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Heavy Stubble Is The Sexiest Kind Of Facial Hair, Says Science

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Facial hair can easily influence our perceptions of guys — whether they're clean-shaven or rocking a lumberjack 'stache.

I've been making the case for facial hair on men for as long as I can remember. But not just any facial hair — I'm talking a healthy dose of stubble. A six o'clock shadow, if you will.

Clean-shaven feels nice to touch, but the look is a little too baby-faced for my taste — and a full beard can be too aggressive, not to mention painful when if you're on the receiving end of a makeout session. (One YourTango staffer, who shall remain nameless, compared smooching a fully bearded guy to sticking your mouth into a broom).

But some solid scruff? Now that's sexy. It's like the manly version of "effortlessly chic."

Heavy duty scruff is all about the three 'M's: Maturity, masculinity and mysteriousness. Case in point: Ryan Gosling. Need I say more?

And now — finally — my fellow scruff-loving ladies can rejoice. Science has spoken, and it turns out, heavy stubble is sexier. Even better, researchers have even determined the exact length of time your guy needs to achieve it.

The Evolution of Human Behavior set out to prove our point when they showed 351 women and 177 heterosexual men photos of 10 men at different stages of facial hair growth: clean shaven,"light" stubble, "heavy" stubble and fully bearded. 

They asked participants to rate each face for attractiveness, masculinity, health and parenting ability. Women ranked the heavy stubble as the most attractive, which takes about 10 days to achieve.

Clean-shaven men and those will full beards were considered equally as healthy and attractive. 

The least attractive? Both men and women agreed: Light stubble — about 5 days worth of not shaving — is least sexy.

So, it for at least half the time it takes him to reach his sexiest, he will be his least attractive? Hey boys, beauty is pain.

What do you think? Do you find facial hair sexy? What length do you prefer?

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