Have you ever thought about the image you're projecting to the world as a bearded man? What do people think when they see you? Before beards became a hipster trend, people were wary of bearded men - and that's even true in some cultures today. However, studies have shown that bearded men are more compassionate and gentler than clean-shaven men. Let's explore some of the signals you're sending out as a bearded man.
Experts show that compared to clean shaved men, people have a tendency to view bearded men as more masculine. In fact, we know that beards grow due to excess of testosterone, and that is a sign of masculinity. Researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia found that men with heavy stubbles are deemed more attractive and masculine.
A well-kept and proper beard sends the message that you are not only immaculate but also very professional. Bearded men are perceived as artistic and out of the box thinkers. So, if you have any interviews scheduled and you think you should shave, think again. Just make sure your beard is trim, and no hair is out of place. Your beard will send out an image of professionalism.
Even if you're in your early twenties, fresh out of college, I can assure you that your beard will help you look older than your age and let's face it - that comes in handy sometimes. Your beard will not only add a few extra years to your looks, but it will also give the image that you have a lot of experience. People are more likely to listen to a man of experience than a rookie. A beard gives you more credibility and substance. It makes people take you more seriously. It gives you a built-in authority that you can use to help negotiate your next raise!
We have all heard the rumor that clean-shaved men are cleaner than their bearded bros, but that’s not true. On the contrary, bearded men are a lot cleaner since they spend more time taking care and grooming their facial hair on a daily basis. It takes a lot to maintain that beard!
We've only talked about how others view you so far but what about your own self-perception? When you wear your beard proudly, you will definitely have a boost in confidence, which will translate into your way of being. An elaborate study proved that men who wear long, thick beards thought of themselves as more masculine than when they used to shave (because once you go beard, you never go back!). Facial hair changed their perspective about themselves. Think about how this will have a positive impact on your image and how people perceive you!