So, our cultural obsession with Liam Hemsworth isn’t actually our fault. A study conducted from The Evolution of Human Behavior states that “men are their most attractive with a ten-day stubble rather than being clean-shaven or fully bearded”. The researchers gathered 350 women and 177 heterosexual (lol) men to rate ten guys on their masculinity, parenting skills, health, and overall attractiveness based on images showing the four stages of their beard growth: clean-shaven, five-day (light) stubble, ten-day (heavy) stubble, and a full beard. Dudes may not enjoy the itchiness of stubble, but the study shows men with heavy stubble performed the best. Ranking the lowest of the four categories was Light stubble, while fully bearded men were perceived to be the best parents. “Stubble conveys maturity and manliness,” the study says, “with less of the macho aggressiveness implied by a full beard.” Basically, the heavy stubble is the groomed lumberjack.
While guys thought clean shaven looked better than a short, five-day beard, women actually rated smooth faces as the least attractive.
Past studies have found that men with beards look tougher, more aggressive and masculine and would make better romantic partners.
The century long question…”To shave or not to shave?”
The obvious answer for a man with proper testicular fortitude is clear: Not to shave!
So what’s a guy to do?
Find the right facial hair style for your face and learn how to take care of your beard & be sure to use Grizzly Beard Butter for all of your maintenance needs.