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Ten Reasons Why You Should Grow a Beard

Updated on March 9, 2014

Many years ago, a man wondering around with a bald face was considered inferior and suffering from a tragic disease.

Facial hair was part of being “the man” as it represented strength, power and glory for every man.But as the years went by, the amount of facial hair became thinner and shorter. Today, in the 21st century, most men walk around with bald faces with the misconception that having a hairless face is an attractive feature for women. The truth is the majority of women will always find a bearded man more attractive than a bald faced guy even though some of these women complain that beards give them itchy faces when the guy is being affectionate or they feel they’re dating their grandfather. The main secret is generally having grooming manners in preserving a beard that will make women run to you not away from you. However, having a beard is not just for attracting the opposite sex. There are lots of benefits of having a beard and here are some of those benefits.

10. It’s Weatherproof!

Yes, for biological reasons, having a beard is brilliant for all types of weather and seasons. In hot seasons, it helps the face perspire more by generating more moisture for the skin, there by preventing you from having those horrible black spots or green spots in some people. In cold seasons, it helps heat your face up so you don’t constantly have a frozen face. In fact men with beards are less likely to catch flu than men without beards.

9. Shows You Are Mature and Healthy

A beard symbolizes maturity and great physical health. A woman is more likely to pay attention to you because for some reason the beard gives her the impression that you are strong, you are intelligent and you can make healthy babies. It also indicates that you are a man with strong virtues; you are a figure of hope and happiness.

8. Authority & Respect are yours

Have you ever noticed that the majority of men in authority have beards? Check out your local men in authority such as police chief, doctor, firefighter, builders, etc. Most politicians, army generals, even some rock stars/movie actors that have beards are usually more reverenced and respected than those without beards. A beard makes you look more of a leadership material and it portrays and commands an action of respect.

7. You are more powerful and stronger than a bald face guy.

Not many people know this, but the more hair you have in general, the stronger you are physically. This is because your hair follicles contain a chemical called Biotin which is responsible for increased levels of stamina. When you chop them off, you decrease your strength levels. This was one of the reasons why in biblical times, men were never allowed to cut their hair or shave their beard.

6. You live longer.

Okay don’t go off on me on this one. Scientific research done by the University of Massachusetts Amherst concluded that bearded men are more likely to outlive their non bearded counterparts purely because bearded men have a higher level of immunity against harmful bacteria and viruses. The study consisted of twelve men, six bearded men and six bald face men, all of which had physical injuries and infections on them. After monitoring them for several months, it turns out that the bearded men healed a lot faster than the non bearded men. Two out of the non bearded men decided to not shave and discovered that their healing speed increased dramatically. You are also generally happier and content with life.

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5. You are more loyal and faithful to your spouse

I can see the expression on your face as you read that. H-U-H?! But hold your horses, let me break it down to you. Remember reason number 9 when I said you are more mature? Well again scientific studies have shown that maturity goes hand in hand with loyalty and faithfulness. As a bearded man not only do you command respect, you take your position in life more seriously and therefore that gives you a better chance of rejecting an extra marital affair. Again it’s down to the chemical Biotin that is responsible for your strength not only physically but emotionally and mentally as well.

4. You deal with stress a lot better

Since you possess a higher level of strength, maturity and vigour, this gives you an edge over those that chop this source of power out of their face. We all know (or if you didn’t know) that middle aged men are more likely to commit suicide than any other group of people and on those that do decided to end their life, only a very few of them are bearded men.

3. It’s cheaper than shaving.

Forget Biology, now let’s get down to figures. Men who shave spend an average of $150 more a month on shaving products than bearded men. Bearded men only need to keep the beard clean and that does not require any shaving stuff at all.

2. You’re a saver, not a spender.

Yes, this is super true. Go into any department store or mall or anyplace where you will spend money. How many bearded people are you likely to see versus non bearded folks? Market research shows that one out of every 10 guys that goes to these places has a beard. That’s like 90 percent of non bearded guys throwing their money buying useless gadgets and whatever their partners and children want. Worse off, it’s all on credits cards which they will struggle to pay back. As a bearded man, you have the advantage of escaping that hole of debt that has engulfed pretty much everybody.

1. You make more money than the rest.

Now this is no brainer. We all know men in general make more money but if you are a bearded man, you are more than likely to get a promotion and hold the position of CEO or any high authority. A bearded man shows trustworthiness, assertiveness, able to take command of any situation, able to bring to the table new ideas, new ways of doing business. So if you know of a successful guy (I know some successful guys have no beards but most of them did have one once upon a time), the trick to their success was not working hard. It was simply having a beard and they understood the power of the beard.


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      5 years ago

      I have had a beard for 40 years, since age 20 (I'm 60). I have a beard because I like it and because it hides certain features on the jaw that are better hidden (skintags etc.). But I wouldn't shave it. In fact I've let it grow more recently. My head hair is black, but beard is going white. I like that too. 'Wisdom hair' in the beard...! It betokens age and wisdom but I prefer my head hair to remain full and dark as my dad's was til the day he died. no baldness there! I wouldn't like a 'religious' beard. Too much hair, unbalances the face. But the beards in this article are mostly OK. IMHO beards are what really set men apart from women, facial hair. Not muscles. Women with muscles look much better for me than men with muscles. I would date (if I were younger) a muscular but feminine woman any day. I like the sort of androgynous strength with beauty look. But a woman with a beard, like that ridiculous Austrian woman recently. Forget it. Men and beards, beards are uniquely masculine, for men only. We should be proud of them. I hate inst/ons like the British Army or other Western Armies (not Israel or Moslem countries exc. Turkey) where soldiers must be clean shaven. Nonsense! A well kept beard never prevented a Warrior dong his duty... We need more Bearded Warriors to accompany strong muscular Women-what a combination!

