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The lowdown on beards

Study looks at whether women find facial hair attractive

Dane Casey, barber at The Calico Beard & Mercantile in Kansas City, Mo., uses clippers to trim the beard of client Jason Domingue.
Dane Casey, barber at The Calico Beard & Mercantile in Kansas City, Mo., uses clippers to trim the beard of client Jason Domingue.
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Just as millennials are beginning to get comfortable with this new follicle-based fad, science has to go and get in the way. In an Australian study published last week in the journal “Biology Letters,” researchers asked women to examine four types of photos — men with beards, clean-shaven men and men with light and heavy stubble — and rate their attractiveness. What they found was that, when beards were rare in the photos, women found ...


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