WILL SHE LIKE MY BEARD?
By AYUSH NARESH KUMAR
Beards are a fascinating thing. Everyone’s beard is different, everyone grows it differently or for a different reason and everyone’s taste is different.
Depending on the era of time, the impact of beards kept on changing but there is one aspect that has always affected a lot of men regarding their facial hair and that is – Whether women will like it or not.
But before we break on to few things and clear out this issue, you will have to make peace with two things –
- If you are reading this only to get laid then it’s not for you.
- If you think only your beard is enough to get any senorita in the world then it’s not going to happen.
BASIS OF ATTRACTION
Though everyone has his/her own taste/preference there are some basic things that women look out for in a man with whom they want to get along.
Have you ever noticed someone who attracts a lot of women, maybe an actor or the guy right next to your door? Have you noticed that a lot of women wants to be with him? That’s your clue that there are some defined things about men that attract all those ladies.
When a woman looks out for a man, she wants his man to be of charming personality, having a good sense of humor, a confident one without a fickle mind. But before all these things women get attracted to men who look like men and not boys, with a good physique, a matured look, someone who looks like that we will make a good partner.
BUT WHERE IS BEARD IN THIS?
Here is how facial hair comes to play.
In past few years, I came across various studies and surveys done on whether women like bearded men or not like [the work of Neave and Shields (2008) on the effects of facial hair on women’s perceptions of men’s attractiveness, masculinity, and dominance; Research by Dixson and Brooks (2013); survey conducted by dating website whatsyourprice.com] and few more.
Thousands of women participated in these researches. Researchers asked female participants to rate various male faces of average attractiveness. The faces were digitally altered to show different degrees of facial hair—clean-shaven, light stubble, heavy stubble, short beard, or a full beard. For each alteration, women were asked to rate the face’s masculinity, aggression, dominance, attractiveness, and social maturity. Participants were also asked to indicate their own desire for the male as a short- and long-term partner.
Given the result, women rated men with different lengths of facial hair depending on the relationship goals they were looking for. But be it a stubble or a full beard and whether the preference was of short-term relationship or a long-term relationship, the majority of women preferred men with facial hair over completely shaven men. They considered men with facial hair more mature, trustworthy, dependable, more of a man than a boy, someone who can take good care of the offspring.
BUT IS IT ENOUGH TO JUST GROW A BEARD, THAT’S ALL?
No, when women chose beards over bald faces; they didn’t choose just a beard. They chose a healthy, well groomed, well-maintained beard. Though facial hair helps to elevate your chances of getting attracted they act in the same way as other features. Just like having a body and having clothes is not enough. In the same way, having a beard is not enough. Just like your body needs to look healthy and fit, you should be well dressed with groomed hair; in the same way, your beard needs to be healthy and well-groomed otherwise since it’s a fascinating thing, it will give the opposite impression.
How people perceive and act around you is obviously affected by a lot of things. There’s no arguing that beards do have an effect when it comes to how people perceive us, and even how we’re perceived by the opposite sex. Wear that beard with pride, groom it properly, take good care of it and be conscious of the messages that your beard may be sending others.
BEARD ON MY FRIEND, BEARD ON