True beardsmen understand an important point about growing facial hair – that choosing the right beard style for any man depends on a variety of factors. Sure, you may love a particular style, but the question is, “Will it look good on you?”
The answer to that question takes many things into account, from facial shape to hairstyle, and even the color of your clothes. In this post we will look at some of the best beard styles and who the best candidates are to rock them. A beard on the wrong face shape or paired with the wrong hairstyle can make a kickass patch of facial hair look mediocre... And we don’t like mediocrity.
Let’s dig deeper.
Top Beard Styles
We like to think of men's beard styles as represented by a family tree with three main branches: the full beard, partial beards, and mustaches. There’s also a fourth branch that we’ll touch on in a bit, but let’s look at primary branches first and some of their different beard styles.
The full beard style is the most popular branch of the beard family tree and encompasses a variety of styles, including the following:
Also commonly known as the stubble beard, scruff is a style anyone can wear. It doesn’t matter if your beard is patchy or if it comes in extremely thick. What it does is give you a bit of texture and a bit of grit. You’ll get this style by letting your beard grow out for one to three days and then deciding if you want to shave it all off or use a trimmer to keep it short. If you want to get a more “Wall Street” look with your stubble, then you’ll need to trim your cheek lines and necklines. For a scruffier look, just let those areas grow more naturally. But you’ll always find scruff/stubble listed under short beard styles.
Men who can naturally grow a fuller beard are good candidates to sport the corporate beard look. Let it grow from two weeks to two months to get the corporate beard length. You don’t want a lot of short hairs sticking out, so it’s going to take a lot of maintenance, including trimming the cheek line and neckline for a clean presentation.
There’s nothing overly complicated about the natural beard; just let it grow, or let it grow while trimming it and shaping it. And here’s a fact: the more you trim your beard and keep it in shape, the fuller it will grow.
While current trends may favor shorter beards, the Yeard is a definite move in the opposite direction. Just let your beard grow for a year – or more – but while keeping it well-shaped and defined.
The Tweard is the next step up length-wise from the Yeard. Let your beard continue to grow for at least two years without taking any length off of it. It’s OK to keep it trimmed and neat, however.
There’s no right or wrong answer as to how long a terminal beard should be, because it represents the maximum beard length for each man. When your beard stops growing – length-wise – that’s a terminal beard, but no two beards are alike. So what’s “terminal” for you may be something else for the next guy. Among long beard styles, this is the final frontier.
Named for the late, great composer Giuseppe Verdi, this style has a lot going on. The Verdi includes a neatly trimmed mustache and a beard that grows just beyond the chin and jawline. The neckline is typically kept clean.
Sideburns represent the most popular partial beard style and are easily recognized in whatever shape or form they take. Most men keep their sideburns in check, i.e., they don’t let them wander beyond their earlobes. However, if you’re more adventurous you can opt for the full sideburn look in which the sideburn connects with your mustache. Or, you can just let them go and become a full chop – like Wolverine from X-Men. Long sideburns without a beard represent a more blue-collar style (which many men prefer).
Ah, the goatee. So incredibly popular in the 1990s and still a look favored by many men. It’s one of the most popular beard styles overall (and also known as the circle beard) and you really can’t go wrong with it. You can let it grow and become big and bold, or you can keep it high and tight. The goatee is not as popular as it was in the 1990s, but a lot of men can truly rock the style, including the actor Robert Downey Jr. There’s a lot you can do with a goatee, so don’t be afraid to experiment with the fine details, such as how full or long it is.
A circle beard is a goatee that includes a mustache. A goatee doesn’t necessarily include a mustache.
The Whaler, a.k.a. the Amish beard is another popular beard style and is a long, full beard without a mustache. The Amish associated mustaches with violent, aggressive people, particularly those involved with war, and decided that wearing one was sacrilegious. Muslim men also sport a similar facial hair style as Amish men but keep their mustaches trimmed thin and neat if they wear one at all.
