Grizzly faced Adams alike are left razor burned, after a new study from the University of New South Wales in Australia reveals that the beards days are officially numbered.
Grizzly faced Adams alike are left razor burned, after a new study from the University of New South Wales in Australia reveals that the beards days are officially numbered. A trend that took us all by surprise appears to have been defeated by the mainstream.
From hipsters to A-listers everyone was growing one, well minus a few resentful baby-faced individuals but apart from that, they were sprouting up from everywhere.
According to the new study from down under, the clean-cut man has become most favourable amongst a crowd of bearded faces. The science behind it reveals that rare traits are favoured amongst the opposite sex or so the rule of Negative Frequency Dependence would lead us to believe.
Attraction or distraction?
The increase and popularity of growing a beard has even lead to a surge in male grooming products, from beard moisturizers to trimmers and even conditioners and in some extreme cases people are forking out thousands of pounds on facial-hair transplants to be a part of the trendiness. Is this too extreme, do women really find big bushy beards attractive?
Are they not unhygienic, do they not harbour yesterday’s lunch and god only knows what else in all of their wisps and curls? Perhaps you too are puzzled as to how they have become such the babe magnet!
Beard-spotters have been very fashionable in recent years. However, fashion is a fickle game and trends do come and go so perhaps it is time for lads to reach for the razor. It used to be that designer stubble was sexy and desired by women, but things have come a long way since then. The five o’clock shadow has become a fully-fledged beard and are even considered attractive.
The beard was commonly associated with masculinity and manliness the bigger the beard the more macho you were, however now the beard has been adopted and the buzz surrounding beards, is actually the result of the sub-culture of people who’re actually sprouting them now.
A certain demographic commonly referred to as hipsters are the culprit for the infatuation of all things bearded. These urban bohemians tailored the way towards the beard craze making them trendy to have and redefining the beard by definition.
Be that as it may, there are many advantages to growing a hefty beard. Not only does a beard dramatically increase your wood-chopping capabilities but also: the stroking of ones beard has been proven to increase concentration and improve your cognitive ability, but most importantly your beard can filter the air you breathe from toxins, pollution and stray food.
Whatever your opinions are on the attractiveness of beards, you can’t argue that anyone that could grow one had one and wore it proud. But like most good things they all eventually come to an end and sadly the end is apparently now. If you aren’t quite ready to consign your beard to the barbershop floor then don’t, you won’t be the only one!
Arguably many would still argue that ‘the beard’ is still very much a sought-after quality and desired by many. If you still find beards attractive regardless of the new research, let us know in the comments section below.
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