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However, in cultures where facial hair is uncommon (or currently out of fashion), beards may be associated with poor hygiene or a "savage", uncivilized, or even dangerous demeanor. Beard growth is linked to stimulation of hair follicles in the area by dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which continues to affect beard growth after puberty.
Various hormones stimulate hair follicles from different areas.
The hairs of some men have shorter anagen phases and consequently have sparser shorter beards.
In Ancient India, the beard was allowed to grow long, a symbol of dignity and of wisdom, especially by ascetics (sadhu).
He noticed that his beard growth diminished, but the day before he was due to leave the island it increased again, reaching unusually high rates of growth during the first day or two on the mainland.
He studied the effect and concluded that the stimulus for increased beard growth was related to the resumption of sexual activity.
The beard has mostly a strong resemblance to that affected by the Assyrians, familiar from their sculptures.
It is arranged in three, four, or five rows of small tight curls, and extends from ear to ear around the cheeks and chin.