Men with beards

If you're a clean-shaven man who has a difficult time finding women to date, you are not alone. A new study proves most women find men with beards more attractive.

The new study published in the Journal of Evolution Biology, asked more than 8,500 women to rate men on their attractiveness as a longterm partner.

A majority of the women rated men as follows:

    1. Heavy stubble
    2. Full beards
    3. Light stubble
    4. Clean-shaven

 

Men with beards

"Beards may be more attractive to women when considering long-term than short-term relationships as they indicate a male's ability to successfully compete socially with other males for resources," the study concluded.

The researchers said beards are associated with a man's age (wisdom) and masculine social dominance (virility).

Beards have evolved over the last 2,000 years. Even as far back as the Stone Age, beards gave men an advantage with women.

Men with beards

Men with thicker, longer beards were considered sexier because Testosterone (the male sex hormone) stimulates hair follicles to speed beard growth. Women saw beards as symbols of virility and strength (think Samson).

Men with clean-shaven baby faces were not seen as manly, even though there is no scientific evidence that beards equal manliness or virility.

Question: Do you prefer men with beards or clean-shaven?

  • KLove

    here for the comments....i couldnt get a decent goatee going until i was about 32 LOL...prior to that...i had struggle hair around the mouth lol....im kind of glad i cant grow a full beard...i dont wanna have to deal with razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and cutting myself shaving...

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    When it’s nice and he sexy woo lord. I think men with beards are sexy.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • mialaoyin

    As long as they don't have crumbs and
    other stuff in them. I predict that this thread is going to go South quickly but as th lovely Mrs. Claire Huxtable used to proclaim"Let the record show" that it was not I who began with the messiness.

  • Dane

    Wrong.

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone
  • Renee26

    I prefer clean shaven or a goatee but won't discount a brotha with a full beard that's neat and clean

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I always heard that men with beards were seen as aggressive and that was why men should never wear a beard to a job interview.

  • Dowoop

    None of the men at work have beards. I also don't find any of them attractive and they have not one ioata of sex appeal.

  • Coy little wink

    I find men with beards very attractive...but its hard to keep them up I hear and that it itches to a certain point...its like going natural for women there is a certain period of adjustment to it ?

  • Deedee

    I like hairy men period

  • Chapter29Chick

    I love subble thats neat and clean no beards 4 meh.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I prefer clean shaven....if it's a full beard,somn nicely trimmed. I don't like raggedy bearded meniz

  • Alextra Ballard

    Chiile sometimes that stubble can interfere with yo middo region

  • Coy little wink

    Yes...captain cave man!

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    I prefer beards....i love them.

  • Renee26

    There's a resturant in my city called Blue Beard and all of their staff have long full beards...that always ends up in people's food.... Not sure if they're still open ?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lips/mouf are one of my pet peeves. I need to see his entire mouf

  • Renee26

    Yes, add pretty teeth...and I like to kiss so the less hair near the mouth the better

  • Chapter29Chick

    Oh not the sticky stubble, the kind thats short enough not to be sticky but leave a nice lil shadow

  • Victorious82

    Not into beards. I know some men do look better with them but still not my thing. I like a clean cut and face.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Men with beards have evolved. There is a process to maintaining beards. My son has a full beard. When he comes to visit, it's a whole other bag dedicated to his products for his beard. So please understand, most men today are not just wearing their beards all willy-nilly

  • Alextra Ballard

    Ewwwwwah!!!!...I hope they r close...who wants hair in their food

  • RealATLPeach36

    Science all they had to do was have a girls networking party send sexy men with beards watch everybody start slipping and falling due to puzzay juice..it will turn into a slip and slide party

  • RealATLPeach36

    Renee teeth and a sift beard not that nappy patch ass beard

    Yes lord

  • RealATLPeach36

    And I love to feel it tickle my neck and my Chanel purse?

  • mialaoyin

    I saw a male worker in the Costco meat section witha hairnet on his beard and I found it kind of reassuring.

  • HalleMerry

    I prefer a fat,thick,well padded..BANK ACCOUNT..

  • HalleMerry

    Soooo,Like a Hooters for beards? Where can I go to objectify these guys? I'll bring my own food,beard hair looks like pubes..yuck!

  • Fire & Ice

    Let the church say Amen ??

  • HalleMerry

    ??

  • HalleMerry

    Yea,they have to maintain,condition,and oil them just like the hair on their heads.My guy started using all of my Natural hair products on his beard,ugh!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    That's gross

  • RealATLPeach36

    I'm a chubby chaser too. I keep him cool in the summer gel keep me warm in the winter..it works...but he has to have a beard too low lol

  • Diva_woman

    Science didn't have to tell me that. I know I find beards more attractive.

  • KcoolMuziq

    LIES!

    I catch more women now than I EVER have in my entire life without a beard..

  • hi-liter

    I like a nice goatee, but if he look good and he fine and keeps that beard together then I can rock wit it.

    Beard has to be nice and full, not thin and barely connecting.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I hear ya.... i like a lil belly

  • Nina Ross

    Hmmmm

  • Nina Ross

    Yes men should have hair, DON’T shave it off.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Are you straight straight? Cause I would've thought for sure...

  • RealATLPeach36

    Lol

  • dontgetblocked

    I don't care for them but lots of my friends love them.

  • CaramelDrop

    Depends.... if it’s soft and smell good - YES! If it’s nappy and beebee’s roll up- HELL NO

  • xenaD

    ?????

  • Junkanoo

    Am not a woman but I don't like it a beard has very little to do with being a good man. Everyone is so fixated on the exterior our mindsets and attitudes also need work .

  • TMW

    I have no preference regarding a beard - I can take it or leave it. However I do not find grown men with no facial hair at all attractive or appealing. There has to be at least a mustache. Men with no facial hair look weird to me.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Chiiile, exactly!

  • Alextra Ballard

    Chiiile, exactly!

  • 88

    Black Women that want a clean shaven man want a little boy they can boss around not a real man. A real man has a beard on his face and will not be bossed around.

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  • Alextra Ballard

    Chiiiile that's about the most ignint shidt I've read allday. It ain got shidt tew dew with controlling,it's more to dew about preferences. G-sus!!!

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Umm no not meeeee

  • ClaireHuxtable

    In what country did they survey these women?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    It has to be Very well kept.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    J@cked up teeth are the worst! No Brown Teeth!!

  • Kayke

    I like beards. Since high school Ive always liked guys with some kind of facial hair.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The United States.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Thank you, Miss Sandra. One more question:
    Montana, Wyoming & S. Dakota or Compton, D.C. & Bankhead?

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Sandra, did you hear about the white professor who called the police on a black female college student because she had her foot on the back of a chair? The teacher was suspended for the rest of the semester.

  • Dahl

    I like a well groomed beard myself...

  • the chosen one

    A man who keeps it low and trimmed is fine by me. No woman wants that bushy azz rick Ross Shiite underneath their chin.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Yes. I heard about that. ? I'm so over people making a big deal out of 911 calls. The Internet really exposes our petty. ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I would guess VT, MN, NYC, D.C. and Atlanta. ?

  • Scromes1212

    Does that include that Beijing dye that put in it?

  • GuestSTAR

    When sweaty and wet it looks like it would stink like rotten raw hot dogs.
    I don't care for beards, but I like Ghost's beard.

  • Scromes1212

    When it's short it itches BAD smh that's why i understand the struggle when I see females patting their hair when they got them fresh tracks lol

  • Scromes1212

    I wish my beard didn't grow smh got to shave every day

  • WhooCares

    ??

  • Fodderwing

    Ahh! U want to know what portion of the population they sampled. Now, if this study was published in a scholarly journal...i.e., a legit study, all the empirical data the researcher cited to support his/her correlation will be referenced in the the paper. This info is listed at the end of the paper. Let me do some super sleuthing here to determine the legitimacy of the study and then I’ll tell u who they surveyed AND the randomness of the selection.

  • Fodderwing

    I just have to admit, and I’m just tip toeing around here bc I’m apparently in the minority, I lurvez me a spanking clean face! All those hairs...so many crinkly hairs...even trimmed they still remind me of a hairy face vaj. And the microscopic food remnants that may or may not be trapped within them causes my hair trigger gag reflex to go into over drive. Or the lingering smell from lunch...

    Just threw up in my mouth.

    End of discussion.

  • Fodderwing

    K. So. Here are the actual nuts and bolts. It was published in a scholarly journal so it’s legit. The study was done in 2016. It was not a study conducted in the United States; this was done in Australia. The men who were used to measure beard attractiveness (36 men in total) were of European descent. They did not indicate the descent of the woman and men who were tested. In total there were 9991 participants. 8699 were female and 1292 were male.

  • Eileen

    That's exactly how I feel! I don't want no little critters crawling in my mouth trying to kiss him or worse he is going downtown on me my hair and his beard...yuk

  • tia

    Beards can be very sexy. In addition to keeping it trimmed, hopefully that person is keeping it SUPER CLEAN as well. I watched a report on the news that disclosed that beards carry an awfully amount of germs.
    I mean a whole lot of germs.

