Regardless of whether you sport a stylised moustache or a bushy beard, facial hair plays an important part in male self-expression. Why do some men decide to sport facial hair? You may think your dapper ‘tache is a simple style decision, or put weekend stubble down to laziness, but it’s actually a way men express themselves. To help you find out what your growth says about you, Braun and psychologist Dr. Linda Papadopoulos offer their expert insight, and you may find you’re in need of a clean, close shave sooner than you think.
Dr Papadopoulos believes the clean-shaven man likes to associate himself with what is deemed as successful, trustworthy and happy – which is why this facial style isn’t just sported for personal cleanliness purposes.
The clean shaven look is certainly the most prominent look with UK men, which is why getting it right, and being in comfort, really matters.
Most men avoid shaving over the weekend and quickly sprout a few days growth for a slightly rugged look. Not shaving for a few days – such as over the weekend – is a form of shifting from the weekday persona to weekend you. It’s a real attempt, particularly by professional men, to disengage from work life and present themselves on their own terms.
With the clean-shaven look being dominantly popular for the last twenty years, many men will have shaved their entire life. Yet facial hair often signifies confusion. When men are going through a pivotal change period, and are re-assessing their lives, they may grow a beard. Identity is tied to body image, so when a man has a mid life crisis and becomes concerned about identity – as many men do – facial hair is an easy way to alter appearance and thus identity.
The moustache comes in an array of different shapes and sizes, but the moustache always means that a certain amount of the man’s face has been shaved, proving he’s not totally averse to grooming. However all moustaches are used as a tool to draw attention – typically an indicator of flamboyance.
Sporting a large moustache, can mean you generally want people to stop and notice. It’s also a way of going against the grain and defining personal aesthetics on your own terms.
Dr Papadopoulos states; “A large part of identity is tied up with body image and how we present ourselves. Women will often cut or dye their hair when they wish to alter their self-expression, and for men, this equivalent would be facial hair”.