When it comes to facial hair, one man's meat is another man's poison. Where some men may only be able to grow measly strands or a tiny bit of scruff (please don't), others, like Jake Gyllenhaal boast big, glorious beards. A beard can do many things. It can make Ben Affleck less puffy. It can make Tom Hardy look even more dangerous than he already does. It can make Jamie Dornan's short face look more proportionate. And for Kit Harington, it can stop him short of looking prettier than (almost) everyone's daughters. Gentlemen, drop those razors and behold the transformative power of the beard.
We confess we're already partial to Hardy, but his beard-growing ability (and tattoos) enhance his tough man appeal.
To quote a random person on the Internet: "If I were Anastasia Steele, and Jamie Dornan kept his beard and Irish accent, 50 Shades of Grey would probably be a lot better."
His beard seems to have landed him macho roles in films like Southpaw and erased all traces of his prior, geeky image. (See Bubble Boy)
From football hero to distinguished gentleman and People's Sexiest Man Alive 2015. His well-trimmed and tidy beard suits his dapper style.
Without a beard, Harington is serious competition for us in the pretty stakes. We prefer him with boyish scruff and windswept waves.
From beard wash — did you know that was a thing? — to trimming scissors, try these beard grooming products on for size: