When Did Men Start Shaving Every Morning and Where Did the Custom Come From?

In many cultures of the world shaving is forbidden.

The reason we in the West lather up every morning can be traced directly back to Alexander the Great.

Before he seized power, all European men grew beards.

But because young Alexander wasn’t able to muster much facial hair, he scraped off his peach fuzz every day with a dagger.

Not wanting to offend the great warrior, those close to him did likewise, and soon shaving became the custom.

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