Being a player in the beard game isn’t as straightforward as you may think. Having a boss beard involves more than an amped up daily grooming routine and tons of strong styling wax. In fact, your beard has much more to do with your face than anything you put on it.
Beards aren’t one-size-fits-all. Today we’ll be guiding you on the most common face types and the most popular beard types to send you on your way to the beard of your dreams. If you already have a beard, now’s the time to stroke it thoughtfully as you spend the next couple of minutes reading what we have to tell you.
Common face shapes
No face is the same. That much is a given. But there are common categories that all faces fall under. The first step to picking a dope beard lies in identifying which group your face belongs to. While it’s by no means an exact science, here’s the lowdown on some of the most common face shapes and what works for each of them.
If you’re lucky enough to have a square face you’re pretty much obligated to show off your strong jawline. No matter which beard style you pick the aim should be to draw attention to your jawline and cheekbones—not hide them. Because of this, it’s recommended that you opt for a short beard and focus on your chin.
The best beard styles for square shaped faces include the goatee, the petite goatee, the royale beard and the circle beard.
Much like with square shaped faces, you should opt for a beard style that shows off your facial structure and adds more definition to your jaw and cheekbones. In order to do this, we advise you to pick a style that is short on top and long on the bottom to focus on your features.
You can pick any style that draws attention to the bottom of your face from simple chin strips to a classic mutton chops beard.
Round faces are awesome, moms love them and so do the ladies. But unless you like rocking the babyface look, we recommend minimizing the impact of those chubby cheeks by picking beard styles that create angles out of nothing.
To achieve an angular look and to give your face a bit of slim down pick a beard style like a short boxed beard, a Balbo beard, a Van Dyke beard or an anchor beard.
If you’re in possession of an oval shaped face, you’ve hit the beard jackpot. This face shape can accommodate any beard style. While your options are quite literally endless some styles just work particularly well with oval faces.
Such styles include the Chevron, a horseshoe mustache and even a 3-day stubble style beard.
Main beard styles
Now that you know what styles work best for your face shape, it’s time to look into what these beard styles consist of. We’ll also be filling you in on the main beard styles so you’ll never have to worry about not being able to tell the difference between a Whaler and a Hollywoodian ever again.
• 3-day Stubble beard: A 3-day stubble beard is a seriously trimmed beard that mimics the appearance of three days’ worth of stubble.
• Anchor beard: An anchor beard is a downward pointed mustache and pointed beard combo.
• Balbo beard: A Balbo beard is a sideburn-free beard that features a rounded floating mustache.
• Chevron: A Chevron beard is an old-school mustache that covers your top lip in its entirety.
• Chin strip: A chin strip is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a thin vertical strip of hair right in the center of the chin.
• Circle beard: A circle beard is a chin strip meets mustache that is connected by—you guessed it—a circular patch of hair.
• Goatee: A goatee is a small beard that sits on the chin. A petite goatee is an even smaller beard that sits only on the very bottom of the chin in order to elongate it.
• Hollywoodian: The Hollywoodian is a sideburn-free beard that features a square floating mustache. Typically, Hollywoodians are grown out and worn long.
• Horseshoe beard: In case you haven’t guessed already a horseshoe beard is a horseshoe shaped mustache that covers the top lip and goes down in bars to the chin.
• Mutton chops beard: A mutton chops beard consists of long sideburns that seamlessly connect to a mustache. The lower lip and chin areas are completely bare.
• Royale beard: A royale beard is essentially a mustache that has an accompanying chin beard.
• Short boxed beard: A short boxed beard is an incredibly neat short full beard that spans from the sideburns down.
• Van Dyke beard: A Van Dyke beard is similar to a full goatee except it includes a detached mustache.
• Whaler beard: Also known as the Amish beard, a whaler is a long full beard without any mustache. This beard style is often grown out to some serious lengths.
Long vs short beard
Next up, you’ll need to decide whether you want a long or short beard. Now for many people, this is more nature’s call and not so much theirs. If you are capable of growing a longer beard, you need to decide whether or not you’re up for the challenge.
Obviously, growing a long beard requires a bit of commitment and a lot of beard styling products. But don’t think that opting for a short beard is the easy way out. To help you make your decision, keep the following in mind.
TimeYou need to factor in time when comparing long beards to short beards. In the long term, it can take years to achieve your desired beard length while in the short term you’ll have to groom and maintain your longer beard daily. On the other hand, shorter beards are much easier to grow but they actually come with their fair share of time-consuming maintenance requirements.
EffortDon’t fall into the trap of thinking that shorter beards require less effort than longer ones. (Side note: all beards worthy of the name deserve and demand effort). Most short beard styles require daily grooming and trimming—especially tight ones like the 3-day stubble beard. In saying that, longer beards do require a little more effort including shampooing, conditioning, oiling as well as daily grooming and combing.
ExpenseIt’s fair to say that longer beards are more expensive than their short counterpart. Not only do they almost always require a pomade or beard wax, but you’ll also need to use more product. This naturally means that the more you use, the quicker it will run out. It’s a good thing that all of our products are so affordable.
What naturally works for you?
With great beards come great responsibility.
As much as picking the right beard style is determined by your face shape, that isn’t all you should keep in mind. Think of the time, effort and money you’re willing to dedicate to growing your beard as well as other factors such as your hustle, your lady’s preference, your wardrobe and even the hair on top of your head.
No matter which beard style you opt for, arm yourself with a beard grooming kit, educate yourself with similar articles and always ask yourself: “What would Rick Ross do?”.