“A Date with the Barber”


I checked today in the Morning and by now it has been an accustomed routine i realised. My Expectations have been high and alive over the past two Decades that it should come out big and visible one day even if it’s not now.

Standing before the mirror at the bathroom, it raises my anticipation and expectations ripen. all that it leaves as i back off to the room is a feeling of pitiful lost battle. That feeling you have when you ran late for an important business meeting for example. The hard questions start flocking in, Why all this long time in wait? Why me among my peers? The intensity of questioning is fast and furious and it graduates to the anticipation of when will they come?

I pause and feel some hope triggered, i raise my left hand reluctantly, am not seeing, all i can do is feel-and men the sense of feel is strong. I touch and touch nothing but my mind goes into imaginations. Imaginations that at least now they are there dark, thick and rough. That they make me tower a manly outlook.. All grown and confident.


I promise myself never to trim them off. Never to cut them either just to keep them like my dream imported leather collections at the bedside. I have this unmatched commitment to keep them unkempt, rough and rugged. Am told this is alluded to commanding a Yale-Professor look! Its respect for those who understand this sphere of manhood.


One day i promise i will colour them to rhyme my Italian suit collection that am yet to acquire. The colours can’t just come to mind now yet but am confident they will do come eventually when the suits are here. “when i visit the Barber i will first and foremost instruct them how to handle them. What to cut and what to spare.” The Flashback of my Ageing Dad battling with his in the morning hits my mind. He would leave the bathroom, towel tightly wrapped across his waist. All hairy from Chest to abdomen. In his left hand he held a glass half empty with water. He brushed his teeth so vigorously. He would then reach for a broken piece of mirror and with a razor supported in a Gillette holder, scrubbed his soap soaked chin over and over again, rattling the holder on the wall like a battle field. It appeared as if he was intent to do away with something. Something am still looking forward to keep. It gave me a strong reassurance that at least i wont go through a battle as hard as his for i had chosen keep mine big, thick, dark and unkempt when they come one day.

I would like  Girlfriend to tease around with them and at a future date, my son to request to touch them when am speaking to him all bent over. am sure they will inspire him to aspire to be a man just like me. It’s not just normal hair but some beards on my chin that i look forward to. Am not at peace that they have taken this long to show up but all hope is not lost now! Ave dedicated this year to let them come and i will continue to check even as soon as am done with this post.



But what is it that all this Beard Fuss is about?

A beard is the collection of hair  that grows on the chin ,upper lip,cheeks  and neck  of human beings  and some non-human animals.In humans, usually only pubescent or adult males are able to grow beards. However, women with hirsutism , a hormonal condition of excessive hairiness, may develop a beard. When differentiating between upper and lower facial hair, a beard specifically excludes the moustache.Throughout the course of history, societal attitudes toward male beards have varied widely depending on factors such as prevailing cultural-religious traditions and the current era’s  fashion trends. Some religions (such as Islam  and Sikhism ) have considered a full beard to be absolutely essential for all males able to grow one, and mandate it as part of their official dogma. Other cultures (while not officially mandating it), view a beard as central to a man’s virlity, exemplifying such virtues as wisdom,strength, sexual prowess and high social status. However, in cultures where facial hair is uncommon (or currently out of fashion), beards may be associated with poor hygiene or a “savage,” uncivilized, or even dangerous demeanor.

The beard develops during puberty. Beard growth is linked to stimulation of hair follicles in the area by dihydrotestorene , which continues to affect beard growth after puberty. Various hormones stimulate hair follicles from different areas. Dihydrotestosterone, for example, may also promote short-term pogonotrophy (i.e., the grooming of facial hair). For example, a scientist who chose to remain anonymous had to spend periods of several weeks on a remote island in comparative isolation. He noticed that his beard growth diminished, but the day before he was due to leave the island it increased again, to reach unusually high rates during the first day or two on the mainland. He studied the effect and concluded that the stimulus for increased beard growth was related to the resumption of sexual activity. However, at that time professional pogonologists such as R.M. Hardisty reacted vigorously and almost dismissively.Beard growth rate is also genetic.


Biologists characterize beards as a secondary sexual characteristics  because they are unique to one sex, yet do not play a direct role in reproduction. Charles Darwin first suggested possible evolutionary explanation of beards in his work The Descent of Man, which hypothesized that the process of sexual Selection may have led to beards.Modern biologists have reaffirmed the role of sexual selection in the evolution of beards, concluding that there is evidence that a majority of females find men with beards more attractive than men without beards.

Evolutionary psychology explanations for the existence of beards include signalling sexual maturity and signalling dominance by increasing perceived size of jaws, and clean-shaved faces are rated less dominant than bearded. Some scholars assert that it is not yet established whether the sexual selection leading to beards is rooted in attractiveness (inter-sexual selection) or dominance (intra-sexual selection). A beard can be explained as an indicator of a male’s overall condition.The rate of facial hairiness appears to influence male attractiveness. The presence of a beard makes the male vulnerable in fights, which is costly, so biologists have speculated that there must be other evolutionary benefits that outweigh that drawback. Excess testosterone evidenced by the beard may indicate mild immunosuppression, which may support spermatogenesis.



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