  • Fodderwing

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  • Fodderwing

    Omg. Yasss!! Like crinkly spider legs all over the dang place!

  • Fodderwing

    Ommmmmmmgggg!!! Thank you!!!!

  • justlooking

    Are you trying to say bootay juice.

  • justlooking

    My stomach hurts now.

  • justlooking

    Damn?

  • justlooking

    Thank Goodness whites are being outed.

    Hope all is well with you.

  • justlooking

    Lmbo

    I like a beard, not a wig on chin.

  • justlooking
  • justlooking

    Empirical data?

    I am certain no statisticians were sitting in the dark in a phone bank.

  • justlooking

    Long Time.... Hope all us well with you.?

  • justlooking

    All I can think of is a post.

    Get your belly off me.???

  • Fodderwing

    I did find the article...and posted the facts somewhere in this thread. Lol at ur empirical data man!!

  • Fodderwing

    I said below. Australia

  • Alextra Ballard

    Ni dasa nice beard.....Our formal Potus lookin sexy

  • justlooking

    I stand corrected.

    Billion dollar business. Gillette is losing.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/287643/global-male-grooming-market-size/

  • leapyearpisces

    He looks like Ed Bradley (RIP) here.

  • Fodderwing

    No. She said NOTHING about booty juice! ????

    However, it does bolster the argument for shaving.

  • leapyearpisces

    Some chick on another blog posted something I thought was very prolific. She said, when you about that life, you date for your preferences (height, overall looks, etc.), but when you are ready to create YOUR life, you need to date for your values (do you all share the same or similar views politically, finacially, etc.).

  • the chosen one

    Someone tell Rick Ross that. He has a landfield for a beard. Every type of germs and pests can be found in that atrocious beard of his.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Hi I'm fine, hope all is well with you ?

  • bella28498 .

    Men wasn’t walking around with beards in the 90’s and 00’s I think women will live.

  • Jussjess25

    That was photoshpped sadly

  • bella28498 .

    I agree especially guys that have multiple sex partners, ain’t no tellin ?

  • Jussjess25

    Nice article aunty

  • Fodderwing

    K. So. Here are the actual nuts and bolts. It was published in a scholarly journal so it’s legit. The study was done in 2016. It was not a study conducted in the United States; this was done in Australia. The men who were used to measure beard attractiveness (36 men in total) were of European descent. They did not indicate the descent of the woman and men who were tested. In total there were 9991 participants. 8699 were female and 1292 were male.

  • Tammie Reed

    I love a man with a beard lawd!

  • Eileen

    I like a clean shaven man no beards or mustaches...

  • Eileen

    Absolutely. ...I like a clean face no hair please!

  • Eileen

    True and yuk...

  • Eileen

    No honey....a clean face means "I am handling my business "think of all the sports team owners, Wall Street lawyers, and Financiers a clean faced man ain't got time to primp and preen . They out making that money, handling they business

  • Eileen

    Primping and preening not for me ....clean face please

  • Eileen

    Primping and preening not for me ....clean face please

  • Eileen

    Lol you mean

  • Eileen

    Lol you mean

  • Eileen

    Nasty yuk

  • Eileen

    Nasty yuk

  • Eileen

    That's good to know. BTW would you ladies want a male gynecologist with a beard

  • Eileen

    That's good to know. BTW would you ladies want a male gynecologist with a beard

  • Eileen

    I could see your point

  • Eileen

    I could see your point

  • Bee jaay Cee

    I like a neat, manicured medium beard. A clean shaven face is European.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    I like a neat, manicured medium beard. A clean shaven face is European.

  • MrsSpice1

    Lol ?

  • MrsSpice1

    Lol ?

  • justlooking

    ? thankful for a new day and blessed to have energy to push harder.

  • justlooking

    It a joke Data Coach

  • Junkanoo

    That's some great insight , those are the realities that make or break a relationship. Two people with bad spending habits makes it hard to save and hold onto money .I do think men should help out around the house ,you help make a mess you can also help clean it up, that's a man with some proper home training.

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    I guess that’s why women call it the flavor savor lol .

    Appreciate and love you women’s feedback tho.

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Lol

  • oshh16

    I don't care for them lumberjack beards. Plus they hide the dudes features and are unsanitary. A lil light beard, 5 o'clock shadow or goatee is sexy though.

  • oshh16

    This is the truth. This is why I am not swayed by the superficial where it is very easy to fake the funk. It is what is underneath the surface that counts.

  • Yui

    This might sound weird, but I have to see a clean face first! I don’t know how many times I see a guy looking smexy in a bread and then he shaves.

