Israel Starts Beard Trend, Spurring the Growth of a New Industry

Men with beards is a worldwide trend right now. “Hipsters” are growing beards, and they have been for a long time, but we’re also seeing your ordinary, clean-cut individual with long, flowing beards.

It’s a trend that goes beyond religion.

It’s common to go to Jerusalem and see men with long beards. Beards have been associated with Jewish culture; a traditional, older Jewish culture. But beards and mustaches are making a strong comeback.

Religious Jews have been growing beards for centuries, and they continue to do so today. Israeli Arabs would also be seen with beards, but now we’re noticing a revival of beards and facial hair. The trend is popular among non-religious Jews, too.

Go to a market, and you’ll find vendors selling pomades, oils and other male grooming products.

Men have been catered to in the razor market, too. A resurgence of electric razors is being seen, with Yosaki and other portals offering their insight into shaving trends and products.

Beards have long been a spiritual journey for Jews. There’s mysticism involved along with ancient concepts which can be prominently seen by a quick visit to Jerusalem’s Old City. The Old City is filled with Muslims, Christians and ultra-Orthodox Jews; all devout in their faith.

Companies are beginning to promote their products to Jews, too. You’ll find balms that are designed around Jewish rites and festivals. There are even balms that are designed to mark the end of Sabbath.

Anointing a beard has been a practice of Jewish religion since the time of Moses.

But men who are not interested in mystical texts, will break away from the Orthodox Jewish community, combing their beards and grooming them. The concern of pulling out a strand of hair from a beard doesn’t exist.

It’s all about aesthetics, especially for younger generations that are breaking away from being ultra-devout.

Men are now following the bearded trend in Israel, where outside of the ultra-Orthodox, beards were less popular. Some blame military requirements for the beard trend, which has been popular in the States for years, taking so long to reach Israel.

Facial hair is forbidden in the military, so men between the ages of 18 and 22 are always clean shaven. The regulation becomes somewhat of a habit for these men. Many wind up continuing to shave their beards after service, although most men look better with a beard, according to a study in Evolution and Human Behavior.

Israel’s hotter climate is also helping change the beard-growing trend. Oils are not preferred due to the hot, dry climate. Men are opting for beard shampoos, which help reduce the itchy, dry feeling that many men don’t like.

We’re now seeing the old-school barber shops pop up in Tel Aviv and other large cities. Haircuts are a popular choice, but many men are choosing these locations because of the beard shaving and care options they’re offering.

Younger men, those who may have just left the military, are now entering the streets with a well-groomed, stylish beard on their face. It’s a trend and industry in Israel that is picking up steam.

Some experts claim that this trend is hitting Israel because of the global “lumbersexual” trend. This trend, which is happening across the world, has a direct impact on Israelis. It’s impossible to separate global trends when everyone is connected on social media and other outlets. A person living in Israel may follow a sports star in the United States that has started to grow their beard out.

Trends are often spurred through social media, and it’s possible that this is a key factor in Israelis choosing to grow out their beards.

You also must consider the beard trend, which was very popular in Israel, that seemed to fade away when it was associated with religious roles. The clean-shaven trend took some time to come to Israel, but it eventually did, with men that were once proud of their beards opting for a clean-shaven beard.

There’s also something nice about not having to rush home and shave before going to work the next day.

Men are going back to their roots, growing beards and mustaches that were once considered “old.” This is a common trend; what is old often comes back in style and becomes the new “cool” decades after.

Israel also benefits from a rich mix of cultures, ethnicities, communities and religions, so no one in Israel is going to judge men, whether or not they have a beard.

Rumors of the beard trend “dying” in other parts of the world have started to surface. Perhaps the summer heat in some areas is proving to be too much for men, or perhaps the trend has hit its peak. But it seems like the beard revival trend, which started in 2013, was said to be on the decline in 2015, yet that decline reversed with a decline noted in the hotter months which end in late September, early October.

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