A topic that comes up a lot is whether men should grow some facial hair and if so should they go for the clean shaven vs stubble vs beard look.
There are many things to consider with each of these, which is why I’ll be breaking down the pros and cons of each of these in this article.
Why You Should & Should Not Go Clean Shaven
- A Major Plus With Some Employers (Sometimes A Must)
- A Clean Shaven Face Makes You Appear Younger
- Makes You More Approachable
- Low Commitment Time To Maintain The Look
- Face Not As Hot In The Summer
The pros for going clean shaven really go into looking more professional/presentable. That seems to be the common reason on why most guys go clean shaven is because of work or they have crappy facial hair genetics.
Also depending on where you live having a beard in the summer can really suck for the fact of how hot it can make you. With me being in the south United States where summer temperatures usually stay around 95 degrees + it just wasn’t an option for me to deal with that.
In terms of time commitment shaving is low, with it only taking you about 10 minutes MAX in the mornings.
- Gets Old Having To Buy New Blades All Of The Time
- Looking Younger Isn’t Always A Good Thing (Baby Face)
- Possible Skin Irritation Issues
- A Lesser Manly Look Compared To A Beard/Stubble (Most Of The Time)
- Cutting Yourself Shaving Can Literally Ruin Your Day From The Start
The cons of going clean shaven tend to rely on more of the annoyance side of things. For instance, having to go buy new blades all of the time and then could be expensive depending on the blades you buy.
I think this is why brands like Dollar Shave Club are starting to become so popular because men don’t want to have to keep up with when they need to get new blades and price wise.
Women usually always want to look younger but with us men that’s usually the exact opposite.
Older men tend to get more respect and the ladies tend to go for the more mature looking men more often.
Aside from that no matter how good of a blade you got you’re going to slip up and cut yourself every once in a while. Also I don’t know what it is about those shaving cuts but they tend to be the most stubborn because they never want to stop bleeding no matter how long you’ve held pressure or had a band aid on it.
Trying To Decide If The Stubble Look Is Right For You
- Extremely Easy To Maintain
- Works Well During Any Time Of The Year
- Save Money On Blades
- Ladies Love It
The stubble look doesn’t necessarily mean a day after you shaved type of length.
It could be more of few days to a couple weeks depending on how fast your facial hair grows. I just wanted to clarify that stubble mean just barely any facial hair; (See the pic of the guy above to see my definition of what can be described as stubble.)
This facial hair style is very simple to keep up with and hardly takes anytime to do. After that initial purchase of your beard trimmer then you should be saving money if you’re coming from having to shave every day.
Maybe an occasional need to buy blades to shave your neck but it will be nothing like before in terms of how often you’ll need to purchase them.
If I had to pick between clean shave, stubble and beard as to which women seem to like better then stubble easily gets my vote.
- Being Mistaken As Looking Scruffy
- Needing A Beard Trimmer
- Some Employers May Frown Upon It
There aren’t many downsides to stubble in my opinion.
Some people will mistake you as being lazy and just not wanting to shave because they don’t realize that this is how you actual wear your facial hair.
Even though this isn’t too big of an issue you will need to purchase a beard trimmer if you decide to keep it a certain length. These trimmers usually last a long time so if you take care of it then the cost will be minimal compared to shaving.
Some companies want their employees to be smooth shaving so you may run into an issue with this, especially if you work in a corporate setting. Luckily this has changed a lot over the past 10 years so it’s nowhere near as strict as it used to be in terms of facial hair requirements.
Should You Grow A Beard?
- More Manly Looking
- Can Hide A Weak Jawline
- Can Greatly Increase Your Facial Aesthetics
- Don’t Have To Worry About Shaving Everyday
- Beards Are A Major Win For Some Women
I’ve noticed some men who legit go from a 5/10 to at least an 8 just from growing out a beard (no homo). The exact opposite can also happen from growing a beard so don’t think it’s an automatic looks booster here.
If you’re are bummed about having a weak jawline then growing a beard is an immediate fix for that since it covers it up.
Some men just loath shaving and they will grow a beard just for this reason so if shaving is something that bothers you then look into growing a beard.
Can make you look older (yes, this can be a perk).
- Can Be Itchy & Irritating
- Costs More Money & Time Than Most Think
- Can Be A Turn Off For Women
- The Time To Grow One
Most people don’t realize a lot of the cons of having a beard until they actually get one. For one thing a beard can be very irritating if it gets too dry which causes it to get very itchy. Luckily this can be fixed with beard oil which leads me to my next con of beards, money.
Most guys this of how great it is to save money by not having to shave all the time but to truly groom your beard like you should you’ll need to spend some money. This will be from items such as beard oil, a beard trimmer and other items like beard balms.
Some women just do not like beards no matter how much better you think it makes you look.
The final con of a beard is simply the patience/commitment to grow one. Growing a beard is far from easy and can take many months of it not looking so great while it takes the time to fill in to look like a proper beard.
Should You Grow Facial Hair Or Not
I can’t answer this question for you because I don’t know what you look like so it would be a major shot in the dark for me to give you an answer on this.
If your main reason for wanting to grow facial hair is for impressing women then check out a previous article I just finished with to get a better insight on that aspect of things.