Should You Shave Your Beard for a Relationship?

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Paul Rudd. Jason Momoa. Alex Trebek. They’ve all been examples of just how powerful a good beard can be.

But for Trebek, there was something even more powerful. Well, someone. His wife, Jean.

The legendary game show host recently announced on an episode of Jeopardy! that he’d given up his brief flirtation with facial hair because his wife Jean prefers for him to remain “clean-shaven.”

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Twitter users were extremely saddened by the loss of the salt-and-pepper scruff.

It begs the question of whether you’d do the same thing: would you shave your facial hair for a significant other? How far would you go for love?

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In the past, other celebrities have spoken out about their significant others’ disdain for their beard, including soccer superstar David Beckham.

“I was in Miami and Victoria actually saw the picture [of the beard] and was like, ‘There’s no way I’m kissing you unless you shave that off,'” Beckham told James Corden in 2015. Beckham said he gave it a trim for his wife’s sake – but it’s not like he stopped production on his very own line of grooming products.

For many people, beards are a sign of their own personal style, a way they express themselves. They represent aesthetic preferences – even if not all of those are attractive when it comes to dating. For some, beards help improve confidence and for others, a beard represents a crucial element of their religious or cultural identity..

As important as maintaining one’s own sense of self is, it’s also a good idea to listen to your partner and hear them out. Is your beard possibly scratching them? Does it maybe need a little extra love and care? What’s the reasoning? Is there a way to compromise?

A good beard is powerful. Your partner might also be pretty powerful, too. The most powerful thing of all, though, is communication. Who knows? You just might end up reaching for the razor.

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