Canberra: Well, full beard is in fashion these days, and most women like men with full beard sexier. According to a new research women find men with full grown beard more attractive for long-term relationships, perhaps for women this is a signal of formidability among males and the potential to provide direct benefits, such as better fertility and survival, to females, the study said.
“Results showed a significant interaction between beardedness and masculinity on attractiveness ratings,” the study said.
For the study, Barnaby Dixson from University of Queensland in Australia and his colleagues used computer graphic manipulation to morph male faces varying in facial hair from clean-shaven, light stubble, heavy stubble, and full beards, with additional differences in brow ridge, cheekbones, jawline, and other features so that the same man appeared more or less masculine.
Stubble was judged as most attractive overall and received higher ratings for short-term relationships than full beards, which were more attractive for long-term relationships.
Extremely masculine and extremely feminine-looking males were least attractive, irrespective of relationship context, the study, published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, showed.
Sexual selection via female choice has shaped the evolution of male ornamentation in many species,” as told by the authors.
Research by Dixson and Brooks (2013) used similar procedures and recorded judgments by both men and women on the faces of men with varying degrees of facial hair. Women rated men with full beards as highest for perceived parenting ability and robustness. Amusingly, as facial hair increased women’s ratings of masculinity increased, too. Men however, liked found full beards as appealing as heavy stubble. Men also noted a greater perception of masculinity as facial hair increased.