15 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. So among all, which beard type to choose?
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:
#15: Balbo Beard
The Balbo stands out as one of today’s most sought-after short beard styles. The oft-imitated but never duplicated Robert Downey, Jr. helped to bring it back in vogue, although it’s so close to a classic goatee with a mustache that it’s never far from the front lines of fashionable facial hair. It’s the perfect beard for guys who have a narrow chin.
#14: Stubble Beard
A very popular type of beard style. The Stubble beard is easy enough to grow, right? It counts as a beard, and it’s actually surprisingly versatile. Keep it short and show off the faintest hint of scruff or opt for a well-sculpted beard composed of a medium amount of summer. To really embrace that bad boy mistake, grow a heavier, fuller stubbled beard that throws your face into shadow.
#13: The Zappa
Named for Legendary Frank Zappa, who still has some of the coolest kids in rock ‘n roll, the Zappa falls somewhere between the courtly and hard rock. It’s debonair but dirty at the same time. It’s a nitty-gritty bad boy beard with a flair that suggests you might be a secret Musketeer.
#12: The Soul Patch
A soul patch is ideal for men who kind of want a beard, but not really. It’s easy to grow the little thatch of hair beneath your lower lip, but you have to groom it carefully. Not only do you need to avoid cutting into your patch, but you also have to be vigilant about the hair surrounding your soul patch.
#11: The Verdi
The Verdi is a fierce, fancy beard style that will make fans of facial hair fall all over themselves to stroke the curled ends of your mustache. It contains elements of other styles, particularly the full beard and the Bandholz, but the beard itself is angled and pointed, and the mustache is everything.
#10: French Fork
The French Fork is very easy to spot, as the wearer grows a full beard, which is then split in two down the middle as it extends past the chin. If you’ve ever seen the Pirates of the Caribbean series, then you’re very acquainted with it. Don’t remember? Johnny Depp had one of the best braided French Forks when impersonating the histrionic Jack Sparrow. Even Brad Pitt wore a French Fork when he sought to relax his personal image and add a bohemian tone to it.
#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 mustache 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 mustache, while Christian Bale left some of the sideburns to 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 mustache. Another important detail is that the cheeks are covered, whereas the chin is shaven. If you feel like adding a mustache, 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 mustache, 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 neckline 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 mustache 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 hair stylists, 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 borderline of your bottom chin bone. Commonly, the mustache 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.