The Amazing History of Beards (INFOGRAPHIC)

When it comes to growing facial hair, not every man has what it takes. But whether you sport a full beard or you can only manage a wispy 'stache, flaunting facial hair at some point in time seems to be a rite of passage for most men. A recent beard-related study conducted by Behavioral Ecology has piqued the interest of many, from beard-haters to those who can't get enough facial fuzz. Interestingly enough, the study found that of women with minimal pop culture exposure, the majority surveyed find men to be less attractive when sporting a full face of hair. However, this same group of women also perceived bearded men as garnering higher respect and being more powerful than clean-shaven men.

An infographic was grown, inspired by this study, which looks into what exactly it is that makes beards respectable, but not attractive. From ancient civilization to early America to popular culture today, beards have shifted in and out of fashion. Right now it seems like everyone passing for cool, from young, urban hipsters to esteemed celebrities (we're looking at you, Brad Pitt), is sporting some sort of beard. But would these men shave if they knew they were turning women off? Or is respect really more important than love? This infographic ponders the question and ultimately asks, if your significant other can't handle your full beard, are they really right for you and your big step into grizzly manhood?

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