Beards…or no Beards?

It’s World Beard Day, so here’s a reblog of a post by renowned beard historian Dr Alun Withey..

Dr Alun Withey

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It’s summer 2016, and beards are still pulling headlines in the news. A report on last week’s Financial Times website suggested that men are spending 20% more year on year, on niche products. One observer notes that the market for men’s grooming products is likely to top £1bn by 2018. The Guardian claim to be able to read personality through different beard styles, while other sites range from calling the end of the Hipster beard, to a report that one man wants to see the return of the beard tax.

There have been some signs of slowdown in recent months; a friend (and owner of a traditional barber shop) tells me that the numbers of men coming in for beard grooming has begun to fall, but also that the style has began to change towards shorter beards. Men who have beards are not removing them altogether…

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3 Responses to “Beards…or no Beards?”

  1. I trust that yours is still intact. I seem to be asymptotically approaching the ideal of the Brahe beard. :-<}

  2. Even if you can’t read German, you can choose from 18 beards which one you like the best. The beards were glimpsed at the Venice Film Festival.

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