OK, so you want to try the Hollywoodian. Well, get rid of your sideburns while letting your beard grow and finish the look with a mustache that extends to your beard. Throw in a full beard patch for good measure and there you have it.
Sometimes mistaken for the goatee, which it most certainly is not, the Van Dyke dates to the 17th century when Flemish painter Anthony Van Dyck popularized the look. Today’s Van Dyke features a mustache and hair on the chin that comes to a point at its end. The mustache isn’t attached to the beard and is worn in a variety of styles, including the always-popular handlebar. Actor Johnny Depp has worn a Van Dyke with distinction.
A mustache is a bold and brave style to wear even if it’s not as popular as it once was. Mustaches were hugely popular in the late 19th century – so much so that mustache curling irons were developed to help wearers achieve the perfect handlebar look.
Before we delve into different types of mustaches, let’s discuss some tips for growing a big, gnarly mustache:
First, let’s get real. And getting “real” means telling you that you’re not going to grow a big, badass mustache by taking pills, growth oil, or by shaving your mustache off a whole bunch of times because it will “grow back thicker.” That's all BS. Basically, it all comes down to your DNA. If you’re DNA says you’re not going to grow a thick, awesome mustache, then you’re not going to grow one.
However, if you have the genetics to grow a big mustache but are having trouble doing so, there are probably some things you’re doing wrong that you can fix easily. For starters, have some patience. Just let your mustache grow while accepting the fact that it’s going to take time. The hairs in the center of your face grow at a slower rate than most other facial hairs. It may take several months before your mustache reaches full growth.
In our opinion, the natural mustache is the coolest mustache style. Let it grow, but eventually, you’ll want to trim up the tips, which continue to grow, albeit slowly.
Don’t be afraid to use products; in fact, we encourage it. A quality styling balm or mustache wax that you can also use on your hair and beard is a good option. The key, however, is not to use too much styling balm or wax. It’s a control product, which means it’s used to sculpt your facial hair and look without overdoing it. Use a tiny bit and work it into your mustache with your fingers.
Use a hairdryer to help style your mustache, but just make sure that you’re using the proper technique. First, avoid the natural tendency to blow your mustache hairs out of your mouth and way out to the sides because your ‘stache will lose some of its density and mass. Instead, use your dryer to blow down on your mustache and while using a round brush to brush it "out and up" (check out this article on mustache styling techniques). Choose the warm setting on your dryer to activate the styling product, and then finish with a cold setting to lock your style into place. Also, use your dryer to blow the tips backward to give them a curled-up look instead of directly out.
A common question is, “How do you eat with a big, gnarly mustache?” We’re not going to lie, it does get messy, but if you use the proper blow drying technique you’ll keep the hairs from growing directly into your mouth. Instead, they’ll curl upward and not downward into the mouth.
Your beard – if you choose to grow one with your big mustache – is helpful during the mustache growing stage as well. When you cease shaving, the hair around your lip will blend in with the stubble on your cheeks and chin. That will help prevent the typical, annoying questions such as, “What’s that growing above your lip?”
It’s important to keep your mustache clean. As mentioned, a big mustache is going to get messy and get a few food particles in it. But don’t just let the pizza and beer and pasta sit there. Instead, give your mustache a good scrubbing at least a few times a week.
Now, let’s move on to some popular mustache styles:
And speaking of handlebar mustaches, they represent one of the most prevalent mustache styles today. You can use mustache wax to get the curls on the ends of the mustache (the handlebars, that is) and it can give you a classic hipster look when you tie it in with something like an English wardrobe with a lot of tweeds.
The cop ‘stache is the second most popular mustache style and is a standard mustache style. It’s not going to grow below your lips and you’ll want to keep it neatly groomed.
The walrus mustache style is another popular style and one that folks will recognize quickly. It’s a big, bold mustache that’s going to grow over your lips, and you can use a bit of wax to style it – although we recommend that you keep it “natural.” You also have other options when it comes to styling it, not the least of which is deciding whether you want to grow the tips out or keep them trimmed and let them grow over your mouth. Jamie Hyneman of the popular show “Myth Busters” has a superb walrus mustache.
