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Beard. Guide. Men.
Not three words that often appear together. Unless you’re attending a Fashion School, you’re not likely to find a useful, detailed guide out there. Written by a man, for men.
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 awesome thing about beards is that there is a style of beard for every man. Literally. With the right look, a beard can amplify your masculinity and give you an edgier, more dramatic aesthetic. A good beard has a lot more to it than just mere patience and this you need to understand.
The first reason why men decided to adopt beards was an attempt to avoid painfulness and to make their morning toilet easier. There are so many movie characters that come to mind. Sean Connery (as Indiana Jones Sr.), Russell Crowe (Maximus the Gladiator) and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) to name a few. Many of them are now known thanks to their beard as much as their legacy. Any man who has passed the age of puberty wants a beard to look more manly and attractive. But there are so many types of beards out there. Here is a list of 17 Beard Trends you can try out.
About a while back if you would have come and asked me, The Bearded Look or The Clean-Shaven Look. Hands down I would have said Beard, Hell yes! Prospective change once you try something yourself. Now you’d think I hate beards-men and beards, which I obviously don’t as I wouldn’t write about it otherwise. xD
- The Clean-Shaven
There are certain things that never go out of fashion. Things like a three piece suit, a crisp white shirt, a pair of tan boots and the clean shaven look. Any man can pull it off with a stubble, but only a real man can sport the clean shaven look with élan.
Also, recent surveys and studies clearly tell that women seem to prefer the clean shaven look for a variety of reasons including hygiene. A number of respondents have also said that when a man is free from facial hair, it shows that he has nothing to hide in his facial features. He is not trying to disguise acne or a weak chin but is just confident in showing off what he has!
2. The Short Stubble
The short stubble style of beard is arguably one of the simplest ones around. It can be achieved by growing facial hair for a few days (3-4 days) after shaving. This type of beard looks very short. To maintain a Short Stubble use a trimmer or a razor and any hair below he Adam’s apple must be cleared. Also, if you have hair all the way to your cheeks, bring it up to your cheekbone.
3. The Medium Stubble
As the name suggests, a medium stubble is a beard style slightly longer than the short stubble. It takes a couple of days more for medium stubble. It is somewhere between 3 to 5 mm long.
Upper cheeks must be left clean shaven so that the overall look appears neat and deliberate.
4. The Long Stubble
The long stubble style of beard may be trickier to maintain than its shorter counterparts. It is also referred to as the perfect five o’clock shadow as it presents an even darkening in the lower third of a man’s face. The long stubble is slightly longer than the medium stubble, measuring about 6 mm.
5. The Full Beard
One of the classiest Beard Styles and to grow your facial hair is The Full Beard. It sure is difficult to achieve as not every man is blessed with facial hair when it really is time to flaunt them. The Full Beard sure takes a longg time (4-5 weeks) and patience you got to keep during this time and let them people say.
6. The French Fork Beard
A French Fork beard is a very distinctive style. This one here is not very common and you wouldn’t really find it on anyone. As the name says, it is named for the fact that original French forks only had 2 prongs.
The Fictional character Jack Sparrow has similar Beard Style.
7. The Duck-tail Beard
The Duck-tail style of beard is another twist off the original full beard and gets its name from its appearance. Just by looking at it you can easily see how much the bottom part of this style of beard resembles the tail of a duck.
Many beards-men consider the Duck-tail a perfect compromise between the wild characteristic of having a beard and well-groomed sophistication. It’s possibly for this reason the Duck-tail continues to be one of the most popular styles of beard today.
8. The French or The Circle Beard
This Beard style only brings in mind Heisenberg from Breaking Bad. How, bad-ass this look is, you know it. Circle beard is a very common style among men of age 30 to 50. Basically, circle bread is a circular shave that combines the goatee and the mustache, striking a balance between old age and youthfulness in a very sophisticated manner.
9. The Goatee
A goatee is a type of beard worn on the chin, much like a Billy Goat’s beard and is never supposed to be connected to a mustache. While having full beards may appear untidy, wild and unkempt to some, the Goatee is a good compromise that allows a man to still keep some facial hair and can easily be maintained.
10. The Extended Goatee or The Hollywoodian
The extended goatee is also called the tailback or the Hollywoodian and it’s a combination of the goatee and the mustache. In appearance it looks like a mustache connected to a beard, but with the sideburns removed.
11. The Imperial
The Imperial is new trend and definitely one of my favorite beard styles. For the man who really wants to make an impression with his facial hair, the Imperial style is certainly one that will do that! This style was popular in France during the period of the Second Empire, where it got the name.
This style can also be tried as mustache alone with no beard and would stand almost equally best. This style always reminds me of V for Vendetta.
12. The Van Dyke Beard
The Van Dyke beard style gets its name from the 17th Century Flemish painter Anthony Van Dyke and this beard style was his signature look, but has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity.
13. The Anchor Beard
As you may have already guessed, the Anchor style of beard gets its name from the nautical anchor and the overall shape should resemble one.
To get the Anchor right, a beard-man’s face must be free of sideburns, but have a beard that extends along the jawline and is then styled to a point. This point should be connected to a pencil mustache so that the overall shape is anchor-like. A word of caution regarding this style: it can be tricky to get right as it’s a combination of many styles, namely the Chinstrap, the Goatee and the Handlebar. The Anchor style suits beards-men with square or oblong shaped faces the best, so it’s not a beard style that anyone can just pull off.
14. The Balbo Beard
The Balbo beard style has an interesting history. It was once closely linked to fascists as the man who made it popular was Italian Air Marshall Italo Balbo, who was one of Mussolini’s henchmen during the Second World War.
The Balbo will suit men who have narrow chins. It is also a go-to style for men who may have been aiming for the Van Dyke but have had a couple of trimming mishaps.
15. The Friendly Mutton Chops
The Friendly Mutton Chops is nothing really different but a better version of The Oldie Mutton Chops. To grow Friendly Mutton Chops, allow sideburns grow to the corners of your mouth, at the same time allowing the mustache to grow, too. This style might remind you of Wolverine from X-Men.
16. The Verdi Beard
The Verdi style of beard is inspired by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). The Verdi is just an example of a full beard that has been slightly styled. Notice how the mustache has been styled. The mustache here is kind of what is in The Imperial. The mustache must not grow more than 1.5 cm and must always appear impeccably groomed. The beard should be short and rounded at the bottom and should be no longer than 10 cm in length when measured from the bottom lip.
17. The Bandholz Beard
Eric Bandholz started out as a run of the mill guy working in the corporate world.
In 2011, he felt a strong desire to grow a beard but always got negative comments from his corporate work environment. He then decided to ditch his job and began to pursue what he calls his “urban beards-man lifestyle”. Today, Eric Bandholz is the founder of Beardbrand, a company that specializes in men’s grooming products.
I want to know your thoughts. How essential do you think a beard to man is? If I have missed out a trending style.
Do tell me about it in the comments section..