New research shows that women find bearded men more attractive than bald men.
Tune back a few years ago, the clean shave was the suave style for most men, with the bearded men seeming a little bit off.
However, keeping a full beard is the fashion these days, and most women seem to like men with full beard.
According to a new research, women find men with a full beard more attractive for long-term relationships.
Perhaps these women tend to see the beard as a sign of formidability among males.
The study also suggests that women see men with a beard as having the potential to provide direct benefits, such as better fertility and survival to females.
The study said:
“Results showed a significant interaction between beardedness and masculinity on attractiveness ratings.”
The study was done by Barnaby Dixson from the University of Queensland in Australia and his colleagues.
They used computer graphic manipulation to form male faces varying in facial hair from clean-shaven, light stubble, heavy stubble, and full beards.
Study Shows Bearded Men More Attractive To Females
They also used faces with additional differences in brow ridge, cheekbones, jawline, and other features so that the same man appeared more or less masculine.
According to the research, men with stubble was judged as most attractive overall.
Men with stubble received higher ratings for short-term relationships than full beards.
However, full beards were seen as more attractive for long-term relationships.
Extremely masculine and extremely feminine-looking males were least attractive, irrespective of relationship context.
The study which was published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, showed that women see men with full beard as more suitable for long-term relationships.
According to authors of the study:
“Sexual selection via female choice has shaped the evolution of male ornamentation in many species.”
The research by Dixson and Brooks (2013) used similar procedures and recorded judgments by both men and women on the faces of men with varying degrees of facial hair.
Their research showed women rated men with full beards as highest for perceived parenting ability and robustness.
Interestingly, as facial hair increased, women’s ratings of masculinity increased, also.
On the other hand, men found full beards as appealing as heavy stubble.
Men also noted a greater perception of masculinity as facial hair increased.