While we’re on the subject of everything tropical this Tuesday, I’d like to bring up a topic that has men looking a little more seasonally appropriate (read: warm for the winter): beards. Mainly, I want to know if you like your guys clean-shaven or fuzzy. But before you share your opinion, please ponder mine.
I associate beards with laziness. My first beard experience was with my college boyfriend who would stop shaving when he “had too much to study,” and by studying, he usually meant distracting himself with video game marathons. He completely stopped shaving during finals, growing what he dubbed “The Finals Beard.” He looked homeless. Between the FB (Finals Beard), the Jamaican tourist tee and the PJ pants he sported that week (without changing), I tried hard to not be seen speaking to him in the library. If I found time to shave my legs during finals (which I did), why couldn’t he shave his face?
I dumped him (who wears a “YEA MON!” tee seriously?!), but continued to date men who, if they went a few days without shaving, would find themselves furry-faced. I’ve never dated one of those dudes who “doesn’t need to shave,” thus beards have always been a relevant issue in my life.
Let’s fast forward to the present day and look at my current boyfriend. Same situation—if he lets his face go for a few days, there will be stubble, then an all-out beard. I think he is handsome no matter what, but I like the “few day’s stubble” best. A beard brings me back to the FB trauma of yesteryear, plus it exfoliates my face in a bad way, leaving my sensitive skin red and irritated after any sort of kissing. A clean-shaven look can be nice on occasion, but I like the middle-ground stubble best. Also, if he were to grow a long beard, I’d have hygienic questions that I’m not sure I’d be comfortable knowing or not knowing the answers to: Will he shampoo it? Will crumbs get stuck in it? What pony holders or clips will he use in it?
So, I am a supporter of stubble. A face that’s a few days past a clean shave says to me, “Hey, I’m rugged and manly enough to grow a bit of a beard, but not creepy/lazy enough to let it grow so long that I look like a pervert.”
P.S.: The man pictured is wavering dangerously close to the “too much beard” zone for my taste…as in one more day, and it may not be okay anymore. How about for you?
GIRL TALK TIME: Are you a fan of bearded, stubbled or clean-shaven guys? What is the best facial hair fit for you? Do you get grossed out by long beards/mustaches, or do you like them? Please let us know.