The Scientific Reason Women Like Men With Beards

Straight women seem to find men with beards more attractive than clean-shaven men, and there is now a study to prove it. If you're one of them, you probably cheer when no-shave November comes around. 

2016 study published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology found that heterosexual women seeking a long-term relationship prefer men with full beards. The study included 8,520 straight women who were shown photos of 16 different men in four different stages of facial hair growth: cleanly shaven, five days without shaving, 10 days without shaving, and four weeks without shaving. The women then rated the men on how attractive they were in general, how attractive they were for short-term relationships, and how attractive they were for long-term relationships. 

The cleanly-shaven dudes came in last in overall attractiveness, with the full beards in third, the five-day stubble in second, and the 10-day stubble in first place. However, women found the men with full beards the most attractive for long-term relationships.  

Masculine vs feminine features

Another part of the study looked at how attracted women were to feminine and masculine versions of the same men. The researchers had the men's features altered to look more masculine or more feminine and surveyed the female participants. The results were that the women found the men in the middle more attractive. However, this could be because some of the participants like men with feminine features and some like men with masculine features, making the survey results fall in the middle — it's not necessarily because the women found the men in between feminine and masculine the most attractive.

The researchers learned that men with stubble and beards hide some of those masculine and feminine features, meaning that it didn't matter whether they had the features the women preferred if they were hidden by a beard. The women were just more attracted to men with beards. It's science!