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Bearded men are sexy after all - study

09:42 15th May 2013 By John Stevenson
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Long stubble is most attractive to women, the study found. Image by Flickr user apdk

Long stubble is most attractive to women, the study found.
Image by Flickr user apdk

The outdoors world was devastated last year when a study indicated that women don’t find beards attractive, and they scare men away by making us look more aggressive.

Fortunately, it turns out to be a bit more complicated than that. A new study has found that, yes, okay, full beards may not cut it, but the kind of heavy stubble you’ll bring back from a multi-day trip in the wilds is hawt after all.

Researchers neglected to study eccentric hipster beards, which are believed to work by the 'laughing a woman into bed' methodImage by Flickr user jumfer

Researchers neglected to study eccentric hipster beards, which are believed to work by the ‘laughing a woman into bed’ method
Image by Flickr user jumfer

Barnaby J. Dixson, and Robert C. Brooks from the University of New South Wales, Australia, asked women to rate four levels of beardiness for attractiveness, health, masculinity and parenting abilities.

After showing the women pictures of guys who were clean-shaven, lightly or heavily stubbled and fully bearded, they found that women judged faces with heavy stubble as most attractive and heavy beards, light stubble and clean-shaven faces as less attractive.

If you want to be a daddy, though, then a full beard is the way to go. Men and women rated full beards highest for parenting ability and healthiness, say the researchers.

Both men and women think you’re more masculine the more facial hair you have, and this is espeially true for women in the fertile phase of the menstrual cycle. Attractiveness ratings did not differ according to fertility, though.

An informal study in the Outside Times office found that everyone thinks bearded dragons are cute. Image by Flickr user Mundoo

An informal study in the Outside Times office found that almost everyone thinks bearded dragons are cute.
Image by Flickr user Mundoo

So there you go: keep that stubble long, so you look rugged and windswept, but don’t let it turn into a thatch.

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