As I type this article, all that is ringing in my head is Jidenna’s Classic Man song.
Have you noticed that one in three men is wearing a full beard? Yeah, the bearded look which was worn by mostly hipsters back in the day, is trending now. Think of 5 male celebrities you know, there is a high chance that three out of them has a full beard. Bye bye to the clean shave, I’m sure a lot of guys feel so relieved with the stress of maintaining a clean shave. Hollup! Having a beard even takes more time and energy and possibly money to groom. Take a walk down the street these days and you’ll be confronted with all sizes and shapes of groomed (and less groomed) facial hair – from waxed and intricately carved moustaches and beards to all-in-your-Face hipster beards. Here in Saudi Arabia, it’s the reverse. Beard everywhere you turn and a handful of clean shaves. My hubby wears one too and I so love it on him.
Research back then proved that men who grew their beard appealed more to women, even the shabby little grown ones. But recently, when men were asked why they are growing the beard, the expectant answer which is to get hitched to a lady was far from it.
In the actual sense, men grow beards these days to compete among themselves as men. Research on beards and voices shows that beards probably evolved at least partly to help men boost their standing among other men. You can easily pick out a guy with beard among other guys because he exudes masculinity, strength and confidence. It’s believed that men subconsciously use their ability to grow facial hair as a way to reassert their masculinity.
The beard has been used as a symbol for masculinity for centuries; from the verb ‘to beard’ being defined as ‘to oppose boldly’, to the British sign language gesture for ‘male’ or ‘manly’ being the gentle stroking of imaginary facial hair.
Some men believe it is fashionable. Here’s what a man said about his:
“…. as men there’s not a lot that we can do to change up our look. A nice beard is a great way to stand out; it’s like a dope jacket.”
The trend, which for many has turned into more of a lifestyle choice than a fashion accessory, has put a demand on grooming shops.
Women have different views about their men growing a beard. While some people like me don’t mind it on a partner, some women can’t stand it. Here’s what a lady said: “Really long beards just totally turn me off. I don’t find them attractive. Short, scruffy beards are sexy to look at, but kissing a man with one destroys my skin! It’s so bittersweet.” Men have to take factors like that into account when switching up their looks”.
Is the beard for everyone?
- No, definitely.
- If you have an mkpuru-ose hair texture (very curly,coiled and tangled), don’t think about it.
- If you can’t keep up with the beard oil, wax etc to keep it lush, you might need to rethink.
- If you work in an environment where it isn’t allowed, you can’t.
- If you just don’t like the idea of wearing one, it’s a free world. You shouldn’t .
But if you want to give it a try, it’s worth the shot. Atleast to change your look. Can you believe James Harden’s look before the beard? I had to use his as an example cos I think his beard is the Mufasa of all beards in this new age.
So it’s up to you to grow a beard. One rule that doesn’t support growing a beard:
You heard him! ???
So guys, what do you think of the beard trend? Do you agree with the above research?
If you have one, what’s your reason for growing yours?
Ladies, what do you or do you not like about it?
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