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38 Beard Styles to Inspire You

Throughout history, men have adorned themselves with beards that reflect their personality, culture, and grooming preferences. From the distinguished and classic to the trendy and bold, there are many beard styles to choose from, each offering its unique charm.

Frontal view of a man rocking the full beard style and shades

Whether you’re a veteran or contemplating growing your first beard, this post will take you through some popular beard styles. Our goal is to ensure you find the perfect look that suits your face shape and personal style.

History of Beards

A greek guy rocking one of the popular beard styles

How ancient cultures kept beards varies. In ancient Greece, for example, beards were seen as a sign of coming of age for men. The beards symbolized their virility, manhood, and wisdom. Men only shaved during a time of mourning or as a form of punishment to spartans. But the story is not the same in Ancient Rome, as Romans decided to distinguish themselves from the Greeks by being clean-shaven.

A suave looking guy rocking the corporate beard style

To the 21st-century man, beard styles are a more sartorial statement of intent than a status symbol. And the best part is, choosing the best beard style just got a whole lot easier.

Why You Should Grow a Beard?

Frontal view of a handsome looking guy rocking one of the popular beard styles

Facial hair has a way of shaping a man’s face and altering his everyday look. A few hairs here and there can make a man with a baby face look older, distract from a receding hairline, and give you that bold and confident look.

And since many celebrities are sporting facial hair just like they do with tattoos, this has helped set a beauty standard in the men’s world. Little wonder social media sometimes throw jabs at beardless men by calling them princesses.

Finding Your Perfect Beard Style

Side view of a guy rocking the full beard styles

The beauty of growing a beard is that you‘ve got different options for styling it. However, I advise you grow what you have.  In other words,  grow a style that fits how your beard naturally grows. Assess your beard growth patterns and choose your style accordingly.

A handsome guy with a bun rocks a nice beard style

For instance, men with oblong faces should grow a beard with more hair on the sides while keeping the length of the chin hair shorter to balance out their features.  If you have a square or round face, fuller beards on the chin with shorter sides will help lengthen your face. And if your face shape is oval, most beard styles will work for you. 

Remember, it’s all about keeping your facial features in balance. 

Beards Styles You Should Recreate

Handsome view of a guy keeping a full beard

Keeping a beard not only enhances your facial features but also contributes to your sense of confidence and self-assurance. Whichever style you choose, wear it with pride and embrace the unique statement it makes about you. 

So go ahead, experiment with the different beard styles we’ve curated for you, and find the one that resonates with your personality while enhancing your appearance.

The 5 O’Clock Shadow

Frontal view of guy rocking a a fine ass 5'oclock

The 5 o’clock shadow is a small quantity of prickly hair that appears on a man’s face some hours after shaving. This stubble beard is a classic you can be sure will never go out of style—thanks to celebrities like Zac Efron have made the beard style more popular.

A handsome black man with a 5'0clock shadow

You can grow an actual 5 o’clock shadow in 24 to 48 hours after shaving. This depends on how fast your facial hair grows though.  Notwithstanding, stubble beard is the shortest kind of beard you can get. The darker your hair is, the quicker it becomes visible. 

Corporate Beard Style

A suave looking guy rocks the corporate beard style

 As its name implies, the corporate beard style is ideal for professional settings. It is a formal, well-maintained beard style that works for businessmen. 

An handsome looking guy rocks the corporate beard style

In addition, this beard style is classy, presentable, and perfect for the CEO who needs to follow a strict beard policy.

Short-Faded Beard Styles

Side view of a guy rocking the faded beard  style

The faded style is neat and stylish. Here, the beard fades from thick hair to a shaped face in the same way as a faded haircut. Your faded beard can be subtle or dramatic, whichever way you want it. 

Side view of a guy rocking faded beard style with a bun

To rock this style, combine it with a faded hairstyle such as the mid fade or even the burst fade and get that debonair look.

