One of the strangest questions I’ve pondered as of late is, at what point in time did men decide that facial hair was a no-go and start shaving?
While researching this particular question, I realized it’s fruitless to attempt to pinpoint the exact moment men started shaving and look at what drove it to become such a huge fashion statement.
My research brought me to none other than Alexander The Great.
Of course, long before Alexander the Great people used to shave (the ancient Egyptians being one) but Alexander is one who really drove the clean shave look to popularity in the western world.
The exact reason is quite funny also,
It looks like Alexander had no beard at all and at that time beard equaled wisdom at a certain extent. Because he had none he forced his army to shave. The excuse was the fact that if shaved they couldn’t be taken from the beard during a battle: it was proposed as a battle improvement.
As his myth growth, shaved people were considered cool – as reflecting the fashion trend Alexander (and the later Hellenistic culture) proposed.
That’s why Romans adopted the style.
And many others after the Romans.