Shenandoah (beard)

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Edward Bates wearing a Shenandoah beard

A Shenandoah is a style of facial hair or beard. The hair is grown full and long over the jaw and chin, meeting with the sideburns while the hair above the mouth is shaved.[1]

Other names for this style are, in alphabetical order: Amish beard, chin curtain, Donegal, Lincoln, spade beard, and whaler. Depending on the style, there are subtle differences in the shape, size and general manageability by each style. The Shenandoah, specifically, tends to be somewhat longer than the thin chin curtain. The thin chin curtain beard is a particular style of facial hair that grows along the jaw line and covers the chin completely. This is not to be confused with the chinstrap beard—a similar style of beard that also grows along the jaw line but does not fully cover the chin. In addition, many thin chin curtain beards do not extend that far below the jawline, if at all, whereas all chinstrap beards generally do.

This style of facial hair was made famous by individuals such as Abraham Lincoln and C. Everett Koop. In Spain, it could be largely associated with 1970s progres and other cultural icons, such as writer Álvaro Pombo.[citation needed]

In the United States, this beard style remains common among married Amish men. Male members of the sect generally grow a beard after baptism, but shave the mustache off.[2][3][4]



  1. ^ Henderson-Brown, Stephanie; Avadis, Catherine (2004), Advanced Hairdressing: A Coursebook for Level 3, Nelson Thornes, p 162.
  2. ^ John E. Bodnar. The Ethnic Experience in Pennsylvania. p. 89. ISBN 0838711553.
  3. ^ Donald B. Kraybill. The Riddle of Amish Culture. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 080186772X.
  4. ^ Sarah Cheang (2009). Hair: Styling, Culture and Fashion. p. 113. ISBN 1845207920.

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