Beard Styles 101
Beard and Manliness
Having a beard has always been a cultural and social symbol. From the beginning of history to the modern age, men have worn their beards proudly, showing off both their social position and their personality at the same time.
Undoubtedly, beards have always been a sign of masculinity and strength. A man with a beard has an advantage over beardless fellows and is usually favored by ladies.
Beards come in various shapes and designs, all of which reflect a different personal style. In essence, with a specific beard style, you can stand out from the crowd and contribute to your recognition and uniqueness. But first, let’s see what kind of a beard would be the right choice for you.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall — Who Is the Manliest Man of Them All?
By choosing a proper beard shape, style, and size, you can put an accent on the facial traits that make you likable. On the other hand, you can ruin it all by emphasizing some of your worst features. Therefore, be cautious when deciding on a shape — you could quickly end up looking less like a loveable manly man and more like a grizzly bear.
However, before going for a particular style, you should have in mind the following questions:
- Am I ready to devote both time and effort to beard maintenance?
- Can I grow a full beard at all?
- Are there areas where I don’t grow enough hair?
The Importance of Beard Maintenance
If you are NOT ready to put a little more effort into maintaining your beard, you should choose a short full beard or a simple goatee. The only thing you would need is an excellent trimmer to trim the beard when it starts looking a bit untidy.
These are the styles that fit almost every man. Any other, more sophisticated style will require more time and maintenance to keep it neat.
Where Does Your Beard Grow Well?
The second question you need to ask yourself is: Are there areas where I don’t grow enough hair? If you let your beard grow for about 30 days, you will soon spot the places where your beard is strong and dense. These are the exact spots you should nourish while shaving off all the spots with weak and rarified hair.
Some men are just lucky, so they have a strong beard all over the face and can opt for whatever beard style they want. Nevertheless, for those with a weaker beard, with some spots where the hair grows a lot more, the choice is natural. They won’t have to dwell on it too much.
The last and, quite frankly, the most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a beard style is the shape of your face.
Figuring Out Your Face Shape
Seven unique face shapes will help you choose the right beard style. These shapes are determined by the face length, as well as the size and position of the cheekbones and the jaw.
Here are some simple rules to follow that’ll allow you to figure out the kind of beard you should opt for:
This is a long face shape with a deep, square chin and wide jawbones.
Mutton chops or perhaps a chinstrap beard would add to the fullness of the face. The other variant is a mustache style. This style divides the face vertically, just like the chevron mustache (a la Tom Selleck).
If you, however, want to add some volume to the lower part of your face, you can opt for a circle beard with a horseshoe mustache. A mustache styling wax and combing set would be of great use there.
Oval face shape is defined by a rounded jawline and cheekbones that are a bit wider than the jawbones. It is considered an ideal shape by many, so if you have one — lucky you!
If you have an oval face, a short beard with clean lines will define your features in the best way possible. However, any style would do — a full beard or with a little more hair on the sides than on the chin (defined lines, fuzzy look, classic short beard).
People with this type of face shape have both wide cheekbones and a wide jawline, as well as a quite short chin.
A perfect match for this face shape is a beard that makes a face more oval and diamond-like. You should keep the beard trimmed on the sides and grow it more on the chin (in Van Dyke style). A goatee would probably be a perfect choice. Long thick beards will contribute to the face roundness, and this is what you want to avoid. You should emphasize the chin, keeping the beard shorter on the cheeks.
A square face shape entails a square jaw that’s about the same width as the forehead and the cheekbones. The face features have a little sharpness to them.
If you have a square face shape, you should steer clear of a full beard style that would accentuate your strong jaw. Instead, you ought to shape your beard so that it softens your sharp jawline a bit. You can make it longer in the center of the chin and shorter on the sides. Thus, you will emphasize your jawline and lengthen the chin a bit. A Balbo beard would be a right choice (without sideburns and with a trimmed, floating mustache).
A diamond-shaped face has approximately symmetrical forehead and jawline (both quite narrow), with the cheekbones as the widest part.
Mustache combo, goatee, Balbo, full beard, chin strap — all these styles can work with this face shape. You should keep some hair on the chin and avoid emphasizing the cheekbones, which are already accentuated.
A triangle face is characterized by a pronounced chin and a jawline that’s wider than the cheekbones.
A perfect fit for this face shape is a style that doesn’t emphasize the strong chin. Therefore, you should trim the cheek hair and the chin. You could opt for a beardstache, a pointed beard or the Van Dyke mustache.
