Heavy stubble makes you more attractive, says new research

April 29, 2013, 11:01 amYahoo!7

Stop shaving and in 10 days you'll be more attractive, masculine and a better dad, according to new research

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Step away from the razor, guys - new research has found that bearded men are perceived as more masculine, more attractive and better parents than their clean-shaven counterparts.

Researchers at the University of New South Wales' aptly-titled Sex Lab presented photographs of 10 smiling men, in various stages of beard growth to 177 heterosexual men and 351 women, 80 per cent of whom were of European descent.

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Study authors Barnaby Dixson and Robert Brooks discovered that the vast majority of women found the same man more attractive with a 10-day heavy beard than when he was freshly trimmed. Oddly enough, men sporting five day's worth of stubble were rated least attractive of all, while the full beard scored highest for potential parenting ability across both genders.

But don't throw out your razors and beard trimmers and go all James Harden just yet.

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The study authors concluded that although there was a direct correlation between perceived masculinity levels and amount of face-fuzz, women still prefer an intermediate level of beardedness.

“Facial hair correlates not only with maturity and masculinity, but also with dominance and aggression,” Dixson and Brooks wrote.

“Men, judging other men, might be sensitive to the overall level of masculine threat and aggression signaled through full beards. Women, by contrast, may balance…a competitive masculine partner against the costs of mating with a too-masculine partner.”

The full study was published in the journal Evolution & Human Behaviour

Your move: experiment with different lengths of facial hair and choose a level that works best with your features.

Related: How to care for your facial hair

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  1. agv11:53am Tuesday 30th April 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    My lab did this study! Barnaby and Rob are my supervisors - if you want to find out more about the stuff we do then 'like' our lab Facebook page - it's called "The Sex Lab at UNSW"

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  2. Julie02:35pm Monday 29th April 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Give me a clean shaven, clean skin (tattoo free) man any day!!!

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  3. michael01:40pm Monday 29th April 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    It's safe to assume that everything written on Yahoo is wrong.

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  4. Daggers01:34pm Monday 29th April 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    They are hideous. Short ones are so 1970s, and the current trend among AFL players is 1880s bushranger style. I say again, Hideous! Still better than tattoos though.

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  5. Jesse12:50pm Monday 29th April 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    A man who can grow a beard is the kinda man you want to be with because a man who has the patience to grow a beard, has the patience to deal with your #$%$

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  6. Allison12:49pm Monday 29th April 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Yuck have you ever tried kissing a guy with stubble! It looks like bum fluff!

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  7. JFW12:24pm Monday 29th April 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Highly educated people do this for a living ???? I am sure there are far more worthy studies to be considered before beards !

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