Beards seem to be everywhere nowadays, but some men just can’t grow them. Why not? What goes into growing a great beard?
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The real reason men grow beards
“When we see men paying attention to their appearance, it’s easy to assume that they’re just angling for partners. But our research on beards and voices shows that beards probably evolved at least partly to help men boost their standing among other men.”
Oh, to Be Just Another Bearded Face
“As Mr. Wilson explained to me in an e-mail, many men who suffer from this ‘terribly profound personal problem’ are ‘extremely distressed’ by their lack of beard-growing capability. They experience ‘pain and suffering’ and ‘face ridicule’ from their bearded friends. They can even be ‘intimidated by the sight of someone with a great beard.'”
Why Can’t Some Men Grow Facial Hair?
“The diversity of facial hair growth depends on genetics. Men start to develop facial hair-which is regulated by testosterone-during their pubescent stage, and it doesn’t fully mature until they reach their early twenties. The interaction between testosterone and the hair that already exists causes it to grow thicker and darker.”
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