The oldest razors found were produced already in the Stone Age (Prehistoric period) but the first illustration of a mustached man is from 300 BC with a portrait showing an ancient Iranian equestrian partially shaved. Many “mo-styles” have followed ever since: from the wild “Walrus” popularized by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in the Victorian era to the modern carefully sculpted “goatee beard” worn by Brad Pitt, alternating between clean shaven and heavy wild beard or mustache styles. Victorian moustache styles. Movember style guide 2015. Movember style guide 2015.
While throughout the Ancient and Classical world as well as in the Middle Ages beards were common and the sign for virility, the conception of beards started changing from the Renaissance to today. For the first time in the 18th century men were stopping wearing beards. Facial hair even became socially unpopular– clean faces were seen as a marker of “civilization” amongst western folk.
A century later, though, the beard was back and big. But apart from the masculine association, it was widely believed that such mustaches served to trap pollution and germs before entering the nostrils and touching the skin. Big beards became a big trend until the 20th century when they waned as new understandings on health and what was thought “dignified” emerged, leading to a facial hair style that was smaller, only a mustache.
According the study “Saving and Spending Patterns of Mustached Americans” performed by Quicken and the American Mustache Institute, relayed by Reuters, mustached men would earn 8.2% more on average than those with beards and 4.3% more than the clean shaven. Sporting a mustache may improve your chances of landing a higher paying job. Something to think about twice before shaving in the morning…
How to mustache styles
Handlebar moustache with beard
Fun fact: In 2004 in India, policemen were paid 30 rupees more per month to grow a mustache because bosses believed it was giving them more respect…
Movember is a mustache growing charity event held in November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s diseases such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Guys take action by signing up on movember.com, shaving down their face on Movember 1, and growing a moustache for the month. They grow and groom their new Mo (slang for moustache), asking friends and family to donate to their efforts.
Movember’s not just for men. Women who support men’s health, known as "Mo-Sistas", are an important part of Movember’s success. So if you are a bearded lady, you know what you have to do...
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