One big misconception recently has developed: having a beard makes you a real man.
Facial hair has no link with testosterone
, and yes this is coming from someone who keeps a heavy stubble. I honestly laugh at guys who grow beards thinking that they're some masculine beasts. If you have to grow a beard to look masculine, the truth is you're already a low testosterone male.
Look at this guy:
Already you can tell he has a high testosterone male just by looking at his face not a speck on facial hair on his face. You can see he is a man by looking at his face. If this guy grew some facial hair, it'd enhance his masculinity more, sure, but it wouldn't make a big difference. He already looks intimidating as it is.
I recently had an acquaintance of mine who grew a little of bit of a stubble and he just doesn't shut up about it acting like he is now the most masculine guy in the world. I also recently overheard a guy say that he doesn't respect a man who can grow a beard but shaves [strong everything].
Major reason for this I reckon is because testosterone is declining in men big time, even compared to just 50 years ago I heard it's halved in young adult men now. Also the fact that masculinity is scrutinised everywhere in society and hence guys get the misconception that growing a beard makes you more masculine.
As for me, I keep a heavy stubble and shave the neck. I look better with short hair on top and heavy stubble so I've opted for that. It accentuates your jaw even more.
Will add that a full on beard makes you look more intimidating no doubt, but only if you have the typical high testosterone feature [small eyes, large brow bone]. I will grow my beard to full length and also did last year and damn people are indeed intimidated by you.
As notes earlier, if you have typical low T features [big eyes, shitty cheek bones] growing a beard won't do much for you but it still helps I guess.
Anyway, just do what you want. I just hate those idiots who grow one and now think they're the new Rambo.
If given the choice between being high testosterone and can't grow any facial hair and being low testosterone but can grow a very thick beard I'd pick the former all day long.