Everyone loves a good beard. Whether it’s Santa, ZZ Top, or Abraham Lincoln (preferably the vampire slaying version), beards get you noticed. Even the beardless can appreciate a solid lumber-jack look. As an example, take my son (please). He’s 6, and is very much a lover of all things facial hair. Even his favorite Lego figures all have either a mustache or a beard. I’m lucky that he loved me before he knew who I really was. The average male beard grows 5.5 inches a year, or just under a ½ an inch per month. That means that I have begun early with what is sure to be a long list of let downs.
Consider the following a brief rundown of facial follicles from the facially-follically-challenged. (Say that 5 times fast!)
Who Should You Be Celebrating With?
Apparently, according to legend, those bearded men in your life are more likely to get compliments on the facial hair from other men. Especially, apparently, from dudes like myself (the clean-cut guys). My son, whom I hope inherited the chin-hair-gene from his mom’s dad, is currently among the kids who aren’t afraid to say “Hey mister, I like your beard” to a stranger.
Speaking of beards, as a facial accessory for those capable. According to a recently conducted survey, of 2000 singles, 68% of those surveyed would shave off their facial hair for love. That means, for those of you on the open market, you have a really good chance of finding out what the full-faced version of that favorite lumberjack actually is (and by lumberjack I mean local man-bun wearing hipster, unless you happen to be in actual lumberjack country). For those of you with hairy other-half’s, count your blessings when they get rid of the man-scruff at your request. We all know that once you bought the cow, the beard-capable usually want to try and enjoy it at least once every five years.
According to that same survey, 47% of clean shaven dudes would grow a beard for love. I’m mighty lucky that my other half didn’t require the beard test before we got married. While I’d love to grow a beard, especially if the other half asked, I’d be out of luck with the actual growing part.
Want to give the beard thing another try?
Winter is only a couple months away, and a great time to grow a beard. (If you’re allowed.) Attempted before, and failed miserably? Don’t worry. Simple things like changing your diet and reducing stress are great ways to start. Our friends over at Beardoholic have some other important suggestions. Give it a try and be sure to let us know the results!
Whether you are single, married, attached, or looking to change that current relationship status, take a minute to enjoy the bearded folks in your life today.
Happy National Beard Day everyone!
Do you or your significant other have a beard? We want to know in the comments!
A few months after hearing the phrase “baby A,” we embarked on a corporate roller coaster with the wife at the helm and myself making the transition from aspiring amateur cycling domestique to professional domestic do-gooder.