Have you ever heard of the name Hans Nilson Langseth? If you have, then you also probably know because he holds the record for the longest beard recorded in history (17.5 feet, for those of you wondering). Mr. Langseth also was of Norwegian descent, and yes, that matters.
So, does that mean that if you are from Norway or have a Norwegian heritage you too can grow a huge beard? Well, sort of. While beard genetics by country have less to do with the country of origin and more the genetic makeup of its people, the two are intimately linked.
Is it more appropriate to say that a country has better genetics for beards or that a race of people have better genetics for beards? The truth is hair growth is distinctly related to genetics, and relatively related to region.
In other words, if a particular ethnicity of people not prone to beard growth moved to a country where beard growth was prominent, it would not have an immediate impact those non-beard growing people. Now, fast-forward two millennia later and with the genetic trading, climate adaptations, and other factors, beards may very well become more prominent for those once non-beard growing folks.
There is much debate surrounding the history and reasons for everything from hair growth to hair loss. What we do know is that much of what happens regarding hair is a genetically linked. Today, as people from around the globe have relocated, and as people have blended ethnicities and traits, genetics play more of a role than ever before.
Yes, where you live does have an impact on beard growth, genetically speaking. Beard genetics by country are still a good indicator of how well someone might be able to grow a beard, but a better indicator will always be genetics. When it is all said and done, it is a root issue. That includes roots such as hair follicles, and roots as in our heritage.
Do you have a Grizzly Adams cousin, uncle or grandfather in your family, or perhaps more than a few? Then the chances are good that you will have those same beard-growing traits too regardless of where you live. That is also why the real truth about beard genetics is more of a root issue than a location issue.
People grow beards in just about every country, but some countries have better beards than others. Norway, for example, was where the longest beard ever measured was produced.
Research has shown that men living in China have genes dating back 3000 to 3600 years that make them struggle to grow facial hair. This is why China is the country where you are least likely to see beards.