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      JC Beard 

      5 years ago

      I have had my beard for 45 years, inheirited my mothers small chin. This for some reason always attracted gays and I am definitely not. Adding my beard solved this problem and added to self esteem, it seems so natural. Now that mine has turned quite gray, even though my head hair hasn't, I use mens beard dye once a week (five minute task) and rinse in the shower. I have experienced all of the ten reasons listed in the article and have to add that our Messiah and his deciples all had beards and it was a great shame to be barefaced,...........yep, the good Lord gave it to you, so enjoy! (Oh yes, I also found in my younger years that the girls loved to go through the brush to get to a picnic :) )

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      5 years ago

      Keep meaning to grow one, I could quite easily as I have a thick growth and have sometimes not shaved for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks when it is coming on great, I get nervous, uncomfortable and take the darn thing off which usually takes about 4 razor blades to do so. I need a little support but I don't get it. Usually the remarks are "you look at least 5 years older" I am 68 and admittedly don't want to look like 73. My beard if I did grow one would be white or a bit grey as it would also be thick too. Anyway I just shave once a week now and even with that people think I have quite a lot of facial hair although not a full beard. I might one day "take the plunge" and go for it and not shave for a year or even ever again.

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      Susie Lehto 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      I like breads on men. On some a bread looks perfect.

      Really, it should be a personal choice to have a bread or not.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Aneegma, I can't see my hubby with a beard, mustache yes, he looked like Clark Gable. I don't care for beards.

      Voted up, UFABI and shared.

      Blessings and Hugs


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      Jasmine S 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks jacharless! I'm no fan of the bushy beard either. As long as its neat and trimmed I'm good with that. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Charles James 

      5 years ago from Between New York and London

      Great piece.

      Have had a beard nearly all my life. True, my is closely trimmed, as I do not prefer the bushy style. But, I agree about the health, business and attraction elements. All three have happened to me, and continue to happen!

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i find men with beard look like a criminal, prefer shaved men, looks sexy

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      5 years ago

      I've always found men who have clean beards more appealing than bald faced guys. Good points you got there.

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      5 years ago

      Nicely done, Chris. The slide show is very cool to watch as you placed yoeulrsf in the same location for each shot. Next Movember baby I only have a 6 week window as my spouse laughs at me whenever she sees me with facial hair. I'm not forbidden, just humiliated. You must be at the stage where you are pulling at it all the time, like it might grow quicker.

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      JP Carlos 

      6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      These are fascinating reasons to grow facial hair. But this is not for me. I think I lack enough hormones LOL

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      Jasmine S 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you eightmile and welcome to hubpages! Looking forward to seeing some great hubs from you!

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      6 years ago

      I think the top 10 list is interesting and in keeping to the most obvious but there is also another set of reasons that have historically been true though not mentioned at all in the list.

      11.Men have often used facial hair not just beards to hide something.

      12.Men can be very passive aggressive in US society and a beard seem "manly" while acting effeminate which has been part of fashion for the past 10 years.

      13.Bearded Men have also been part of homosexual fashion and also stereotype but today it seems more part of mainstream fashion than anything else.

      13.The US war in Iraq and then Afghanistan for the past 11 years and the economy have also prompted a passive aggressive tone in how many men have grown beards, how their dress has become more relaxed and disheveled and yet how they have become more effeminate at the same time.

      Feeling disempowered can cause someone to overcompensate in one way while diminishing in other ways.

      These are all observations and based on the 1960s free spirited, long hair and beard period which prompted a fashion revolution but Men then did had the "draft". Today, the struggle is complacency and cynicism which is passive aggressive.

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      Julie Provost 

      6 years ago from Tennessee

      I love it when my husband has a beard. He looks so sexy!

    • Aneegma profile imageAUTHOR

      Jasmine S 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hi Graham

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. You say you've had a beard for 50 years. Are you sure you're not Santa?? (LOL)

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      Graham Lee 

      6 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Aneegma. A really interesting hub. I have had a beard for almost 50 years. I think you are correct in many ways. I am aware that people seek my opinion more naturally and people do tend to trust me more easily. Well done.


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      Jasmine S 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Jane suddenly I have a picture in my head of your husband looking like a younger Gandalf LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

      Hey Jodah, Can you believe I'm only seeing your comment now. Bad kitty me! Thank you though!

      And Thanks to you other folks too!

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      6 years ago from California

      Great topic. My husband refuses to because his hair is brown but his beard is grey!

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub aneegma, but then I am biased. I have a Voted up.

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      6 years ago

      Well said.... :)

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      6 years ago

      Just my opinion, I totally prefer men without beards. Many men with beards appear to be unkempt to me.

      Oh well….to each his own.

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      6 years ago from U.S.A.

      Yes, well done indeed! Beards need as much support as they can get. People forget that beards are natural and shaving is not..

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      7 years ago

      On behalf of bearded men, I thank you for this.


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