Stubble to Shaven: Which Facial Hair Style is the Sexiest?

Kristin Hall, FNP
Medically reviewed by Kristin Hall, FNP Written by Our Editorial Team Last updated 5/19/2020

No matter where you live, fall is the time to pull out your worn-in flannels and head to a pumpkin patch or apple orchard for the experience—and the Instagram content. For many men, fall means it’s time to let your beard grow out, too.

The Movember Foundation and No-Shave November are two well-known non-profits that encourage facial hair growth in November. Movember’s mission is to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.

They encourage participants to grow a mo (a mustache) and get involved in other Movember community events to spread the mission to other men. Similarly, No-Shave November aims to raise cancer awareness by inviting participants to grow their hair—facial or otherwise—for the entire month and donate their grooming expenses to the cause.

Not only are both organizations fighting for noble causes, but they are also giving men an added benefit that’s backed up by research: men and women find men with facial hair more attractive.

How Facial Hair Can Improve Your Sex Life

If you’re a single male, research from the Journal of Evolutionary Biology shows that your facial hair (or lack thereof) impacts the odds of you attracting a short-term relationship or a long-term partner.

In the study, researchers asked 8,520 women to rate the attractiveness of men with varying levels of facial hair. The result? Beardedness plays a large role in a man’s perceived sex appeal and masculinity.

The majority of women in the study perceived men with stubble as the sexiest and fun—great news for whiskered men who are still playing the field.

Do you look like you could chop wood and build a cabin? Are you also feeling ready for marriage and children? Great, because the results also show that, when it comes to long-term relationships, women prefer men with full beards.

The reasoning goes back to our primal instincts: women view men with beards as more mature, manly, aggressive, and most likely to be industrious enough to provide for a family and defend against predators.

While this study didn’t call out mustaches specifically, a recent study from the dating site Plenty of Fish explored what single women thought of men with ‘staches and the results were positive! While the mouth brow sometimes gets a bad rap (unless you’re Tom Selleck), single women find Movember mustaches attractive.

Women find men who embrace the charitable mission behind Movember that much sexier.

Beard Breakdown: Which Facial Hair Style is Sexiest?

Charity or no charity, we created this handy visual to help you remember what science has taught us about how your facial hair can lead to more flings or a rock-solid relationship.

Not Feeling Particularly Hairy or Sexy? Hims Can Help

While hims’s hair products can’t help you grow a bushy ‘stache or a full beard that would make Paul Bunyan blush, hims offers a full line of hair loss treatments to help with the hair on your head in case you’re feeling a little thin and less-than-confident.

Our Biotin Gummies can help with overall hair and nail strength, so add them to your vitamin routine for good measure.

If you have the stubble covered but need a boost in the bedroom, hims also offers sildenafil for erectile dysfunction.

Performance anxiety and ED are very real, common, and treatable things men suffer from, but hims makes it easy to put those worries to bed so you can get back to having fun in yours.

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.