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 the 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.


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

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