The Science of Facial Hair: What Your Moustache Means

In the spirit of Movember, we’re paying extra attention to the fuzzy on our faces. That’s right, it’s time to get scientific about fluffy facial hair. What’s best? Having a beard, stubble, a moustache or going clean-shaven?


According to a 1990 study, if you have any facial hair (even stubble) people tend to believe you are:

  • More mature
  • More aggressive and dominant

Going clean-shaven? People tend to associate you with:

  • Sociability 
  • Youth

    Why would people think you’re more aggressive yet mature with a beard? Turns out a beard is a sign of active testosterone in the body so the human brain interprets a beard as a sign of maturity, and potentially, more aggression.

    On the flip side, going cleanshaven is often considered as a sign of being well-socialised and able to integrate well with others.

    For Work


    So, if a beard makes you look more dominant - should you rock it for a job interview? Interestingly, employers in one study saw beards as a sign of unconventionalism but also personality and competence. This was, however, looking at pictures of very well-groomed men. Make sure your beard is razor-sharp for any interviews.

    With Ladies

    man with a beard


    Sorry guys, this one’s a mixed bag. It really depends on the woman in question. Interestingly, one study showed women find facial stubble the most attractive type of facial hair, although it had to be heavy and not light - no ‘peachfuzz’. 

    Another study has found men with full beards are considered to have better parenting abilities - they’re perceived more masculine and a better ‘provider’. 

    What’s The Takeaway?

    Do what you want, just make sure it’s not patchy.