Jeff Buoncristiano is back on the channel and giving us his brilliant take on the athletic beard. So, you'll want to think of the athletic beard similar to how you think of an athletic build when it comes to a body shape. It's wide back, slim waste, strong, and functional. Like becoming an athlete it takes time to get an athletic beard. The goal of this beard is to really highlight and give the appearance of a strong jawline.
It's quite different than the minimalist beard which Jeff talked about earlier. That beard is designed to have the same length beard hairs around the shape of the face.
Growing an athletic beard is going to come down to three key elements: the shape of your beard, your genetics, and how long you grow your beard.
To sculpt this look you'll want to keep the cheeks at a short length and carry that around towards the under jaw area as well. You'll want to keep your jaw area at a longer length than your cheeks and below jaw area. Jeff recommends doing this at about a 2 to 1 ratio.
Now moving toward your chin and front area beard length. You are going to aim to keep this at a 4 to 1 ratio in comparison to your cheeks. So that means if your cheek is about 1/2" in length you'll want your chin area to be about 2" of length.
For the athletic beard, Jeff has done something unique and that's trimmed the mustache. He's kept it to about 2/3rds the length of his beard. That is helping give a little more balance to his face and moving him towards the perfect athletic beard style. The mustache above his lips is trimmed to the center area of his mouth and then he uses a comb to have a longer taper towards the tips of the mustache.
Plan on giving at least 6 months of time from completely shaven to grow your beard before you can hit this optimal length.
If any of this description doesn't make sense, then do yourself a favor and watch the video. It's a very good video on how to rock a new beard style and take your beard to the next level.