Mustaches still face some criticism, mostly due to the hipster nation craziness; however, beards and the “haven’t shaved for a couple days/ weeks” look are true winners. There is something incomprehensibly enticing about a man with facial hair. Mostly because they symbolize some level of maturity that goes along with becoming an adult. Yes, they are a sort of statement: I am not a teenager anymore; I am a proper grown-up, a man. Take Zac Efron for example: No beard? He looks like a 12 year old. Beard on? You might never be able to get over the fact that he starred in High School Musical, however he looks much more decent and adult-like. What about when they are not as mature as their beards make them look -which happens most of the time, I’d like to add? Blame us women for being visual creatures!
As my friend N. brilliantly pointed out, a beard is to men what a makeup kit is to women. Men can take advantage of this “gift” of nature called facial hair in order to hide trivial imperfections; unlike women who have to trust themselves on the hands of cosmetic companies. In high school lots of my fellow classmates –at least those who could actually grow a beard- skipped shaving for a few days so as to make their acne less visible. In addition, I’ve seen many men trying to disguise a not too flattering, well, dewlap or jaw under a blanket of facial hair. Most of them were really indie, artistic or into music, so take notice, ladies!