To beard or not to beard?

Men with light, well kept stubble are more attractive than men with a full beard or the clean shaven look, according to a new report by Beard Psychologist Dr Julian Oldmeadow.

Dr Julian Oldmeadow explains, “The lighter, carefully groomed styles may be the most attractive because they strike the right balance. Beards are directly associated with perceptions of masculinity, dominance, aggressiveness and maturity, while clean shaven men are seen as more warm and caring.”

Dr Julian Oldmeadow offers some top tips for making the most of your facial hair when it comes to attracting admirers:

  • “Go for a lighter carefully groomed style, such as the designer goatee. This may be more attractive as it conveys the look of a masculine, virile man who also knows how to take care of himself.”
  • “Look like Johnny Depp.  A recent survey named him as the celebrity who looks best in a beard.”
  • “Move to Scotland. Research* shows that women north of the border are most likely to be attracted to hirsute men.”
  • “Watch out for the date and shavers. More than half* of women will go out with you then persuade you to lose the beard.”

So, beards are good, but you can have too much of a good thing? Whatever you go for, make sure it suits your face and that it’s well groomed – unruly straggly beards are a complete no-no.

Razors like the Remington Touch Control allow men to leave their chosen thickness of stubble while they shave. First you have to grow it a bit.


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