Curling Your Beard

I recently received this correspondence in my Beard Coach inbox: My beard is not quite to that length that I can try yet, but it is fairly straight and scraggly especially the ends. What effect will a curling iron have on coarser hair? I am wondering if it would look OK? Good question!  I say we start by turning to the history books for our answer.  Here’s a nice image of an Akkadian sculpture of Sargon, their greatest ruler. Do […]

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Smithsonian Beardstitution

If you don’t already recognize the man above, this is Hans Langseth, who grew the longest beard ever recorded at 18 feet 6 inches long.  The photo above was taken when he was 66 years old in 1912.  Hans lived a pretty normal farming life for the time outside of the fact he had a ginormous beard.  He passed away in 1927. But what became of his beard??? I had never given the matter even the briefest thought, until my […]

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Your Soul Patch Ain’t Got Soul

Seriously… why is that little dab of hair called a soul patch anyway?  I’ve just finished trying to research this and I can’t find any satifactory etymology of the phrase anywhere.  Here’s what I have been able to gather: “Soul Patch” was first included  in the Miriam Webster dictionary in 1991 According to a source on the Wikipedia entry, jazz trumpeters of the 1950s and 1960s grew them for increased mouthpiece comfort. Also according to Wikipedia, Prince Philip, Duke of […]

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1890 New York Times Beard Editorial

The gods of the beard were smiling on me today, my friends.  I had one of those experiences that makes me thankful for the easy access to the hoards of information that the Internet provides. I present to you a primary source directly from the waning of the last heyday of the beard. When the author of the editorial below sat down at his desk next to his coal stove, probably in a three-piece woolen suit, pen in hand, to […]

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