Legendary Beard Styles
You’ve decided to grow a beard. Congratulations! Great beards are truly a new form of currency, and if taken seriously, can literally take you as far as you want to go! There are many beard styles, which is best for you?
But this decision is just the first of many more to come. Not every face is capable of growing a Legendary Beard, and not every beard will look attractive on every face. But not to worry, science and chemistry is now shaping beards of the future, and great formulaic discoveries have been made to achieve bearding results that are absolutely astonishing.
THE BEARD BEGINNER
The term “beard” typically applies to any facial hair, regardless of style. And there are quite a few styles from which to shoot for. First, a simple stubble can come in a variety of lengths. A short stubble will take only a day or two to grow, and can give you the manly look of a permanent five o’clock shadow. But keep it neat by shaving any hair below the adam’s apple, and hair that grows over the cheekbones. A medium stubble will take just a couple of days longer, but will require additional care to keep it looking neat and tidy. A medium stubble is usually considered about 3 to 5 mm in length. A longer stubble, about 6mm in length, will require even more attention. Be sure to maintain a consistent length, and trim out any errant longer hairs or patches to maintain a clean and tidy look.
THE FEELING ON THE STREET ABOUT STUBBLE: Maybe from the mid 80’s to late 90’s was stubble considered a “beard”, but no longer. In 2016, stubble no longer counts as a beard, no more than grease on a mechanics face makes him a monkey.
NOW IT’S TIME TO GET SERIOUS
A full beard is THE classic look, but not all men are capable of growing such an epic hedgerow. The standard full beard starts at the cheek line, with everything below left to grow naturally. A man who has too high a cheek line, or one hard to define, should imagine a line from the sideburn to the tip of a mustache, and use this as a guide, leaving everything above free of facial hair. A full beard may take considerable time to grow, years in some cases, and the first four to six weeks may prove uncomfortable for both you, and others seeing you. For this reason, you may consider tugging some coin out of savings, and checking yourself in to a mountain hunting lodge…where days are spent sipping Black Spiced Rum by the fire…sharpening axes and polishing gun barrels like a boss. (Something to consider!)
By about the four to six week mark, your newby beard should be at the stage where you can start shaping it a little, and begin defining your desired neckline. You may want to consider the assistance of a barber or stylist at this point to help you achieve the look you want. However, learning masterful grooming techniques at home is not only pure righteousness, but barbers too often trim far too much hair from your beard…thereby setting you back weeks in your JOURNEY!
There are a couple of modified full beards that you may want to consider. A French fork, like the one worn by Jack Sparrow in the pirate movies, is a full beard split into two channels below the chin. And the ducktail is a full beard style which is trimmed neatly on the upper portion, while the lower part is left to grow long and free, making for an intriguing combination of style and rugged manhood.
Another type of beard you may wish to consider is the circle beard. As the name implies, this beard is circular in shape, consisting of a rounded goatee and a mustache. Unlike a full beard, the sides of the face are clean shaven. This type of beard is much easier to maintain, remaining a stylish look as long as it remains sort and circular.
Next, we should take a look at goatee style beards. The classic goatee style is never attached to a mustache, but is, instead, a lonely island of hair dusting the chin, The hair should start below the lower lip and extend as wide as the mouth. The bear then descends to the chin, bordered by a vertical, or very slightly curved line on each side, and end in a rounded curve hugging the chin. An extended goatee, also known as a tailback or Hollywoodian beard, is simply a goatee attached to a mustache, with the sides extended to match the width of the mustache, or perhaps even wider, depending on your preference.
And we can’t forget a couple of old school style beards. The Dutch, sometimes called the Old Dutch is often associated with lumberjacks. The bard is connected to the sideburns, growing freely to cover the face. The Dutch is worn without a mustache, and flares slightly at the bottom. Another beard, which may look old fashioned but is actually traceable to 2011, is the Bandholtz, named for Eric Bandhold, a businessman who grew tired of hair-related constraints in the business world, and decided to go for it. This type is beard is attached to a mustache, and allowed to grow freely, with no length restriction.
You may have become overwhelmed with the choice of beard styles out there, but please remember that not all beards will look good on all men. The distinctive shape of your face may decide what is best for you. An oval shape is the ideal one for virtually any style of beard. A square face may look best with a circle or a goatee style beard, with hair shorter on the sided and fuller along the chin. A rectangular face will require just the opposite, that is, fuller sided, or mutton chops, and shorter hair on the bottom. If you have a rounded face, perhaps you should try an anchor beard, or a boxy style with hair fuller on the chin.
Think before you commit to any style. There are a plethora of looks from which to choose, and you should make your decision based on your beard type, facial structure, and level of commitment.
Mutton Chops Beard Style
The Mutton Chops style of beard starts with exaggerated sideburns, extending down the chin line. They may be closely trimmed, or wild and bushy. Some men prefer to connect then with a mustache, while others leave then simply hanging on the side of the face. They can be sculpted into a variety of shapes and sizes, from the neatly trimmed line of a chin strap, to the unfurled curls of a cuddly, but virile, teddy bear.
French Fork Beard Style
The French Fork beard style is simply a full beard, grown to a length of three to seven inches, according to personal preference, and divided down the middle below the chin. The beard can be of a full and bushy type, with each side veering dramatically to the left or right, or a more subtle variety, with each well-groomed tendril sedately falling from the chin. Beads and braids are, of course, optional.
Goatee Beard Style
The Goatee beard style has been around for thousands of years. Ancient Greeks and Romans are often portrayed with this style of facial hair. At least the men. The name, of course, derived from the fact that the goatee resembles the facial adornment a billy goat, with its tendrils of hair dangling from its chin.
Ducktail Beard Style
The Ducktail beard style, otherwise known as the stiletto beard, had its origins in the fifteenth or sixteenth century, a time when men covering their naked faces with fabulous furry accouterments to display their masculinity, courage, and power.
Van Dyke Beard Style
The Van Dyke beard became a sort of symbol for many royalists in Great Britain who continued to wear the style even after it had gone out of courtly fashion, vowing to do so until the king once again sported facial hair of this particular style. For this reason, it was also sometimes called a “vow beard.”
Balbo Beard Style
The Balbo Beard Style – Who wouldn’t want to sport the same style beard as an Avenger? That magnificent facial scrub worn by Tony Stark, as portrayed Robert Downey Jr. in all those marvelous Marvel movies is called the “balbo”, and has been gaining in popularity as the films keep doing boffo at the box office.
The Bandholz Beard Style
The Bandholz Beard Style is a full beard, worn with a mustache, allowed to grow to its maximum length. This will vary from man to man. Some will struggle to achieve a growth of a few inches, while other may wind up tripping over their whiskers.
Circle Beard Style
The Circle Beard Style is exactly what is sounds like – a circle of neatly trimmed facial hair. This type of beard, also often referred to as a standard beard, is most suitable for square of oval faces.
Extended Goatee Beard Style
An Extended Goatee Beard Style is simply a standard goatee with the hairline extended along the jawline and with the addition of a mustache. A standard goatee hugs the chin, like that little tuft of hair on a billy goat’s chin. Hence the name. But an extended goatee adds a bit of panache, along with a bit of hair. This type of beard is often referred to as the tailback, or Hollywoodian, style.