Cave drawing from as early as 10,000 BC depict both men with clean-shaven faces and those with short beards.
Ancient Egyptian barbers regularly shaved their clients with razors and pumice stones, as a beard was considered an indication of personal neglect.
The straight cut-throat blade was introduced in the Middle Ages.
1680 is the year in which the first narrow-bladed folding straight razor was introduced.
Alexander the Great observed that beards could be easily grabbed by the enemy during battle and insisted his troops fight with clean-shaven faces.
Peter the Great of Russia imposed a tax on beards, which was collected at every town gate.
The world's oldest existing barber's is Truefitt and Hill in St James'Street, London, England which opened in 1805.
It is estimated that 90% of all adult males shave at least once a day.
The first safety razor was patented in 1901.
It is also estimated that a man will shave at least 20,000 times in his lifetime.
The average shave will trim away somewhere between 5,000-25,000 hairs from a man’s face.
When saturated with water, the strength of a single strand of hair is approximately one third to one half less than the strength of dry hair, making it much easier to shave.
Most shaving cuts are caused by using dull and/or dirty razor blades, insufficient preparation of the skin and hair before shaving, and using inappropriate equipment and products.
Shaving cream was only made for men until the industry specifically targeted women in 1986.
Shaving cream didn’t always come in aerosol cans; the method wasn’t even introduced until 1950.
The Pharaohs of Egypt probably liked a good shave every now and then, of course using nothing less than the best made from gold and silver. Archeologists have found razor relics that date back as far as the fourth century.
Only about 30% of men who shave use an electric device to shave.
When a man wet shaves, it’s as good as using an exfoliating product because the process removes dead skin cells promoting healthier skin.
Archeologists believe that caveman used clams and shark teeth to shave with, 20,000 years ago-in the Stone Age!
Nearly 70% of American women prefer a clean-shaven man.
The average man will spend 60 hours shaving each year.
Men spend an average of 5 months of their lives shaving.
Shaving, tweezing or waxing does not cause hair to grow back thicker or fuller.
Marketing campaign convinced the women of North America to shave their body hair. Notably, women in the other parts of the world do not engage on masse in this ritual. Even in French Canada, the habit is not largely undertaken. It all began with the May, 1915 edition of Harper's Bazaar magazine that featured a model sporting the latest fashion. She wore a sleeveless evening gown that exposed, for the first time in fashion, her bare shoulders, and her armpits.
It is false that human hair continues to grow after death.