The defining characteristics of the heart face shape are a pointed chin and a forehead that’s quite wide in comparison to the cheekbones and the jawline.
A chin curtain, mutton chops, an extended goatee, or a long, thick beard will go well with this shape. These styles visually alter the jawline, making it seem fuller and square-shaped.
A Short Or a Full Beard?
How can you know whether you should opt for a short or a full beard?
First, let’s define what a short beard is. This type of beard is usually less than one or two inches long. It is the kind of beard that best suits those of us with homogeneous hair growth. Some men can’t grow a full beard, so they’d have to settle for a short beard. Luckily, a shorter beard is easy to maintain and won’t take much of your time.
Short beard maintenance
If you want an elegant short beard, follow these rules:
- Leave the beard untrimmed for a week or two. That way, you will see how much beard you can grow in the meantime.
- When the beard is at least 2 cm long, wash it and dry it, and then comb it down.
- Now start using the trimmer to shape the beard. The beard should end two fingers above Adam’s apple. Everything below should be neatly shaved.
Always remember to trim the beard gradually, keeping the full shape and slowly trimming the bits away to keep the definition. Once you trim the hair, you’ll have to wait for it to grow back — so go slowly!
Itching is quite common with this style, especially if you have sensitive skin. However, you can soothe your face with some beard oil.
After applying the beard oil, comb the beard with your fingers from top to bottom and from the sides to the center. That way, you’ll check if you’ve missed some spots while trimming.
Short Beard Styles
Classic shorter-length beard: This look gives your beard a seemingly wild, unmaintained appearance. However, the beard is trimmed close to the skin. Trim the sideburns and your hairline to get a clean-cut look. Leave the outline and neckline to grow naturally.
Fuzzy look: The fuzzy look is a short beard that’s been left alone. Leave the beard to grow a little and then trim it a bit. The beard shouldn’t be trimmed too close to the skin.
Short and straightforward: This is a classy short beard style. Trim your beard in a way that it fades into the sideburns with a close-shaved goatee. You can also opt for a faded cut and a side part.
Prominent definition: To get this look, you should create a prominent soul patch and leave some hair in the dip above the lip. Some thicker sideburns would accentuate this style further.
Defined lines: A partially shaved goatee characterizes this short beard style. Leave only a patch of hair under the lip and a little hair under the chin.
Mustache and chin strap: This style is perfect for those who can’t grow a full beard. You can achieve this look by shaving all the face hair except for the mustache and the hair along the jawline. Then, evenly trim the outline of the chin strap and the mustache to the chin strap length.
Thin goatee style: To achieve this short beard variant, trim your goatee close to the face and leave the soul patch extending towards the chin. Shave the face hair and ensure the sideburns are clean-cut.
A Full Beard Guide
A thick beard is a proud and manly feature that gives any man a seductive and incredibly irresistible look. However, there are some rules to follow if you want to look elegant while sporting this style. First things first, though — let’s see what a full beard entails.
What Is a Full Beard?
Any beard fully covering the cheeks, jaw, lips, and chin is referred to as a full beard. We will try to provide some guidelines for growing a full beard and mention some of its variations down below.
Growing and maintaining a full beard
Serious dedication and determination are vital for growing a full beard since you will need to devote several weeks to the process. You should let the beard grow for at least four weeks. The optimal time for trimming is when the beard reaches the desired length.
During this transition period, you must keep the neck and upper cheeks neat. Use shavers and round motions to remove the hair.
When the beard is fully grown, start tidying it up. Use the comb or the zoom wheel and set it to the 3rd or 4th level to even out the length. Going from cheeks to the chin, slowly change the length settings.
Full beard styles
The style of your full beard will depend heavily on your hairstyle and face shape. Whatever beard, mustache, or goatee you opt for, it has to match them.
Consider how your beard ends when looking for the right style. If the transition is abrupt, you obviously won’t pick a beard fade.
Ultimately, always keep in mind that a thick full beard might make you look messy. If you aren’t ready to go for a lumberjack look, maintain your full beard properly.
Follow Your Style
Your beard should reflect your personality, your style, and the impression you would like to make. Also, it should go well with your hairstyle. Each hairstyle requires a particular beard style.
Set Your Goals
Do you want an elegant beard, or would you prefer to keep it casual? Is your goal to look younger or more mature, manly, and earnest — or a bit seductive and mysterious? Always think of your beard as a part of who you are. Only then will the beard become your weapon and not a disadvantage.