GOOD BEARD, BAD BEARD: Is facial hair sexy?

Razors at the ready folks; a new scientific study claims to have proven that your chin chaff is about as attractive as draping a mangy cat over your face and then combing yesterday’s porridge through it.

OK, so that may be a tad extreme, but there’s a fair amount of research backing up the anti-beard brigade this time. Haven’t we spent the last few years following in the footsteps of bands like Kings of Leon and Fleet Foxes with a “back to nature” look? What else goes with the wardrobe full of plaid shirts and hunting accessories we’ve all been collecting for the last half a decade?

Without going too deep into the specifics of the Behavioural Ecology journal, which has re-ignited the debate, cultivating all that fur seems to have been for naught. The journal’s researchers asked 127 New Zealand females and 100 ladies of Polynesian decent from Samoa for their opinions on the facial hair of 10 men each from their own race (apparently the island of Samoa hasn’t been all that westernised over the years, and produces good subjects in terms of those who haven’t been too influenced by western media views on beauty). Though the Samoan test subjects were more forgiving, on the whole, the study showed that beards are out.

The conclusions drawn were, as you’d expect, a hodge-podge of evolutionary theory (there was mention of the importance of lions’ manes at one point!), finding that, on the whole, beards merely “augment perceptions of men’s age, social status, and aggressiveness, but not attractiveness”.

On the totally non-scientific filpside however, having a chat with my female friends suggested that the blokes used as bearded/non-bearded examples in the study weren’t exactly Brad Pitt to begin with, which may go some way towards explaining why so few found the guys attractive in the first place.

Which compelled us to do a short study of our own. Called “Good Beard, Bad Beard” we’ve pulled together a handful of celebrities who, for better or worse, have donned or dashed facial hair over the course of their careers.

Scroll down for our verdict on their beardy looks!

Sir Ian McKellan

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He’s Gandalf, man! That’s ALL GOOD BEARD.

 

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  • Xenon

    HOW about Robert Downey Jr. ? Good beard, right ? Think Iron Man.

  • poppy112

    1856年イギリスハンプシャー州でトーマスバーバリーによって創立されたバーバリーは、150年以上経った今でも世界中から深く愛されるファッションブランドです。 
    その代表とも言えるベージュのトレンチコートやバーバリーバッグや、「ヘイマーケット」または「バーバリークラシック」として知られているチェック柄など、いつの時代でも飽きのこないシン
    プルかつ洗練されたデザインで、各界の著名人や、セレブ達を魅了し続けています。
    特にバーバリーバッグ がとても人気がありますよ。耐久性についてはあまり考えたことないのですが、汗などで痛まないように小まめに洗濯したり、ハンガーの干し方に気を使ったりすれば大丈夫ですよ。

    バーバリーアウトレット を通販で買うのをためらっている人の心配は値段もあるのでしょうか。
    普通のお店だったらセールをやっていたり、値引いていたりするものもあります。
    通販でバーバリー財布 を買うと、結局損をしてしまうのではないかと心配する人がいるかもしれません。
    しかし、それは心配要りません。通販はセールだってやりますし、常に割引率が高くお安く売っている所もあります。
    自分の足でお店を廻るのには限度がありますが、バーバリーシャツ ネット通販で購入すれば、自分の住んでいる県以外だって、とてもじゃないけどいけない場所にだって交通費をかけずにたどり着く事ができます。

  • Kevin Ward

    holly crap poppy112. What does all that mean????:))
    It would appear that round faces are best for sporting the full grown enchilada. while the more horse faced of us suit the 3 day stubble or those who sculpt a little more than the rest.