Beards are so hot right now. But just like an outdated movie catch phrase, their time in the sun usually wanes. Throughout the centuries, the concept of facial hair as a fashion statement has rose and fallen in hirsute waves; dropping out of favour one decade and bristling back into prominence the next. This infographic charts the fascinating history and cultural/religious significance of the beard -- from 3100 BC to the present day.
The infographic below comes from Advanced Dermatology and charts the role of the beard in various times and cultures. For example, Ancient Mesopotamians wore beards to denote class, whereas Egyptians from the dynasty period deemed them primitive and preferred to go completely hairless.
Have you ever noticed how western politicians rarely wear beards, particularly on the right? Apparently, this may be a throwback to the turn of the century when beards were favoured by communists and other intellectuals of the radical left. The more you know.
Depressingly, the last entry is about modern-day hipsters paying upwards of $8000 for beard transplants. Ancient Spartans would not have approved.
If you're looking grow a mane of face fuzz yourself, check out our in-depth grooming guide.
[Via Advanced Dermatology]