    He ends up looking funny to me.

  • LYRICS

    I'm not the "majority" and I'm good with that! I can't even stand the likkle bit of beard my man rocks now!

  • Soda

    No facial hair that can be braided, twisted, or decorated with objects. No hair that grows beyond the outline of his face.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Now that really sux

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I don't know if I prefer but I do like.

  • Faithz

    The Lord is my Shepard, and 'I shall not want.

  • Scromes1212

    Can we get a post on that prison reform bill? Bipartisan bill that got through and Trump made good on his promise to sign it if it got through

  • Judge Mental Will

    Fish do love my beard.... But I love people with beards too fish, sorry. ????? Women used to be my beard?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Wow. That was DUMB!!

  • Ni Ni

    Dont matter to me as long as he dressed nice and smell good.

    Sandra, put Ishmael from digitable planets on our Morning Wood list ??.

  • MythCalledLove

    Not me. I love mine fluffy! But that hair? To me that's equal to a hairy female. You hv to be clean and take care of it. Just don't do the magic marker, black shoe polish look. (Did you know they hv colored hair gel? ). Pull out snacks from home at the movies. "Boo pass the twizzlers"

  • Bossy704

    I have not dated a man since this beard craze. I fell off with eggplants and grey sweats.

  • T Willis

    I read a study that said that women tend to go for the more masculine looking men (i.e. beards/facial hair etc) during ovulation.

    Personally, I prefer a slim, masculine, bearded, guy... I can’t do anything with a man that’s more feminine than me. ?????

  • T Willis

    Lol!

  • T Willis

    I wonder, if all the ladies that have a problem with facial hair, keep their kitty waxed? Waxed - not shaven?

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I dont mind a beard unless its peezy, scraggly and just long and fluffy as hell...In Philly all these dudes have beards for one reason or another...I just dont like when 60% of your face is covered by the fur...cant even see ya upper lip cause you got this wolf puzzy on ya face....

  • T Willis

    I do too. I like how it feels pressed against my skin. I used to rub my exes beard across my face. I like the prinkle feel of it lol ?????

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Yeah I hate men that beard-fish...when they shave they look like Squidward and ish...

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Hopefully we'll get a story/update on that couple that raised all that money for that homeless man thru Gofundme... and now it turns out it looks like it was all a scam, and all 3 of them were in on it.
    https://nypost.com/2018/11/15/homeless-vet-couple-at-center-of-gofundme-controversy-allegedly-made-up-story-report/

  • FukkFolks2018

    On text with a beard gang member lol. Gonna go find him some beard wash and condish for Christmas later today. Bath and Body Works and Shea Moisture make a yummy one!

  • Rayne

    The white guys mustache reminds me of the man on the Pringle’s can lmao good morning ??

  • Renee Bee
  • stav

    Sadly this is what people are putting money into for studies, something as asinine as this.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I try not to emasculate any black man. But I will and can and HAVE made a bearded one my bish.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Yes, I love men with beards. Auntie this is more of a Morning Wood post to me. The real MW posts go left, right, left fast.

  • ~~eb

    NOPE! Clean shaven or a goatee.

  • Joi Williams

    Facts!! #BeardGang...... I love a bearded man!

  • Stan4NoOne

    Beards are gross.

  • Solstice

    Oh wow ? A lot of the Roses stated that they thought all 3 were in on it! How disappointing ?

  • Renee26

    On Everything! ?

  • Renee26

    Yup ?

  • Renee26

    Good... That's probably a requirement that Bluebeard needs to adopt ?

  • Renee26

    Yes!!

  • Logan Roberts

    I like beards & clean shaven. I have dated both. But I will say some beards are life saviors for some men cause baby without them......

  • Solstice

    LOLOLOL!!! ??

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    I like a neat beard and mustache... And I don't mind a clean shaved face WHAT I DESPISE ARE TWINKS!!!

  • Antigone Heart

    Well I like hair in other places on a man but beards not necessarily. My ex-boyfriend looks ten years younger when he shaves his face.

  • oshh16

    Hair down below offers protection...waxing bald opens one up to all type of things.
    I did brazillions for like a year and then got tired of all the work...... with the tend skin, exfoliating, ingrowns still and hyperpigmentation but Tammy in Gtown was the best bikini waxer round these parts.
    So now I just trim it up and keep it moving.

  • HalleMerry

    Apples and Oranges

  • oshh16

    yep totally not the same feature nor function.

  • HalleMerry

    We are women,NOT FISH! Lest,I'm able to call you a Dookie Chaser? Nut mouth,salad tossed,Cum face,fruitcake...??? Sounds mean right?

