All Good things come to a trend.
Is Growing a beard a trend?
Some think it’s just a trendy hipster thing to do, and that the days of bearded men are already over.
We beg to differ.
Beard trends come and go and are often tied to a specific generation or counter-culture. These trends are also influenced by changes in shaving habits and products.
Men have been growing beards since recorded history.
Beard trends can be traced back to the Hellenistic period in Greece, but the Roman’s didn’t really embrace beards until the 2nd century until the Emperor Hadrian grew one.
All through the Middle Ages men had beards, and they only really went out of style during the 18th and early 19th century, as men were able to shave at home for the first time.
In the 1920’s the invention of the disposable razor almost killed the beard, but not quite.
Facial hair made a big comeback in the 50s and 60s as part of the counter-culture as young men grew their beards as a way of showing their independence and creativity.
The 1980s were fairly hairless, but that didn’t last too long, thanks to alternative artists as teens and young men tried to emulate the grunge look, and quite possibly Don Johnson’s Miami Vice stubble.
However since the noughties (2007 and onwards) beard have grown in popularity. And every year the fashion critics say the trend is over, but simply look around and you will see the beard is here to stay.
And there’s a simple reason for it; people ted to see bearded men as more mature confident and reliable. More masculine. And in a world that seems to be going soft, growing a beard is a way of asserting masculinity.