December 29th 2021

Origin of the beard: What is its history?

Today the beard is a key element in men's aesthetics. Such is the magnitude of this that currently there is a growing tendency to go to barbershops to take care of it and look impeccable at all times. But has this always been the case? What is the history and origin of the beard? We will tell you about it in the blog de Hospital Capilar!

What is the origin of the beard?

At first, identifying the origin of the beard can be somewhat ambiguous since man has facial hair since the beginning of humanity. Therefore we could say that the origin of the beard is when men began to shave and trim it.

Therefore, It is in the Stone Age where the origin of the beard is located.

History of the beard: How has it evolved?

Over the years, different meanings have been attributed to the beard, and it has even served as a differentiating element between social classes. Although today it is one more aesthetic component, the beard has followed its own fashions, ideologies and culture during different times.

What is the origin of the beard and how has it evolved throughout history? Continue reading!

Old age

The origin of the beard on the ideological plane is located in the ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilizations. It was, specifically, in Mesopotamian society when the beard was considered a social status symbol. Men belonging to the higher social strata spent time caring for their beards, even adorning and curling them, thus showing greater respect.

On the other hand, in Ancient Egypt the trend was radically different. The natural beard was not frowned upon and therefore the Egyptians completely shaved their heads and faces. The pharaohs also met this requirement, however, they wore long thin false beards. The goal of this was to simulate the god Osiris to demonstrate authority and power.

In Ancient Greece the beard was considered an element of maturity and wisdom. Also of virility and bravery, since the punishment to the fighters who fled the battle was to cut their beards.

Ancient Rome also followed this trend at first, but later they had a greater preference for shaved beards. It was at this moment that the figure of the tonsure. It was a kind of barber who trimmed and shaved the beards of the Romans practically daily.

Middle Ages

Many medieval kings wore long, dense beards in France. However, it was from the XNUMXth century on when beards were considered a pagan thing and the trend changed, again, to shaving almost daily.


During the Renaissance several fashions coexisted. At this time one of the most illustrious and recognized beards was that of Leonardo da Vinci.

XIXth Century

Before the beginning of the XNUMXth century, long, bushy beards went out of style and did not even come to be appreciated. Therefore, generally men during that time tended to shave it. However, this changed when in the XNUMXth century United States President Abraham Lincoln grew a beard. The reason for this was because a little girl named Grace Bedell expressly asked who would be the new American president to grow a beard and, in return, convince her family to vote for her. So it was. 

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Twentieth Century

At the beginning of the 20th century, between the 30s and 60s, men did not usually grow beards. This changed radically with the arrival of the hippie movement during the XNUMXs where the beard re-emerged in all its glory.


Nowadays men who have beards tend to take care of it, trim it regularly, apply specific products and go to barbershops. Definitely, nowadays men are much more careful with their beards. One example of this is hipsters.

Beard graft: the ultimate solution to lack of density

In the same way that more and more men choose to wear a dense beard, there are many others who do not naturally grow facial hair. However, there is currently a remedy to put an end to the lack of density in the beard: beard graft.

The beard graft is a minimally invasive outpatient intervention in which the follicular units, cavities where the hair is located, are extracted from the lower area of ​​the neck to later implant them in the areas to be treated on the face. During the intervention general anesthesia is not used, only local, so the patient is awake and conscious throughout the process.

The definitive results are given one year after the surgery, although the first ones can already be observed at six months. These are completely natural results since the patient's own hair is implanted. What's more, these last forever.

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