Heavy stubble is most attractive to women
Scruff? Goatees? Soul patch?! We asked ladies for their input on the subject.
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Although the full-beard trend is currently alive and well, research covered in the journal "Evolution & Human Behavior" found that it's actually stubble, or more specifically heavy stubble (which takes 10 days of living a razor-free life), that has women swooning the most. We're not talking about a mere five o'clock shadow, but rather a six o'clock one, and maybe even a six-forty-five one.
While science may have its version of things, it doesn't speak for all women. From scruff to goatees, to mustaches, to the oh-so passé soul patch, to thick chops, to a full beard, to even the chinstrap which, in my humble opinion should be outlawed, we asked ladies for their input on the hot (and hairy) topic.
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The solo mustache, sans a beard to go with it, is likely to put you in the molester category, FYI:
"Very, VERY few men can rock a mustache without looking [creepy]. Actually, no man can at all," says Tamara, 36.
"Mustaches make me think of two things: hipsters trying to be cool, and Terry Richardson," says Jo, 29.
However, despite the popularity of beards on boys lately, ladies also seem to have some standards for the "perfect" beards:
"A beard done well is excellent. A bad beard is worse than no beard at all. Unfortunately, my husband is Irish and grows this patchy thing. It can be groomed into a nice goatee thing, but will never be a full, luxurious beard," says Lena, 29.
"I like a good beard. That’s it. Everything else should go," says Fallon, 24.
"My preference for a full beard is it not being styled AT ALL. I even like when it grows down to the neck. So, a homeless beard basically? I'm into homeless guys?" says Amanda, 27.
But what about goatees, soul patches and chin straps? It wasn't pretty, as you'll see:
Amanda, from above, continued her input on the matter: "No to goatee, NO to soul patch, NO to chin strap!"
As did Tamara: "No goatee, no soul patch, no chin strap. If you are too lazy to shave and look presentable, then why should I shave my arm pits and legs?”
"Can we say snake oil salesman? No thanks!" says Sharon, 39.
And as for that heavy stubble that scientists claim we love so much?
"He needs to look rough and tough, but I don't want rough and tough my face,” says Stephanie, 24.
"It's hard to say. I love the look of being recently ravaged, but I definitely don't want it to look like I just had a chemical peel," says Tricia, 33.
What do you think of facial hair? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
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Wow "Unknown Infidel".. I think you just stereotyped us females into one category!
I, myself, am a 46 yr old single mom. I raised my daughter, who is now 20, and also my nephew who is now 26 (because his dad, my brother, passed when he was 8 and his mom not "mom materiel") by myself. (By the way, my nephew will graduate soon as a Physician's Assistant.) I lost my daughter's dad when she was 15 mths old and waited 5 years to remarry a man much older than myself, only to divorce 3 years later because he could seem to comprehend the concept of marriage but wanted to practice the consumation part with his longtime hairdresser (petite, blonde). I have worked my primary job for 25+ years and at times have worked up to 3 jobs in order to provide a place for my children as well as food in their stomachs. I have also put myself thru college for two degrees. So, do I want a 25-35 year old, chiseled body, 6 figure income, huge house, hot sports car guy? Not only no, but HELL no! Why would I want to raise another child that most likely has an ego the size of Texas and has no concept of personal accountability as well as no logical sense or ability to carry on an intelligent conversation at anytime? Why would I want THAT? I was raised with 3 older brothers and a dad that believed that all both girls and boys should have interchangeable male/female life skills (change a tire; cook; clean; iron; change the oil; wire an electrical outlet, etc.) I can do what I need to do or, if I can't, I do know how to find someone, or call someone, or pay someone a reasonable price, to get it done. WHY do I need a man to cause me stress if he can't add intrinsic/practical value to the relationship? An individual should be in a relationship because they WANT to be, not because they NEED to be, whether it be physically or emotionally.
A relationship is give and take, yes, but, from both sides -- THAT is called compromise.
What do they bring to the game....100 or more pounds overweight, working minimum wage at best, mostly unemployed, 2 or more kids from different daddys that "are her whole life"...translate that into " I can wedge you in 10 minutes to spoil me a few times a month." But they aren't bringing anything really to the relationship. It's all take take, but no give.
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