American Facial Hair Throughout History
Men show the progression of popular facial hair in the USA.
This video shows the history of popular facial hair styles in the USA.
Early 1800s - Clean-Shaven
1860s - Sideburns and Chin Curtain
1900s - Handlebar Mustache
In the early 1900s, men began to prefer a more clean-shaven look again, this time with the occasional mustache. This trend has been linked with the fact that bacteria was first discovered around this time, and beards were thought to carry germs. Additionally, in 1910, the Gillette Company began encouraging men to shave daily, citing women’s appreciation for clean-shaven faces.