It seems beards are trending in men’s fashion in 2016, no seriously, we have graphs that prove it. This so-called “generational difference” is somewhat non-existent, and more millennials and folks from generation-x are sporting beards of various sizes and shape. We would be lying if we said we weren’t impressed by some of the beards men are sporting these days; What we’ve found is that people (employers, parents, and people who matter) still don’t like unkempt hobo-esque looks. Beards that are properly groomed and well kept are still favored and truly look awesome.
Our goal with this article is to introduce you to some beard styles other enthusiasts are growing. So whether you can grow the “Bandholz” or just classic stubble, we have got you covered. This article will start with the larger beards and work our way backwards.
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The Bandholz beard style is impressive, sadly I can’t seem to grow one. This beard was actually popularized by Eric Bandholz, the founder of Beardbrand. Most people in this realm likely remember the community Bandholz created and may even buy the products he now creates, ranging from beard oils and softeners to combs and scissors.
Shape: Oval, Diamond, and triangle face shapes.
How to Grow: The Bandholz is going to take time to grow, expect to wait at a minimum of 6 months to amass this beard. It is going to look hobo-esque and unkempt like we said to avoid, but the wait will be worth it. Maintain the length and girth and leave your scissors and razors untouched. Once you can’t seem to grow anymore you can trim to your preference and maintain.
On the topic of full-beards, the Garibaldi is another popular choice. The goal is to achieve a more roundish beard to complement oval face shapes. The mustache is kept trim while the beard is allowed to continue to grow as long as you desire.
Shape: Oval and rectangular
How to Grow: Shaping this beard is similar to the Bandholz. We suggest allowing the beard to grow as long as genetically possible. While the beard is growing, trim the mustache and cheek areas. Once the beard is finished growing, round it off to achieve this style.
The Dutch is a staple in beard growth. It’s more of an old-school/lumberjack look and similar to the Garibaldi, the Dutch is another larger beard, minus the mustache. The growth from the side-burns is kept fat because Dutch men were actually forbid to grow one. To off-set this they grew out the beards from the sideburns.
Shape: Oval and Diamond
How to Grow: The beard is grown outwards and allowed to flare from the sides as well as accented by the chin. The Dutch should not have a mustache.
Shape– Square, Oval
How to Grow – the Warrior is one of the more unconventional beard styles out there. It will take you a while to go, but by the gods, it looks incredible. With a distinctly Viking-like appearance, the Warrior is everything you want in a beard. Grow your hair long, and let the sideburns flow down into a full beard. Let your mustache grow as well, without shaping it. The key lies below the chin: after getting the beard long enough, separate it into two distinct braids. It takes a while, but it looks beyond awesome.
Shape – Any
How to get it – the Boss can be achieved by starting with fading sideburns that grow out into a full beard. The ‘burns need to be trimmed on the outside. It is simple, demands attention, and isn’t hard to manage as long as you treat it right. Pair with a nice side part in your hair for the best overall look.
Shape – Round and Square
How to grow – Beard styles that have a polished look give off a “good man with a wild side” look to anyone who sees them. While it is a full, wild beard, it is trimmed at the sides and the bottom to give it a more defined shape and structure. The edges are trimmed and shaped so that the overall look is very uniform and neat all the way through. The best part? You only need to take a trimmer to it for a couple of minutes each day to keep it in line.
Shape – Any
How to grow – This is a beard style that will never grow out of trend (pun intended). You can achieve the Razors Edge by fading in the sideburns to give way to a wild, full beard. The sides are not trimmed into the same level as the polished look, but you should keep the edges nice and even for a cleaner look overall. Grow out your mustache and shape it so that it curls slightly upwards at the tip. Below the chin, keep the hair long and sloping gently towards a point, but cut off at the end.
Handlebars + Beard
Shape – Any
How to grow – The handlebars aren’t technically a beard style, but they look fantastic when paired with a well-maintained long beard. To get this look, grow out your beard to a length of about 4 inches or more below your chin. Shape it so that it follows the shape of a collar. Let the sideburns fade into your hair. Now, grow out your mustache and use wax to start shaping it. Point, twist and curl the hair in your ‘stache until it points upwards so that the whole thing looks like a ‘W.’ Paired with a trimmed, well-kept beard, this can look positively magnificent!
The Faded Beard
Shape – Square, Oval
How to grow – Taking its name from the sideburns that fade nicely into the beard, this is one of the beard styles that are shorter but look as great as ever. You can get this one by letting your sideburns fade into the main beard, which must have a square cut when looked at from the front. Let the beard grow down below your chin to about 3 inches, then trim it to a flat line at the end. To add some finishing touches, you can pair this with a handlebar-like mustache for added zest.
The Uniform Beard
Shape – Square, Oval, Round
How to grow – The uniform is what the name says: a beard style with uniform length throughout. It isn’t one of the longer beards, that’s for sure. This full beard extends to about 2 inches past the chin, ending in a nice, shaped and rounded point. The mustache needs to blend in uniformly with the beard, so the same hair length is trimmed throughout the beard and ‘stache for a smoother appearance. For the working professional in you.
