Ladies, let’s be honest, we all have gone through the phase of being attracted to bearded or scruffy men, and some of us may still love it. The trend for men to embrace their facial hair has grown to new lengths this past year. What started as a singular month dedicated to not shaving — AKA No Shave November — has turned into a fashionable trend that seems to be circulating with urban men.
The thing about beards is that even though they add a few years, they have become highly stylized and categorized.
The market around beards that now exists is fuller than ever. It revolves around beard-grooming kits, beard oils, and a beard blogging trend.
Despite the popularity of beards nowadays, it appears that this hairy trend will soon see its end. Did you hear that, male readers? According to research conducted at the University of New South Wales, the highest point of the popularity of beardhood has been reached. Robert Brooks, the top researcher declared, “We may well be at peak beard.” The research consisted of asking females of all sexual orientation to identify their preference for a bearded versus clean-shaven face.
What the beard implies now more than ever, is not so much style (because lets face it, when everyone is growing one, the individual is no longer unique or fashionable) but an implied attitude of laid backness that may imply unemployment, while, a clean-shaven man in a suit implies the opposite.
Whatever may happen to this trend, women’s opinions do seem to influence the way it is evolving. Oftentimes, it is claimed that a beard makes a man look more mature, even though an unkempt beard makes him look unprofessional at times.
I’m sure people will disagree, but just as any other trend, the beard trend will fade out slowly, and then most likely make a return in a decade or so. I have spoken to women who either loved or hated the beards. But, look around ladies, the beards are now abundant, inescapable, and have lost of all their uniqueness.