To shave or not to shave? That is the question.
Over the years, growing a full beard has become a huge trend for men all over the world. With the belief that some girls find bearded guys more attractive, many guys are turning into this fad to boost their standing amongst their peer.
However, there are some guys who struggle or even incapable of sporting facial hair. In case you wonder why, a dermatologist shed a light about this issue, explaining the science behind men’s struggle to grow a thick and dense beard.
— Beardman Styles Ⓥ (@beardmankit) January 8, 2019
Why Men Grow Full Beard?
Before you uncover the reason why you can’t grow a full beard, find out first why men are going crazy about sporting facial hair. Some do it to bolster their masculinity, others are just too lazy to shave, while some simply want to impress the opposite sex.
But according to a study by Nigel Barber, there is an inverse relationship between the number of men with beards and moustaches to the number of marriage-age women. Based on this research, the number of single women decreases as the number of men who grow beards increases.
However, some studies pointed out that growing beards doesn’t necessarily equate to attractiveness. According to some researches, some women find fully-bearded men older and more aggressive while they are more attracted to clean-shave guys.
In an evolutionary point, growing a full beard is associated with the pursuit of dominance. As mentioned above, some women find bearded guys the more aggressive and older one thus making them more dominant in many aspects.
That’s from an evolutionary perspective. But in the present time, it is more of a personal choice. Also, growing a beard has become more of a fad now or a jumping into the bandwagon based on what is trending on social media.
Why Some Men Can’t Grow Full Beard?
Dr Jennifer Chwalek, a dermatologist, revealed the reason why some men find it hard to grow a full beard, citing genetics and hormones as the main factors.
“It’s based on genetics as well as hormones. Men who can’t grow a beard or have patchy beards usually have normal testosterone levels. It isn’t a reflection of having low testosterone or being deficient in testosterone.”
“Some men, you know, have more hair follicles, so they can grow denser, coarser beards than others. Testosterone gets converted in the hair follicle to a more potent form called dihydrotestosterone. Some hair follicles have receptors on them that are very sensitive to this higher form of testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, and that will stimulate hair growth.”
— Beardman Styles Ⓥ (@beardmankit) December 28, 2018
“So the idea that shaving can impact hair growth is actually a myth. When you’re shaving, you’re just cutting the hair off at the surface of the skin, and what’s controlling the hair growth is really occurring deeper in the skin. So it shouldn’t have any impact on how quickly the hair grows or how dense the hair grows. People have tried topical Rogaine or Minoxidil. These things may stimulate a little hair growth, but assuming it’s due to genetics, then you’re kind of stuck with what you have.”
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