Bearded men

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