It’s no secret that beards have become one of the most popular trends for men, with their ability to completely change your aesthetic. The remarkable thing is that there is a beard style for every man. Whether you’re after something tough or a little more subtle, this guide to different beard styles has got you covered.
Beard Styles for Men
For those who aren’t ready to commit to a full beard, stubble can make an excellent alternative. Sitting between clean-shaven and a short beard, stubble is both practical in length and stylishly rugged. Depending on your hair growth, the perfect stubble can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to grow.
2. Short Beard
If you’re trying to stay cool in the summer sun or your boss has decided that long beards don’t ‘work’ in their workplace, then a short beard is a style for you. For many men, it presents a perfect way to try something new, while still maintaining rugged, masculine facial hair. For a short beard, simply keep the hair on the cheeks and on the neck trimmed short and neatly combed. Regular maintenance is required to ensure your beard remains polished rather than patchy.
3. Trimmed Beard
A longer beard can work well when done right, but approach this style with caution. It is a gradual process to perfect the longer beard, so be patient. Also, be mindful of your grooming. You want to ensure that your hair is styled appropriately, so you don’t end up looking like Tom Hanks in Castaway. Ensure that your barber gets your haircuts right – opt for more modern, youthful styles to prevent an aged aesthetic. Beard oil is also a good idea to stop irritation and dryness and also to make your beard hair more manageable.
4. Ducktail Beard
Masculine and stylish, these are two ways to describe the ducktail beard. It is a full beard that resembles a duck’s tail, hence the name. The style tends to have a pointed appearance at the chin and looks best when worn between two to four inches. It is flattering on most face shapes and can be adapted slightly to suit your preference, with varying thicknesses. The beauty of the ducktail beard is that it can have a very sophisticated finish and is easier to wear than some of the more daring styles. That said, the precision of the look makes it a little more maintenance. You will have to regularly groom your beard to have it looking its best.
5. Circle Beard
The right beard can transform your face, highlighting your best features and giving you a masculine finish. Circle beards could be just what you’re looking for if you want a stylish beard that can complement your face shape. This beard has a circular shape, which can be subtle or more dramatic, depending on your preference. It usually has a very neat appearance, although those who prefer a more rugged approach may wish to experiment a bit with varying lengths and thicknesses. This is the perfect choice for older men.
6. Chevron Beard
Beards are sexy and cool, but some are more difficult to grow and maintain. The Chevron mustache is one of the easier options to try out and can make a subtle statement with minimal effort. The style features thick facial hair covering the top lip. It can angle downwards at the corners of the lip but has a very natural appearance. This is the focus of your look because the rest of the face is clean-shaven or has only a little stubble; the contrast will draw even more attention to your lips. This facial hair has a decidedly 80s feel, but you can modernize it with how you choose to wear your hair.
What better way to find a balance between a mustache and a beard than with a beardstache? This is a modern and cool way to wear your facial hair that Henry Cavill perhaps popularized. The style focuses on the mustache but with shorter hair on the cheeks, jaw, and chin. The thick mustache and stubble create a nice balance instead of a sharp contrast that would be the case if you were to keep your face clean-shaven. Depending on how noticeable you wish it to be, you can experiment with varying lengths and thicknesses of your mustache. The look can be incredibly flattering and highlight your facial features. Although, it is best worn by men with full upper lips.
8. Imperial Beard
The Imperial beard style is for the man who wants to make a statement. If you are not shy and do not mind the attention that this daring mustache will bring you, then this is the look you have been searching for. It is a thick mustache curled upwards at the corners. The mustache enjoyed popularity during the 19th Century and was worn by men who wanted to portray the image of wealth and sophistication. These days, you can adapt your Imperial to suit your preference; this could be with a thick and full beard or with a chin strap. The facial hair you choose to pair with the Imperial can balance out the mustache or draw attention to it.
9. Van Dyke Beard
Another popular and easy to achieve beard style is the Van Dyke (sometimes spelled Van Dyck). It gets its name after the 17th-century Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck and is defined by a mustache and Goatee, with the cheeks being clean-shaven. It is a stylish and masculine option that remains popular with men of all ages. The finish is very distinct and can be somewhat challenging to maintain. You will regularly need to keep your cheeks and jawline shaved and trim the length on your mustache and Goatee. However, this style will suit most men and has been favored by some of the most handsome men in the world, including Pierce Brosnan.