  • Quitedeliteful

    Beards are okay as long as they are well maintained, close to the skin and lined up properly. Bushy beards seem to be in style right now though...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Whuut??? A damn shame!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    you got this wolf puzzy on ya face.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!!

  • Judge Mental Will

    Not really really, unlike you im not dying of Aids ?? Miserable bhitch. Sponge bob square as!

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Uh-Uh...

  • Mz_Opinionated

    I'll pass on the beard. Not everyone can grow them properly and sometimes they spend more time trying to keep it clean, neat and food free for it to even be sexy...STRONG PASS! A goatee is acceptable to me. If you approach me with a beard and a comb in hand to try and keep it together. I will walk away.

  • Quitedeliteful

    them lumberjack beards.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!

  • EasyBreezy

    Title= FALSE

  • Yui

    “Beard-fish” like that, adding that to my vocabulary!

    (Btw, y’all I hate autocorrect—beard to bread)

  • Yoni7

    I DO! Love'em. My Daddy and at least 6 of my 9 brothers have'em. I think they are so manly.

  • bemetoo

    I like em with or without the beards as long as he’s sexy handsome with a Genuine heart and above average size ? 8+ or better and knows how to use it .. he’s a keeper

  • ClaireHuxtable

    East Slobbobia.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    LOL!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    SEE I knew it! Thanks for looking out, Inspector Fodderwing!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Good detective work pays off!

  • HalleMerry

    Boy what? Rinse out your mouth and have a seat! Got that pinkeye from thee sack juice and now you mad that you can't see clearly???

  • J2PC

    Fake beards are not attractive, especially when exposed. You have to 2nd guess everything about that man who is wearing a glued on, fake beard or mustache.

    Who can trust a man trying to hook a date wearing a fake beard or mustache. I'd wonder if they would also take it off at other times to dress in trag or living a double life or is an imposter.

  • Judge Mental Will

    Nope sorry Tranny, Dont get your drug prostitution lifestyle mixed with my positive upbringing. Only thing positive about you is your HIV status. Take your meds, your hair thinning badly. We'll focus on that bad skin later..

  • Eileen

    CLEAN FACE PLEASE!!!

  • Mastermind

    Uhmm sounds kindda hypocritical. So are the great majority of black women wearing fake hair untrustworthy?

  • Floriduhh Evans

    Love me a bearded man... so sexy

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Amen

  • Abel Ervin

    I ask women all the time they say most men look like they stink with beards I shaved my shot years ago

  • J2PC

    Not hypocritical. Are you saying hypocritical in the context of men once again giving up on competing with other men & finding it easier to just compete with women?

    I don't care how many hollywierd folks try to push it like they pushed sagging pants to show your but tocks & underwear prison-style to make it seem like it's the new fad or chic thing to do.

    It is always something of a mockery being market to or pushed on Black males to emasculate them. -but to each their own.

  • Mastermind

    I don't know many women wearing fake beards. That would be a more accurate scenario of a direct gender competition in this case. Nope, I'm saying males who want to compete with other males and who may have read this study. Like women who wear weave to look more attractive to males.I mean all this peacocking that we do is unconscious. We don't know why we do it but all this study is saying is that it is a primal impulse that motivates us.

  • Trace da Ace

    I love a clean neat beard....such a turn on

  • Fodderwing

    ?

    ?super sleuth on the job!

  • Fodderwing

    Thanks for being inquisitive! I literally would have taken the story at face value if u hadn’t piped up.

    ??

  • Fodderwing

    Fine query. And that is something I was going to touch on but for fear a TMI moment I held back...but I’m OCD. And I used to dance. So yes. Clean lines. And the reason I get grossed out by facial hair is bc I have OCD and high hygiene (hahaha) standards for myself and my man. It’s all good on other guys. As long as they don’t scratch their fur anywhere near my food, drink or groceries.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Curious is my middle name[not really].

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  • Fodderwing

    Nice shoe!! Just got a big girl boner.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Yeah, those shoes are a real deal!

  • MRiGOThim

    I love beards...this guy at my job LAWD he looks like the brotha in the 2nd pic only a few shades darker #YUMMY :P

  • leapyearpisces

    Yes!!!! Why ain't nobody told me Butterfly turned into a MUTHAFUGGIN SILVER FOX!!!!! I wouldn't have even been mad if Erykah took that womb out of retirement to bring for his seed! Shid!!!! SOMEBODY GOTTA DO IT!!! LOL!!!!!

  • Ni Ni

    Ikr ! ?