If you’re intending to grow a beard, it’s probably a good idea to brush up your knowledge and learn some trivia about the bearded world. Not least as you’ll be able to join in the chat with your fellow beardies.
Know your beard
1- Good Old Abe
Abraham Lincoln was the first US president to wear a beard, but it was only after an 11-year-old girl suggested he grew one as she thought he face was a little too thin. And what a legendary beard it turned out to be.
2- Be prepared for the compliments!
Sure, women will admire and want to touch your beard but it’s fellow males who you’re most likely to receive complements from.
3- It’s staring you in the face
Statistics prove that men who sport beards are over 60% more likely to win a staring contest.
4- The wonders of solar power
Beards grow faster in the daytime than the night-time so get out there and enjoy that sunshine…when it arrives.
5- Don’t do it!
It takes up to 600 strokes to shave your entire face. But that’s not something you need to concern yourself with.
6- Get the Caveman Look…
Prehistoric men had very good reasons for growing beards. For protection, to keep warm, to look intimidating and because safety razor’s weren’t invented back then.
7- …Or the Van Dyke
The painter Sir Anthony Van Dyck was famous for his portraits of aristocrats with pointed beards. Eventually, the style became known as the Van Dyke (though technically it’s a Van Dyck)
8- It’ll grow on you
On average, a man’s beard will grow 5.5 inches per year. The rate of beard growth depends on your genetics, but it’s also linked to the hormone testosterone.
9-The Beer Trap
A standard-sized moustache will soak up around a pint-and-a-half of beer every year.
10- Shaving some time
Shaving will take up over 3,000 hours of your life. So just let it grow…
11- Spot the Difference
Shaving can spread bacteria around your face and irritate the skin. So if you want to promote a blemish-free face, stop shaving so often. Don’t forget to wash though.
12- Look but don’t touch
It was an offence in the Middle Ages to touch another man’s beard as it was a sign of honour. If you did, you’d better be ready for the consequences.
13- A hair-raising fact
There’s some debate about this but it’s generally accepted that a beard comprises of anything between 5,000 and 40,000 hairs.
14- It’s an allergy aid
For those who have trouble with dust or pollen, help is at hand. A beard can act as a filter to stop them from reaching your nose.
15- Beware aware of pognophobes
Pognophobia- a fear of beards- causes nausea, sweating and an irregular heartbeat. So always keep your beard at a safe distance from others…just in case.
16- They’re a great sun-block
A study has revealed that facial hair is very good at blocking the sun’s harmful rays. Up to 95% of them, no less. They’ll protect your skin and prevent signs of aging. They’ll also hide your secret stash of goodies if they’re big enough.
17- The beard will change you…
Studies have revealed that beards make you look more aggressive when angry as opposed to a clean-shaven angry man.
18- It’s not just a ‘guy’ thing
The longest female beard recorded was 30cm. Unless you know differently?
19- They’re not ‘great’ for battles
Alexander the Great reportedly banned his soldiers from growing beards, for fear that enemies would hold on to them in battle as they killed them.
20- Beards keep you warm.
This has indeed been tested. A hairy face will keep your skin more insulated.
21- Your beard will create a new kind of “awesomeness” about you
You will appear cleverer, more creative and “engaged in thought”. You handsome devil you!