Now, however, beards have moved into the mainstream and are for the first time in more than a century equated with style and grooming, appearing in the pages of fashion magazines.
He hasn't gone on any Bristlr dates yet but has plans for a few meet-ups. Another user, Liz in Brooklyn, New York, met a guy for beers and burgers, and says she's even run into two ex-boyfriends on the service.
A Bristlr user named Lisa says she went on a bowling date in Washington, D. Rob Ruminski, 37, who runs a video production company in Melbourne, Australia, says that within seconds of his first Bristlr date, the woman ran her hands through his beard.
The site also notes—or, publicly shames—users who send the exact same message to multiple people.
Users can also search for people by words in their profiles and set their geographic range for matches to as wide as "global."Indeed, many users tell they've been chatting up people far from home.
"It's an ongoing, off-and-on-again love affair that we've been having with the beard since antiquity," says Mark Johnston, an associate professor at the University of Windsor and author of.
Various cultures have embraced beards at different times, such as during the Elizabethan era, when Johnston says beards may have served as "a marker of masculinity" during a period when "the nation was somewhat effeminized" under a female ruler. Allan Peterkin, a Toronto-based psychiatrist and author of , says society has likely reached peak beard.
They made it official with an LA wedding last January.
They have no children yet, but have hatched many an Instagram about how smitten they are with each other: “Happy Birthday to my Beautiful Wife .
"Women every day deal with aspects of their appearance being highlighted or fetishized, but to have the shoe on the other foot is educational," he says.