More than just beards

This blog may be primarily about beards, but here at Beard Nation, we are fans of all kinds of manly facial hair. Today we’re going to examine some of the many facial hair styles sported by men all over the world. Then we’re going to find out how the ladies feel about the hairy gents and bare-faced boys.

The possibilities for facial hair styles are endless. It really comes down to personal preference and how much time and effort a man is prepared to put into his beard maintenance routine. There are no rules but there are certainly enough guidelines to help a guy decide how he wants to rock his facial fuzz. Whether you’re after a Dali moustache, a chin curtain, a burly set of mutton chops or a good old full beard, there are plenty to choose from.



This is only a sample of what is possible in the way of facial hair styling, from the simple and low-key to the outrageous and eye-catching. For a simple bearded look, one cannot go wrong with the Short Boxed Beard. It is unified and striking, yet clean and welcoming. The classic Handlebar moustache is always a winner, but perhaps try to steer clear of the Copstash Standard, which often has the effect of an ’80s porn star. The Anchor and the Hollywoodian are also popular styles among the hipsters and the lumberjacks respectively.

So what do the ladies like? What, if anything, is going to grab a gal’s attention? From a flash survey conducted in the student union of a university and the responses of people on social media, results showed that more women preferred men with some kind of facial hair over clean shaven men. However, of the 35 women who said they were more attracted to men with facial hair, over half of them clarified that they were not fans of full beards but more so of ‘the right amount’ of stubble.

Bonny Burrows said “Clean shaven or slight stubble. No full beards or creepy moustaches.”

Leeanne Brown said “Facial hair on a man is sexy, not too much just enough.”

And Anna Reeves said “Facial hair ain’t bad on the right person.”

Although there were some jumping to the side of the bearded.

Lauren Stirling said “Beards. Always beards.”

And Jess Taylor said “I do appreciate a fine beard on a dapper gentleman.”

19 people said that they much preferred their men completely bare of facial fuzz, or as shown above, in Federation Standard style.

Evey Ritchens said “Nothing nicer than rubbing faces with a freshly shaven face.”

And Amy Sariman said “Clean shaven for sure!”

8 people were indifferent or just could not decide which they liked better, but we like to think they are secretly pro-beard.


The Beards

Source: The Beards Facebook

Source: The Beards Facebook

If ever there were a subculture in need of its passion and views thrust upon the world in a homoerotic but comradely, folk-rock kind of way, it would be that of the beard.

The Beards formed in 2005 after four bearded South Australians saw a need to express their love of beards in song form.  Johann Beardraven, Nathaniel Beard, John Beardman Jr, and Facey McStubblington have since become hirsute heroes of the facial hair world.

Writing and performing only songs about beards, some titles include “No Beard, No Good”, “You Should Consider Having Sex with a Bearded Man”, “Why Having a Beard is Better than Having a Woman”, and what is possibly their most famous song, “If Your Dad Doesn’t Have a Beard, You’ve Got Two Mums”.

The band currently has three albums and a world tour under its belt, as well as placing 99th in Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown for 2011. In 2009, the band traveled to Alaska to perform at the opening night of, and compete in, the World Beard and Moustache Championships. They most recently headlined a show in Sydney, Australia to celebrate World Beard Day.

A large part of the success of the band thus far is they also put on a fantastic live show. Jen Pearce was lucky enough to see them in concert earlier this year.

“They’re performers and showmen, as well as musicians,” she said.

“All their songs, because they’re all beard-oriented, even though that’s a bit gimmicky, they really owned it.”

She said the show had a really good feeling, and that it was filled with positive energy.

“Even though I wasn’t [more familiar with the music], it was still (…) a good atmosphere. You still got sucked into the whole vibe of what was going on.

She also noted that it was interesting to watch the quirky  things that the band would be doing amongst themselves on stage.

“… they were getting people to stroke their beards,

You look away and you look back and all of a sudden oh, the guitarist is over there next to the drummer, and in between hits on the drum, he’s stroking the beard of the guitarist.”

“It was just really silly but it was fun, it was all really fun.”

She was adamant that she would see them perform again.

“Yes, definitely see them again (…) I’ll take my bearded guy next time!”

One must wonder how much more there is to say about beards. But with an already cult-like following in the bearded community, surely they will never run out of things to say.