What Do College Students Prefer: Facial Hair of Shaven Faces?

Jill Campbell
Staff Writer
@J_Campbelll

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Photo courtesy of Jill Campbell.

Each morning when we wake up and get ready to take on the day, we make several different decisions about how we want to be seen by the world. The clothes we wear, whether to put on a watch or not, if this shirt really matches those pants – they all add to our personal image.

For men, one of those identifiers is facial hair. There are so many options to choose from – a goatee, chinstrap, soul patch, moustache, beard, or just good old five o’clock shadow – the possibilities are endless. Just like the concept of soulmates, there is a style of facial hair out there for every guy.

However, there are other men who choose to shy away from this realm altogether and gravitate more towards the clean-shaven look. They stay dedicated to the laborious task of keeping a fresh face, cherishing a close relationship with their razor and shaving cream. It is a personal preference, and if they want to deal with the upkeep, then more power to them.

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Photo courtesy of Jill Campbell.

So, this brings us to the million dollar question: which does the public prefer? In one corner, we have the vast array of facial decorations, ranging from beards to mustaches to scruff. In the other corner is the clean-cut baby face, a respectable competitor.

After much deliberation, the verdict is in: facial hair is the preference among the Springfield College student body.

“If you can rock it, it’s definitely great to have. Facial hair kind of has its own style, adds a new feature to the face and of course, gives a manly look,” weighed in sophomore Ben Ryan.

That “manly look” is one that the ladies in particular seem to be a fan of. Celebrity heartthrobs like Zac Efron, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt all don facial hair, and so the swoons of millions of women ensue.

“Guys just look more attractive with it,” said freshman Jordynne LaCasse. “I think a shaved face makes them look younger.”

To those who prefer to keep a clean shave, do not be discouraged. 34 percent of voters sided with you, and if we’re talking batting averages, that’s a pretty solid season.

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Photo courtesy of Jill Campbell.

And while the debate between the two showed varied opinions, there was one constant that everyone seemed to be able to agree on: neards are NOT a good look. A neard is the collection of hair that blurs the line between the beard and the neck, and it is just downright unpleasant to look at. “I don’t like stuff on the neck. That just makes me feel weird,” added junior Jimmy Mariano. So, if you or someone you know is living with a neard, please locate the nearest convenience store, buy a razor, and eliminate it as soon as possible.

Whatever your preference may be, facial hair or not, always remember to go with what makes you feel like your best self. And if having a neard makes your heart beat a little faster, then by all means, you go right ahead and rock that thing.

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