Articles Categorized in: beard culture and history

Beard Community

As a beard grower living in a country where beards are not just unpopular, but overwhelmingly viewed as ‘dirty’ and tabboo, I can tell you from first-hand experience that connecting with other beard growers can give you much-needed support and encouragement, as well as beard growing tips and knowledge. In my own bead growing journey, there’s really one source that gave me critical inspiration, and that’s the /r/beards subreddit. If you aren’t familiar with reddit, it can be at once...
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Head shaving tips from a Buddhist monk

Head shaving tips from a Buddhist monk

I know I’ve already covered the topic of head shaving, but I thought it was worth re-visiting for the unique perspective that a friend of mine, a former buddhist monk for most of his life, brought to the topic. He and his wife (yes, he is married, which is why he is no longer officially a monk) run a small restaurant situated along a beautiful bay along Korea’s West Sea (A.K.A. the “Yellow Sea”), that I try to visit with my...
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Why don’t politicians have beards?

Why don’t politicians have beards?

As you read in my post about beard history, modern humans have bearded men to thank for pretty much everything in existence. Also in that post, bearded men that were the leaders of nations were often highlights of beard history. This begs the question: Why don’t politicians have beards? In the past, it was very common for politicians in the United States to have beards. It may not be a coincidence, however, that the last bearded President wasn’t really the greatest:...
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A (mostly fictional) Beard History in pictures

A (mostly fictional) Beard History in pictures

Today growing a beard is a special thing. It is even seen as rebellious and unseemly in some circles. This wasn’t always the case, though. Ah, to be alive during the glory days of beards, when a proper beard and a nice hat were the mark of good grooming and etiquette. Unless you were a minority… or a woman… or, you know, not rich… yeah, okay, so the good ‘ol days weren’t all that great. But the beards were pretty...
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