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Why Women Prefer To Date A Clean-Shaven Man Over A Bearded One

Some girls like facial hair, some don't. We compile the latter's take on the matter.
by Mary Rose A. Hogaza | Feb 16, 2016
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We know you'd much rather throw that razor away and grow the moustache and beard you've always wanted. Unfortunately, your girlfriend (or wife), girl best friend, mom, and titas have something to say when it comes to you growing your facial hair: "Please shave, you look like a Neanderthal."

Worse, even science agrees.

A study reported in the journal Behavorial Ecology in 2011 asked 200 women to rate pictures of the same men with and without a beard. The researchers found that a smooth face is more attractive.

Does this still hold true five years later? We asked a few female friends to enlighten us on this hairy issue. The results of our mini-survey below...

1) Hair adds to a man's age

Facial hair can make a man look way older, whether it's just a little stubble or a full-on beard.

Stephanie, a registered nurse, says clean-shaven guys definitely look younger and fresher.

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"I don't like guys with a beard because it can kind of feel like I'm dating my uncle," she says.

Kelee, a high school teacher in Caloocan, agrees.

She shares, "I met someone through social media. He asked me to go on a date. Since I was single, I entertained him and asked him to send some photos. I quickly assumed he was thirty-something, but in reality, he was actually just 22 years old at the time. He showed clean-shaven on our date. That's when I realized his facial hair made him look older."

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2) Facial hair obscures other features of your face

How can a woman appreciate your face if it's covered by a jowl jacket? It's like she doesn't know you anymore.

Roni, a college student from Manila, has this to say: "Sometimes, I look at my boyfriend's Facebook account to find photos where he looks totally beard-free and malinis. But I'm out of luck. It looks like he has lived all his life with it. I'm super curious what he'd look without the beard though. I'd be impressed if he ever removes it."


3) Shaving = good impression

A clean-shaven guy might just make a better first impression. 

"Even if the other girls would deny it, I'm 100 percent sure that they also judge a man they just met through their physical appearance," reveals Alisa, a flight attendant. "So guys must really look pleasant during first meeting. Kahit pa kakatubong balbas lang 'yan, I easily get turned off kasi ang dugyot tignan."

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Likewise, Marjorie, a writer for Men's Health Philippines, observes: "Mas neat and pleasant tingnan 'yung mga clean-shaven guys. Sure, may ibang binabagayan ng facial hair, but I'd still go for clean-shaven.”

4) It can sometimes remind a girl of a movie character no man would want to be compared with

Ena, a recruitment specialist at Acquire BPO, says: "I'm sure no girl would ever like to go on a date with someone who looks like Lloyd Christmas from Dumb and Dumber."

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5) And the most important reason to shave off your facial hair...

Turns out your lady tickler doesn't tickle your woman, but irritates her. Romee, who has been married for 12 years now, says she hates it when her husband grows some facial hair because "it feels itchy and annoying when we're cuddling or kissing."

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The message is clear, FHM Nation. Facial hair: not for everyone. Some girls like it. Some don't. You've heard the side of the latter here. Now go ask your girl which side of the fence she belongs to...


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