THE HISTORY OF SHAVING AND BEARDS
30,000 BC: Ancient cave paintings often depict men without beards, and suggest that people shaved or removed unwanted hair with clamshells, which were used like tweezers, or with blades made of flint.
3000 BC: Copper razors arrived in India and Egypt.
3000–332 BC: Ancient Egyptian nobles shaved their heads and bodies because they highly valued hairlessness. (The god Osiris wore a beard.) Wigs were also common to protect the head from the sun.
WHEN MEN STARTED SHAVING BEARDS
Beards have been regarded as unclean nuisances, signs of divinity, symbols of strength, and handsome characteristics of an elite man throughout the centuries. Beards go in and out of favor.
Whether or not a man grows facial hair has been determined culturally based on religion, convenience in war, and simple preference. In the present day, due to the safety and convenience of razors, more men have embraced the ease of a clean-shaven lifestyle.
A beard can be a thing of beauty. From the carefully clipped goatee to the thick, full neck-warmer, facial hair is always a bold statement of style. But that doesn’t mean a beard can be left to its own devices.
Trimming gives the beard its shape, and a beard without a shape is just hair protruding from the face. If you follow the proper way to trim a beard, you’ll be aiming for an even length all over, and a proper beard neckline, cheekline, mustache and lipline.