Facial Hair – People With Beard Boost More Attractiveness Towards Women
Facial Hair – Beard May Boost Men’s Attractiveness
What makes a man attractive to a woman is a question that has divided researchers for decades. When it comes to personal grooming, a new study suggests that men might want to take a break from the shaver; researchers find the bearded look may increase perceptions of attractiveness. Researchers found women were more likely to consider full-bearded men as more attractive for long-term relationships.
Women are more likely to be attracted to stubbled men for short-term relationships, while full-bearded men are the preferred choice for long-term relationships.
In the short term, men with more masculine facial features – such as a wider jawline and a more pronounced brow ridge – are considered more attractive. For long-term relationships, women prefer men with less masculine facial features, perceiving them to be more caring and considerate.
Men with facial hair are the preferred choice for long-term relationships over clean-shaven men. Contradicting the view that women opt for more masculine men in the short term.
A Study On Facial Hair
The researchers photographed 36 men at three stages of facial hair :-
- Clean shaven
- Light stubble (5 days of hair growth)
- Heavy stubble (10 days of hair growth)
- Full beard (at least 4 weeks of untrimmed hair growth)
Additionally, the photographs of 16 of these men with varying facial hair growth were manipulated to look either more masculine or feminine. The researchers asked 8,520 women to view the normal and manipulated photographs. And rate how attractive they thought each man was in general. As well as how attractive they were for short and long term relationships.
“The ‘short-term attractiveness’ condition asked participants to rate the men when imagining the type of person who would be attractive in a short-term relationship. This implies that the relationship may not last a long time,” the authors explain.
“The ‘long-term attractiveness’ condition asked participants to imagine they were looking for the type of person who would be attractive in a long-term relationship. Examples of this relationship include someone you may want to move in with, settle down and, at some point, wish to marry,”.
In general, among men who were clean shaven, masculine faces were considered least attractive, followed by feminine faces. Unmanipulated faces were rated as most attractive. On assessing the effects of facial hair on women’s judgment of attractiveness. The team found that men with light and heavy stubble were considered most attractive, compared with full-bearded and clean-shaven men. When it came to relationships, the researchers found women rated full-bearded men as most attractive for long-term relationships. Light and heavy stubble were considered most attractive for short-term relationships.