There’s a lot happening this week in beards, so we’re just going to jump right into it. First, a history lesson: thank the gods you don’t live in 16th century Britain, because you would have had to pay a beard tax. Implemented by Henry VIII, the amount collected increased with the beard grower’s standing in society, making facial hair a status symbol.

And if beards are status symbols, what are we to make of UFC referee Mike Beltran’s epic pleated beard? The referee stole the show once again at UFC 214 with his wizard-length beard split into two braids. Another bearded brother with an enviably long beard is Duck Dynasty star Jase Robertson, who is pledging to do away with his soon.

While we typically sound off on the loss of a well-cultivated thicket, Robertson is doing so for a good cause: to raise money for Mia Moo, a foundation he started to raise money for research and treatment of kids born with cleft lip and palate.

Robertson’s daughter, Mia, was born with both, so it’s an issue near and dear to his heart.

Plus, get skincare tips (because you can’t forget about that other prime patch of real estate on your face) and beard/hairstyle/glasses style guides via GQ.

Beard On,

The Zeus Team

Among the world’s most bizarre taxes: a beard tax, implemented in 1535 by Henry VIII and later in the 17th century by Peter the Great. (Telegraph UK)

‘Duck Dynasty’ star Jase Robertson is vowing to shear his beard if his foundation, MiaMoo, raises over $100,000 to help kids born with a cleft palate and lip. (Clarion Ledger)

UFC referee Mike Beltran just stole the show with the longest beard braids we’ve ever seen. (Fox Sports)

The optimal hair, beard, and glasses styles according to your face shape. (GQ)

Could Alex Turner’s new beard be a sign of musical evolution to come? (NME)

A simple yet effective skincare routine for beardsmen. (Zeus Beard Blog)

Yes, you need to use a boar bristle brush (even if you already use a comb). Here’s why. (Zeus Beard Blog)