Bush and Coif
Shape – Long, square, oval
How to grow – this is one of the more rugged beard styles. It is wilder than most others and is perfect for someone who works with his hands a lot. For your hair, start off with a shorter cut and a side part that spikes up a little. Fade the sideburns down into the main part of the beard. Similar to the uniform, let it grow down below the chin a bit, shaping it into a square-ish, rounded end. Let the hair grow freely, and don’t keep it as neatly trimmed as the Uniform. Your beard should grow out into handlebars for the best overall look.
The Two Tone
Shape – Oval, Round
How to grow – There are beard styles that tell the world you’re a man, and this is one of them. It is a very respectable beard style. Grow your beard full, but let it grow longer below the chin, so it makes a pointed goatee shape of sorts. Then, color the middle strip of this in a different color, or trim out all the black hairs and let only gray grow there. Don’t let bleaching begin at the roots. Let your mustache grow out, although not into handlebars.
Short and Tapered
Shape – Round, Oval
How to grow – the Short and Tapered is a very simple shorter beard style that can blow minds away when done right. For starters, your hair needs to be short and cut into defined lines at the edges. Sideburns need to be nearly invisible until they fade into the beard at mid-cheek. Let your mustache blend into your beard, and keep the meeting point at uniform length. Trim your beard, so it is just past your chin, tapering into a rounded point. Grow a small soul patch for a fuller appearance.
Bold and Thick
Shape – Any
How to grow – this is a pretty famous beard style today. The bold and thick gives off a very dashing appearance if done right. For this, you should let your sideburns blend into the beard with nearly the same length throughout. Angle the top edge down diagonally across your cheek, curving upwards at your lower lip to meet a trimmed soul patch. Below the chin, let it grow down an inch and taper it to a rounded end. Trim your mustache, and let a thin line of hair meet the rest of the beard, traveling down at the corners of your mouth.
Short and Textured
Shape – Oval and round
How to grow – this is a very similar style to the short and tapered but has a more fleshed out look at the front. Works best with longer hair. Let your sideburns grow out and down into the beard without a fade. Trim your beard close to your cheek and let the length increase closer to the chin. At the chin, let it grow up into the soul patch without any defined edges. The edges along your cheek shouldn’t be sharply trimmed either, but fade into the beard. Let your mustache grow to about the same length for better texture.
Shape – Any
How to grow – This is the perfect beard for anyone who doesn’t have the time to maintain their facial hair regularly. Celebrities like David Beckham sport this look all the time. Let your hair grow out and wax it into a spikier shape instead of a side part. Trim your sideburns and let them grow into the beard at the very bottom. Let your beard grow down your neck, but not long, and let it grow up into your soul patch while defining the areas right next to the soul patch. You can have an independent mustache, trimmed and pointing down towards the rest of the beard.
Short beard with mustache
Shape – Oval, Square
How to grow – Keep the beard down to almost your jawline for the start. Let thin sideburns grow into it. Shape it to the shape of your chin. Let the mustache grown in the shape of an inverted U without touching your beard and ruining the ‘do. Keep it all closely trimmed for the best results, paired with a nice, clean side part.
Handlebar with patchy beard
Shape – Square
How to grow – this is one of the shorter beard styles. Grow your hair long and with a deep side part or coif. Your mustache needs to be trimmed into a handlebar, shaped with wax if needed for a slight curl at the tips. Keep your beard patchy and unkempt, with more thickness at the chin, but close to your skin without growing out.
Shape – Oval or Square
How to grow – this is one of the shortest beards you can have. Perfect for a fade in your hair. Let your sideburns come down thin, disappearing and then fading into the main beard. Keep the edges sharply defined with a slight curve. The mustache needs to be closely trimmed, so it is basically a line of stubble that meets the beard close to the lower lip. Keep everything trimmed to perfection for a clean cut look.
Chin Strap Beard
Shape – Square
How to grow – the chin strap beard is one of the shorter beard styles that works well with short hair. A fade would also go well with this beard. Let your sideburns fade gently into a short growth of stubble that moves along your jawline, covering your chin and back. Don’t let the beard extend past the jawline onto your cheek as this will ruin the look. Keep the mustache down to stubble, along with a small, nearly invisible soul patch for added effect.
The Full Serious
Shape – Oval, Square
How to grow– this is a trimmed, short beard style that looks really good on any occasion. It works well with short hair in any style. To get this, let trimmed and defined sideburns come down into a beard of nearly the same length. Do not define the edges of the beard but trim them so they are rough but visible. Let your mustache grow to the same length and connect to the beard at the corners of your mouth.
Lines for days
Shape – Any
How to grow – this beautiful beard works well with fades. Let the sideburns grow short and extend to the full beard at about mid-ear. Send the edges diagonally downward and up into a small soul patch. The mustache needs to be closely trimmed and a curving down to meet the beard but never meeting. Make sure all the lines are defined clearly by shaving rogue hairs away with a straight razor if possible.
So, there you have it! Twenty three wonderful beard styles for men with all facial shapes and sizes as well as with all types of beards and hair styles. Whether it is the Warrior you want or the Full Serious, there is bound to be a style that strikes your fancy right here. Try them out, and keep looking fabulous.