Jacob Osborn

14 Best Beard Styles for Men | Man of Many

Wildly popular among men from all walks of life (perhaps because it’s the easiest to cultivate), the full beard is exactly what it sounds like, i.e. a facial hair style that retains a uniform profile and includes a moustache. While a full beard might sound like less maintenance, you’re still expected to groom and condition, lest you come off as some dude just looking for an excuse not to shave. Read on for some of the best full beard styles you can deploy.

Full Beard Styles

In a previous era, the presence of stubble usually meant you forgot to shave, but nowadays you can rock that shadow beard with some genuine style and precision. And while there are a handful of shadow beard styles to choose from, they each share a baseline aim for consistency. To achieve said consistency, you’ll want to regularly maintain your stubble beard using a beard trimmer on a daily basis.

1. The Shadow Beard

There was once a time when a beard of any style might have been seen as a symbol of revolt within a corporate environment. Those days are more or less gone, but that doesn’t mean you can stroll into the office looking like the fourth member of ZZ Top just yet. Instead, opt for a professional beard (aka the “corporate beard” or “short box beard”). It’s a short beard style of uniform length, with tight, clean edges at the cheek and neckline, and no stray hairs sticking out.

2. The Professional Beard

Ubiquitous amongst hipsters, the natural full beard is less a facial hair style and more a full blown lifestyle. To be clear, we’re not just talking about letting your beard hair grow unchecked. By contrast, a properly executed natural full beard requires regular grooming and conditioning, along with a genuine instinct for facial hair style. That said, this is the best beard style for men who do in fact want their beards to keep growing, letting it achieve a natural volume and length. Whether that means growing the beard for a full year (aka the “yeard”), two years (aka the “tweard”), or forever (aka the “terminal beard”) is up to you. Again, what’s most important is that you trim and condition while you go, retaining a clean and purposeful profile. This is one of the best beard styles for a round face!

3. The Natural Full Beard

A good looking full beard style if you can pull it off properly, the Verdi involves pairing a well-groomed beard with a shorter, trimmed moustache. The beard should grow just beyond the jawline, while the neckline usually stays clean.

4. The Verdi Beard

Another cool beard style that’s somewhat tricky to pull off (perhaps due to its perennial association with 70s porn stars), the beardstache entails growing the moustache slightly longer than the full beard. This style–which goes best with beards of short length–tells others that you’re a man who’s not afraid to distinguish himself.

5. The Beardstache

Contrary to the full beard–which runs ear to ear and consists of a moustache–a partial beard plays freely with space. Also, the stache is optional. Here’s a list of some good looking partial beard styles.

Partial Beard Styles

In the simplest sense of the concept, a goatee entails facial hair that extends from the corners of your mouth down to your chin, with an adjoining moustache commonly thrown in for good measure (aka the “circle beard”). A truly versatile beard style, the goatee can either make you the sharpest guy in the room or the one guy in the room who still thinks it’s the 1990s. Suffice to say, you shouldn’t just grow a goatee haphazardly, but work overtime to find a goatee style that best suits your face. Pull off the right goatee style and you’ll put every retro stereotype to shame. Fail to pull it off and you’ll do the exact opposite. But hey, if it’s good enough for a modern-day Robert Downey  Jr., it’s assuredly good enough to qualify as one of the best beard styles for men.

6. The Goatee

Now more popular than ever, the sideburn beard style has facial hair running exclusively down the back of the jaw on either side. In other words, you grow out the sideburns while keeping everything else clean-shaven (with the moustache being optional). Think Robert Shaw in the original Jaws movie and you’re heading in the right direction, which might help explain why this particular beard style is frequently employed by blue collar types. Grow those chops out even more and you end up with a Wolverine beard, which is commonly viewed as the quintessence of side beard style. Just remember to keep any lingering hairs out of those earlobes.

7. Sideburn Style

Omnipresent in Amish communities (where moustaches are commonly viewed as symbols of violence), the whaler beard (aka the “Shenandoah  beard”) grows long and full from the jawline but never comes paired with a moustache. Should you decide to go with this beard style, don’t forget to trim and condition on the regular, unless of course you actually want to be taken for an Amish person.

8. The Whaler Beard (The Shenandoah)

Not to be confused with a goatee, the Van Dyke beard style involves a pointy moustache and then a pointy patch of hair at the chin. It’s a cool beard style if you’re say Johnny Depp, but odds are you’re not Johnny Depp, which makes this style a risky bet at best. If you ask us, you should grow the hair out a little more and trim the moustache, achieving what’s known as the “Balbo”.

9. The Van Dyke

Grow out your thick moustache so that it’s hanging down around the mouth on both sides, then throw in a dense patch of hair just above the chin (aka a “soul patch”). Bang! You’re rocking a Zappa beard.

10. The Zappa

If you have the genes for it, then you might very well be capable of growing a quality moustache without the need for an adjoining beard. However, it takes more than just genetics to pull off a good moustache–you’ll also need confidence and vision. If you are indeed ready to take the plunge, here are some of the best moustache styles currently rocking faces around the globe.

Moustache Styles

If someone ever says the words “horseshoe moustache” and you’re struggling to conjure a visual, just remember the name: Hulk Hogan. The Hulkster usually paired his with a sideburn beard, and odds are he’s still rocking the look to this day. The horseshoe moustache is also popular among bikers, so if you have plans to join the local gang, consider growing one of these babies first. According to the experts, the easiest way to achieve a horseshoe moustache is to grow out a full beard and then shave away the excess hair on your chin and jaw. Next, let the moustache grow for about two months, making no adjustments to it, lest you risk disturbing its balance. When that time is up, visit your favourite barber and let him (or her) take care of the rest.

11. The Horseshoe Mustache

Perfect for all the gents out there who simply love to fiddle with moustache hair, the handlebar moustache is achieved when a thick moustache curls upward at both ends. If this is the look you’re going for, then a holding product like moustache wax is mandatory. Apply the wax to both ends of the moustache, twisting each end until it holds in the upright position. Voila! You now look like Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York. If you want to sustain this aesthetic, daily maintenance is required.

12. The Handlebar Mustache

“I am the walrus”, John Lennon once sang. Ironically, his own late 60s moustache was usually too thin to qualify as a bona fide walrus moustache. Had he wanted to go full walrus, he would have grown those follicles out to a thick, full bush that drooped over his lips. Should you have the DNA for it, you can pick up where the great Beatle once left off, growing a voluminous walrus moustache of your own. The best part is that you probably won’t need a holding product to keep those thick whiskers in place unless of course, you want to enhance that stache by way of extra styling.

13. Walrus Moustache

Straight, narrow and long, the Fu Manchu moustache is a bold style, to say the least. It starts above the mouth–where the two sides of the moustache don’t connect–and then drops evenly below the chin. Is it one of the best beard styles for men? Probably not. But it could just be exactly what you’re looking for.

14. Fu Manchu

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