Looks like it's time to let your man embrace the fuzz and pack away the grooming tools.
A study by the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, titled The Masculinity Paradox, has given hairy humans a sense of validity for their often questionable facial hair.
The study asked 8,520 women to rate men, both with and without facial hair, on a basis of ‘relationship longevity’.
Of the 8,520 women quizzed on their preferences, every last one of them preferred their men unshaven. A pretty resounding victory for facial hair.
“Male‐typical facial features such as a pronounced brow ridge and a more robust jawline may signal underlying health, whereas beards may signal men’s age and masculine social dominance.”
“However, masculine faces are judged as more attractive for short‐term relationships over less masculine faces, whereas beards are judged as more attractive than clean‐shaven faces for long‐term relationships.”
“Our findings suggest that beardedness may be attractive when judging long‐term relationships as a signal of intrasexual formidability and the potential to provide direct benefits to females.”