If you want to mix things up, give the Fu Manchu a try. Chances are people will know what it is even if they don’t have the right name for it. It’s a straight, thin mustache that extends tendril-like below your chin. It starts at the corners of your mouth and the two tendrils aren’t connected above the upper lip. It gets its name from a fictional character created in the 1920s by author Sax Rohmer.
Hybrid Beard Styles
Hybrid beard styles represent the fourth branch of the beard family tree and can encompass just about anything. It’s safe to say that they’re usually cool, bold looks that aren’t that common (but still work), such as a walrus mustache plus stubble (a.k.a. beardstache).
Another popular hybrid style is the Scruffy Goat, which picks up where the goatee left off during its glory days in the 1990s while taking it to a different level. It’s a big mustache and goatee as in the circle beard, but while adding a week’s worth of beard growth on your cheeks.
There are many styles to choose from for men looking to rock an Arabic Beard. The standard version is a true hybrid, as it includes sideburns that extend to the chin, a trimmed-down mustache that grows to just beyond the corners of the mouth, and a soul patch that begins just below the upper lip and looks like an inverted triangle. It’s similar to the Whaler or Amish beard except that it includes a mustache.
There are also Scruff Burns, which are at the other end of the spectrum from the Scruffy Goat. The Marvel character Wolverine is the most popular example of this look – which entails letting the cheeks grow longer and shaving the goatee down to stubble.
An important point when it comes to facial hair styles
We can’t emphasize the importance of choosing a facial hair style that fits your genetics and the hand that you were dealt in your DNA. Some men can grow full beards with no problem, some can rock impressive sideburns, while others can sport a mustache that raises the roof on the Wow! Factor.
The point is, take advantage of your strengths. Wear a beard, mustache, or sideburns style that works for you and don’t be afraid to experiment with it a bit. And keep searching for a style and look that works for you.
Best Beard Styles For Your Face Shape
There often comes a day in a beardsman’s life when he notices a particular style of beard that he must have – whether it’s worn by a celebrity, a friend, or some nice bloke in a bar. So, he makes that style his own while taking the time to trim and grow it into shape. But one day he looks in the mirror and realizes that it doesn’t look nearly as good on him as it does on other men.
It’s not that he didn’t get the style right, mind you. No, the issue is this: beards aren’t a one-size-fits-all facial feature, and the shape of your face often determines your best beard style more than personal preference or your ability to grow certain styles of beards.
It’s very similar to how certain hairstyles complement some face shapes and not others. Whether a certain beard style looks great on you or not comes down to the shape of your face. Virtually every beard guru and expert you can think of will tell you the same thing.
Here are four common face shapes and the beard styles that work best with them.
A key to wearing a beard with a round face is keeping the beard neatly trimmed (unless that isn't your thing at all - you do you if you like!). You’ll want to shorten it on the sides so you don’t have bushy sideburns, but you’ll also want some length at the bottom of your beard. The length gives you the appearance of a longer, more oval-shaped face, and it provides a slimming effect that many beardsmen are looking for. Essentially, you’re overriding your face’s roundness to draw it out and give the appearance of more length.
That being said, if your round face is a feature you and your loved ones enjoy, own it! We're here to help provide guidance to those who need some extra help or advice - not rewrite the laws of beardom.
Some beard styles for round faces that work well include the Whaler, the Corporate beard, and the Natural.
Some men have more of a square face that includes a strong jawline - think Clark Kent and Superman. If you want to accentuate your jawline, then you’re better off keeping a shorter beard (such as Stubble or Chevron) or go with a scruffier look. The point is to keep your beard trimmed down while shortening its length to help show off your chiseled jaw. If you think your jawline is too sharp and want to soften it a bit, then you simply need to add more length. You’ll want to keep your beard trimmed short on the sides, but add some length along the jaw and chin. It will give you more of an oval look.
Other beard styles you may want to consider if you have a square face are the Circle Beard or the Balbo, which is a beard without sideburns that features a neatly, trimmed mustache that’s separated from your beard. Sport that strong, square jaw proudly. After all, it’s the feature of many models and actors.
