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Neck Beard: What it is & How to Maintain it

There’s absolutely no doubt that a well-groomed beard can make you more appealing and attractive, but does this apply to your neck beard?

A young man with a well-groomed neck beard taking a mirror picture.

To be frank, this style may not have the support of many. But we can’t deny that it has been gaining ground in the industry, especially as our favorite celebrities rock them on the red carpet.

So if you want to grow one, you have our support. On this page, you’ll find the best tips on how to keep a clean neckline. But before we jump right in, let’s take a look at neckbeard and all that concerns it.

What is Considered a Neck Beard?

Man rocking a full beard facing sideways

Neckbeards are facial hair that grows in the neck region.  They help broaden the appearance of your chin and jawline, giving you a more balanced face shape.

But most times, they’re not properly kept and this unkempt look makes some men avoid keeping beards around their neck.

Origins of Neck Beard

Man showing off his full neck beard around his neckline.

The use of this term dates back to the 1800s, when Charles Sealfied used it to describe a man with a bearded neck in his novel “Rambleton.”

They are believed to have been quite popular around the time of the American Civil War and also gained more traction in the hipster beard era.

Is it Okay to have a Neck Beard?

Handsome man combing his neck beard.

This depends on you. If you grow a neckbeard and you like your look, feel free to keep them. But ensure you groom them well at all times.

But if you don’t have the time to grow and maintain this beard, it’s okay to take them out and keep a shaven look. 

How Does Neck Hair Grow?

man styles his neck beard in a unique way.

Just like how our faces are different, facial hair grows differently too—thanks to factors like heredity and genetics. However, neck hair usually grows at a faster rate than other facial hair.

During the first few weeks or months of growing your beard and neck hair, there’s a stage that many consider awkward. This is where your beard is about to reach its full potential, but the neck hair comes off as sloppy.

Don’t get too worried as this is part of the growing process. Just keep growing, and soon enough, you’ll be out of this stage. 

How to Grow Your Neckbeard?

Man shows off his well-trimmed neck beard.

Note that neck beards are not for everyone. So if you’re thinking of spotting one, there are some things you should do first.

First, ensure you have quite a lot of facial hair to grow your neck beard. If you can only grow a thin mustache, then you won’t be able to grow a neckbeard.

Secondly, get ready to put in the time and effort needed to grow a neckbeard. They take a long time to grow and require regular grooming.

And finally, be sure of your decision to grow neck hair so you can be comfortable with the look anytime any day.

Man shows off his full white-bearded look.

10 Popular Neck Beard Styles 

Side profile of a man with a full neck beard.

If you’ve decided to rock this look, here are some of the styles that you might want to consider :

Neck Beard with Mustache

man with thin mustache and a full neck beard

This style is classy and perfect for men with oval faces. If you’ve got a round face, you may want to avoid this look.

To achieve this look, all you need to do is trim your facial beard, grow it out using beard oil, and twist the edges of your mustache.

Lumberjack Beard

Side profile of a tattooed man with a full neck beard

This style is perfect for men with sharp slender noses and a square facial structure. Grow out your beard to get this look and keep trimming it often to prevent flyaways.

The Levine Beard

Adam levine shows off his scruffy neck beard look.

Adam Levine inspired this style. It’s sexy and very masculine. The look is ideal for men with a rectangular face structure and a sharp jawline. 

Ensure you trim your beard regularly to make your facial hair a few millimeters longer than the beards below your neckline.

Thick Chin Strap with Thin Mustache

Man with glasses shows off well trimmed neckline

If you do not have a problem with growing a full thicker beard then this look is for you. It is perfect for men with thick facial hair and a round or oval face shape.

Style this hair, by clipping your mustache short, then buzz the hair starting halfway down the neck and shape the hair at the cheekbones so it has a flat look.

Chin Strap Goatee

Man rock his neck beard with goatee style.

This look is quite popular among men and it comes out nice. It’s perfect for men with round or long face shapes and thick beard hair.

While trimming, leave a few stray hairs around the neck for that scruffy look, and buzz in a chin strap to about an inch or less in width, leaving a longer goatee. 

Short Neck Beard

A handsome man rocks a short neck beard.

This look is probably one of the most admired and attractive beard styles of this era. It looks professional and gives men a handsome hunk look.

The style involves well-groomed neckline hair, a well-trimmed mustache connecting with the medium stubble, and a distinctive soul patch.

Short Beard with Scarce Neck Hair

man shows off his scarce neck bearded look

This combo is a very attractive look that gives a personality boost to many guys. 

In fact, it drives people’s attention from the bald spot in the beard. The scarce neck hair covers your Adam’s apple area from the center while the neck sides are bald.

Long Neck Beard with Wave

man rocking a pony tail with a wavy beard.

This style is perfect for older men with textured hair. It covers the whole chin area. Grow your beard at least three inches, this includes the area under the chin and even before the neckline. Then trim your mustache short.

No Maintenance Full Beard

man on glasses rocking the no maintenance look.

As the name implies, this is one look that doesn’t need much maintenance. Several celebrities have been seen with this look.

The only thing required to style this look is to allow your beads to grow and wash regularly so you don’t come off looking unkempt.

Wild Yet Sleek

Man in sweats shows off his full bearded look.

This look is the perfect blend of class and masculinity. It suits men with pointed noses and slender cheeks.

To get this look, allow your neckbeard to grow naturally and trim them often to get the shape shown above.

Tips on how to Keep a Clean Neckline

A handsome man in glasses rocks white tees with a full beard.

Follow these suggestions if you want to keep a well-trimmed and neat neckline.

Trim your Neck Beard

Trimming your neckbeard is the first step in the right direction when it comes to keeping a neat neckline. 

Here’s a quick trick, to use to prevent small cuts: place your index finger and middle finger together, and place the index finger at the top of your neck. 

With this placement, your middle finger should be above your Adam’s apple.

Keep your Beard Clean

Another way of keeping a neat neckline is ensuring you wash your beard regularly, especially if you are one with lots of facial hair. 

Dirt can clog your hair and make it look messy. To prevent this, use a face wash to give your neckbeard a clean fresh look. 

Use  Shaving Gel

Shaving gel helps you maintain a fresh look around your neckline. It also protects your skin from burns, bumps, and cuts. Add it to your grooming process. 

Don’t Just Groom Your NeckBeard. Take Care of Your Hair too

And that’s all about growing and maintaining your neck beard. To make yours more appealing, combine it with a cute male hairstyle. For instance, you can choose to go bald, rock a male wolf cut, broccoli haircut, or even wear braid hairstyles for men.

The hack to looking superb with your neck hair is by ensuring you groom every other hair on your body, especially the one on your head.

And once that’s settled, pick any of the neckbeards styles we’ve shown you. Not satisfied with the ones you saw above? Here’s more we curated for you:

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