Are men with beards sexier?

Are men with beards sexier?

We thought we'd do a little digging to see what the verdict is.

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Are men with beards sexier and are they better kissers? The answer may lie in actual science.

Conversations around the braai about whether men with beards are sexier are becoming more frequent, well, at least in the circles we move in.

Science, believe it or not, suggests that facial hair is loaded with social messages, and can play a significant role in a man’s love life.

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A curious mind found the topic so appealing they decided to conduct some research into it.

In 2016, researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia decided to explore male facial hair to determine what role, if any, beards play in sexual attractiveness, masculinity, and short- and long-term relationships.

They surveyed 8520 women and overall, the ladies were adamant that the sexiest men were those with stubble and lots of it, followed by short stubble. While the research found that men with full beards and clean-shaven men were rated the lowest on the overall sexiness scale.

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Martin asked listeners what they thought and this is what they had to say:

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