The beardstache has been making the rounds lately on the internet and it’s probably because a lot of celebrities have been wearing them around. Starting from Henry Cavill to Zac Efron has been pulling it off really well and ever since then it just blew up.
What is the Beardstache?
The beardstache is a beard style that combines a stubble beard and mustache with more focus on the stache.
Other than just celebrities keeping one, it got so popular is because it’s a mix between two different beard styles, which, if matched well, could end up looking absolutely beautiful.
The beardstache is one of the easiest to grow and maintain but does require some patience in growing and styling the mustache.
It’s also one of those beard styles that go with a variety of different beard and mustache styles, but whatever style you choose for the beard, the beardstache looks best with only a handful of mustache styles such as the Walrus, Chevron, Handlebar or the Horseshoe mustache styles.
What Does the Beardstache Look Like?
The beardstache is a combination of a mustache and a beard, but with more emphasis on the mustache, which is usually grown to a thicker and heavier style while the beard is kept in a light or heavy stubble and sometimes even a short beard.
So that means, the mustache looks perfect on the heavier, thicker side with a blend of shorter beard lengths.
With that being said, let’s look at some of the best beardstache styles people have come up with as well as the types of mustaches that go with it.
Different Types of Mustaches
The Walrus is one of the most classy looks that will always stay relevant. The mustache is thick and heavy, with the sides reaching all the way down to the chin, and the middle part of the stache coming all the way down to where the soul patch is supposed to be.
The Chevron has been a popular stache over the ages with a typical vintage feel. It’s also best combined with a light stubble rather than a heavy one since it’s not as thick or heavy as the Walrus.
The Handlebar doesn’t look good on everyone, and it’s specially hard to grow and requires patience, since it takes at least 2 months of daily routine to force the ends of your stache point above or shaped into a curve.
The Handlebar comes in all different shapes and sizes. There is literally no restriction in how heavy or thick the stache needs to be or how long and pointed the corners need to be. Usually, the handlebar is a sign of creativity more than anything else.
Here’s a picture to help you navigate through the many different mustache styles that you could mix with heavy or light stubble.
The Best Beardstache Styles
The Beardstache with Heavy Stubble
This is one of the most popular beardstache styles, combining the stubble beard with a Walrus mustache style is the perfect balance you could strike up.
Usually, this is the longest you can keep your beard because any longer beard hair than this, and you’ll have a full beard which, honestly, defeats the purpose of keeping a prominent mustache.
The Beardstache with Short Beard
It’s not a full beard but it’s not a heavy stubble either. This particular style also has more emphasis on the chin area along with the mustache with the beard on the cheeks trimmed shorter in comparison.
A handlebar mustache with a short beard is also a good combination.
The Hipster Beardstache
The Hipster beardstache is when you have rather pointy ends on your mustache with a light or heavy stubble beard. In this picture, a light stubble helps bring more attention to the lips and the stache and keeps the style looking clean.
As you can see, a heavier stubble with a hipster mustache has its own charm as well.
The Beardstache with Light Stubble
This one’s a popular style as well given that it’s the easiest to manage both the beard and the stache. It’s also one of the cleaner looks.
The Beardstache with a Goatee
Trust me, we’re just as surprised as you are. Who knew that you could totally rock a Handlebar with a Goatee.
The Horseshoe Beardstache
As the name suggests, the horseshoe mustache, which has elongated corners reaching almost the chin, is perfect with light stubble.
Any of the above beardstache styles also look amazing on bald men as well. With so many different styles out there, it’s hard to know which one is the best for you, especially if you’re a first-timer. While we will talk more about who will suit this style more than others, the key here is finding the right balance between your beard length and the stache length.
As you’ve seen already, both the beard and the mustache can have varying degrees of length and thickness, but there is always a stark contrast between the beard and mustache which makes the beardstache stand out from other beard styles.
Which one is right for you can only be found through trial and error, and as with any beard style, a little bit of creativity can take you a long way.
