Gentlemen, put down the razors. Just when you thought the lumbersexual phase was over, it seems that beards are more attractive than ever! A new study has proven that men with beards are more attractive to women than those who are clean shaven or who have light stubble, according to a study published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology.
While women and men have debated for years over whether a clean shaven face or a bearded face is more attractive, science is currently supporting the bearded look. In the study the 36 men who participated where first photographed when they were clean shaven, then photographed again after five days, then 10 days and then again four weeks after not shaving, Yahoo! reports. Then a sample of 8500 women were asked to rate the men based on their attractiveness for either a short term relationship or a long term relationship.
What may surprise some of you, especially those who don't love facial hair on a man, is that the heavy stubble look, the one attained after 10 days of no shaving, was found the most attractive while the full beard look was second most attractive. The bearded look was once associated with hipsters or lumberjacks, but apparently women find beards and a full face of stubble incredibly sexy on men.
Men with light stubble followed by those who were clean shaving ranked the least attractive according to the study, which may be mind boggling to some of you. According to the paper, “Beards consistently render men with an older, more masculine, socially dominant and aggressive appearance. Beards may be more attractive to women when considering long‐term than short‐term relationships as they indicate a male’s ability to successfully compete socially with other males for resources.”
The study suggests that women feel that men who have heavy facial hair or a beard are simply more masculine than their clean shaven counterparts. If a man has trouble growing a beard or simply prefers to be clean shaven they shouldn't worry, while this study shows that women find men with facial hair more attractive, other studies have shown that men with beards are more like to cheat on their partner, while other studies even show that men with beards are sexist.
Facial hair is a personal choice, but nothing is sexier than a confident man.