What are the Different Beard Types and Styles?

Wondering which beard style is more popular and which ones the females dig? Then you are not alone. I, too, have wondered, given the many types that are common, from short hair to fully blown facial hair, there is no saying the extent guys go to get creative with their beards. 

While there are certainly a countless number of styles, given the fact that most barbers can invent one out of the blue, there are still some common ones that every one of us who carry facial hair should be familiar with. So without wasting any time, let’s check out some of the beard types that you will find out there.

Short Stubble

This one is the easiest type of facial hair to grow. It is what is noticeable after a few days of shaving, and most guys will have to pass this stage before their beards become prominent. It appears short and neat, even though they are only strands that are yet to grow adequately. You can use a trimmer for caring at this stage, and a razor could be useful in removing the hair that grows under Adam’s apple. 

Medium Stubble

Just like the short stubble, the medium stubble takes a few days to grow, and require more time than the much shorter ones. They are also easy to care for, and the longer they get, the untidier they become. You can make use of a clipper at this stage for maintenance, but a razor could equally be suitable if you know how to use one or know someone who can. 

Long Stubble

The long stubble is a lot more challenging to maintain since you will need to trim it regularly for it to stay neat. Stray hairs also need to be eliminated from time to time, and for this, you need scissors. The longer a stubble grows, the fuller it gets, and the more care it will require, so you need to be prepared for the task ahead if you decide to wear this beard style. 

Long Stubble

The full beard is one of the common types you will find around. It takes a lot for to grow beards that get to this stage, so a little respect should be accorded to anyone who can pull it off. As a matter of fact, not every man is destined to grow a full beard, but I have learned never to say never. 

With the right beard care product and a lot of zeal, it is possible to grow a full beard. You should also know that a full beard requires more care compared to a stubble. You can check here for how to care for a full beard. 

Goatee Beard

A goatee is also another popular type of beard that many guys choose to wear. The good thing is that if you have a full beard that is equally full around the chin region, you can easily convert it to a goatee. It is not supposed to be connected to the mustache if it is to remain a goatee. This beard type begins as hair under the lips that run all the way down the chin. The sides on them are curved and well rounded up at the bottom of the jaw for a complete look. 

Imperial Beard

The imperial beard is more familiar with the impressionist looking to make a statement with his beards. It is more of a classic look, and many folks do make the mistake of referring to it as a mustache. The imperial beard differs from the mustache as the tips are pointed upwards, which makes them stand out from other facial hair types. 

Van Dyke Beard

The Van Dyke is simply a combination of a goatee and a mustache, and to complete the look, you will need to eliminate any other facial hair. This beard type will need regular maintenance since you will need to trim the unwanted hair every day or two to keep things tidy. 

Anchor Beard

The anchor beard takes the shape of a nautical anchor, which is how it gets its name in the first place. To achieve this look, you will need to get rid of sideburns, and have facial hair that extends to the jawline, and that is easy to style. This beard style fits men with an oblong or square-shaped face, which means that not everyone can be able to pull off this style. 

Balbo Beard

Named after Italian air marshal, Italo Balbo, the Balbo beard, is another common type of facial hairstyle that men like to wear. If you know Robert Downey Jr, who played Iron Man, then you should be familiar with this beard style. You will need to be able to grow a mustache to be ready to wear this look. 

Mutton Chops

The mutton chops are another popular type of facial hair that you can find on most bearded men. They look more like a longer sideburn and would need to be defined around the edges to complete the look. The friendly mutton chop, on the other hand, has to be connected to the mustache and is the only difference between it and the regular mutton chops. 

Final Note

Now that you are familiar with the different styles of facial hair, the only challenge now will be how to grow the beards quickly. You should know that whether it is a stubble or full beard you choose to go with, you will need to stock up on the right beard care products and learn how to maintain it if you want to keep things neat and stylish. 

Liked this article?

Download our FREE beard growing guide now!
Enter your email to get "The Ultimate Guide to Beard Growing" emailed to you