A beard is the collective growth of hair occurring in a man’s lower face particularly on the chin and lower cheeks. Only adult men and some pubescent men can grow beards. Beards are known to have significant meaning to men depending on their religion, tradition and cultural beliefs.
In older generations, beards are essential to men as they symbolize manhood. For some men in today’s generation, beards are becoming a fashion statement. There are many different styles of beard a man could have.
Types of Beards
1. Short Stubble
The short stubble is a type of beard that doesn’t look messy. It is usually situated along the jawline, chin and lower part of the chin. The short stubble is usually grown for 1 to 2 days.
It is regularly trimmed to even the growth of the hair at a short length. Short stubble beard shapes a man’s face, giving it a sharper look.
2. Medium Stubble
A medium stubble beard is slightly longer than the short stubble. The facial hair is grown between 3 to 5 mm. Medium stubble beard looks best in areas along the bottom part of a man’s face and right above the Adam’s apple. Medium stubble beards gives off a more masculine look.
3. Long Stubble
A long stubble beard is thicker and longer than the medium stubble. It usually takes longer days to grow and requires trimming also. The long stubble beard’s length is around 6mm long.
It shows off a darkening of the bottom part of a man’s face called the perfect five o’clock shadow. Long stubble beard defines a man’s facial appearance.
4. Full Beard
A full beard is a classic method of growing a beard. Cheek lines are very important in growing a full beard. Full beards are grown naturally on the cheek line.
The hair is then shaped and toned in the neckline after four weeks. This facial hair covers the cheek, chin and neck and the fullness of the beard could be in different range.
5. French Fork
A French fork is a unique type of beard. Like the full beard, hair grows naturally from the sideburns up to the chin. Thick and long hair is also grown underneath the chin. Two sections of hair are then trimmed and separated.
The two segments of hair distinguish it from the full beard. French fork beard resembles that of a French fork that has two pointy lines thus it is where the name originated.
6. Ducktail Beard
A ducktail beard from the name itself is a type of beard wherein the hair at the bottom part of the chin extends to a point resembling the tail of the duck.
In ducktail beards, facial hairs are usually grown freely at the chin area while the upper part of the beard is slightly trimmed. The ducktail beard is a modern take on beards. It is one of the staple styles for men.
7. Circle Beard
The circle beard is a standard type of beard that gives off a mature yet youthful impression at the same time. A circle beard is usually at a regular hair length.
The circle beard forms a round shape which is found at the lower facial area. It starts from the mustache circling down the goatee. The circle beard suits well for men who have softer jawlines. It does a good job balancing that face type with a sharp look.
8. Goatee Beard
A goatee is a type of beard that solely grows from the lower lip down to the bottom part of the chin at a standard length just like a goat’s beard. Longer days of growth produce a cluster of hair underneath.
Trimming the bottom hair and curving the sides emphasizes the goatee beard look. Throughout the centuries, the goatee beard is traditionally not associated with a mustache.
9. Extended Goatee
An extended goatee incorporates the goatee and the mustache which distinguishes it from the goatee beard. The extended goatee starts from the mustache extending down to the chin and jaw lines of a man’s face, not including the sideburns.
An extended goatee could be of different variations depending on the shape and angle of a man’s face.
10. Imperial Beard
The imperial beard shows off an impression of royalty. It starts with a mustache connected to the cheek’s facial hair. The chin and sideburns are left bare.
Heightening the mustache completes the strong factor of the look. Imperial beards were popular in France hence it is where the name originated.
11. Van Dyke Beard
The Van Dyke beard started with the famous Flemish painter named Anthony Van Dyke. Van Dyke’s look consisted of a mustache and a goatee.
It is different from the extended goatee since the cheek part is left bare. The mustache is either curled up at the tip or plain straight.
12. Anchor Beard
The anchor beard is one of the hardest styles of beard for men to achieve. It grows along the jawline up to the chin area. It also contains straight hair from the lower lip down to the chin.
Anchor beards don’t include any sideburns. A pencil style mustache completes the whole look. The beard resembles the nautical shape of an anchor. The Anchor beard suits men with oblong shaped faces.
13. Balbo Beard
The balbo beard combines the goatee with a mustache. The small patch below the lip shapes the goatee into an inverted letter “T”.
A balbo beard suits men with narrow chins and is the signature look of the popular actor Robert Downey Jr.
14. Mutton Chops
Mutton chops are a type of beard that grows sideburns elaborately. The sideburns extend down to the corner of the mouth. The look is then completed with a trimmed line down from the mouth.
With mutton chops, the sideburns are defined in the jawline.
15. Friendly Mutton Chops
Friendly mutton chops are slightly different from standard mutton chops. First, sideburns and the mustache are grown naturally. The sideburns connect at the edge of the mouth with a mustache.
These hairs are then trimmed into a vertical line. As opposed to mutton chops, the corner of the mouth outlines the sideburns.
16. Verdi Beard
A Verdi beard is an example of a styled full beard. The look starts with a round full shaped beard at the lower part of the chin. The facial hairs around the cheeks are slightly shaved. Finally, curling the mustache up emphasizes the look. The length of the beard is usually around 10 cm long.
17. Garibaldi Beard
A Garibaldi beard is a scruffy type of beard. The hair grows widely around the face and grows fully at the bottom part of the chin. It is kept at a length of around 20 cm.
The Garibaldi beard is also integrated with a mustache but unlike the Verdi beard, the mustache is not accentuated. It appears bolder and looks shorter than the other types of beards.
18. Dutch Beard
The Dutch beard style is commonly seen on lumberjacks. It is a full and long type of beard associated with sideburns but without a mustache.
The hair at the bottom is also trimmed into a square shape and it usually flares out. The facial hairs cover the cheek area while the chin area is left bare. The Dutch beard is an old school style for beards.
19. Bandholz Beard
The Bandholz beard originated from Eric Bandholz who is known for establishing a company for men’s grooming products called Beardbrand.
He started the look with a naturally grown full-length bushy mustache along with sideburns and a thick long beard that could grow more than 20 cm. This type of beard is quite stylish.