Fact or Myth: Native Americans Can’t Grow Any Facial Hair

Many people wonder why Native American Indians don’t seem to have facial hair. In fact, their face is not the only place where they don’t have much hair growth. Native Americans have very sparse hair on the rest of their bodies as well.

However, the common belief that Native Americans don’t have beards is absolutely wrong. They do have hair on their faces. It’s just very soft and sparse.

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A Native American Man

The ancestry of Native Americans is similar to Asians. These races don’t have thick hair growth on their faces and bodies. In the old days, Native Americans used to pluck out even the sparse hair they had on their faces. Such was the tradition.

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Not all Native Americans had problems growing beards and mustaches. There were several Navajo tribe leaders during the Long Walk era who sported hair on their upper lips.

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Nowadays many Native American Indians have beards and mustaches. This is mostly due to the fact the cultures are mixing and there are more and more mestizos out there. However, such mixed heritage also leads to reduced facial hair. People who have Native American blood will have trouble growing long and full beards!


Here are some facts about Native Americans you’ll find interesting:


Also, some men can’t grow beard at all no matter they are native Americans or not.



Do Native Americans Have Facial Hair or Only Patchy Facial Hair?

Native Americans can have thick facial hair, patchy facial hair, or little to no facial hair at all. The reason does not have anything to do with the Native American heritage or ethnicity, however, and has everything to do with genetics.

Every man has hairs on their face, and when they hit puberty, the hair will begin growing thicker. Just how thick it grows depends on genetics, however. If a man’s father has genes for thick hair, the child is more likely to also inherit those thick hair genes. If a man’s father (and his heritage) all had thinner or more sparse hair, the child is more likely to inherit those genes for more patchy hair.


Why Do Native Americans Have Facial Hair That Is Sparser Than Usual?

Most early Native Americans could grow facial hair, but they chose not to. American Indian anthropology experts say that the early American Indians would often pluck the hairs as fast as they grew in, simply because they did not want the hair.

Eventually, this led to more sparse facial hair patterns that were then passed on through genetics. Since this was a common practice within the Native American tribes, this became more common to see passed down through the men.

Because of this, many people have the misunderstanding that being American Indian means you don’t have thick facial hair, while in fact, it’s simply a culmination of many ancestors deciding they did not want facial hair and ultimately passing on those genes through evolution.


Can Native Americans Do Something to Help Beard Growth?

Anyone who wants to grow a beard, Native American or not, can help urge and support the growth by eating and sleeping well, taking hair growth supplements and vitamins, and keeping the face washed and moisturized.

Native American Guy Without Beard

A diet rich in fish, eggs, and plant-based milk means a diet comprised of great sources of Vitamin D, which can help hair follicles grow. B vitamins are also helpful, including B12, found in fish and meat, and biotin, which is found in dairy, nuts, and whole grains.

As far as sleep goes, this is when the body regenerates. Those who don’t sleep enough have shown lower testosterone levels, which can cause a beard to grow slower. So ensure you’re sleeping a full 8 hours per night.

Supporting clean, moisturized skin is also helpful if you want to grow facial hair. Use a gentle soap and a facial lotion or oil after showering each day.


Did Native Americans Ever Shave?

Most historical documents that we have describing early American Indians show that they chose to pluck rather than shave their hairs. They preferred to pluck each hair as it came to avoid the look of a beard in general, which would cause comparisons to Europeans to be made.

This may partially be due to how soft and sparse their facial hair was to begin with, using wooden tweezers or pinchers from mussel shells.

If they did shave, they likely used an obsidian stone, which can be used similarly to a razor but is made of natural stone.


Can Native Americans Grow Fuller Facial Beards Like Those from European Descent?

Native Americans today likely have a heritage that is more mixed with those of European descent. This means they tend to grow flutter, thicker facial hair than their ancestors or than those who come from purely Native American Indian ancestry.


Why Don’t I Ever See Any Bald Native Americans?

While you may not have seen any, it doesn’t mean that bald Native Americans don’t exist.

Researchers have found that men from tribes with ancestry from North American native tribes are almost completely free from genetic hair loss, which usually leads to pattern baldness.


What Are The Races That Can’t Grow Any Beard?

While there aren’t any races that can’t grow any beard at all, Chinese men generally have less facial hair than Caucasian men do. Because of their long history of plucking and removing facial hair, Native Americans may also have more trouble growing a full, thick beard. Mediterranean men, on the other hand, can usually grow thicker beards than men from other regions.


Hopefully, this article removed your confusion for good. Next time, don’t panic if you see a native American man with a beard!