What women really think of men with beards

Oct 27, 2015 at 11:04 a.m. ET
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Does longer facial hair make you more likely to fight, cheat and steal? It sure does, according to research carried out by video social network eva. Hmmm. Yes, we’re sceptical too.

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The nationwide survey, carried out by Censuswide, found that 45 percent of men with a goatee admitted to having been in a fight, compared to only 29 percent of fuzz-free blokes. When it came to being faithful, 47 percent of bearded men admitted to cheating on a partner, compared to 20 percent of clean-shaven guys. And 40 percent of men with a tache revealed they had stolen something, compared to just 17 percent of their smooth-cheeked buddies.

"In my photography career, I’ve certainly noticed that attitudes are shifting in regards to long beards and moustaches," said Jens Wikholm, fashion photographer and co-founder of eva. "Fashion changes so quickly, the beard trend is one that comes in every decade or so, but we might be seeing the end of current beard cycle. It definitely seems that women seem to prefer the clean shaven look and fashion will respond to that. Times change and trends shift, so men who want to stay on the bleeding edge of popular fashion might want to think twice before they let their facial hair get too long."

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When asked if they thought a beard was a good look for a man, the majority of women (65 percent) answered no. Half of them said they'd never even consider dating a man with a beard.

The survey also found that 35 percent of female respondents would prefer a man to have grey hair rather than a big bushy beard, and 44 percent of the women who took part said their least favourite thing about big beards is the fact that they are unhygienic, closely followed by 39 percent of women who were turned off by food stuck in the facial hair.

As a woman who certainly isn't repulsed by the occasional goatee, I feel compelled to speak up in defence of our bearded brothers. Could it be that, rather than being more likely to lie, cheat and steal, bearded men are simply more likely to answer surveys truthfully?

And as for all those women who wouldn't entertain the thought of getting romantically involved with a moustached man, they could just be missing out on the best guy ever (underneath all that hair).

Let's look beyond the beards, ladies!

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