How hairy should a man be? Part 5

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

We thought we would examine the available styles and conduct some (highly unclinical) trials to find out just how hairy a man should be.

Part 5:
The full beard
The full beard really separates the men from the boys, and, if done properly, can create that distinguished look in a flash. A beard also hides a multitude of sins: if their were issues with acne, the less-than-perfect skin is covered. A weak jawline or a pointy chin can also be ‘corrected’ by wearing the right type of beard, creating an optical illusion of width and bulk where needed: Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale are perfect examples. A round face will be more suited to a short, round beard, while square faces should stick to a short, full one. A regular date with the clippers will keep that beard in line.

Ryan Gosling, hair, beard
Ryan Gosling filling out his pointy chin. Pointy chin or no, he still has something that keeps the ladies looking

Our panel said:
• I quite like a closely cropped beard. I don’t know if it’s to do with my father issues, though.
• I think a beard is scruffy and scratchy and slightly scary.

What do you think?

Missed Part 1: Clean cut and smooth as a baby’s butt

Missed Part 2: The seven-days-a-week five o’clock shadow

Missed Part 3: The goatee

Missed Part 4: The mustache

Written by

Mum-of-two by day and beauty writer by night, Ané Theron is also a qualified scuba diving instructor, personal trainer and nutritionist.

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  1. Maddy

    Nopes don’t like beard , No No No

    5 years ago •

  1. Sam

    I don’t like beards at all. They make you itch.

    5 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I like a smooth face man. Well a bit of stubble isn’t bad. :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    No thank you, I will be looking out for left over food!

    5 years ago •

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