virility, masculinity, or a higher status. However, these days beards  and mustaches are more likely to be perceived as a guy with lack of general cleanliness and a loss of refinement or in even criminal minded. I remember taking a perception test in a class. We were shown different people and we had to write down characteristics we saw. Not only physical but perceptions such as trustworthy, bad guy, honest , liar etc. It turns out that the guy they showed was the same guy dressed different. When we were showed him with a beard, mustache and a flannel, the overall consent was he was a hard worker but probably drank too much. When shown with the facial hair and in jeans and t-shirt..he was rated as not trustworthy. While shown in the same outfit but clean shaven.. he was a regular guy.

four guys with full facial hair and flannel shirt

Salvador Dali with a cat

Salvador Dali

 “Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a mustache – it is better for the health.
However, I always carried a jewel-studded cigarette case in which, instead of tobacco, were carefully placed several mustaches, Adolphe Menjou style. I offered them politely to my friends: “Mustache? Mustache? Mustache?”Nobody dared to touch them. This was my test regarding the sacred aspect of mustaches.”
― Salvador Dalí, Dalí’s Mustache

Tom Sellect with hairy chest

Tom Selleck

So why facial hair?Charles Darwin first noted a possible evolutionary explanation of beards in his work, The Descent of Man, which hypothesized that the process of sexual selection may have led to beards. Modern biologists have reaffirmed the role of sexual selection in the evolution of beards, concluding that there is evidence that a preponderance of females in the past found mates with beards more attractive than mates without beards. However today..most women find men with very little body hair including facial hair attractive. what there is should be sparse and extremely well trimmed. In the 70’s hair was all the rage…body hair, facial hair. It was a sign of masculinity. Nowadays.. it is a sign of being quite the hipster.


Length of beard an average man would grow if he never shaved: 27.5 feet

42% of men report that they prefer to be clean shaven, 34% say they have a mustache, 19% have sideburns, 17% have a goatee, 6% have a full beard, and 3% have a soul patch

Hair grows faster during the day than at night

The average man will have spent 900 hours shaving (the equivalent of 37 1/2 days) between ages 15 and 75

The majority of men, 84%, shave at the sink. Another 15% of men shave in the shower

boy shaving

In ancient India the beard was allowed to grow long, a symbol of dignity and of wisdom. If you were found guilty of say adultery..they publicly shaved off your beard. Oh the horror In ancient Greece, the Greeks saw  the beard as a badge or sign of virility. It was only shaven as a sign of mourning.  A smooth face was regarded as a sign of  effiminate. The Spartans punished cowards by shaving off a portion of their beards. And to top it off,  Greek beards were also frequently curled with tongs.It was Alexander the Great who introduced the custom of smooth shaving was introduced.

Coin showing Alexander the great

Alexander the Great on Coin

He ordered  his soldiers to be clean shaven, fearing that their beards would serve as handles for their enemies to grab and to hold the soldier as he was killed. And you can also find coins where the King himself is clean shaven. In the middle ages..full facial hair was all the rage and no knight would be without it. Definitely not a man with out  hair.  Peter the Great imposed tax on the length of a Russians during his reign was fairly clean shaven. In modern times the popularity of facial hair went back and forth until today when most  facial hair is small and very well trimmed.

SO my own personal preference? I love facial hair. I like the beards and the mustaches. I of course being a girl and all like it to be neat and clean. I really do not want to see what you had for lunch or smell it when I kiss you.

George R. R. Martin“Have a care how you speak to me, Imp. Doubtless he meant to sound threatening, but that absurd wisp of a mustache ruined the effect.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings



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