Have you ever wondered about the history of beards and if there are any unique facts about the trending or classic beard resting on your face? That is exactly what we are going to be talking about today! 
Hello, everyone! Thank you for joining me in my writer’s chair as I once again take a break from the barber chair. I love wearing both hats in my business. I get to show off my artistry, continue to practice in my chair, and I get share with you what I have continued to learn over time. While we are now deep in the school year and are headed very rapidly towards the holidays, don’t forget to book your appointments with me now. This way you can look and feel your best no matter what the rest of this year is going to bring! Also know that I have been continuing to follow all the recommended safety guidelines in my shop, and I expect the same from everyone else who works in the studio and of my customers. Having suite-style rooms allow for more safety and protection from anything lurking and trying to get you sick. My suite studio might be one of the safest places in Charleston!
Today, we are going to be talking about one of the most beloved things by men and women alike – and that is beards! In this new series, we are going to talk about some interesting facts about beards that you may or may not know, and in the second half, we are going to be talking more about the history of the beard itself. I look forward to seeing you soon in my barber chair, but until then I hope you sit back and continue to learn! Here are 8 of some of the most interesting and very unique facts about the beard!
  • Beards were once a prescribed medicine with the thought that they were a preventative agent to keep you healthy. The masks we’ve been wearing aren’t too far off from what so many beards were believed to have done during this time. Doctors in the Victorian era would prescribe their patients to grow out their beards. The thought behind this was that they believed that a beard would act as a filter and that it could actively catch any sickness in the facial hair before it would reach and get into the body!
  • The average growth that a man’s beard will see in a full year is about 5.5 inches.
  • In history, the world’s longest beard now resides in the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. This beard measures a cool 17 feet long 6 inches and it belonged to a gentleman named Hans Langseth, who passed away in 1927.
  • President Abe Lincoln is known for his beard, but many don’t know why he grew one out after being clean-shaven for so long, or why he kept it through the rest of his lifetime.  While he was campaigning to become the president, a young girl named Grace Bedell wrote to him and said he should grow a beard because she believed it would make him look more handsome. She also used this tool to get her brothers to vote for Abe. They would only vote for him if he had a beard, and don’t worry she shared that information with him as well!
  • There is an actual fear of beards, and it is named Pogonophobia!
  • In a study that took place in 2012 by Dixon and Vasey, it was discovered that beards give off the impression of increasing your age, aggression, and social status even if none of these assumptions are true.
  • The band members of ZZ Top are known for their outrageous and stunning beards. They were offered one million dollars to shave the beards for a commercial. They obviously declined, and their long beards continue to walk their famous walk every time they get on stage.
  • In the late 1600s, Peter the Great of Russia hated beards so much that he decided that any Russian who dared grow a beard during his reign would have to pay a very heft price.
I hope you enjoyed these interesting and unique facts. Don’t worry, there are more fun facts just like these that will be featured in our next blog along with sharing and talking about the history behind the beard itself. I am Patrick the Groomsmith and I am here with the best barbershop in Summerville, the best nonsurgical hair restoration in Summerville, and more.