Beards and the icons that rocked them!
Facial hair can radically alter the way a man looks. Whether it is a goatee or a full beard, it can change the way the world perceives you. Men have been sporting beards since the beginning of time. The highest ranking Ancient Egyptians grew hair on their chins which was often dyed and plaited with gold thread. The Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Otto The Great had such a massive beard that he would often swear by it when saying something serious. While beards may have gone in and out of fashion over time, they seldom ever disappeared. Historians, philosophers, leaders and famous personalities have sported beards at one point or another. In the words of the great William Shakespeare,
He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man.
But what other purposes do beards serve than just making you look sexy? Scientists believe that prehistoric men had beards for warmth, intimidation and protection against blows to the face! A recent study however has shown that beards block 90 to 95 percent of UV rays, thereby slowing the aging process and reducing the risk of skin cancer.
With great beards, come great responsibility ~ Anonymous
The original purpose of a beard was to distinguish between a man and a woman. As times changed, so did beards. With the invention of the razor in the early 20th century, beards became less common as men did away with them in favour of crew cuts and clean shaven jawlines. This period also saw the rise of a number of different facial styles like the Van Dyke, the Verdi and the Soul Patch. This was also the period where beards became associated with rebellion. Revolutionaries like Fidel Castro and Che Guevara further added to the perception that bearded men were bad boys.
Your character tells the world, you are a real man. Your beard is just the exclamation point ~ Anonymous
Let's now take a look at some of history's greatest beards and the men that wore them,
The sixteenth President of the United States and probably the most respected political figure of all times was clean shaven for a major portion of his tenure at the White House. Lincoln in fact chose to grow his beard only when a young 11 year old girl from Westfield, New York named, Grace Bedell, urged him to grow his whiskers on account of his face being too thin. This childlike observation would change Lincoln's appearance for years to come. Fortunately, you can achieve magnificent facial fuzz like this by simply, growing out your facial hair and keeping it bottom heavy. Rid any excess hair off the cheeks and let your goatee grow out to make the Lincoln beard truly work for you.
Salvador Dali's moustache may be the most famous piece of facial hair to grace the history books. He wore his moustache like a bow, straight and sharp, curving up like the horns of a bull, sometimes straight up to his eyes, resembling exclamation points. Much like his work, his moustache was extroverted, attention grabbing and more often than not defying the laws of gravity. While growing a moustache like Dali, is far from a piece of cake, if you're looking to get more than a few eyeballs it might just be worth it. Just remember that moustaches are lot trickier than beards. Firstly they need to grow out so you have a measure of the length you want to work with. Then all you need to do is to continually gel the edges and shape them upwards much like Dali did!
The most powerful beard of all times however, belonged to a man who established the largest land empire in history. Known as Genghis Khan, he is considered by many to be the most feared conquerors of all time. At his peak he ruled over huge chunks of Central Asia and China & his descendants of which there were many, expanded his empire even further, advancing to far off places such as Poland, Vietnam, Syria and Korea. His was a general who was known for his fearless nature and his beard just furthers the legend of his legacy.
Charlie Chaplin revolutionized cinema in the silent film era, with his honest expressions, humble portrayals of simple characters and his trademark toothbrush style moustache. Relying purely on his facial features to convey emotions, Chaplin's facial fuzz was particularly effective because it allowed him to showcase the full breadth of his acting prowess. Unfortunately the toothbrush moustache style fell from grace when it was adopted by another more sinister figure that went by the name of Adolf Hitler. If you dare to sport this look however, it's a piece of cake and requires next to no maintenance, but be ready for the stares that follow!
Few beards reach awesome lengths as the ones sported by Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill, frontmen of the rock band ZZ Top. Since the 70's the duo have been rocking it out with their long beards much to the irony of their drummer, Frank Beard who was clean shaven. They were even offered 1 million dollars to cut off their facial hair but they both refused. Talk about commitment to a cause! Sporting a beard like this however does require a great deal of commitment, to say the least and can be achieved by keeping all sharp instruments away from your facial hair for at least a decade! Then again, not everyone can rock a beard this awesome like ZZ Top can.
Hulk Hogan's beard stood out over a 30 year wrestling career and is still considered by many as the most iconic look in World Wrestling Entertainment. Shaped like a horseshoe, Hogan's moustache grows to the corner of his mouth, where it makes a b-line down the jaw. Distinctive in its appearance Hogan's facial hair added to the persona of the man who would capture 12 world championships in his wrestling career with the WWE. Hogan's beard certainly is memorable and to sport one as mighty as his, you would need to seriously consider growing your beard full and shaping it in the particular handlebar horseshoe style of Hogan. Impressive, if you can pull it off! It's clear that nothing can touch beards when it comes to transforming your face. So gentlemen, parade what God gave you and up your manliness quotient by sporting some of these iconic looks. Don't forget to take care of your beard with our best-selling beard oils
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