Just as you can have tens of thousands of different hair styles, each one coming with a minor modification of some sort, men’s facial hair especially beards and mustaches can also come in a variety of styles. Each culture actually has its own signature style of beard while each ethnographic grouping will have several types of beard for their men. And we have not even included those beard types that have been made popular by celebrity and fashion icons and other notable personalities. In other words, while we are presenting to you the ultimate guide to beard types for men, somebody else is already coming up with an entirely new type. Nevertheless, here are your favorite types of manly beards.
- Designer Stubble– This is otherwise known as the 5 o’clock shadow as it creates a shadow effect on men with heart-shaped or even rounded faces. It comes with a well-defined cheek and neck line. Think David Beckham and the late George Michael.
- Light Stubble – If you want women swooning over your beard, this is the style to wear. It is most effective on gentlemen with round faces. Growing it only requires not shaving for less than a week. Brad Pitt and George Clooney are both known to have sported this type of beard.
- Heavy Stubble – This is several notches thicker than a designer stubble and is the beard type of choice of those men who would like to portray a really bad-ass personality. However, it is most applicable to dudes with heart-shaped and square-shaped faces. One truly great looking actor on the heavy stubble is Bradley Cooper.
- Corporate Beard – For those who are in offices or in conservative work environments, yet requires a certain air of manliness in their appearance, the Corporate Beard never fails to impress even the lady bosses. It is imperative that the neckline and the cheek line are well-trimmed to complement the full coverage of your skin. This beard type works best with men with triangular and oval faces. David Letterman was known for sporting this type of beard, although he’s clean shaven now.
- Full Beard – If you have a face that’s shaped like a triangle, an inverted triangle, or even a diamond, then a full beard will definitely look good on you, although it should work with almost any other shape of face. Growing the full beard requires a minimum of 6 weeks of not trimming it at all. If you’ve seen Al Pacino in the film Serpico, that’s a full beard.
- Hollywoodian – You might think the Hollywoodian is designed specifically for the glitzy actors of Hollywood. It’s not entirely correct although many actors have used this beard type to advance their careers in the silverscreen. Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, and Leonardo DiCaprio have all been spotted sporting the Hollywoodian which is technically a full grown beard sans the sideburns.
- Short Boxed Beard – Consider the short boxed beard as more like a Hollywoodian but with a more defined beard and works well for those with rectangular faces. The distinguishing characteristic of the short boxed is that the area around and beneath the beard region is constantly shaved.
- Chinstrap – Abraham Lincoln is one of the most famous men who have ever worn a chinstrap, although his beard was wider. It’s like putting a long, thin patch of hair from one sideburn to the other, passing down the jawline, and across the chin. There’s no mustache between the mouth and the nose, so technically, it’s just the jaw and chin that’s covered with hair.
- Amish Beard – If you know how Amish men look like, then you’ve already seen the Amish beard or the chin curtain. In some areas of the country, it is also known as the Shenandoah beard and it’s like a chinstrap but with fuller beard especially at the chin.
- Ducktail – Many consider the Ducktail to be a concession between a well-groomed gentleman and a rebel. The Ducktail’s upper part is usually shorter while its tail end, or lower part, can be grown to as low as comfortably possible; hence, the name. This is usually the choice of men who have rectangular faces.
- French Fork – If you’re familiar with Admiral Alfred Von Tirpitz, chances are you are already familiar with the French Fork. For this style, you’ll need to grow your beard until it reaches about 7 inches. It is also critical to trim your cheek lines. Once the desired length has been achieved, you will need to sculpt the ends of your beard into two forks. This is especially great for rectangular shape-faced men.
- Mutton Chops – Many consider Ambrose Burnside to be the originator of the Mutton Chops which is actually a full beard but the area on the chin has been shaved and grown with stubbles. However, it’s not unusual to see men sporting the Mutton Chops with clean-shaven chins. Whether you believe Burnside to be the creator of the style or not, you’d be amazed to learn that John Lennon did sport the Mutton Chops during his heyday as a Beatle. Grow a mustache and it becomes a Friendly Mutton Chops.
- Hulihee – Grow your Mutton Chops to maximum thickness especially towards the edge of the chin. Now add an elegantly trimmed mustache and you’ve got the Hulihee. It’s a thicker version of the Friendly Mutton Chops and works exceptionally well with oval-faced guys. Too bad, it’s not really that vogue anymore with many preferring the trendier Friendly Mutton chops.
- Yeard – James Harden is well-famous for his signature beard, the Yeard. It’s called as such because it entails beard that’s been grown for more than a year, although if it exceeds two years, it’s called a Tweard. Guys with round faces typically sport this kind of beard. However, it should never be worn in a corporate environment.
- Verdi – It’s one of the most stylish beards you’ll ever encounter. The Verdi features a mustache that elegantly curves at the tip while the beard is neatly rounded towards the bottom. The beard is kept short while the bridge between the mustache and the beard is kept distinct.
These are just some of the different beard styles along with beard brushes that you might be interested in. Check the general shape of your face and you should be able to choose the right beard for you.