10 Different Types of Beards Worth Giving a Shot
Some of the greatest men in history have worn prominent facial hair, demonstrating that some types of beards can be much more than a fashion proclamation. Our appearance plays an essential part in how others judge us, and by choosing just one from the various types of beards, a man can modify the way his face looks dramatically. Moreover, a man wearing a beard actively assumes the process of forming his identity in a manner that is also obvious to others.
From Abraham Lincoln to Constantin Brancusi or Charles Dickens, maintaining a healthy amount of facial hair was an attitude in itself, a statement of character. When wearing a beard, you too can assume the heroic image of masculinity, whether it reminds us of the Spartans that sat at the foundation of the Western culture or the endurance and cruelty of Viking conquerors. After all, Gerard Butler’s Spartans wore beards for a reason and to his credit, we now have the Leonidas beard.
Moreover, we instinctively attribute certain qualities to men who wear beards. These include self-reliance, robustness and readiness to perform great deeds. It is not random that we think of these traits when we see a beard, but rather a result of thousands of years of cultural formation. For instance, the Egyptian pharaohs wore long beards as a sign of power. This symbol was part of the local community, history, folklore and myth to such a degree that it could not simply be erased or ignored. In this context, the pharaohs faced a great challenge because they could not grow such prominent facial hair. So what did they do? They came up with fake beards just to maintain a complete image of greatness and divinity.
Popular Types of Beards for Men
Here are some of the most popular beard types worn today:
#10: French Fork
#9: Klingon beard
Unlike the Dutch or the Bandholz, the Klingon beard is a type of beard kept at a medium length. The connectors from the beard to the moustache are left intact, but the upper lip is shaved. Naturally, this type was coined after and popularized because of the Klingon race that belongs to the Star Trek series.
The ducktail is fuller than a regular beard, and it is made to look as if it converges down to the middle. When it comes to types of beards, the ducktail is seen as a compromise between the rebel and the well-groomed gentleman. The upper part of the beard is shorter, while the lower one can be grown to an extent that is comfortable to the wearer.
To achieve a hollywoodian, you grow your beard but completely remove the sideburns. Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale managed to pull off this type of beard in their own, personal way. For instance, Hugh Jackman decided to shave his head and grow a handlebar type of moustache, while Christian Bale left some of the sideburns grow.
#6: Dutch/Old Dutch beard
Ranking up there next to the Bandholz in terms of popularity, the Dutch (or Old Dutch) beard is just as attractive. It requires a full beard that is worn square and without a moustache. Another important detail is that the cheeks are covered, whereas the chin is shaven. If you feel like adding a moustache, you can easily grow a Garibaldi.
#5: The Anchor
If you haven’t already guessed, this type of beard is named after the only stable point on a rugged sea – a ship’s anchor. If you’re aiming for an anchor yourself, you need to maintain the face free of sideburns and have your beard extend beyond the jawline. Once it’s grown a bit, you just need to stylize it in a round fashion. The final touch is to connect your beard to a pencil moustache, thereby achieving the anchor-shape. It’s recommended that you use the anchor if your face is square-like or oblong.
#4: Full Beard
Stylists recommend the full beard because it is the classic choice and it never fails. If you are able to grow this type of beard, you’ll have your very own style. However, it’s important that the trimming is done properly, while he cheek line and neck line have to be cut in a way that complements the shape of your face. If you’re in doubt, check out male fashion icons like George Clooney or Tom Hardy, who have successfully grown a full beard.
#3: Van Dyke
The van Dyke is a variation from the goatee type of beard in the sense that you take a goatee and you let the moustache and beard stay connected. You can also grow your chin beard a little in order to achieve a more imposing style.
#2: Goatee beard
Many celebrities have pulled successful goatees on the red carpet, but achieving one can be problematic. According to hairstylists, the perfect goatee starts from a fuller beard, so grow more than the area you’re looking to keep. After that, you trim the beard from the corner of your mouth down to your chin, while also shaving the lower border line of your bottom chin bone. Commonly, the moustache and beard are separated, while your cheeks and neck have to be clean-shaven.
#1: Hipster beard (or the Bandholz)
The Bandholz style is arguably the leader in terms of today’s types of beards. It was coined by the entrepreneur who first grew it and then turned it into the very image of a successful business. Why did it work out for him? Because so many individuals from our generation felt the same way Eric Bandholz did – restricted by society’s norms for facial hair.
To achieve a Bandholz, you need only let your beard grow freely. This is also why most people also call it a hipster beard.