“You’all can go to hell. I am going to Texas.”
William Frederick Cody (1846-1917) was an internationally renowned icon and front-figure for conquest of the American western territories. According to Wikipedia Cody started working at 11 after his father died. By age 14 (double seven) he was engaged by the Pony Express private mail service which marked his debut as a rider and skilled horseman. As a young adult he joined the Union army (1863–1865) during the American Civil War and later became a scout to the US Army in the long lasting American Indian Wars. Cody retired as a US Army Chief of Scouts in 1872 and was awarded the Medal of Honour for gallantry the same year (medal later revoked in 1913). Continue reading
“Nowadays there are even men who cut their hair to free themselves of the weight of it and they also shave their cheeks. Clearly such men have become slaves of luxurious living and are completely enervated, men who can endure being seen as womanish creatures, hermaphrodites, something which real men would avoid at all costs. How could hair be a burden to men? Unless, of course, one should say that feathers are a burden to birds also.”
-Musonius Rufus (1st century AD)
Although both men and women have equal amounts of hair potential through their hair receptors or follicles, it is the male hormones that turn fine colourless hair (Vellus follicles) into thicker, longer and more pigmented hair types (Terminal follicles). Hair follicles have a growth cycle of around seven years and a follicle must go through its whole growth cycle to regenerate as one hair type or another, Vellus hair or Terminal hair. It is the level of male hormones (androgens) that determine the number of terminal follicles that produce facial, pubic and scalp hair which makes beards unique to men due to their androgen hormone production and thus make facial hair a secondary sexual characteristics. Continue reading
Fake facial hair has been in use for as long as public performance. The techniques for applying realistic hair-growth have not changed very much over the ages as the basic technique consist of a skilful artist – and hair, which we mostly all grow and that would be in sufficient supply anywhere, even in female hair-salons.
The magic of realistic facial hair happen when a transparent sticky liquid is applied to the skin which is undetectable to the human eye even at close range – only an unusual smell can sometimes be present. On the screen, in pictures or from an audience any smell will of course be non-existing – and perfume has been used since 3-5000 years in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. The art of creating realistic wigs and beards from human hair is also purportedly as old as Egypt – which might not be a reliable historical fact by itself but that might indeed indicate how the mastery of fake hair is quite ancient. Continue reading