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Facial Hair and Men: Love It or Hate It?
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Olivia_WebMD_Staff posted:
Mustaches seem to be making a comeback on the men's fashion scene. Did you know the first image of a man with a mustache dates back to 300 BC? Check out this interesting slideshow about men's facial hair .

Ladies, do you like a little scruff on your guy? If so, what's your fave type?

Guys, do you like to sport a little stylish facial fashion? Why or why not?

Why do you love or hate facial hair?
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monamia responded:
For the most part, I'm not a big fan of just mustaches (Sam Elliott and Tom Selleck aside who manage to pull it off), but I absolutely adore the look of a nicely trimmed beard of varying kinds.

So... if you can't manage to grow and keep a nicely trimmed beard, keep it clean-shaven.
 
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butterflygarden responded:
Hehe...kind of a fun topic.

There are a couple of commercials on TV right now that feature facial hair. One of the best is where the two guys with handlebar mustaches duke it out in an old-fashioned boxing match! Don't even know what they are trying to sell.

Now to answer the question...not a fan.

My husband loves to occasionally grow a beard, but I can't stand it. I want to see his FACE. And, it's scratchy when I kiss him. Yuck.

I won't even mention that I feel like it's not clean. I am sure it's just my OCD tendency coming through. I bet Dr. Rod Moser might have to chime in and correct me for that comment!

Butterfly
 
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overworked_webod responded:
Guy's perspective: I hate shaving! Fortunately, I work in a rather casual enviroment so I can get by without the blade for a few days.

I'm also not interested in the scruffy hipster look so after a few days I'll bite the bullet and shave.
 
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SweetSusieB responded:
So ummm I hate to say this, but I think it's a generational thing. Seems like more guys these days shave everything, including their head! It amazes me that they do, when the last generation spent all their days trying to keep what they had.

But it's true a lot of men these days are sporting some kind of facial hair.
I'm attracted to confidence, facial hair or no hair. If not shaving is your thing, wear it well.

Susie B
 
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EleanorAnne responded:
I like my man with a day or two rugged scruff, just for the weekend, then back to a clean shave.

I dislike weak mustaches or patchy beards.

So, I guess I love it and hate it!

Ellie
 
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butterflygarden replied to SweetSusieB's response:
Good point, SusieB.
 
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Jeune1 responded:
It really depends on the guy and how his facial hair behaves. I certainly prefer nicely trimmed to the Badger Attached to Face look.

My husband's beard grows out in three colors (blond, red a little brown). It is incredibly cute but I think he looks better without. I dated a guy who was very attractive without a beard, and a complete show stopper with a short beard/mustache.

I also have to say I envy guys for having the choice!
 
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SoCalSuz replied to Jeune1's response:
I'm a hockey fan and the "playoff beard " is a tradition - that's the only time I like to see a guy with facial hair!

My husband grew a goatee for a while - it looked cute but felt yuck.
 
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Okay....now I will chime in.

My first attempt at facial hair was a mustache in college. When I applied for my first job, I shaved it off, thinking that I would look more respectable without it. My feedback? I was told that I looked TOO young and was advised to grow a mustache!

Now, I have been fully beared for about 30 years...going from a thick brown beard, to a greying one, to my present one -- completely white, not unlike Santa. Because my little patients really like Santa, I have one-up on my colleagues. To complete the Santa image, I even grew a big belly (That't my story and I am sticking to it).

My wife loves my beard. I shaved it off once because she was curious. She was so shocked that she made be grow it back (about a month). She hated the daily, sharp stubble and I hated shaving again. My youngest son had never seen me without a beard and didn't like my chinless face either.

My personal issue with a full beard is "beardruff" -- white dandruff that falls on my shirt, and the fact that I have to be extra careful when I eat certain foods, since I will wear the evidence in my beard.

Being hairy may be out of fashion for the younger crowd. Most of my male adolescent patients are shaven....all over, if you get my drift. It is called "manscaping".

I plan on keeping my beard for the rest of my life: Viva la Sasquatch.
 
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fallrain responded:
I do like *some* facial hair, but not a full beard. I like a mustache and/or a short beard, as in an "Abraham Lincoln" type.
 
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fallrain replied to SweetSusieB's response:
Susie B I liked best what you said here! I agree--everyone of a certain age group nowadays, shaves hair off most places on thier bodies.

And yes, in my generation, men grew their hair and fought for the right to do so...something unfortunately, young people can't appreciate. It's not their fault, since they weren't there for it, but it was a serious matter at the time.

I like either clean shaven men or mustaches/trimed beards too--it's the man that counts more, yes.
 
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fallrain replied to Rod_Moser_PA_PhD's response:
Allright Dr. Moser! I like your beard too!
Since my hair is fast turning white, I can appreciate your experience of your (fine-looking) beard going from brown, to gray to white.
 
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davedsel57 responded:
I maintain a full beard and mustache almost all of the time and have done so for about 12 years. When I was 43 years old I had some severe asthma problems and had to be on several courses of steroids. I finally have been able to grow decent facial hair since then.

Everyone seems to prefer me with facial hair. I will occasionally shave my mustache and beard and go that way for a week or so, but then let the hair come back. I am on anti-coagulant medication so I should not shave with a blade. I do have a good electric shaver but now use that to help me keep it trimmed. I like to keep my facial hair neat and trimmed, just a little more than a scruff.

Also, my mustache and beard are almost fully white as is most of my head hair so I have chosen to color. My wife colors her gray hair as well so now we share 1 bottle of hair color and it comes out looking different on each of us. Guess we have found a way to look younger for less money.
 
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fcl responded:
Well, my partner is a Tom Selleck lookalike so my vote is going to be a "yes" for moustaches (soft hair during oral sex is a BIG bonus OTOH, if he trims it too short ... OUCH! ) and for beards, well, I only seem to appreciate the neatly trimmed goatees. Know what? I've been with my partner for nearly 30 years and have never seen him without his facial hair ...


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