While growing a beard may seem like a chore to most men, others make it a hobby. Some guys go even further and try to set world records. The longest beards in the world belong to the most strict and diligent men, who are willing to devote their time to growing and maintaining long facial hair.
The longest beards and their amazing stories
The next time you feel like you’re sick of your beard and ready to shave it off, take a closer look at the 10 longest beards and get some inspiration from these brave guys. They have spent most of their lives trying to grow an exclusive beard and enjoy it in the process.
1. The longest beard of all time – Hans Langst
Hans Nielsen Langst Born in Norway but moved to the United States. Since his death in 1927, he has held the record for growing the longest beard of all time. The beard was measured posthumously in Iowa. It was 17’6” long.
However, some records say that when the beard was cut off before burial, there was still 12 inches left on the man himself. This means that the total length of his beard at the time of death was 18 inches. The 17.5-inch beard is preserved in the Smithsonian Museum.
2. Guinness record holder – Sarawan Singh
Sarwan Singh lives in Canada. He currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest beard. In 2011, his beard was 2.495 meters (8’2.5″) long. This is the longest beard of a male alive today. Singh set a record in 2010 and the man confirmed it in 2011. He continues to grow it still.
3. Shamsher Singh Saroya
4. Indian Actor Extraordinaire- Praveen Parameswar Thady
In 2019, Praveen won the National Beard and Mustache Championship in Gurgaon, India for his incredible 38 inch beard. Originally an IT engineer, Praveen migrated to Kochi, India to pursue acting. He started growing his beard 7 years ago after losing a movie role because he didn’t have a long enough beard.
5. Paul Wright – The hobby
Paul lives in the UK and takes up beard growing as a hobby. He has been growing his long beard for over seven years and is now about 2.5 feet long. Paul Wright visits various beard contests and proudly flaunts it as he walks down the street.
6. Britain’s longest beard – Michael Legg
Michael Legg lives in the UK. He has been growing his massive beard for over four years. Now it is a little over 2 meters. He holds the honor of being the owner of the longest beard in Britain. He often participates in hair contests and pageants.
7. The longest beard in heavy metal history – Sean Zee
Sean Z is the lead singer of the metal band Daath. He also appeared as a keyboardist with Chimaira. His beard is about one meter long. Many of his fans believe his beard is the best in music history.
8. The best old man in the world of cinema – Madison Rowley
This beard is definitely worth some attention. Besides growing an amazing beard, Madison Rowley is a cinematographer and actor. He won the world beard and mustache championship in Portland. He continues to grow his long beard. Rowley’s next wicket is 1ft.
9. Byrd’s Life Contests – Nate “Chops” Johnson
Nate Johnson is known in the beard world as Chops Johnson. He participated in more than 35 beard competitions and was successful in every one of them. The last time he shaved was 7 years ago.
He works for Warner Bros. Animation so he doesn’t have to come to work clean shaven. Working with artists allows him to choose his own facial hairstyle.
10. Shavo Odadjian
Shavarsh “Shavo” Odadjian is no stranger to fame. The Armenian-American musician and songwriter of the Grammy Award-winning band System of a Down is known for his musical talents as much as his iconic 1-foot beard.
How does he keep his beautiful beard? Shavo uses organic shampoo and lots of leave-in conditioner.
We hope the longest beards in the world will inspire your beard growing journey or at least give you food for thought.