With beards becoming more fashionable than ever, there’s no better time than now to explore your facial hair options. But there’s more to choosing a beard than simply not shaving. If you want to look your best, you need to find the right beard style that complements all of your features.
We all look different. Some of us small chins, rectangular faces, or a downright block-shaped head. What looks incredible for one person may not be the best fit for another. But how can you tell what beard style will look the best for you?
Here are some questions to ask when exploring beard options.
1. What’s the shape of my face?
The shape of your face will go a long way in determining what kind of beard style works best for you. Growing out a beard that suits your face can really transform the way you look, but choosing the wrong style can make your face look too long or round, and that will definitely take away from your style points.
So, what style works best for your shape?
If you have a square face, you’re probably going to look better with sides a bit shorter than your chin. This will help even out your features instead of giving you a rectangular look.
If you have a round face, you don’t want to just let your hair grow wild. That could make your entire face look like a giant, hairy circle. Instead, trim the sides while letting the bottom of the beard grow out some. This will add more of an angular look to your jawline.
If you have an oval face then you’re in luck. This type face shape tends to work well with various different beard styles, so just choose one that works best for you.
2. How long do I want my beard to grow?
Do you want a little stubble, are you trying to grow a Santa Claus beard, or are you looking for something in between? You may think that your desired length is irrelevant when choosing a style, but it’s not. It actually will help you to get an idea of how much work you want to put into keeping your beard tidy. And trust me, beard maintenance is important – not many people look good with a wild, caveman beard.
The easiest types of beard styles to control are the short ones, especially if you already have a beard trimmer. All you need to do is choose the guard that corresponds with your desired length and give it a maintenance cut every week or so. Aside from cleaning up some of the stubborn hairs along the neck and jawline, that’s pretty much it.
Long beards, on the other hand, can take a lot of work if you want them to keep any sort of style and shape. You’ll need to learn how to become a whiz with a pair of hair shears so that you can trim your beard properly so that it keeps the shape you like. And if you’re expecting your beard to always grow in the shape that you cut it in, guess again. For most guys, different parts of the beard grow at different rates. So, if you leave your beard to grow on its own, you might get stuck with a strange style.
One thing to always remember before trimming your beard: using scissors is not easy. Unless you’ve already made the mistake of cutting too much off of your six-month-old beard, you probably have no idea just how skilled you need to be to trim your own beard properly. For this reason, you may want to go to a barber instead – and that can be a hassle if you have a busy schedule.
3. How thick will my beard be?
Some people are born with a hairy face that can grow a full-fledged beard in less than a week. Other guys grow facial hair in small, unconnected patches. It’s not a big deal, it’s just your genetics.
If you’re one of the guys who grows thin, patchy beards, you may want to reconsider trying to grow a full beard. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up growing facial hair altogether, though. There are a number of different styles like the chin strap beard or variants of the goatee that can work for you.
4. Can I keep my beard groomed?
If the answer to that question is no then you may want to reconsider anything other than a stubble beard or a simple goatee.
There’s a lot beyond simply growing hair that goes into having an exquisite beard. For starters, you need to take care of your skin. Beard dandruff, commonly referred to as beardruff, is a very real thing. It causes you to have an itchy beard that sheds dandruff flake, and there’s nothing stylish about that.
Also, you’ll want to keep your beard clean and combed at all times. And for heaven’s sake, resist the urge to stroke it every five minutes! A dirty beard is a breeding ground for bacteria, and just think about where all your hands have been throughout the day. Do you want those germs near your face? Also, beards can smell if you don’t keep them clean.
Growing the Perfect Beard
Hygiene is the only real determining factor regarding whether a beard’s perfect or not. Everything else is just a matter of preference.
The good news is that the overwhelming popularity of beards has created a market for facial hair grooming. Many stores that specialize in health and beauty carry a wide range of beard oils, moisturizers, and styling products for your beard. These products are great for keeping your beard soft, free of dandruff, and looking tame. And as a bonus, most of the products smell good as well.