Choose The Right Beard Length
Beards made a huge comeback, didn’t they? They’re not going anywhere, either. With so many options available and so many different growing patterns, styles and beard trimmers, out there, it’s harder than ever to find out what’s going to look best on you. This brief guide will tell you everything you need to know about choosing the right beard length.
Finding Your Face Shape
Before you can figure out what length is going to be good for you, it’s important to know your face shape. This is going to dictate how you have to cut it (since your hair might grow in evenly, but the ends will be different lengths based on their starting position on your face).
You only really need to know about five main face types, though there are more.
- Oval: The ideal facial style, if you can pull it off. This face shape will hold just about any beard style and length while making it look good.
- Round: You need some length to balance it out. Longer beards on round face styles help to narrow out your face and reduce the appearance of weight (regardless of if it’s there or not).
- Diamond: Wide cheeks, narrow forehead and jawline. These are some of the most attractive face styles and are easy to work with when it comes to facial hair. The way it grows in makes it look even, and you can rock short stubble or a longer beard with ease.
- Heart: With a wider forehead and narrow chin, there’s an emphasis on head size. Longer beards help to even out the width and height imbalances that some might perceive.
- Oblong: Long and narrow bone structure. Round or short beards may not compliment this facial style. You’ll have to either get really good at trimming your own beard or go to a professional to maintain a certain shape.
Deciding On Your Style Based On Beard-To-Hair Ratio
Yes, you should be following a ratio to keep things looking good. What works for your mate might not (and likely will not) work for you; everybody is built differently. Accept it, embrace it, and find something that works for you.
Hair length x beard length + face shape. That’s how you should find your perfect beard length. The split will change depending on your hair length.
The longer your hair is, the shorter your beard should be. At a certain point, long (beyond shoulder-length) hair can look scruffy or unkempt if you aren’t careful. If that’s the style you’re rocking right now, you know how hard it is to maintain your hair each and every day. A long beard might not look intentional, it can just look messy or like you’ve never met a straight razor that you like.
Medium styles, where you’re not afraid of haircuts but you’re not a fan of the buzzer—those you can be a bit freer with. Medium length hairstyles can support medium length beards, so long as you keep things tidy. You don’t want any wily hair on the sides, so stick with a shorter trim on the sides and work downward into a bigger, fuller beard.
Short styles or shaved heads should go with a longer beard. Not only will it add some length to that otherwise round head (despite the shape of your face, your head is going to look round), but since you don’t have anything on top to work with, you can mess around with a ton of different styles to find what works best for you.
Your Facial Hair Length Needs To Evolve
Facial hair grows slowly, but unlike the hair on your head, it’s noticeable to everyone around you at every single stage. If you have a preset hairstyle in mind that you’d like to stick with, but you want to begin growing a beard out, then you need to find an evolutionary beard plan.
Ease your way into your final beard style. You want to avoid being patchy or awkward during the in-between stages, so shape and style it as it grows out. If you’re having trouble growing your beard in the first place, you might want to consider getting a quality beard oil.
Depending on what brand you get, most beard oils contain jojoba oil, flaxseed oil, and other minerals and nutrients that lock in hydration, keeping your beard healthy. This keeps a great natural sheen during your growing cycle, and also promotes beard strength. You’ll notice patches are a little thicker, hair in general appears a little fuller, and the skin underneath your beard will be nourished. If you want a quality, full soft beard regardless of what style you decide to go with, you owe it to yourself to get the right tools for the job.