The Pros & The Cons
Other than being one of the most unique styles out there, one of the best things about the beardstache is that it’s perfect for highlighting your facial bone structure.
The beardstache goes well with shorter beards, usually a heavy or a light stubble. That way you don’t have to hide your bone structure as is the case with a lot of other beard styles. Naturally, a lot of attention will go towards your chin and jawline, which might be a problem for those who aren’t comfortable with that.
It’s also a great style for those with a patchy beard. While other beard styles are hard to hide patchy beards with, all you need to do with the beardstache is keep a heavy stubble while having a variety of mustache styles to go with it.
Face Shapes Best Suited for a Beardstache
The Square, A-Triangle, V-Triangle, and Oblong face shapes are the best matches for the beardstache. The Oval, Rectangle, and Diamond face shapes are an acceptable match too.
However, if you have a Round or Heart-shaped face, this might not be a good fit for you. You’re encouraged to give it a try, but it usually isn’t a good match and you might not like the end results.
How to Grow a Beardstache
The best way to go about growing a beardstache is to let your beard and mustache completely grow out. Wait around 3 to 4 weeks for your beard to grow full.
Trim the beard
Once it’s grown out and at least 6 mm in length, you should trim your beard. Set your trimmer’s dial or trimmer guard to the length you prefer.
A heavy stubble would require you to set the trimmer guard to 3 to 4 mm and 1 to 2 mm for light stubble. While trimming, completely avoid the mustache area.
Choose the Mustache Style and Length
The point of the beardstache is to accentuate the mustache. This is also the point where you figure out the thickness of your mustache. Keep a pair of mustache scissors at hand to remove stray hair around the stache. It’s common to grow stray facial hair around the corners and above your stache.
You should also look into how to style a mustache like the Walrus, Chevron, Handlebar, and Horseshoe.
This is where patience plays a huge role. You might not have the perfect mustache length or thickness at the time of trimming your beard. So all you need to do right now is wait and let the mustache grow while regularly maintaining your beard for contrast.
Outline the Beard
Defining the neck and cheek line is just as important for the beardstache. Once you find the perfect cheek line for your face, clean shave all the facial hair above your cheek line. The perfect neckline is usually one or two fingers away from your jawline.
Place your fingers on your jawline at the corner of your face, below the ears, right where your face ends and your neck starts. Then define the neckline with a trimmer and clean shave every hair below it.
How to Maintain a Beardstache
Every 2 to 3 days, trim the beard to the length you prefer. Regularly shave around the cheek and neckline, but some folks also let that part grow yet keep it trimmed to give a more rugged and messy feel, which has its own beauty. Using mustache wax is also very important for those who have handlebars.
Some mustaches, like the handlebar, require you to care for them every day by forcing them to grow in a certain direction as your natural mustache growth could be different from your chosen mustache style. Also, make sure to keep the surrounding area of the mustache clean of any stray hair.
FAQs on Beardstache
Q1. I’m bald, will a beardstache look good on me?
Yes! In fact, it’s one of the best-looking beard styles out there for bald men, especially if you combine the stache with a heavy stubble or short beard.
Q2. What famous people wear the beardstache?
Henry Cavill, Zac Efron, Jamie Dorman, Jon Hamm, Chris Millington, and Jeff Buoncristiano are some of the celebrities among others who have sported this look.
Q3. How long does it take to grow a beardstache?
The beard from the beardstache takes about 10 days to grow if you’re going for heavy stubble. For a heavier beard, 2 weeks should be enough.
A light stubble takes even less time to grow. The mustache part will take around 1 to 2 months depending on the style, thickness and length you choose for it.
With all that out of the way, we wish you luck for your journey ahead. The beardstache is one of the most highly sought-after beard styles out there yet not everyone can pull it off.
Growing the beardstache also takes a lot of determination and self-discipline as some mustaches are harder to grow and maintain. Regardless, we can’t wait for you to join the ranks as well and totally rock the beardstache!