Have you ever shaved your beard and stopped midway to laugh in the mirror at how hilarious you look? Conversely, maybe you were inspired by your accidental grooming. Either way, you’ve probably replicated an actual beard style. Most of the time when you think of beards, you think of just facial hair around your chin and mouth. But in reality, there are a ton of different styles and looks to choose from. We mean a TON.
The fun of having a beard is that it gives you freedom to do what you want with it. Some choose short stubble; others choose long locks. Some may shave off their sideburns, others may grow out their chin hair. Your beards are one of the first things people notice upon meeting you. How do you think people judge your whiskers? We’ve rounded up a few awesome beard styles for you to take some inspiration from.
Stubble is the easiest beard to have, considering all you do is just let it grow. This beard can be achieved in as little as 2 days, depending on how fast your hair grows. You can have short stubble, medium stubble or long stubble. It all relies on how often you want to shave and maintain it.
The full beard starts at the side burns and goes down the line of the cheek bone. A full mustache and bottom lip is intact, and the rest is left to grow naturally off the chin. Successfully growing a full beard requires grooming and high maintenance. This beard is a little bit harder to achieve for those who can’t grow hair in certain areas of the face.
This beard forks off (pun INTENDED) into different directions. This is a full beard that splits in two down the middle after it extends past the chin.
Probably the most known beard/mustache combo is the handlebar. A fully grown beard is eloquently paired with a long mustache. Give that ‘stache a little twirl on the ends with some wax, and you have yourself a glorious handlebar beard.
Chin straps are thin straps of hair along the jawline. This one requires consistent maintenance, otherwise, you’ll end up with a squiggle of hair on your face. The chin strap is very hard to perfect without a professional barber.
As the name suggests, this beard resembles the end of a ducktail. The different between this one and a full beard is that the ducktail is kept neat and trimmed on the sideburns and left to grow on the chin. It’s a perfect blend between wild and tamed.
The circle beard is, well, a circle. It’s a mustache connected to chin hair, known as a goatee. It’s a great fit for those who don’t want to commit to a fully grown beard.
Similar to the circle beard, the goatee is easy to maintain as it’s pretty much just chin hair. The standard goatee is small and a little pointed, with hair right below the bottom lip.
Essentially, mutton chops are just super long sideburns. To achieve mutton chops, just let your sideburns grow wild. Once they’ve grown to your desired length, cut in a little bit with a razor by the sides of the mouth. Make sure that the overall shape is narrow at the top and rounded at the bottom.
An imperial beard is for those who want to make a big impression. It’s actually more of a mustache than a beard, however, it does connect to hairs on the cheek. Rather than curling over the face, the tips of the hair point upward.
This beard, named after 17th century painter Anthony van Dyke,, consists of a mustache and a goatee. The difference here is that the hair on the cheeks is completely shaved, leaving a disconnect between the two.
Much like the Star Trek alien species it is named after, this beard style is out of this world. The Klingon is essentially a medium length beard without the mustache. The connectors between the mustache and the beard are intact but the upper lip is completely shaved.
The Dutch beard is the beard of lumberjacks. This style is a square shaped beard without a mustache, where the cheeks are covered. It is quite a popular style amongst the bearded community.
As the most popular style today, the Hipster beard is large and in charge. It is a freely grown beard that’s rugged and untamed. Length is key with this style to fully achieve the look.
Although this list is quite long, you’d be surprised to find out that we haven’t named ALL of the different styles out there. Just like your head hair, there are so many options when it comes to what your set up can look like. Hopefully this has inspired you to grow out one of these legendary beards, or create a style of your own!