Facial Hair: Full Style Guide. Part 1- Beards.

Facial hair has become a massive fashion staple for the modern man. Not only has it become a regular on catwalks and redcarpets, it also takes over a whole month to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health (Movember)-the modern moustache is practically a life saver!

But when it comes to styles…do you know your Chin Beard from your Van Dyke?!

This week I am bringing you a three part break down of facial hair styles so you can be more in the know about your Mo.

Part 1: Beards. 

‘A growth of hair on the chin and lower cheeks of a man’s face’

when you put it like that…it’s a wonder why you guys spend your time maintaining them.

However as a female, speaking for many females (every female I have had this conversation with) I can confirm that certain beards hold strange mystical properties that leave us weak at the knees.

According to Darwin and other biologists it’s less to do with magic and more to do with suggested sexual maturity and dominance…tomato tomahto!

So take a look and see which beard is going to show your manly face at it’s best…
Full Beard:

Gandalf Full Beard

Gandalf, king of the full beard.

Sported mainly by wizards and Santa a full beard is hair covering the all available areas of the lower face and neck (chin upper lip, lower lip, sideburns, cheeks and neck)
The Short Boxed Beard:

short Boxed beard

Ben Affleck

This one is becoming more prominent within the acting community, Mr Afleck here being a fine example. A short boxed beard is a full beard with thin, neatly trimmed sides
Chin Strap Beard:

Louis Hamilton chin strap

Louis Hamilton


The less common chin strap beard is a beard with no moustache that circles the chin. Having scoured Google, I can tell you that this is not the easiest look to pull off! However, if you can make it work…there may be a Nicole Scherzinger in your future…
Chin Curtain:

Lincoln chin curtain

Abraham Lincoln. The only man to make the chin curtain OK

Similar to the chin strap, but the hair is visibly long enough to hang below the jaw. I feel it’s best we leave this one to Lincoln.
Neck Beard:

Henry David Thoreau poet and philosopher neck beard

Henry David Thoreau: poet, philosopher and neck beard owner.

Hair only on the neck and or under the jawline. (No. NO. NO.)

Freeway rapper Shenandoah

Rapper, Freeway

The shenandoah is a combination of the chin curtain and neck beard…and Freeway somehow manages to style it out!
Circle Beard:

Kanye West

Kanye West

Another one of the more common and wearable beards, modelled here by the always charming Kanye! The circle beard is a combanation of the chin patch, goatee and a moustache that all connect to form a circle shape.
The Goatee:

goatee james hatfield

James Hatfield with a Petite Goatee

This is the one that gets thrown about most of all…if you don’t know what it is call it a goatee and hope for the best, right?! A goatee is actually a small beard that covers the chin and a Petite Goatee is the same but grows beyond the chin.
Chin Patch:

chin patch Olympian Apollo Ohno

Olympian, Apollo Ohno

A vertical line of hair in the centre of the chin…somehow more awkward than a Soul Patch…
Soul Patch:

Soul Patch Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton…say what you want about a soul patch, he was married to Angelina Jolie…

A small patch of hair that sits directly below the bottom lip and automatically tends to make you look like a pervert or you missed a bit shaving!


So….that’s all from beards!

In Part 2 we shall be exploring the wonderful world of the moustache in it’s many forms, make sure you don’t miss it.


Still not convinced a beard is for you?!

Still not convinced a beard is for you?!

4 thoughts on “Facial Hair: Full Style Guide. Part 1- Beards.

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