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I love a good beard, I must say.

There's something so sexy about them, the way the command attention and can transform a guy from looking cute to looking HOT.

But we have some bad news, guys.

According to a study, your fellas facial hair contains a lot of dirt.

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The study analysed bacteria levels in the beards of 18 men aged between 18- and 76-years-old and what the found was gross.

Basically, they were chock FULL of bacteria.

In contrast, only 23 out of 30 dogs had high counts, while the rest had moderate levels. 

Professor Andreas Gutzei said, ''On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men.” 

Oh, lovely. 

A previous study by Fragrance Direct and Manchester Metropolitan University found that, after testing a range of beards from long and short to stubbly, almost half of male beards contained faecal matter. 

Dear Lord – we're kissing faces with traces of sh*t on them?

Most of the participants involved in the study claimed they had washed their beards the same day of the test.

Also, interesting to note – shorter beards had more bacteria.

Hmmm, maybe clean-shaven is the way to go…

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So, there’s nothing new about male facial hair, but it’s safe to say that the past few years has seen a beard renaissance of such.

Now, we’re not complaining.

But why do so many of us find them so damn attractive?

Well, science finally has the answer.

According to Marie Claire, researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia surveyed over 8,520 women to find out why bearded men leave us weak at the knees.

The participants were divided into three groups and each were shown a different series of photographs.

The images featured the same men without facial hair, with stubble and with a fully-grown beard.

The researchers then asked the women how the men in the images rated in terms of sexual attractiveness, short-term relationships and long-term relationships.

Interestingly, the women were most attracted to men with stubble while full beards scored the lowest.

When it came to short-term romances, stubbled men remained the most desirable.

However, in a rather interesting twist, fully-bearded men came out on top when it came to long-term relationships. 

But why?

Well, Barnaby Dixson, co-author of the study, explained that the rugged look is indicative of a ‘male’s ability to compete for resources.’

Apparently, beards also represent certain protective qualities that our subconscious tends to look for when choosing a life partner. 

So, if you're confused as the way you cant get that guy from the coffee shop out of your head, don't worry, it's basic instincts. 

 

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While they aren’t often talked about in a public way, the side effects of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can have a huge impact on those living with the condition.

But thanks to one brave Perth-based blogger, the realities of dealing with PCOS are finally being exposed in a very open, honest and powerful way.

After sharing her story of PCOS with parenting blogger Constance Hall, Tina-Marie Beznec’s very real account of this hormone-driven disorder has made her somewhat of a viral superstar.

After introducing herself as a sufferer of PCOS and listing a number of the condition’s far-reaching side effects, the fitness blogger decided to tackle the rather taboo topic of female facial hair head on.

Tina wrote:  “Hi my name is Tina and I have Polycystic ovary syndrome. As well as depression, anxiety, infertility, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, bloating, abdominal pains, acne, cysts, increased risk of cancer and everything else, a lot of woman including myself have to deal with facial hair.”

“Do you know how UNFEMININE this can make a woman feel?!? I've always been super self conscious about it, but really just have to put this out there because I want create more awareness around this syndrome and how much it can impact someone's life especially if they don't know they have it.”

Tina – who previously lost over 36kg through clean eating and exercise after being diagnosed as morbidly obese – continued by encouraging people not to judge women who are overweight, have bald patches or possess facial hair.

Alongside pictures of her shaving her own face, Tina said: “You never know what a person is going through and it's unfair to put someone into the ‘lazy and unhealthy’ category without knowing their story.”

“I know it's only natural for some of us to judge someone based on how they look but remember we are all fighting our own battles and you can never understand if you aren't willing to learn and listen.”

The blogger’s powerful message finished by encouraging others with PCOS to seek help.

Tina’s post has since received a great deal of attention online with inspired women sharing their own stories of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in the comment section.

So far Tina has responded by writing: “I’m just an average woman battling what 1/20 other women battle every day!  I may be hairy like a man but I’m still a queen.”

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For Kim Kardashian it took baring all with a champagne glass balanced on her ginormous behind to finally break the Internet.

But for Zayn Malik, it seems all that’s required is the spurting of a bit of facial hair.

Despite his ongoing personal struggles, the former One Direction band member made an appearance at Tom Ford’s New York Fashion Week party last night to support his girlfriend of almost six months Gigi Hadid.

 

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But while the singer’s perfectly cut double-breasted suit and black polo combo ensured he was looking very dapper on the night, it’s his blossoming beard which really sent his fans into overdrive.

As usual Twitter has become the main outlet for Zayn’s fans’ frenzy, so naturally we’ve compiled some of the best reactions to Zayn's beard for your enjoyment.  Check them out below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A French teenager has kicked off a new Twitter trend which supports women who choose not to remove their body hair after she was teased at school for not shaving.

According to the Mail Online, 16-year-old Adele Labo started the hashtag #LesPrincessesOntDesPoils – which means “Princesses have hair” – to show women that the removal of underarm, leg and facial hair should be viewed as a choice rather than a necessity.

Since the tag first emerged, it has been used over 25,000 times on Twitter as women take to social media to share pictures of their hair.

 

In a video shared by AJ+, the Lille teen said: “I created the hashtag to encourage people to post about their body hair and relax, be comfortable with their own body.”

“And I wanted women in general to not feel obliged to shave their hair but to feel that they have a choice.”

“In society, the woman has to be shaved, soft, beautiful.  We ask the woman to be natural and herself but we impose a lot of stigma on [hair] and it bothers me.”

 

Adele was keen to stress that the movement is about acknowledging that the removal of body hair should be viewed as a personal choice rather than some form of social obligation and said she is not implying that all women should stop shaving and waxing in favour of a more natural look.

She said: “[Remove your hair] if you really want to.  But if you feel obliged to do it, don’t.”

“The movement is not at all to prevent women from [shaving].  It’s really to tell women they have the choice.  They shouldn’t feel forced.”

 

“They shouldn’t feel dirty or ashamed for not doing it because it is normal.”

The tag has launched quite the debate online with some Twitter users saying they wish they'd had Adele’s courage when they were a teen, while others have described the trend as “disgusting and foolish”.

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It was the casting decision that caused an international storm: in the role of Christian Grey, Jamie Dornan – known for his trademark facial hair – would appear clean-shaved. 

"Jamie Dornan without a beard is like a cupcake without frosting," one berate individual wrote on Twitter a year ago when the controversial announcement was first made.

Another chipped in with: "If I was Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan kept his beard and Irish accent, Fifty Shades would probably be a lot better."

Rather predictably, here at SHEmazing! Towers we definitely covet the 33-year-old Co Down man's sexy stubble.

But it has come to our attention that the wider public isn't entirely in agreement.

Yes, a brand new survey has now revealed that the likes of Prince Harry, David Beckham, Ben Affleck and Brad Pitt have ALL been deemed to have better beards than Jamie. 

In a survey of 1,000 people carried out by the popular Crown Clinic in Manchester (the same clinic favoured by the likes of Calum Best and Dr Christian from Embarrassing Bodies) the ginger whiskers of royal hottie Prince Harry were deemed the world's most lovely. 

David Beckham and George Clooney slot in at numbers two and three respectively, while Ben Affleck makes number four.

At the other end of the scale, Jake Gyllenhaal is ranked ninth, while our Jamie rounds up the Top 10. 

Interestingly however, women aren't always big fans of facial fuzz: 62 percent say they prefer their lads to be clean-shaven.

Still, growing numbers of men are enhancing their look with either beard or sideburn transplants. Indeed, Crown Clinic says its bookings have jumped by a quarter in the last three years alone.

And surgeon Asim Shahmalak reckons that Prince Harry (who thankfully says he'll be on the market for a while yet) is the facial hair trend-setter of the moment. 

The medic revealed: "The reaction to Prince Harry's beard has been universally positive. While he looks great with his ginger fuzz, the sad fact is almost half of men cannot grow a full beard.

"There are gaps in their beard or sideburns and the end result is patchy and unattractive.

"We can fill in those gaps to make sure any man can get a full beard like Harry."

And frankly, we have no problem with more men being rather more princely… or better still, more like Jamie himself. In the meantime, roll on Movember!

