When it comes to trends that never really go away, there’s nothing quite as popular among men as facial hair. Regardless of the culture, country or language, beards have always been a common site on men who are no longer teenagers.
But in recent years, with the rise of the so-called ‘hipster’ look, beards seem to have become something of a phenomenon, particularly in western society. In fact, over half of all men in the UK now sport facial hair of some kind, and this rises to nearly 60% in the capital city London.
But why is this? What is it about facial hair that is so appealing to men? Beards have always had a lot of positive connotations related to manliness and virility, but they’re also something of a social status symbol, and in many cultures they relate to wisdom and responsibility.
A new infographic from UK men’s retailer Jacamo looks at this phenomenon, charting not only the most popular styles of beard in the UK and around the world, but also taking a look at what makes them so popular, and why men choose to adopt facial hair: