It’s no secret that beards have stayed popular men and despite critics and failed predictions, beards aren’t going away any time soon. Now one of the awesome features about beards is that there is a style of beard for every man. So whether you’re after something tough and fierce or a little more subtle, The Beardly Man has a list of the top styles.
1. The Classic Beard
The Classic Beard is not too long and not too short. It typically has thick coverage. I would recommend it for those committed to facial hair. Keep in mind it doesn’t suit everyone. Trend watchers and shops like The Shop Barber & Bar recommendation is to opt for a youthful haircut like a pompador to accompany this beard style which gives a more modern look with a touch of class to the vintage look. Or, go for a side part with a strong hold pomade for the true vintage approach. MO STATE REP Nick Schroer’s beard is a great example.
2. The Long Beard
When done right, a longer beard can look great, but approach this style cautiously. To perfect a longer beard, you will need a lot of patience during the gradual process. Also, be mindful of your grooming. Keep end trimmed to avoid split ends. You also want to make sure that your hair is styled appropriately. Unless of course you’re best friend’s name is Wilson and you’re aiming for the Tom Hanks Castaway look. Ensure that your barber gets your haircuts right – opt for more modern, youthful styles to prevent an aged aesthetic. Beard oil is also a good idea to stop irritation and dryness. Beard balm will also help make it more manageable.
3. The Bush Beard
If you are looking to exaggerate your jawline, add texture, or enhance your face shape, a bushier beard will do just that. Now I will advise you that Beard Oil is essential for this look, as it will prevent dryness and soften up the facial hair. A bushy beard can also make you look more mature. Just like the long beard, a bush beard needs to be complimented by a great haircut and styled appropriately. Mel Gibson’s version of a bushy beard is a great example of a fuller beard with depth and texture.
4. The Biker
A biker beard can be an option to really change things up if you’re after something a little edgy. The biker beard look relies on extra length from the chin area, so shape your facial hair accordingly. It doesn’t require any specific hair style. Whilst not many tend to opt for the biker beard, Brad Pitt has had some luck pulling this beard style off, but master mechanic and motorcyle designer Marshall Tucker of LA CHoppers nails it to the last whisker.
5. The Balbo Beard
This beard style has been quite popular and chances are the beard style will end up going far into 2017. With the unique ability to contour to every face shape to give a complete personality shift, who can blame it? Made up of 3 parts, the mustache with a soul patch and a chin-growth. You can either extend the mustache diagonally to connect with the jawline or you can leave them separate according to preference. as with any beard, I recommend a good oil to keep the beard looking healthy and clean. The Balbo gained popularity with Batman star Christian Bale. A more stylish modern take can be seen most recently on Marvel’s Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.).The Balbo simply refuses to leave the limelight. Why would it? Style, sophistication and personality, All in a single package!
6. The Chin Curtain Beard
A modification of the chin strap and more acceptable in the office. This beard style can be named among the stylish professional beard styles. It allows you to look extremely well put together yet daring at the same time. Comprised of a broader strip of facial hair on the jawline as compared to the chin strap, the hot looks of this beard style can get you high in the ladies’ club as well. Rapper/Movie Star Ice Cube pulls this off flawlessly.
7. A La Survorov
This obscure look is named after the Russian General Alexander Suvorov. A combination of moustache and sideburns- Side burns grow down a ½ inch below mouth level and then, like an upside down candy cane curve up and connect with the moustache. The moustache is comprised of two splayed wings. The beard demands style adjustments to be made in order to give you its full potential, but once you are through with the initial phase of changes the style pays your investment back with legendary status. Styling the Survorov is extremely tricky and I recommend barber services such as those offered by The Shop Barber & Bar to give the precision to look perfect. Call of Duty Modern Warfare's Captain Price made this famous!
8. The Verdi Beard
Sported by The Beardly Man himself and inspired by Giuseppe Verdi , the famous Italian composer of the 19 th century, the Verdi beard is actually a full beard that is stylized. This style creates a sophisticated and audacious silhouette, especially when worn with modern lines and hair cuts with a fade, very short sides or shaved head. The Verdi is the ideal example of a beard that allows to create a unique kind of style, although it is based on a complete full beard and rather long, it is not totally wild. Former UFC Champion Conor McGregor rocks a mean Verdi Beard.
9. The Friendly Mutton Chops Beard
Even though Hugh Jackman dons a full beard in the latest R-Rated Marvel movie Logan, earlier roles as the X-Man Wolverine, have him wearing the chops so stylishly that this beard style has become an icon since. The beard involves a beard from sideburn to cheek and connecting only by the mustache. The chin itself is bare. Think of a beardly handshake on your face. You don’t wear this game changing beard, it wears you. If you’re one of the lucky few that this style suits, what are you waiting for? Get it right away! You will thank me later.
10. The Van Dyke Beard
This legendary beard style speaks for itself. Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan, sports this beard so well for Cosmopolitan Magazine. The beard style has been the favorite throughout this year with many celebrities adopting the look. Walking down the street you are sure to spot at least two men supporting the look. The reason is the immense stylishness and contouring of the beard itself. The style involves a mustache with a soul patch that is connected to a broad patch of hair on the chin. The sizzling style has been the preference for many, and once you try it out, you will fall in love with it for sure.
11. The Zappa Beard
Originating from the American musician Frank Zappa, this beard has a twist of its own. Comprising of a thick mustache that dips pointedly at both sides, paired with a soul patch which is equally thick. The style can be a bit tricky to handle but rest assured it will definitely give you a stand alone look. The only man I’ve seen who pulled this off flawlessly is Tommy Lee Jones. One thing is for sure, you need to have a personality to master the guts needed to pull this look off!
12. The Wild Beard
Last but not least, this beard is the craziest and most daring of all. No comb, no brush, just let it grow. Think Will Forte from Last Man on Earth or Happy Gilmore’s caddy Otto (Allen Covert). Hats off to any man who can pull this wild and unkept look.
At the end of the day... Regardless of the style you choose, The Beardly Man always recommends a good grooming regimen and if you can’t achieve the look you want on your own, get to a barbershop. Not only should they have the expertise, but the barbershop atmosphere in general is awesome.