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The Ongoing Beard Trend.

Updated on December 15, 2015

Rise Of The Beard

Different Types Of Beard.
Different Types Of Beard. | Source
Young Hipsters Enjoying A Drink Or Two.
Young Hipsters Enjoying A Drink Or Two. | Source

To Beard Or Not To Beard: That Is The Question.

It would seem in the dying days of 2015 in December as we approach yet another Christmas and 2016 is just around the corner the beard boom is not dying out any time soon. Whiskers have become the choice of many young or old, Hipster or not.

With celebs like George Clooney growing facial hair a while ago now (the actor is clean shaven again) and Brad Pitt and even Leonardo Di Caprio getting in on the act plus ex - footballers like David Beckham and current footballers like Adam Lallana of Liverpool not forgetting politicians like Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who has sported a beard for his 30 year tenure in Parliament this has clearly increased the popularity of the beard in mens fashion.

Of course beard fashions for men have come and gone and in some points in history it seemed as if the beard was all but extinct just worn by those on the fringe. In medieval times probably most men had beards and then in the 19th Century it was regarded as manly to sport a beard and then in the late 60s and early 70s Hippies grew beards to show they were free spirits.

Many a pundit including Amanda Platell of the Daily Mail has poured scorn on the hairy fashion and others have predicted the demise of the beard in mainstream fashion. However so far the beard has bucked these insults and predictions.

In one poll though it was found that many women were put off bearded men and in some swabs that were taken from beards in scientific tests beards were found to contain the same bacteria that inhabit toilets.

So if none of the above is enough to stop you growing beards then good luck to you but according to some scientists who happen to be anthropologists it would appear that if you happen to be clean shaven you may have the advantage over bearded men when it comes to the opposite sex and certainly will have a cleaner facial environment if any of the above polls or scientific swab tests are to be believed.


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      Nick Bishop 24 months ago from Blackpool

      Observation of the current and lasting trend in hirsute men.