Do Women Like Beards? The Best Beard Styles for Men

You’ve spent months growing out your facial hair. It’s gotten just where you need it to, thanks to all of your patience, skill, and big growth energy. Despite the effort, though, not everyone is going to be too into your stubble, scruff, or face tresses.

When beards are good, they’re great. Seriously, ask Alex Trebek or Paul Rudd. But when beards are bad, they’re unflattering and irritating. And if your partner hates your facial hair, you probably haven’t heard the end of it.

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Based on PrimandPrep.com’s survey of 334 women ages 18 t0 44, it turns out that women like some very specific styles. From clean shaven to full beard, there were plenty of different opinions on which facial hair was the most attractive.

Luckily, these results have a bit of a margin of error. Not all people are attractive to or attracted to exclusively women. Also, just because a partner approves doesn’t necessarily mean you need to grab the razor. It is your face, after all. Either way, in case you’re curious, these were the group’s picks for the best beards.

Most Attractive Facial Hair


These four styles were the most attractive out of the seven styles considered. They beat out the goatee, the mustache, and in last place, the circle beard, which only 16 percent of the total population found at all attractive.

1. Short Stubble


For 38 percent of women surveyed between ages 25 to 34, this was the most attractive. 24 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds found this the most attractive and 18 percent of 35 to 44-year-olds agreed. Apparently, women appreciate that subtle five o’clock shadow.

2. Clean Shaven


Though 38 percent of women ages 18 to 24 found this the most attractive style, it was brought down to the second spot because of smaller percentages of approval from the younger groups. No facial hair? No problem, at least for younger women.

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3. Long Stubble


And for some women, a little bit of an overgrown, scruffy look is also attractive. Though only five percent of women 18 to 24 found this attractive, 21 percent of the mid-age group and 33 percent of the older group approved.

4. Full Beard


Looks like you can go full throttle with the beard if 17 percent of 18 to 24-year-old women have a say. 15 percent of the middle group agreed, but an overwhelming 33 percent of the oldest group approved of the long beard look.

Looking to do a little trimming? You’ve got options – and the right products never hurt. These are our faves if you’re going to do her a favor and give it a trim.

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