Men with a triangular-shaped face should focus on a wider hairline at the point of their chin, which styles such as the Whaler, Chops/Sideburns, and the Natural can provide. This, in turn, helps broaden your chin and jawline while squaring it off to get a more uniform look. You’ll also want to avoid hair on your cheeks, which over-emphasizes your wider jawline. Meanwhile, keep the hair on your chin shorter. A Beardstache is another style you should consider.
Ah, yes, you - with an oval face. Your DNA, working in conjunction with the beard gods, has blessed you with a face shape that works well with just about any beard style that you can imagine. An oval face is the perfect middle ground between all the different face shapes; your cheekbones are slightly wider than your jawline, and your jawline is slightly rounded. Like we said, every style works for you, whether it’s a Goatee, Natural, Corporate, Van Dyke, and many, many others. A shorter beard with clean, defined lines will make the most of your proportions, but don’t be afraid to experiment with beard styles. You’ve got the ideal face shape. Take advantage of it.
The four face shapes above cover a lot of ground, but there are other shapes worth mentioning, too, such as the oblong/rectangular face, and the diamond face. A man with an oblong/rectangular face has longer features that include wide jawbones that sit just above the mouth, and a deep, square face. Beard styles that work well with this shape are typically those that make your face appear fuller, such as a chinstrap or mutton chops. You can also use a mustache style that breaks up your face vertically, such as the Chevron (as worn by Tom Selleck).
If you have a diamond-shaped face, your cheekbones are the widest part of your facial features while you have a narrow forehead and jawline that are symmetrical. In this case, you’ll want to keep hair on your chin to lessen the prominence of your cheekbones while going a little wider on the cheeks and sides of your face. A Natural Beard, Balbo, and Goatee are among your beard style options.
Best Beard Styles for Your Beard Color
Let’s talk for a moment about beard color. Many men start to get nervous and a bit self-conscious when their beards start to turn gray and silver (which it’s going to do at some point as you age). For some of them, the subsequent panic may lead them to want to color or dye their beard to get rid of the gray.
We advise against it.
For one, we’re all about people embracing who they are and having the confidence of owning what they look like and their personal style. How your beard changes over time is hardly a detriment, but rather something that’s going to make you look even more attractive and handsome.
To us, silver beards represent the pinnacle of a man’s life. A silver beard is like a wizard’s beard, and it’s an indication that you’ve experienced more of life than most people, and also a sign that you have more knowledge than the average guy.
If you’re a bit insecure about your beard, don’t hide it, but instead focus on the beard you present to the world – which includes grooming and trimming it, being more cognizant of your hairstyle (and how it complements your beard), and even your wardrobe. And certain classic styles of clothing, such as suits and button-down shirts, work for younger and older men.
So, beard on in a way that’s distinctively you.
Now, on to what you can do to best rock your gray, white, or silver beard:
Focus more on beard care than beard trimming
First, a healthy beard has many colors in it, especially if your beard is gray, silver, or white. And there’s an endless number of shades of gray it seems, from silver to pewter to gunmetal and so forth. All those shades give your beard dimension; you don’t want to look like someone painted a white beard on you. Indeed, beards are three-dimensional, and the blend of colors creates depth, but the only way you’re going to get that multi-dimensional look is by focusing on beard care, not beard trimming. Allow your beard’s different colors to create dimensions.
Be wary of food, drinks, and other products that can discolor your beard
One thing about a white beard: you can usually tell what you’ve had for lunch unless you’re careful. But whether you have a white beard or just a big beard in general, it’s important to learn how to adapt your eating techniques so your beard doesn’t become a napkin. Check out this article for foods you'll want to avoid when living as a beardsman.
