In 2015, Mashable published an article titled "Sorry guys, beards are over," declaring an end to the "hipster beard." While the article rankled readers with facial hair, no beard annihilation officially took place. Whether or not there was a dip in the popularity of facial hair on men, beards are seemingly experiencing a resurgence with sports players dominating the social media scene and an entire men's grooming industry replete with beard oils and shampoos to nurture it.
You may be feeling yourself with a face full of hair, but what about the person who has signed up to kiss your lips on the daily? Have you considered your significant other's opinion? The Journal of Evolutionary Biology published a thorough study of 8,520 women's reactions to men with beards for their long-term attractiveness. "Overall, the women said the sexiest men were those sporting heavy stubble, followed by short stubble. Men with full beards and clean-shaven men were rated the lowest on the overall sexiness scale," reported The New York Times. But when the test subjects were asked who they'd want to marry and make babies with, the guys with tons of facial hair got the highest votes.
We conducted a less scientific office survey, asking women if they had any specific thoughts or feelings about their significant other's beards. And boy, did they have things to say.