10. Anchor Beard
The Anchor beard style is a short pointed beard on the chin paired with a mustache. Simply put, it creates the shape of an anchor with a strip of hair that extends from the chin to the jawline. The Anchor does require regular trimming and maintenance to keep the shape, but it looks great on most men and suits most face shapes. Those that it will flatter and look especially good on are square, round and rectangular face shapes.
11. Balbo Beard
The Balbo beard style is classy and will add a touch of sophistication to your appearance. It features a combination of a goatee and a disconnected mustache and can be adapted slightly with varying thicknesses and lengths. That said, it is excellent for those with patchiness as the areas around the mouth are shaven. You can alter it to your style with how you choose to wear your mustache; it can be thick, long, or turned up or down at the corners of the mouth. The versatility makes this a popular choice. It is a look that male celebrities and style icons favor because it can be incredibly flattering and highlight your features. Plus, it is slim and clean.
12. Mutton Chops
The mutton chops beard style is for those who want a ruggedly handsome appearance. It is a look that was popular in the mid-19th Century and is often associated with the Wild West; however, the beard has most recently enjoyed a resurgence of popularity thanks to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine character. The beard features long sideburns down to the jaw, cut at a wide angle, and is joined by a mustache. The chin is kept clean-shaven, so the focus is on the side of the face. Although it is not for everyone, there are many variations of the look; some bold, thick and messy, others more stylish and neat. You will need to regularly trim it and remove the hair from the cheeks and chin.
13. Chin Strap
The Chin Strap beard style is the perfect option for men who do not want to grow a full beard and prefer just a little facial hair. It dates back to the 18th Century but is one of the most versatile beards and can be worn in various ways and paired with other facial hair, like a mustache. Or without a mustache, the choice is yours and should depend on your preference. The style can also help to define your jawline as it extends from each sideburn and under the chin. In addition, this is an excellent beard for men of all ages and will suit multiple face shapes.
14. Garibaldi Beard
If you want a beard that makes a statement, then look no further than the Garibaldi; named after the famed 9th Century Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi, who fought for unity in the country. This look is defined by being wide and full, although it should not pass 20cms, and the mustache is thick but neat. A mustache joins the beard, and the facial hair looks natural, masculine, and thick. Beards can transform your face and highlight your features, specifically your jawline and cheeks. It is best for those with rectangular or oval face shapes. This beard can also make you look sexy and masculine. You will require regular trips to the barber for trims and remove split ends to ensure that your facial hair looks its best at all times.
15. Bandholz Beard
The Bandholz beard style makes a statement because it is long and thick and features a mustache that joins into a full beard. It gets its name from beard expert and founder of Beardbrand, Eric Bandholz. Although the mustache has structure, the beard can grow freely and can be whatever length you wish it to be. It will usually take a minimum of six months to grow. You need the patience to rock this beard. You may not enjoy it while it is reaching the desired length, and it can look messy, but the finished appearance is incredibly stylish. It works exceptionally well with triangle, oblong, oval, and round face shapes.
16. French Fork Beard
The French Fork beard is a style that is not for the faint-hearted, and it will take some confidence to pull off. As the name suggests, this facial hair has a fork-like appearance, defined by the beard hair splitting in the middle into two pieces; a French fork traditionally has two prongs. The beard is usually long, extending past the chin, but there are many variations depending on the length and texture of your facial hair. It can be neater and more subtle in appearance, or long, dramatic, and daring. The choice is yours, so find the look that works best for you. It is also a good idea to pair it with a mustache for a more balanced finish.
17. Bushy Beard
The bushy beard is great for adding texture and enhancing your face shape. If you are looking to exaggerate your jawline, a bushier beard will do just that. Beard oil is essential for this look, as it will prevent dryness and soften up the facial hair. A bushy beard can also make you look more mature. Much like a long beard, a bushy beard needs to be paired with a haircut that is styled appropriately. Joaquin Phoenix’s version of a bushy beard is a great example of a fuller beard with depth and texture.
18. Patchy Beard Styles
Not all beards are created equal. So, while some gents can easily grow a big bush on their chins, others often struggle with patchiness. Don’t worry if you fall into the latter category, though. There are plenty of great patchy beard styles that look fantastic even with uneven hair growth. The trick to nailing the look is to opt for a very short beard for a smart style or grow it to a regular short length for a more rugged and stylishly undone appearance.
