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Pop Culture Facial Hair: The 90's

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Pop Culture Facial Hair: The 90's

Peter Polito

Every decade has a style. It can be defined by the clothing, the music, the art, or the cultural ethos. But here at The Bearded Savant, we understand the only worthwhile way to define a decade is through the facial hair. This is the second of an unknown number of jaunts back through time looking through the lens of facial hair, the 1990's—the age of paltry facial hair (check out the '80's while you're at it).

The 90's. The era of the second half of my youth. The 90's had grunge, hip hop, and New Kids on the Block on one end and Santana and Rob Thomas playing on a near infinite loop on every other radio station at the other end. Saved by the bell to kick off the decade, The Sopranos and Sponge Bob closed us out. So what about the facial hair? We'll, not so good. There were a few peaks in there, but also a lot of naked faces, sadly. 

The 90's facial hair can be characterized by baby faces and goatees. Sure, there were some decent beards that appeared from time to time, but generally, it was a weak decade. 

We'll start with the most memorable beard I recall from my youth, memorable for the film it was in, the film that lit the fire of adventure in my life: Brad Pitt, from Legends of the Fall.

 Brad Pitt, as Tristan, hunting bears in  Legends of the Fall .

Brad Pitt, as Tristan, hunting bears in Legends of the Fall.

The beard on its own is good but taking into account the era in which it occurred, this is a stellar beard. Personally, this film made me want to go fish the river, climb the mountain, fight for the girl's heart, chase the dream. This film, and by extension, this beard, had a profound effect on me.

And it mostly goes downhill from there.

 Goatees and bleached hair (enter favorite sad emoji here). Moment of honesty: I had both, at the same time #shame.

Goatees and bleached hair (enter favorite sad emoji here). Moment of honesty: I had both, at the same time #shame.

 I don't even know what to say.

I don't even know what to say.

 My older sister watched this movie about a thousand times because of him and the smudge of dirt on his upper lip and chin. 

My older sister watched this movie about a thousand times because of him and the smudge of dirt on his upper lip and chin. 

 The look translates to 2017 pretty seemlessly. The suit? Not so much.

The look translates to 2017 pretty seemlessly. The suit? Not so much.

 The classic Tough Guy Goatee of the 90's. RIP Ken Caminiti.

The classic Tough Guy Goatee of the 90's. RIP Ken Caminiti.

This look spawned quite possibly the most ridiculous product to date.

But all the props go to the televised home improvement community. Their beard was not for a movie but for a decade. Well done sirs, thank you for saving the 90's from awful beards.

 Richard Karn and Bob Villa were an island.

Richard Karn and Bob Villa were an island.

We'll end this with some others for you to enjoy.