Here’s what the ladies have to say [UPDATED]Published 4:02am Monday, November 4, 2013 Updated 6:10am Monday, November 4, 2013
Some like facial hair on men, some don’t, but in an informal survey, all women said a man’s beard must be well-kept to be attractive.
Ryan Oliver’s wife, Julie, also a barber, at Uptown Barber Shop, doesn’t like a mustache, but she likes his beard.
Here are the comments from Daily Journal staff and others in Fergus Falls on the subject of men’s facial hair:
• I have been living with a man who’s had a beard and/or mustache as long as I’ve known him — so I guess I’m “for” it; but I think much like a woman’s hairstyle, it is their choice to grow or not grow! — Connie Knapp, circulation, Daily Journal
• I like facial hair on men, gray or otherwise. But I like it neat and nicely groomed and not long. — Bernice Overland, accounting, Daily Journal
• If it’s the first time I meet a guy and he has a beard, I’m OK with that. From then on, he’ll look weird to me if he doesn’t have a beard. I definitely prefer clean shaven, but sometimes a small goatee is OK. — Heather Rule, reporter, Daily Journal
• I’m a fan of well groomed facial hair and rugged five-o-clock shadows. I am NOT a fan of long, unkempt facial hair or chin patches. — Katie Johnson, Lake Region Healthcare
• I like well-trimmed facial hair on men which is a good thing since my husband has always had at least a mustache. Once he shaved it off and I told him it was like kissing a girl. He grew it back right away. — Linda Hauge, Otter Tail Power, retired
• I guess the key is probably “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!” A well-trimmed and maintained beard can certainly be an attractive feature for some males. Other males may look disproportionate with facial hair no matter how well they keep it up. On the other hand, the “scruffy look” can at times either be not-so-attractive or, interestingly enough, on the right male, very attractive. — Jane Patrick, Otter Tail County Safe Communities Coalition
• I’ve never seen my husband without a beard, so I guess that means I’m fine with facial hair on a man, as long as it is always trimmed and well-groomed like my husband’s beard. His beard turned white at a young age and I tried to get him to dye it brown but he said ‘I earned every one of those gray hairs and I’m not going to cover them up.’ Now, while I liked my husband’s style of beard, I cannot stand those little goatees or wisps of hair on the face that pretend to be beards. When I see a man with that type of facial hair, my first instinct is to have him tackled, held down and shaved. — Jane Geisinger, A Center for the Arts
• Two, Keri and Marie, both at The Daily Journal, don’t like facial hair at all on men.