Stylish men must learn the art of grooming their beards
The only question a man has to ask about facial hair these days is which style to have. And that’s where this guide – covering everything from how to rock a smattering of stubble to how to tame a full on grizzly beard – comes in.
Whether you’re a facial hair aficionado who fancies a change of style or are currently clean-shaven and need a beard-growing battle plan, here’s are the best beard styles to suit both your face and your personality.
Given that a study by Northumbria University found women prefer men with stubble and with research from grooming brand Remington showing that one in five men actually feel sexier with a few days growth, it might just be your secret weapon come that hot date, too.
How To Maintain
Stubble might be low maintenance, but that doesn’t mean it’s no-maintenance. To keep it on point requires regular trimming and conditioning.
- To keep stubble at the optimum length, use a beard trimmer on a 3-4 mm setting. Remove the guard or use a precision attachment to remove any hair from the cheeks or below the Adam’s apple.
- The pattern of your stubble may be unique to your face, but you can change the shape of that face by contouring the stubble. Known as ‘beartouring’ (beard contouring) it’s the perfect way to play around with proportions. To elongate a round face, take a tip from Drake and shave away the stubble in the lower cheek area, so the beard line appears lower. Graduate the length of the stubble below the jawline to soften the look and strengthen the jaw.
- Minimise the risk of painful ingrown hairs by exfoliating skin with a face scrub twice a week, paying particular attention to the area around the neck. This is especially important for guys with afro or naturally curly hair, which often grows back upon itself in the early stage
- If you aren’t sure what length you want, start with a higher guard head, and work your way down.
- Use the beard comb to coach everything into place, including the mustache. Snip any strays that stand out or hang over the lip.
- Facial hair scissors work well for mustache trimming and spot-checking, too.
- Trimmer guard lengths change from one device to the next, and are often determined by whether the trimmer is exclusively for beards or hair. Sometimes a “1” means “1mm” and other times it means 1/4". It’s on you to find out, but more importantly, you need to remember which guard length you like on your device, and commit it to memory.
- Always trim your beard when it’s dry, since this is how it’s going to look when you wear it out in the world.
See below for tips on how to fade your beard, how to trim the beard neckline, and how to keep the beard soft. Are you growing your beard out? You still need to trim it as it grows. This will help it grow into place, while avoiding awkward in-between stages.