The Best Beard Styles for Men and How to Groom Them
If there’s one thing that drives women crazy it’s a rugged son of a gun who works with his hands by day and fights crime by night. While you may not play your hand at either of these activities, it doesn’t mean you can’t look like you do.
Over the last few years, beards have been making a major comeback with the power to change the shape of a man’s face and turn a baby-faced boy into a rugged bear-taming lumberjack.
We’ve collected 5 of the most popular beard styles for men today, uncovered which faces suit which style and how you can groom and maintain a mighty beard that Thor would be proud of.
5 Beard Styles and How to Grow Them
The Rugged Stubble
Rugged stubble is suited for most facial shapes; however, it’s important your stubble says, “I don’t care what you think of me”, like a lone wolf who plays by his own rules and not, “Mmmmmmm donuts” like Homer Simpson.
For those of you who struggle to grow a thick full beard or have a baby face straight from the friend zone, the stubble look can help give you that manly appearance you’ve always wanted.
As stubble can be grown in a few short days, it is the perfect style for those who can’t commit to growing a full beard or who like a clean shave once in and while.
Stubble Grooming Tips
- For trimming, it’s best to use an electric beard trimmer set at 3-4 mm
- Shape the edges and lines of your cheek bones using the beard trimmer uncapped.
- For those of you with naturally curly hair, it’s important you use some type of exfoliating facial scrub to reduce the risk of ingrown hairs, rashes and pimples occurring.
- For guys with thin beard hair, ensure you keep to a trimming schedule to avoid going from attractive stubble to long patchy whiskers.
The Good Old Goatee
In the 90’s and early 00’s this was the only style to go for if you wanted to look like a badass, a painter, a rock star, a pirate or a badass painting rock star pirate (See Johnny Depp).
Goatees can help guys with round or square faces gain some length in the chin area, turning that melon into a heart.
Goatees are also great for those of you with a sharp or pointy chin, as they can add thickness and can be easily trimmed to suit.
Good Old Goatee Grooming Tips
- Comb your goatee before trimming to identify any stray hairs that curl out of place.
- Trim and shape your beard dry, because doing so when wet provides an inaccurate reference of what your goatee looks like during the day.
- Shave using an oil or some kind of transparent gel to avoid cutting into the goatee, causing it to look uneven.
- Shave your neck to just under your chin and jawline. Leaving too much hair on the neck will make your goatee look dirty, while too high will create very odd ‘drawn on’ look, especially from a side angle.
The Short Beard
This style is perfect for those who wish to have a beard while maintaining a neat professional persona.
Grooming this style of beard allows the wearer to shape the face with more versatility than that of the stubble or goatee, and some careful trimming can really highlight features like the jaw and cheekbones.
Short beard Grooming Tips
- Comb your beard when dry to highlight any stray hairs and trim with a sharp pair of scissors.
- Use an electric beard trimmer to shape the top of your beard near the cheek bones.
- Take your thumb and index finger and place them at either end of your jaw. Gently draw your finger and thumb together until they meet, this will serve as the guide for where your beard should end.
- To help your beard stand out and look fuller, make sure to shave around the outside of the beard with a razor.
- Apply beard oil to give it that healthy full look and spread it through with a bristled brush.
The Ned Kelly
You want to get nuts? Let’s get nuts! Nothing says Wildman like an old-fashioned Ned Kelly soup strainer.
This style of beard, once worn by lumberjacks, outlaws, Jesus of Nazareth and ZZ top, is now a common accessory for craft beer brewing, single origin coffee drinking, ironic hipsters.
But, no matter what you’re into, if you have the ability to grow a full beard, we say do it, and do it now!
While this is the ‘Wildman’ look, growing and maintaining a full beard takes a lot of time and care, so don’t be going into this partnership with your face unless you’re ready for the responsibility.
Ned Kelly Grooming Tips
- Brush your beard when dry to help it maintain shape and highlight any strays that need trimming.
- Use an electric trimmer set on the longest setting to keep the hairs a uniform length.
- Apply a good beard oil to condition your beard hair and to keep the skin on your face from drying out. Massage the oil in with your hands to ensure it’s distributed nicely and reaches the skin of your face.
- Brush daily to avoid matted hair, you want to look handsome; not homeless!
- Visit your barber regularly and ensure your beard matches the hair on your head. Too often guys will match a full beard with a hairstyle that doesn’t suit, and while the beard looks great, the look on a whole is just tragic.
Ok, so this one isn’t technically a beard, but the moustache has been making a bit of a comeback as of late, and whether you go for the Mexican Bandito, the Irish boxer, the Wyatt Earp or the David Boone, you’re going to have to learn how to take care of that stache to give it some bulk.
Nothing looks worse than a whispy, stringy moustache, so don’t make the same mistake teenagers do with theirs, looking like someone drew it on with a pencil…
… it’s time to man-up!
Man-Stache Grooming Tips
- Depending on what you’re looking to achieve, you can decide to either shave your non-moustache area with a razor or use a beard trimmer to keep some stubble for that rugged cowboy look.
- Comb your moustache when dry and keep an eye out for any stray hairs that need trimming.
- If you’re looking for a particular shape for your moustache, or want to tweak and curl the ends like silent film villain, you’ll want to use a good moustache wax to shape and hold that bad boy in place.