Different beard styles for men. A guide to shaveducking, the hot new dating trend to fill you with doubt, Metro News

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You’re swiping through Tinder when you see him.

He’s hot. You swipe right immediately. He swipes right too. You start chatting, you meet up, you flirt, and midway through you notice something.

His eyes are a bit close together, aren’t they?

His cheekbones are not as sharp, his jawline not as strong.

Is this person actually attractive, or do they just have good facial hair?

This feeling of confusion and wonder is shaveducking, a term we have just made up to encapsulate a problem that’s becoming increasingly common thanks to the shifting trend towards the beardier, the better.

Shaveducking describes the lingering unease that emerges when you realise that you’re not quite sure if you’re attracted to a man, or just his facial hair. Shaveducking, because you’d do anything to dodge that guy getting a shave and trimming off your affections in the process.

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To shaveduck is to feel that confusion. To be shaveducked is to be the person without a beard confusing your date with your facial hair. You sneaky minx.

It can pop up at any stage in a relationship. Early on, when you start dating and realise you’re not actually enjoying their face that much, or deep into a relationship, when they go clean shaven and you are absolutely repulsed.

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Do you end things then and there? Or do you cling on to the attraction you feel to your beardy mate, gently nudging them to grow out their stubble and telling them they really, truly, do not need to shave before that big interview?

Is it wrong to only be attracted to someone when they have facial hair? Or is this simply an extension of attraction being based on what suits a person best?

After all, if you look your best with blonde hair and you dyed your hair brown, would you be angry at the person you were dating if they were no longer filled with lust?

Yeah, probably. It can be pretty offensive to be reduced down to just your hair, and upsetting when someone suggests that the rest of you simply isn’t attractive without a particular style of grooming – even if facial hair is a natural form of contouring that hides all manner of issues.

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So when you feel murmurs of shaveducking emerging from deep within you, you must proceed gently.

It’s not cool to tell someone they’re unappealing sans moustache. That’s a dick move.

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It’s also not wise to talk in absolute terms – ‘you’re attractive with a beard, you’re not attractive without’.

Instead you can simply say that you’re more attracted to them with facial hair. That’s enough gentle encouragement to make them steer clear of the shaving foam.

But of course, the best approach to shaveducking is to do your research early on.

If you’re wildly attracted to someone beardy, ask to see photos of them without facial hair and see if you’re still keen. If you’re not, find out if they’re committed to the beard longterm or if they’re just following a trend – imagine the horror of marrying this man only for him to decide going clean-shaven is his new ~look~.

Official beard styles

If they go between shaven and stubbly on the reg, and you simply cannot be attracted to them when they are free of hair, there may not be love in your future.

Although if that’s the case, we’d really recommend photoshopping any future partners bald and checking out how you feel about them. It’s probably not wise to base longterm affection entirely on someone’s appearance, because it’s so likely to change as the person gets older (you’ll change too, by the way).

Oh, and men, you can help us out by including a range of different facial hair styles on your Tinder profile, if you’re not a full-time beardo. Weed out the people who only like your facial hair early on, we say.

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