19. Viking Beard
Vikings are undoubtedly renowned for two things: their epics skills in battle, and their beards. For men looking for a masculine, no-nonsense way to style long and thick facial hair, a Viking beard is the way to go. To ensure you resemble a warrior rather than a wildebeest, remember to trim and shampoo your beard regularly. Finally, take a style note from the world’s favorite Viking, Ragnar, and rock your beard with long locks or a messy man bun.
20. Beard Styles for Round Face
Drawing the eye downwards, a beard can be the perfect way to elongate and balance out a round-shaped face. For this look, a full, thick beard and a mustache tend to work best. Fortunately, this style looks great both short and long, so experiment with the length until you find the one that’s right for you.
21. Black Men Beard Styles
For dark-skinned men seeking a new look this season, opt for a full beard to redefine your appearance. Whether you choose a short, close-cut beard or a long, thick one, regular maintenance is essential to keep you looking sharp. Take a leaf from mega-rapper Drake’s book and add a sleek mustache to help blend the beard into the rest of the face. For day-to-day care, make sure to keep a few drops of beard oil close by for added moisture and to prevent irritation.
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22. Asian Beard Styles
For Asian men, a well-groomed beard can accentuate masculine jawlines and high cheekbones. If your dark hair has started to take on a lighter, whiter tone, embrace the path of the silver fox with a sophisticated, neat beard. For a more youthful approach, try a sleek man bun to complement a full beard.
23. Short Hair with Beard
When your hair is shorter, you will need to ensure that your beard is proportionate to your hair length. Stubble is failsafe – it particularly complements shorter hairstyles and gives an overall balanced look. It gets a bit tricky when you are growing your beard longer. With longer hairstyles, a longer beard works really well, but with shorter haircuts, you want to ensure that your beard doesn’t look too out of place if it is longer. The best way to ensure that your beard is proportionate to your haircut is to experiment with beard lengths – your face shape may be able to handle a long beard with a shorter haircut, but don’t go too extreme with your facial hair length.
24. Medium-Lenght Hair with Beard
Medium-length hairstyles work really well to compliment beards, as this length is typically more versatile than when your hair is cut shorter. To really amplify the effect of medium length hair alongside a beard, go for trendy haircuts that will boost your beard’s appeal. Medium length hair will also allow you the freedom to experiment with different beard lengths, so it is a failsafe length.
25. Long Hair with Beard
Length shouldn’t be feared when it comes to beards or facial hair in general. Longer hair is actually quite versatile and is very complimentary with shorter, medium, and longer facial hair. The important thing to remember about long hair and growing a beard is to ensure that your grooming is impeccable. You don’t want to look disheveled, so pay attention to how you style your long hair and appropriately trim your beard so you don’t look careless.
26. Slicked Back Hair with Beard
A beard can work well for an aesthetic influenced by the past. Slicked back hair is a great way to incorporate retro vibes in your looks and will work well to make your beard more appropriate for formal or dressed up occasions. Experiment with the finish of the product that you use for your slicked back hairstyle, as different finishes can allude to varied aesthetics. A glossy, shiny finish is true to the 40s and 50s aesthetic, but a matte finish can work to modernize your hairstyle.
27. Fade Haircut with Beard
One of the most flattering haircuts to complement a beard is a fade haircut, it is well balanced and lends a modern vibe to facial hair. The appealing thing about a fade haircut is that it hinges on precision, meaning that it can handle longer beards and will balance out your looks more appropriately. The modernity of a fade haircut will also make your interpretation of a beard more youthful and complement different dress codes.
28. Curly Hair with Beard
Bouncier hair types like curls and waves work incredibly well with beards because the textures correspond well with each other. You will want to ensure that you are using a product with a shiny finish, as it will allow your hair to stand out when paired with a beard. Work your chosen product in with your fingers and concentrate on ensuring your locks stay in place with a medium-hold hairspray.
29. Man Bun with Beard
If you’re looking to toughen up a man ban, a beard is a solution. The depth of a bun alongside the masculine elements of a beard work well for a modern aesthetic. A thicker, fuller beard works to enhance the height of a bun, adding dimension. Alternatively, stubble is also an appealing option, lending texture that will bode well for the extra length of your hair. Our references for this combo? Orlando Bloom and Jared Leto, who have both balanced out the length of their man buns with their stubble.
