April 25, 2014 11:47 AM

Will hairy faces jump the shark? Study rates attractiveness of men with beards

Just as millennials are beginning to get comfortable with this new follicle-based fad, science has to go and get in the way. In an Australian study published last week in the journal Biology Letters, researchers asked women to examine four types of photos — men with beards, clean-shaven men and men with light and heavy stubble — and rate their attractiveness. What they found was that, when beards were rare in the photos, women found them to be more attractive. When they were plentiful, the opposite was true.

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