Textured Short Beard

selfie of a guy rocking the textured short beard style

Not many know that facial hair is more coarse than the hair on the head. This coarseness is because the facial follicles are more sensitive to testosterone, giving it a kinked and sometimes unruly look.

Side view of a guy rocking the textured short  beard style

For the textured beard style, allow the hair and mustache to grow.  Then curl the ends up with a light-hold beard wax or product without using a beard brush.

Ducktail Beard

Frontal view of a guy rocking the duck tail beard style

The ducktail beard style gets its name from its appearance. By merely looking at it, you can see the bottom part of this beard style resembles a duck’s tail.

Handsome man shows off his duck tail beard style

This style is the perfect compromise between the wild characteristics of having a beard and well-groomed sophistication. It’s why the ducktail continues to be one of the most popular styles of beard today. 

To get this look, trim the upper part of your beard shorter while the hair around your chin grows out

Scruffy Beard

man with blue eyes wearing scruffy beard

This beard style is the longer version of the 5 0’ clock shadow. It doesn’t matter if your beard is patchy or thick, the scruffy style will still look good on you.

Idris Elba shows how handsome the scruffy beard style can look on a man

To get this look, allow your beard to grow for at least two to four weeks. You might need to trim your neck beard if your scruff starts making its way down towards Adam’s apple. Just so you know, a scruffy beard is notoriously itchy. So you will need a conditioning product to help you relieve the itch and keep your hair soft.

Wolverine Beard

Hugh Jackman is the perfect fit of how the wolverine beard style can enhance one's facial features

If you’ve seen Logan or any of the X-men movies, you’ll know why this beard style is popular. The wolverine beard, also known as sideburn, is a look that is steeped in history. It became fashionable during the American Civil War.

A decent looking wolverine beard

The same method used in growing the classic beard applies to the Wolverine beard. The chin is usually free of any facial hair with an optional mustache. Then allow the sides to grow out for several weeks, while consistently shaving your chin to emphasize the side whiskers. 

Regular brushing will make this look neat. And to ensure your skin underneath looks clean often, use a decent moisturizer.

Horseshoe Beard

Side view of a wrestler rocking the horseshoe beard style

This beard style is popular among wrestlers. Growing a horseshoe mustache is a test of your willpower and genetic potential. Not all men can grow out an unbroken mustache line down to their chin in the right thickness.

Frontal view of a man rocking the horseshoe beard style

To get this look, you’ll have to grow your facial hair to a point where the beard length becomes bushy. Trying to sculpt a mustache as it grows can risk an uneven shape, due to styling errors and sloppy clipper work. So leave your facial hair alone for about eight weeks at least before going to the salon to shave off excess hair and sculpt the shape.

Verdi Beard Style 

A nod to Giuseppe Verdi, the verdi beard is one look any man can rock

Named after the 19th-century Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, this style gives off a distinguished appearance. Verdi’s beard styles feature a handlebar mustache and a rounded three-to-four-inch beard. The handle of the mustache is waxed and hangs over the beard in a loose curl. 

Frontal view of a man rocking the verdi beard

To achieve this look, you’ll need to keep your facial hair for about four to eight months or even longer for the mustache to reach handlebar length. 

Long Beard Style

James harden is the perfect picture of what a long beard looks like

This classic beard style is all about controlled length and helps to make our face look longer. Simply allow your beards to grow and resist the urge to trim them too early because it’s much easier to shape them once you have the length and volume. 

Side  of a dark handsome guy rocking the  longbeard look

Once you have enough length trim down the sides so they’re in line with the side of your face and keep the longest beard directly in line with your chin.

Beard Styles are Works of Art

Beards offer men a fantastic opportunity to showcase their individuality and express their personal style. Remember, a well-groomed beard is a work of art, and pairing it with the perfect male hairstyle helps you carve your own style niche. So embrace the power of facial hair and let your beard be a reflection of who you are.

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