Beard types

Long beard

Choosing well between the different types of beard is the first step to make facial hair your best complement. Genetics and your personal preferences, in this order, will lead the way.

Discover the great number of forms that facial hair can take, both with regard to full beards and partial beards:

Full beards

Full beards are classified based on the length of the hair (short or three days, medium and long):


Chris Pine

It's the shortest full beard out there and a great facial hair option for all men. Works well on both thick beards and those somewhat more irregular.

You will get this type of beard by letting the hair grow between 1 and 4 days, counting from the last shave. To maintain a three-day beard, you will need to run your beard trimmer a few times a week.

Whether or not to delimit the beard depends on your personal preferences. If you want a natural beard, you can skip this step. Instead, for a more defined result, run the razor over your cheeks and neck. This will also give it a neater touch if you find it a bit scruffy.

Medium beard

Johua Jackson with short hair back

With full beards it happens that, after a certain measure, having abundant facial hair becomes a highly valuable quality. Unlike the previous one, medium beard works best on men with fairly thick beards.

This type of beard takes at least two weeks to grow. Generally, it is more flattering when enough care and attention is devoted to it.. In addition to using the trimmer at least once a week, it is necessary to work on the contour (cheeks, neck and often also the chin and mustache) to make it look defined. Much of this work is different for each man, as it is based on adapting to the growth rate and distribution of hair, as well as the angles and curves of the face.

It should be noted that it is very important that the beard does not lose its naturalness in this process. It is about trimming and delimiting putting the maximum effort in avoiding that the beard ends up being artificial. If you decide fix your beard (remember that you also have the option of leaving it natural) shave the neck just above the walnut and outline the cheeks if needed. In this last step, make sure that the line is neither too high nor too low.

Long beard

Kristofer Hivju with a beard

It is the favorite type of beard of beard enthusiasts for obvious reasons. They have a wild and fluffy point at the same time. And above all they feel great to all men. However, it is not an option that is available to everyone. You need to be one of those "chosen ones" who have a thick beard and mustache..

But apart from genetics you also need patience. Allow time for the beard to grow and extend beyond the jawline. On the other hand, that it is long does not mean that it does not need maintenance. You can not touch it, but generally trimming and shaping it properly helps it look more vigorous.

Partial beards

Full knob

Genetics play a decisive role in the beard. If you can't get a full beard, there are other great options worth considering.. When it comes to facial hair, it is a good idea to identify your strengths and try to get the most out of them.

The goatee is one of the most popular beards. The hair on the upper lip and chin is allowed to grow. The hair on the cheeks is shaved, which is why knobs include the ideal beard types for men who do not have the necessary thickness in this area to grow a medium or long beard. There is a wide variety of knobs depending on details such as hair size and contour:

Classic knob

Will Smith in 'Two Rebel Cops'

Mustache and goatee are connected. The shape can be circular or square.

Goatee Van Dyke

Goatee Van Dyke

The mustache and goatee are disconnected. It is shaped like an inverted triangle: the mustache is wider than the goatee.

Anchor knob

Robert Downey Jr.'s Knob

The mustache and goatee are disconnected. It is shaped like an anchor: the goatee is wider than the mustache.

More options for your facial hair

Other styles to consider are the classic mustache and goatee without a mustache.


Idris Elba in 'Pacific Rim'

There are many types of mustache. As with full beards, it is necessary to experiment with its thickness and shape to find the most flattering version for your face.


Small knob

The goatee without a mustache can be large (about the same width as the lips) or narrow, How is the case.

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