On October 18, National No Beard Day is celebrated by all bearded men who have long been looking for a special day to get rid of facial hair. Smooth facial skin, by the way, is much more suitable for kissing than prickly stubble, and this is another reason to shave. In the end, you can just try to diversify your everyday look by temporarily giving up on beards and looking at yourself in a different way.
The exact date and creator of the holiday are unknown, but there is evidence that for the first time the national began to be celebrated during the widespread use of the Internet. In the past few decades, popular bloggers have staged a special marathon of “unshaven” and subsequent shave of the beard in October, which has made this tradition popular.
Interestingly, in the 1800s, straight razors were used everywhere in barbershops to shave customers. The use of this hairdressing tool requires special precision and care, so talented hairdressers were worth their weight in gold. The popularity of beard trimming in the past was not so much due to fashion as to necessity: beards often got lice, and facial hair emitted an unpleasant smell of sweat.
In 1904, Gillette changed shaving culture forever with the introduction of safety razors. Now men could take care of their appearance themselves, without fear of cutting themselves with a straight razor blade.
- in the 4th century BC, Alexander the Great forced his soldiers to shave off their beards so that the enemy could not grab his beard during a fight;
- in 1860, an 11-year-old girl in a letter to Abraham Lincoln advised him to grow a beard: at that time, Lincoln ran for president, and, as the girl believed, with a beard he had a better chance of being elected;
- In 1930, the first electric razor “Schick Dry Shaver” appeared.
How to celebrate
On the occasion of National No Beard Day, you can finally get rid of your beard or stubble, and it is best to shave facial hair with a friend. Stock up on a new razor, shaving cream, and moisturizing lotion ahead of time. Before starting the procedure, it is recommended to peel the skin under the beard, wash it thoroughly, steam it under hot water or apply a hot towel to the face.
Another option for shaving on the occasion of the holiday is a visit to the hairdresser, in whose chair you can relax while the specialist does the necessary procedures. Don’t forget to share your own after-shave selfie with your friends – let them appreciate your changes!
When is National No Beard Day celebrated in 2022?
National No Beard Day is observed on October 18 each year.