It’s that time of year again when the razors are stashed away and the moustached and beardy men come out to play, all in the name of men’s health charity Movember. Entering its twelfth year, Movember has raised a whopping £402 million, helping several areas of men’s health including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.
We’ve seen a variety of beards and ‘taches this month that are throwbacks to decades ago. History has churned out some cracking facial hair, and nowadays you just have to search the word #beards on Instagram to conjure up a catalogue of the finest whiskers around. If we rewind a few hundred years, there is also evidence of selfies in the non-digital form of a self-portrait, which King Charles I used to promote his rather dashing handlebar-and-goatee combo.
The big screen came along in the 1890s, hitting its stride in the 30s and 40s, and making stars of its style-inspirations Clark Gable and Errol Flynn with their pencil-thin 'taches. It was all going so well for facial hair until we hit the 80s and the arrival of Hulk Hogan and Tom Selleck, forcing men to once again pick up their razors.
Currently, beards are having a mega surge and men are opting for vintage styles of the past. As Mike Taylor, director at British Barbers’ Association, says: “Quirky retro styles are going to stick around, which is reflected in men’s fashion. I seriously doubt that the 80s 'tache is going to comeback, though – no one wants look like a dodgy 80s TV star.” Sorry Selleck.
But the moustache marathon month is coming to a close, so check out this video to the perfect beard trim from Bluebeard’s Revenge.