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Is this the end of the road for the beard?

April 25th 2014 / Ayesha Muttucumaru Google+ Ayesha Muttucumaru / 2 comments


Study reveals that facial hair is out, as we reach ‘peak beard’ levels

Just like the mullets and sideburns of years gone by, has the beard followed the fate of other passing trends and finally run its course? According to a new study from the University of NSW, it looks like facial hair is out and clean-shaven skin is in.

In a phenomenon dubbed, ‘peak beard,’ the study reveals that as beards become more popular, they have actually got less attractive. Assessing the preferences of 1,453 bisexual or heterosexual women on 213 heterosexual men, the more pictures of men with beards that participants were shown, the lower their rating and appeal became.

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Proof that this summer it won’t just be women who’ll be honing their hair removal skills, it looks like the guys might be giving us a run for our money in the shaving stakes.

However, there is a ray of hope for the facial fuzz fanatics among us, as the trend also rang true with non-bearded men - when participants were confronted by a succession of hairless wonders, they found them progressively less attractive.

Much like the stubble that returns a few hours after shaving, this beard-loving Get The Gloss writer has her fingers crossed that this trend will be back with a vengence very soon.

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  • Vickie
  • August 24th 2016

Thanks for the information...

  • Rodney
  • October 29th 2015

I partially agree! Beards are the contemporary part of the history and deals with a great royalty. Its been said that having a beard or a moustache is a sign of a real men. There have been a huge difference in the styling of facial hairs whether it is a beard or a moustache. Beard growth now considered as a fashion statement among men. A trendy look gives a smart and a very enthusiastic look to particulars having a good growth of facial hairs. Variety of products are available in the market as well as on online stores, like beard oils, creams, sprays. I love my beard and for grooming it I choose Beardilizer as the finest product. Its going to go a long way.

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