Condition your beard obsessively
By “obsessively” we mean daily and this is a point we can’t emphasize enough. Light colored beards have a different texture than darker beards. When your beard first starts to get gray, silver, or white hair, you’ll notice that those hairs are wiry and stick out from the rest. But as your beard transitions to all-white or all-silver, it softens up. So, you need to condition (with beard oil, utility balm, or beard softener) like a maniac, even more than when you had a darker beard. Doing so will keep your beard soft and flowing. Trust us, it will be as soft as silk – and don’t be surprised if people come up to you and ask to feel your beard. If you’re comfortable with it, don’t hesitate to let them feel the greatness.
Change the color schemes in your wardrobe
We touched on this briefly above, but the colors of your wardrobe can change as your beard changes color, particularly when it becomes more than 50% gray, white, or silver. The trick is to wear clothes that offer a contrast to the color of your beard; if you have a white or silver beard, wear darker clothing. The glory that is your magnificent beard won’t pop out as much if you’re wearing clothes that match the color of your facial hair.
Rock the wisdom
As one saying states, “Wisdom is measured in years (but) years are measured in beards.” The point is, beards have long been a symbol of wisdom and you only have to consider some of the world’s brilliant bearded men – from Einstein to Lincoln to Freud – to understand why.
As a bearded guy, you also know that people look at you differently now than when you didn’t have a beard. Add gray, white or silver to that beard and all of a sudden people view you as being someone who’s wiser and smarter than the average guy. It’s a sign that you’ve been through things in life, and that you’ve been on Earth a little longer than a lot of people and that you’ve learned some things along the way.
So, rock that wisdom. There’s always someone who can learn from you and someone who can teach you a few things, as well.
A little more about your wardrobe and your beard color
It’s worth delving into the strategy of wearing the right clothes for your beard color. Sure, it’s hard enough choosing what to wear every day, much less ensuring that what you wear goes well with the color of your beard. Let’s take some of the mystery out of it, however.
If you have a dark-colored beard (brown or black)
When it comes to dressing and choosing the right wardrobe, brunettes (i.e., dark-bearded men) actually have the most fun. Why? Because you can get away with just about anything but you still need to know a few rules of the road. For one, wearing dark colors isn’t necessarily a no-no if you have a dark beard, but doing so will subdue the impact of your bearded glory. If you want your beard to pop, wear lighter colors, particularly white.
If you have a blonde beard
This sub-section includes you men that may be considered “dirty blonde” when it comes to beard color. In any case, guys with blonde beards can get away with a lot when it comes to dressing for beard-popping success. Clothes that provide a dark background are a great way to let your blonde facial locks shine, but light colors don’t necessarily diminish their splendor, either. One color that you want to avoid, however, is gray. Gray clothing can make your blonde beard look drab. That’s not to say you can’t ever wear gray, but just know that you’ll lessen the impact of that blonde splendor.
If you have a ginger beard
Sporting a ginger beard means giving your wardrobe a bit deeper thought than you would if you had a dark or blonde beard. The thing you want to avoid is wearing colors that clash with your crimson and orange-toned beard because it will make you and your beard stand out for all the wrong reasons. On the other hand, trying to match your beard and wardrobe colors too closely can look a tad buffoonish, as well. We advise against wearing bright green colors with a ginger beard because, well, there’s just something too Christmas-y about it. True, ‘tis the season and all, but you don’t want to look like a character in “Christmas Vacation.”
Another color to avoid if you have a ginger beard is red. Combining the two produces a clash of tones that is jarring. A better option is maroon. It’s a warm tone that works well with ginger beards.
Best Beard Styles for Teenagers
Let's not forget about the younger folks!
Growing a beard isn’t just for mature and older men. Far from it. Indeed, many teenagers can’t wait to grow facial hair because it brings out the “man” in them and announces that they’re on the doorstep of adulthood (some may even think they’re already there). A beard is also attractive to girls who are seeking a “mature” boyfriend, not one who seems to be stuck in junior high.
Plus, there are plenty of beard styles that work for teenagers. The only issue is that many beard styles are for fully-matured men, but it’s certainly not an insurmountable issue. Some styles that are most suitable for teens include:
Simple enough – just let some beard grow on your cheeks and trim it every 3 to 4 days. It’s a tidy look with a bit of swagger. Generally speaking, stubble looks are great for teenagers.
Beard without a mustache
This style is easy for a young man to maintain and is excellent for those who aren’t ready for a full beard just yet.
Long hair and beard
The formative teen years have many advantages, not the least of which is that most guys still sport a healthy head of hair. Cut your hair in many layers and combine it with a beard; you won’t be disappointed.
Medium hair and beard
This style is perhaps the best one for teens, especially if they have silky, wavy hair. It provides that manly look sought by most young males.
Best Beard Styles for Your Hair Style
We certainly don’t want to forget about your hairstyle when discussing how to rock your beard style with pride. As mentioned, your overall “style” encompasses many things.
The bottom line is this: if you don’t pay attention to how your facial hair interacts with your haircut, then you’re not going to take your style to the next level. Beards add an extra dimension to men’s hairstyles and vice-versa.
There are also many factors to consider when pairing haircuts and beards, including:
Comparative lengths (between your beard and hairstyle)
Your ability to grow a beard – whether you can go big and bold or should stick to shorter styles.
If you’re like us, you love beards, but you should treat your beard and hairstyle as equal partners in your overall style. And a common question is which element to concentrate on first – your beard or hairstyle? Perhaps the best answer is that you focus on your strengths first; if you have a great beard and an average head of hair (or no hair at all), then focus on your beard from the beginning. With thinning hair, you want to draw attention away from your head and onto your beard.
Just to be clear, the hair on your head and the hair on your face are two different things. You probably already knew that just by feeling the texture of both for as long as you’ve had a beard. For one, your beard has a denser, coarser texture than your head hair. For another, the duration of the growth period and dormancy of your beard and head hair are much different. It’s also one of the reasons why many grooming products are made just for beards and just for hair (like shampoo, for instance). Be sure to check out this article on how to manage your hairstyle given your genetics and lifestyle.
We have a couple products, like our sea salt spray and styling balm, that can work for both, but, not to digress – let’s move on to the proper pairings of beards and hairstyles. We’ll also talk a bit later about the right hairstyle for your hair type (check out this article on using sea salt spray to amp up your beard and hairstyle).
The undercut is a classic look that goes with almost everything, including your beard style. The undercut includes shaved sides and a nice swatch of hair on top that’s slicked back. Experts say that men with undercuts should keep the length of their beard and hair the same. The beard creates unison between it and your hairstyle. Another beard option for men with undercut hairstyles is a tapered look in which you taper from your sideburns but then let your beard grow longer as it nears your chin.
But, in general, the undercut hairstyle works for younger men, or men who may have a bit of salt and pepper in their beard coloring (or, more salt than pepper as they get older).
Man Bun/Top Knot
Many will argue that the man bun/top knot was designed to go with a beard and it is a good pairing, no question. The beard helps balance out the bun and provides an excellent contrast because it helps give the head – with the small bun at the back – a unified look. The same is true of a top knot, which is similar to a man bun but located at the top of your head (hence the name).
A stubble and man bun/top knot isn’t a great pairing, but beards of mid-size length work well with it.
Shaggy, Messy Hair Look
Well, considering that the beard was, for many years, a symbol of non-conformity and rebelliousness, pairing a beard with messy hair seems like a no-brainer. It’s a look that oozes confidence and individuality, and it’s one of the few hairstyles for me that looks good with minimal hairstyling and maintenance.
It’s not a surprise that an uneven or scruffy-looking beard works well with a shaggy-messy hairstyle. That said, you don’t have to concern yourself that much with regularly trimming your beard; instead, just give it a quick trim when it starts to look too out of control.
If you can’t grow a full beard because of the genetic hand you were dealt, you can still rock the shaggy, messy hair look with stubble. The lightness of your beard will add to that overall scruffy look you wear so well.
The side part is another classic hairstyle for men that has held its own in seemingly every era. A side part and beard combination works in formal and casual settings. How it works: the ruggedness of your beard combines with the slickness of a side part for a dapper look and your beard doesn’t have to look like a lumberjack’s – even stubble and a 5 o’clock shadow work well with this hairstyle.
