Understanding facial hair


Facial hair seems to be all the rage. The big question that men are faced with is what style of facial hair is right for me. Beards, stubble, sideburns, goatees…the options are plenty. The Art of Manliness has a complete breakdown of the facial hair resurgence.

As we’ve discussed before in regards to style, there are definitely some black/white rules, but for the most part each man needs to discover what works best for him. He needs to express himself through his style choices, within some basic frameworks.

One fascinatingly complex issue that has come back into the spotlight recently is that of facial hair. It’s not something you can break down into basic good/bad or right/wrong strategies. It all depends on the individual.

Forget anyone who tells you that beards are a 100% guarantee to be an alpha male lady-killer. Also forget anyone who says they’re an automatic job-loser and impossible to pair with a business suit.

It’s just not that simple.

It’s a definitive and comprehensive look at what facial hair works for you and how other may perceive your new “manly” look.

Scientific research can tell you what other people are thinking when they look at your beard, which should give you a good idea of whether a beard is the right choice for your life.

Here’s the most basic breakdown. When you have distinctive facial hair (anything visible, even stubble), these are the traits people tend to associate with you:

-aggression and dominance

A clean-shaven man, on the other hand, is associated more with the following traits:


Of course no examination of facial hair is complete without discussing how the female sex will respond to your new grizzly look.

We’ve saved the best for last, because this is what most of you really want to know: will a beard help you with women?

The answer to the above awaits. Check out the post from The Art of Manliness.

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