30. Pompadour with Beard
A blow-dried pompadour is one of the most appealing hairstyles to complement a fuller beard. Given the hairstyle is more youthful, it balances out heavier beards well and won’t leave you looking too mature. When styling your pompadour, opt for a sleeker finish and aim to add volume when you’re drying your wet hair. A glossy pompadour will effectively boost the appeal of a beard, making you look more put together.
31. Messy Hair with Beard
This is a tricky one. Whilst messy hair has the potential to look effortless and textured with a beard, you don’t want your combination to look like you’re homeless or in need of a shower. The trick to pulling these two elements off is to style your hair with a product that has a hint of shine and ensure your beard is neat and trimmed accordingly. You want your hair to look effortless but you shouldn’t just roll out of bed. Keep in mind that sometimes achieving “messy hair” can ironically take longer than just blow-drying your hair, so if you can’t commit to making a messy mane work with a beard, stick to something more simple.
32. Beard and Mustache
To achieve an awesome beard, you also need to take your mustache into account. After all, unless you’re rocking a goatee, or something similar, the hair above your lip will always affect the appearance of your beard. As such, you need to ensure a coordinated look. So, if your beard is short and neat, you must ensure that your mustache is neatly trimmed to match. Also, it’s important to consider if and how your beard and mustache connect and whether you want to add any style details, such as curled ends on your mustache, or not.
33. Grey Beard Styles
A beard can look great on men who have grey hair. To rock a stylish grey beard, all you need to remember is to keep your look neat and polished. Doing so will ensure that you maintain a mature and sophisticated appearance that’s appropriate for your age. As such, you should select either a short beard or a long beard style for your look. As stubble and bushy beards can both sometimes appear a little unkempt, they are best avoided.
34. Beard Styles for Teenagers
For teenage gents who have a knack for growing facial hair, a beard can make a fashionable addition to their look. All they need to do is pick an appropriate beard style for a teenager. A short beard or stubble look is usually the best option for those under 20-years-old. Thanks to their minimal lengths, these styles are achievable for young men. They also look great and can project an appearance that perfectly blends maturity with youthfulness.
35. Indian Beard Style
A beard is a fashionable look for men from all over the world, including India. Indian beard styles can be diverse with a selection of options that are suitable for all face shapes and styles. In particular, short beards and stubble can look great on Indian gents. As Indian hair is often thick and voluminous, keeping your beard trimmed and neat will allow for a balanced and complementary appearance.
Beard Styles Chart
Best Beard Products
When it comes to the hair on your face, grooming is essential, and beard styling products play a significant role in that process. While trimming and cutting your beard is important to ensure the shape of your beard looks great, conditioners and oils are useful for keeping your beard healthy, hydrated, and soft. Wax, on the other hand, can be used to ensure your crazy crumb-catcher looks presentable and polished for formal occasions and business settings.
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How to Choose a Beard for Your Face Shape
How do I choose my beard style?
Your choice of beard style is going to depend on two main factors – your face shape and growth pattern. The first step is to work out what shape face you have. The seven main types are rectangle, oval, square, heart, diamond, round, and triangle. Once you have that, you also need to have a look at how your facial hair grows. There’s no point in aiming for a full beard if you have no hair growing along your jawline. A goatee style might be a better choice. Keep in mind, your beard growth will likely change with age, so just because you couldn’t rock a full beard in your 20s doesn’t mean you won’t be able to in your 30s.
What are the best beard styles?
The best beard style is the one that suits you. You want to rock one that flatters your face shape, accentuating your best features, and minimizing what you like less. Goatees are incredibly versatile, and there are a lot of variations that can work on many men. Full beards can also be very flexible, as you can trim the shape to accommodate the look you’re after.
What beard length is most attractive?
Studies have shown that heavy stubble is considered the most attractive beard length. This length could be regarded as more hygienic than longer beards, and also doesn’t hide the wearer’s face. It’s easy to keep tidy with overall lower maintenance, yet is still suitably masculine. Plus, it’s also past the horrendous pash-rash length!
Do beards make you look older?
Yes, a beard can make you look older. However, depending on what age you are, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If you get asked for ID every time you buy a drink, a beard could help prevent this. It can also make you look more masculine and distinguished. However, as you get older and the greys creep in, you may want to reconsider your facial hair. There are plenty of men who can rock a handsome silver fox beard, but it does require a level of maintenance and care. As such, sometimes shaving the whiskers off can shave years off your perceived age.
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