Why do men grow beards?
According to a survey conducted on behalf of a beard care company Honest amish, men feel more confident with beards. In fact, the survey showed that one in five men would stop making love for a year to achieve the perfect beard. This poll could be spot on. Any scrolling through your social media photos can show you that men’s facial hair is inside.
Even if most men won’t give up sex for a perfect beard, that doesn’t mean the vast majority of them don’t want male facial hair. For men, their facial hair is similar to how women feel about their hair, weight, skin, or “body assets.” A beard can make or break a man’s self-esteem.
It’s interesting how a little facial hair can change a man self-opinion.
What science says about men with beards
Psychologists explored this phenomenon and explained why beards are such an important part of a man’s image. Read on to find out what they discovered.
1 – Having a beard is a sign of manhood (at least for many men).
Society may be modern, but the importance of manhood (in the minds of many men at least) hasn’t changed much over the centuries. Men are territorial creatures who want to assert their dominance over their dominions, and for some, the beard is a symbol of that dominance. It gives them strength and conviction, almost like a soldier’s armor.
Darwin suggested that beards were used to intimidate other male enemies in ancient times. It indicated power, strength, social status, or even wealth. These days, a beard may not equal all of that, but it gives the appearance of all of that, which is what is important.
It makes sense that the presence of a beard makes a man feel more manly. After all, facial hair is a side effect of testosterone, the male hormone. This hormone is responsible for many male functions in the body, such as building muscles, developing sperm, and healthy erections. Scientifically speaking, a beard is really an indicator of masculinity. This is precisely the reason why women do not usually have facial hair unless they have a testosterone imbalance.
A social side effect of beards and masculinity is that people view bearded men as more aggressive than bearless men. There are many studies that show this. In fact, in a study conducted by researchers from the University of New England and the University of Queensland, it was shown that people could recognize the anger of a bearded man faster than they recognized his happiness.
It seems that society sometimes associates masculinity with aggression.
However, appearances are deceiving.
Although having a beard can make men feel more manly and dominant, it doesn’t necessarily make them more aggressive, even if they appear that way. According to Mark Travers, Ph.D., psychologist and writer, beards have a duality. They may have a more commanding presence, but adding a smile can soften this, making them appear more trustworthy, helpful, and friendly than someone without facial hair.
Based on all these findings, it should come as no surprise that men feel more manly when they have beards. They are also treated by society as being more manly, which can influence how men feel about their beards on a subconscious level.
2 – Women seem to be more attracted to men with beards.
One big reason that men can feel more attractive with a beard is that… well… they are! Many studies have shown that women like men with beards. Men may feel more masculine and powerful with beards, but women see them that way too. A beard is almost like the perfect replacement for a pick line.
The beard is in fashion, but it is not just a fashion statement. There may be an evolutionary purpose behind the beard. On the one hand, beards are unique to the human man. There are many animals whose bodies are completely covered in hair, but none of them grow hair on their faces like humans. Apes and monkeys get close, but the hair around the face is attributed to body hair, not facial hair.
Darwin suggested that for human men, growing a beard began as a ornamental feature to attract the other gender. It is like when animals grow certain colors of feathers or develop certain sounds to attract a mate. Since prehistoric women were more attracted to bearded couples (as they are now), prehistoric men were more successful in procreating.
This success likely trickled down from generation to generation, turning into self-confidence at some point. It is no secret that women love a confident man, which increases the attractiveness of the man.
If you are a man, or you know a man who wants to attract more women, growing a beard is a great suggestion. Of course, keep it neat for maximum benefit.
3 – A beard can mask features that a man does not like about himself.
For men, facial hair can be what makeup is for a woman. It can be used to hide things like acne, scars, chubby cheeks, discolorations, or anything else that a man doesn’t like about his skin. They can go as far as connecting your beards to sideburns for maximum coverage.
Being able to hide the parts that you don’t like will increase your self-confidence and make you feel more attractive. However, it doesn’t stop there. Beards can also work in a similar way to cosmetic surgery minus surgery.
If men keep their beard neat, especially by a professional barber, it can be used to frame the face, enhance the eyes, and even reshape the face to a more attractive shape. When a person has this level of control over their appearance, it is no wonder they feel extremely attractive.
4 – In some religions, cutting the beard is a sin.
At first it may seem that religion has nothing to do with making a man feel attractive, but if you need proof, just attend any religious service in the world. Religious men are some of the safest men you will meet. Their spirituality elevates them in a way that allows things to flow without affecting their self-esteem. They put it in the hands of the higher power they believe in, and they strut with the confidence of royalty.
In many religions, facial hair is sacred, so men (and women) don’t cut it off. A man with a clean-shaven face can be rejected in their communities, which affects his level of confidence. After all, the thought of losing favor with the divine can cause great anxiety.
In the religious world, sin can strip a man of his position or authority. Loss of this kind of power can take a toll on a man’s self-confidence. Therefore, it is safe to say that a man’s beard contributes to his success and confidence in religion in these religions.
This leads him to be more attractive to women in religion. Women are naturally attracted to successful, confident men with power. The fact that the power is spiritual does not make it any less attractive than other types of power.
5 – Men with beards are often considered more competent, especially as the head of the family.
This concept is purely an opinion and is not necessarily true. Facial hair doesn’t make someone a better man than a clean-shaven man. However, perception is often everything when it comes to certain situations. Two examples are when a man is looking for work or when a woman is looking for someone to settle down with.
A man with a beard can be treated differently from a clean-shaven man, even by family and friends. The beard gives the perception of intelligence, confidence, robustness, strength and superiority. Who wouldn’t love the way they are treated when people constantly put them on a pedestal?
Most men wouldn’t let this treatment get to their heads (unfortunately, there are always some narcissists out there), but it can give their confidence a significant boost and make them feel more attractive.
A beard is just facial hair that may or may not have a neat shape. However, for men, it is like a superpower. It seems to increase your masculinity, strength, success, confidence and attractiveness.
Many of the benefits of having a beard actually come from society’s views on bearded men and how society treats men. That means it is not the beard itself, but the way people react to it. Perhaps one day, opinions about having a beard will change, and they will go out of style. However, today is not that day.
This does not mean that every man should run off and grow a beard. This article was only intended to shed some light on how facial hair growth can make a man feel. by clean shaven men, hope is not lost. Most women love clean-shaven men just as much as men with beards. Clean-shaven men are also successful, powerful, and attractive.
The beard is just an icon, not a determining factor in a person’s life. However, it is fashionable right now, just as it has been in the past. That trend probably won’t go away anytime soon, so bearded men will continue to feel incredibly attractive and on top of the world.