A Brief History of Shaving

A Brief History of Shaving

Since the dawn of mankind, beards and shaving have been a part of our species timeline for a long time. You never know when a trivia question might come up or a chance to flex your gentlemanly knowledge, so let’s look at a brief history of shaving timeline from where it all started to a peek into the future.

Quick Shaving and Beard Facts:

  • Men have been shaving for about 30,000 years.
  • Pogonophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of beards.

History of Shaving:

30,000 BC - cave paintings depicted men without beards, which suggests that they removed unwanted hair.

3000 BC - the first “razor” arrived in Egypt and India.

3000-332 BC - Egyptian nobles shaved their entire bodies and valued hairlessness, while in Mesopotamian rulers wore beards.

800-600 BC -Young men weren’t allowed to cut their own facial hair until their first beard was sacrificed to Apollo.

400-300 BC - Alexander the Great was clean shaven and encouraged his soldiers to be the same because beards could be grabbed in hand-to-hand combat. Roman men either went to the barber in the morning or had live-in servants to help them shave daily.

Middle Ages - beards went in and out of style, just depending on royalty’s preference at the time.

1500 - many Catholics (priests) were beardless.

1770 - The Art of Learning to Shave Oneself was written by French Barber Jean-Jacques Perret. He also invented the Perret Razor, which had a guard in place to hold the blade and prevent deep cuts.

1789 - starting with George Washington, the first 15 presidents were clean-shaven. It wasn’t until Abraham Lincoln, that President’s began wearing facial hair.

1860 - “clean shaven” becomes an official word in the English dictionary.

1895 - the first disposable razor blade was invented by King Gillette.

1928 - Jacob Schick invented the electric razor.

1930 - US military banned beards for soldiers because it prevented a tight seal with gas masks.


Many new products hit the market each year -- some 1 to 5-blade razors, vibrating razor heads, pivoting ball joints for razors, and many more inventions to help make shaving a little easier.

The future of shaving is here. While many razor companies claim to reinvent something every year, there is only one true razor that is revolutionizing the shaving industry. Aqua Jet Razor is the first and only razor that uses water jets instead of shaving creams, gels and foams for the most natural, affordable and eco-friendly shaving experience in the world.

It is hooked up to a shower or bathtub and water jets are flowing through the razor, between the blades to create natural layer lubrication between the skin and cleaning the razor blades simultaneously.

Simple in concept but exceptional in execution, Aqua Jet Razor 5-blade cartridges help disperse pressure and provide you with the closest shave. So, say goodbye to expensive and irritating creams and gels and razors with “moisturizing” strips because the Aqua Jet Razor is changing the shaving industry in the most natural way for good.

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