You can wear a side part with a completely clean-shaven face (blasphemy!) but styles like the side swept undercut just don’t work with a face that’s void of whiskers.
If you’ve committed to letting your hair grow long – like to your shoulders – more power to you. We approve! Moreover, long hair and beards are a particularly strong combination, and long hair has become relatively mainstream.
There are a lot of options to choose from regarding your beard style and long hair. Shorter beard styles tend to work best because unless you don’t mind hair overkill, but to each his own. There’s nothing inherently wrong matching long hair with a long beard. Just know that a longer hairstyle takes time and dedication, so if maintaining a shorter beard style is easier for you, go for it.
Short & Messy
The short but textured and disheveled hairstyle is not that uncommon and it works well with beards. It may not be the most popular look right now, but it’s still a great option for men with beards. A stubble beard works particularly well with the short and messy look because it maintains the rugged appearance of your hair.
If stubble’s too short for your tastes, don’t hesitate to let your beard grow a bit, but it still looks best if you keep the beard trimmed and neat. You’ll still maintain a good overall look without looking like you tried too hard to attain it.
The quiff is an iconic look that closely resembles the pompadour, albeit in a less showy way than the ‘pomp.’ Men of all ages and backgrounds rock the quiff and pair it with an undercut for a look that’s both smart and adventurous.
One of the beauties of the quiff is that the shorter nature of the cut leaves you with a lot of room to experiment with your beard style. Whether it’s short stubble, a full, natural beard, or anything in between, the quiff will look dapper. It all depends on what kind of look you prefer.
The taper fade flows from the longest point down to skin, so it doesn't work very well with a full beard. However, it works very well with a goatee, as well as with a 5 o’clock shadow, to give you a chiseled look.
While it’s true that going bald is a grim reality for many men, it’s not a death sentence either. And these days the bald plus beard look is not only recognizable but extremely manly. Plus, the combination of bald and beard works – the beard balances out the baldness and adds fullness to the head. So, not every man associates going bald with growing old and decrepit; instead, they view it as an opportunity to rock a new look that includes a spectacular beard.
In our humble opinion, the best thing to do if you have a bald head, or are going bald, is to embrace it. The same with thinning hair – if you have it own it. Whatever you do, don’t try to “fix” things with a combover. In fact, repeat this mantra multiple times: “I Will Not Try a Combover.” Besides, hair loss is one of those things that men don't have much control over. It’s just part of who you are.
Like a patchy beard, a shorter hairstyle works best if you're balding but not willing to shave your head clean just yet. A stubble hairstyle, like a stubble beard, requires some maintenance, but so does keeping your head dome-like and free of hair. It all comes down to personal preference.
Here’s another thing: many men who are going bald can grow thick facial hair. And strategically-placed facial hair, like a goatee, full beard, or even stubble will leave you with an unbeatable masculine look. There is a whole host of beard styles for bald guys.
Let’s briefly run through it, i.e., why you need a beard with a bald head:
It establishes shape to your face.
Your beard will stand out as the focal point of your face and head. So, experiment with different beard styles if you’re not sure, but know that the one you choose will grab everyone’s attention.
As a bald man with a beard you’ll stand out, although the beard and bald look is far more popular now than ever before.
A beard with a bald-head can give you a badass look that conveys dominance and intelligence. That’s a pretty nice combo when you think about it.
If you’re not comfortable with shaving your head just yet you can, as mentioned, keep it short and tight like stubble. If you choose to go bald, make sure you nip the strays and, by all means, take care of your glorious dome by using moisturizers and sunscreen. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of tan on your head, either.
Or, you may choose to accessorize with hats and sunglasses. To each his own.
There’s more to wearing a beard style than simply picking one that you like and letting your facial hair grow. Many factors go into choosing the style that works best for you, including face shape, hair style, and even choosing the right colors for your wardrobe. We hope this post helps steer you in the right direction. Beard on.