Top 10 celebrity beards, as revealed by Crown Clinic:

  1. Prince Harry
  2. David Beckham
  3. George Clooney
  4. Ben Affleck
  5. Ryan Gosling
  6. Hugh Jackman
  7. Alasdhair Willis
  8. Brad Pitt
  9. Jake Gyllenhaal
  10. Jamie Dornan
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Though the millions of women who found themselves drooling over his perfect face in Fifty Shades might disagree, Jamie Dornan has previously spoken of his love of having a beard.

Indeed, he's said he believes it makes him more distinguished and less cutsie-looking.

But the actor struck a balance while out and about in London yesterday, sporting neither a full beard nor a clean-shaven look.

Instead, Jamie boasted a handlebar moustache – which unsurprisingly he managed to pull off to perfection. 

Although dressed down in a blue t-shirt and navy jeans, also on show were his toned biceps.

The 33-year-old Co. Down-native was accompanied by his English wife, Amelia Warner, also 33, and their 18-month-old daughter, Dulcie.

The facial hair is not by choice, however: he has grown the moustache for a role in the forthcoming Jadotville

Released next year, the feature film documents the story of Co. Kerry Commandant Pat Quinlan, who led a stand-off with French and Belgian troops in the Congo in the early 1960s. 

Playing the suited and booted Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of EL James's Fifty Shades Of Grey, Mr Dornan sent hearts aflutter when the film hit cinemas in February.

It eventually went on to gross half a billion euro at the box office.

Thankfully, Jamie has already signed up for the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, which is due for release on February 10, 2017.

It is believed that he has been offered a €1.35m bonus to do a full frontal nude scene in the movie – an offer which he is said to be considering carefully. 

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Actress Thandie Newton might be one of the most naturally beautiful woman in Hollywood, but she showed that she too has to deal with everyday beauty issues in a charmingly down-to-earth selfie this evening.

The star shared an image of herself getting prepped for an evening out with a strip of Jolen bleach on her upper lip and not a care in the world. Posting a barefaced selfie from her bathroom, Thandie wrote, "Dealing with the tash in readiness for the Royal Premiere tonight! Go Jolen! XT"

Brilliant!

Thandie's Twitter and Instagram followers jumped at the chance to show their support, with one writing, "I seriously love you! So down to earth" and another praising the actress for addressing a taboo issue, saying, "Very brave, women should [have] the 'tash' conversation more often."

The Mission Impossible II actress was on her way to attend the annual Royal Film Performance in London, at which her husband Ol Parker's latest project, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, will be screened.

Thandie shared another picture a little later on, showing that she and her "tash" had arrived safe and sound at the premiere and writing, "At the Royal premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in Leicester Sq #olparker thanks @chanelofficial"

Looking fab as usual!

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As Gordan D’Arcy says goodbye to his beard, it seems facial hair is in fact back in fashion. If your other half can’t quite manage stubble, they can opt for  the latest craze of beard transplants.

There were over 4500 transplants done in the UK last year according to the International Society of Hair Restoration and it seems the numbers are about to rise. The procedure will set you back £4,000 in the UK and about $7,000 in the US.

According to Cosmopolitan, hair transplant surgeon at The Private Clinic Dr Raghu Reddy, said: “Facial hair transplants are continuing to grow in popularity, particularly as we see beards coming back into fashion.”

Talking to the Independent, New York’s facial plastic surgeon Dr. Yael Halaas says men would show him photos of Jake Gyllenhaal and other bearded celebs that they wanted to look like. He said: “The demand for it has definitely increased.”

If it means we will be seeing a lot of David Beckham and Aaron Paul look-a-likes we are definitely not complaining.

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Facial hair can be a huge embarrassment for ladies of all ages and it can really affect self confidence. However, before you resort to staying under your bed covers, you might want to try these handy tips.

Tweezing

This only works on annoying strays that are located under your chin or near the jaw line. Make sure you have good light and only pluck one at a time to avoid scarring.

Depilatory cream

Using a depilatory cream for your face is quick and efficient; however, always do a patch test and use sparingly.

Waxing

This can last up to about four weeks so it is not surprising that it is the most popular form of hair removal.

Bleaching

This is handy for fine, excessive hair as it turns it a lighter colour. If you do go this route, make sure you use plenty of moisturiser as blenching can dry the skin out.

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