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The History & Evolution of Shaving
The art of shaving is a timeless practice.
The average person spends 3,000 hours of their life shaving, roughly the equivalent of one-third of an entire calendar year. But do you know how shaving came to be?
This infographic from our sponsor Henson Shaving looks at the history and evolution of shaving, from ancient times to the present day.
A Timeline of Shaves
The rich history of shaving starts back in 3,000 BC. Let’s dive in.
3,000 – 332 BC: In Ancient Egypt, shaving was associated with status, wealth, and one’s standing in society. The appearance of facial hair implied that a person didn’t have enough money to visit a barber frequently. Albeit to a lesser degree, this way of thinking has bled into the 21st century, in that a clean shaven face is now associated with professionalism and success.
Alexander the Great
356 – 323 BC: In Ancient Greece, beards were the norm in society as people looked to the likes of Plato and Socrates.
Alexander the Great, however, was a trend setter and disrupted this status quo by practicing the clean shave. He became the first Greek ruler to have done so. In fact, he pointed out that a man’s beard could be grabbed easily, putting soldiers at a disadvantage during military combat. He therefore mandated his army shave their faces before battle.
100 – 44 BC: Appearances had (Read more...)