When you were growing your first beard there was probably someone — maybe a parent or even a friend — who tried to tell you to shave for the sake of your love life. They may have told you that women don’t like facial hair, or that you look more handsome clean shaven. But the fact is that you’ll always be more attractive when you have confidence and individuality, and if facial hair helps you get there, shut those people out and be yourself.
Now, we’re not going to tell you that this or that facial hair style is going to get you anything in life. But take a look at these seven faces as Valentine’s Day approaches and think about all of that bad advice. Facial hair never stood in the way of anything, least of all love, charisma, and sexual attraction.
You’ve heard the expression “in like Flynn?” It’s as dirty as you think it is, because Flynn — well — he put it in. Everywhere. And all it took was that tiny little strip of the shortest mustache this side of Prince (who could be on this list, come to think of it). That little mustache gave him an air of sophistication, but it doesn’t work for everybody.
We know he’s not real, but he’s one character who really gets around. Like Bruce Wayne without the pretense to morality, he’s a playboy with some vices, and everybody seems to love him for it. The truth is, what people love is Robert Downey Jr.’s charisma funneled through the character, which comes across as roguish charm.
Never heard of him? Well, plenty of women have. He’s a style icon in Italy who came into the playboy lifestyle the old-fashioned way: he was born rich. From banking to sports cars, his family set him up for the sweetest life. As easy as it may be to hate him, he can pull off a Steve McQueen vibe better than most.
Known as Wilt the Stilt for his height, he preferred the nickname The Big Dipper, and that he was. He claims to have dipped into 20,000 women over the course of his career, which is about how many points he scored in his first six years in the NBA.
The famed warlord of the 12th–13th centuries built the world’s largest empire, and apparently still managed to find the time for extracurricular activities often enough that 1 in 200 men living today is a direct descendant. Who can compete with that kind of longevity?
Soccer star and perpetual sexiest man candidate in various women’s publications, David Beckham has been married for almost 19 years, but there have been rumors, and given his popularity with the ladies, it’s safe to say he could give the other guys on the list a run for their money if he wanted to.
The British comic has a reputation as a ladies man, and has left a lot of people wondering how a scrawny, scruffy, almost effeminate guy can have the effect he does. But let’s face it: rock stars have walked that line for ages, and they always say ladies love a sense of humor.
So forget that bad advice, and define your own style. Be your own kind of man, and people will respond. Do what you want with your facial hair. Just make sure you treat it right. Like we always say: Don’t shave it. Maintain it.