A recent British study revealed that women were found to rate men with stubble as, "tough, mature, aggressive, dominant, and masculine—and as the best romantic partners, either for a fling or a long-term relationship."Read: Stubble: The Best of Both Worlds
But this study only asked women about men who shave their faces clean of hair (or the ones can't grow any hair to begin with), the rugged man who always has a little bit of stubble and guys who sport full-on beards. It left out one of the most important facial feature a man can create, style and show off: the mustache.
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Given the options the study provided, it's no surprise females preferred men who groom their faces to resemble the hottest TV hunks like Matthew Fox (Jack) and Josh Holloway (Sawyer) from Lost and Patrick Dempsey (McDreamy) from Grey's Anatomy.
If men who grow a 'stache had been included, the results could have been a whole lot different. At least that's what co-authors Jon Chattman and Rich Tarantino would have you think. Their new book, entitled Sweet 'Stache, discusses the hair that covers just the upper lip and its imprint on our culture. Throughout the history of man and razor, mustaches have been grown and styled. The book documents the powerful, famous or otherwise noteworthy men who have sported the 'stache, and the duo provide their favorite 50 mustaches.
Chattman and Tarantino wrote, "It can be said that behind every great man is a great mustache. A mustache builds character, adds life to an otherwise empty face, and can signify a key moment in history simply by its size and scope."
As a man's mustache obviously takes on mythic proportions, there must be something about them that women find sexy. Here are our four guesses as to what they could be:
1. They illustrate maturity. As teenagers, a boy's peach fuzz mustache signifies his entrance to manhood... and prompts girls to start dating the older boys who can actually grow them.
2. Dating a man with a mustache reminds women to wax consistently.
3. The fortunate mustached man might be mistaken for the sexy Tom Selleck (best known for his roles in Magnum P.I. or Friends, depending on your age).
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4. With the glory days of the 'stache (read: the '80s) well past, a man who rocks one these days exposes a sense of individuality and confidence. It's the equivalent of women who rock mohawks or other unexpected hairstyles. Even if he's just a poser hipster, sporting a 'stache takes chutzpah.
So ditch the stubble and surprise us with the 'stache, boys.