Need A New Look? Here Are The Facial Hair Styles Women Love Most
From the red carpet to the gym, we’re seeing guys rocking facial hairstyles more than ever. Men love it for the rugged, masculine feel – but how do women feel about it? Well, some love it, some hate it – but there are absolutely styles they love more than others! I talked to several high-profile professional hairstylists, and crowdsourced opinions from a few dozen of my female friends, to understand what facial hair types women prefer, and why. New look shaving style.
“One thing is for certain and that’s sales of shaving products has been surpassed by men’s toiletries for the first time in 2014, according to Euromonitor International,” says celebrity hair stylist Kristan Serafino. “While the growing acceptance of men’s grooming products account for some of the growth in toiletries (hair and skin care products), the popularity of facial hairstyles is a big reason for the decline in shaving product sales.
Facial Hair Is In
“Over 80% of men are rocking facial hair right now,” says Sacha Quarles, celebrity stylist and artistic director for Obliphica Professional, and personal stylist to Colin Farrell. “ Women are liking some of the current men’s creative facial hair styles right now. They love to look at various facial hairstyles. But don’t necessarily love the personal interaction with it."
“I styled Colin for the Golden Globes. We got so many more write-ups from female writers on his facial hair than on his hair! I had actually tried to groom his mustache (which is for a role) down as tightly as possible, but it was an interesting response for us."
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Be aware that what women love to see on celebrities may not be what they prefer on their own men. “I like some of the scruffy looking stars. The pretty boys who look tougher with a shadow or a bit more. However, I spend a great deal of effort on keeping my husband clean shaven through extensive positive feedback. My skin breaks out when I smooch scruffy faces!” says Bobbie Carlton, a social media professional.
Big lumberjack beards are really in right now, says Jeffrey Yabut, Lead Barber of Julien Farel Salon at Langham Place, New York. But the version that women prefer is beards that looks full and clean, well groomed with shape and structure that are soft to the touch, says Yabut. These can be full, medium-length beards, like we’ve seen on George Clooney.
“But there is something eternally sexy about a short shadow beard,” says Yabut. One example is David Beckham:
On the other hand, beards that are stringy often look dirty, says Yabut. Picture the eras of Brad Pitt or Leonardo Dicaprio’s beards, like below.
Probably not the look you want to go for. Credit: Getty.