November is National Beard Month - moustaches get special treatment too!
Why Santa is celebrating in November
November is National Beard Month in the USA and the UK. Hairy faced men get to display and celebrate their (hopefully) natural facial shrubbery. Beardies often say they feel part of an exclusive club, which by its very nature, is restricted to adult males.
Did you know the study of beards is called "pogonology"? Santa knows it and he revels in being pogonias (bearded). Someone who is obsessed with beards is known as a "pogomaniac",
The wearing of a beard has a long and fascinating history, so sit down, stroke the nearest available hairy chin and enjoy exploring the beautiful beard.
Incidentally, in the UK it is called Movember - celebrating moustaches or mustaches - everywhere, however you spell it!
On the 31st October, you have your last shave for 30 days. Then for the whole month of November, sorry, Movember, you grow and groom your sub-nostril foliage. During the month, you talk about why you are doing it - to raise awareness and, hopefully, money for man-cancers, such as prostate and testicular cancer. You will be a Mo Bro.
What are you waiting for? We've started already.
UPDATE: It's been fun spotting the Movember-supporting celebs with their crazy under-nose-growth. I really love Michael Owen's attempt. Very dashing! Here it is. Pic credit Michael Owen via Twitter.
ANOTHER UPDATE Sept 2014: Movember has raised £346 million so far. That's almost $564 million going to 21 countries to fund projects relating to men's health.
The Facial Hair Handbook
If you are going to grow a beard then you may as well do it properly.
"This book is for the man who is ready to look like one.
It should have been seen as a sign that a man can shave every day of his life and his beard will keep growing back....The Facial Hair Handbook is a hilarious and informative guide to all aspects of facial hair, for men of all ages and all faces."
How to Grow a Beard
-What to Do About Itching
-Choosing a Facial Hairstyle
-Washing and Conditioning
-How to Grow Thicker Facial Hair
-What to Do If Your Beard Catches on Fire
-Getting a Clean, Close Shave
Science of the Beard
Facial hair growth is stimulated by the hormone dihydrotestosterone, which, strangely is also the hormone responsible for hair loss on the head. It appears that hair follicles react to hormone stimulus in different ways depending where they are. Sensitive little chaps, aren't they? Boys start showing signs of moustache growth around puberty, though it is barely noticeable at first, being nothing more than a downy shadow.
Beards grow at different rates at different times of the year. Summer is the season of burgeoning beards whereas winter (sorry Santa) tends to slow down the facial fuzz.
"Don't point that beard at me, it might go off."
National Beard Month
National Beard Month was established by... I dunno, someone... in 2002. It must have seemed a good idea to have a whole month to have a reason to preen, talk about and flaunt the face-foliage. Apparently there is a 'bearded brethren' who, when passing in the street, communicate silently; understanding and empathizing with each other. Look, I don't know what that's about either - I'm a woman.
Check it out: Beard Nation
“One day soon the Gillette company will announce the development of a razor that, thanks to a computer microchip, can actually travel ahead in time and shave beard hairs that don't even exist yet” ~ Dave Barry
The ancient Egyptians only permitted high-ranking nobles to wear beards. They were dyed with henna and braided. Queens wore false silver beards to denote their status.
Many cultures throughout the world consider beards to be a symbol of maturity, dignity and wisdom. The ancient Greeks, on the other hand, viewed it as a sign of virility. The Romans started out bearded but embraced the practice of shaving wholeheartedly when it was introduced.
The Gaelic men of Scotland and Ireland were never beardless - a good beard was seen as a representation of honour.
In the 16th century beards were all the rage and were encourage to grow to extraordinary lengths.
Victorians did have beards but, for the most part, kept them fairly short, instead placing emphasis on whiskers (or sideburns).
The invention and subsequent popularity of the safety razor sidelined beards and promoted the clean shaven smoothie. The beard became a badge of freedom adopted by beatniks and hippies.