1. The Goatee: This is one of the most popular bearded styles, and it never goes out of fashion. You might also hear it referred to as the circle beard. The facial hair lines the corners of the mouth and the chin. The shape, volume
2. The Whaler: Also known as the Amish beard, this style is full and long with no mustache. The Amish people have an aversion towards mustaches; they believed violent and dangerous people only wore them; hence the reason for not growing one.
3. The Van Dyke Beard: This is a very funny looking beard, but each to their own right! It’s an old look and dates back to the 17th century; the look was popularized by Anthony Van Dyck, a Flemish painter. The mustache is shaved down the middle and shaped into slopes across the length of the mouth. The ends are pointed and thin; men are known to twist the ends. The beard is shaped in a small V underneath the mouth, and hair grows in a square shape underneath the chin.
4. The Scruff Beard: This style is basically a stubble beard, it gives you some grit and texture and depending on how your facial hair grows can either be really thick or patchy. The length depends on your preference, but it can’t be too long and needs to stay close to your face or it wouldn’t be a scruffy beard. Maintenance is pretty tedious, not only do you need to keep it in shape, but you also need to maintain its length so you will need to keep cutting your stubble to make sure it doesn’t grow out of control.
5. The Natural Beard: There’s nothing to this one, just let it grow and see what you get. You can trim and shape the beard as it grows, if you want it thick and full, trim and shape it often.
6. The Corporate Beard: This length takes around two weeks to two months to grow depending on how fast your beard grows. Its quite high maintenance (hence the name), and you will need to shape and trim it often to keep your beard in check.
7. The Yeard: To achieve this look, let your beard grow out for 12 months without cutting it. You don’t want any hairs sticking out everywhere, so make sure you shape it to keep your beard well defined.
8. The Terminal Beard: The length of the terminal beard depends on how long your hair grows. Once your beard stops growing, you will know you have achieved a terminal beard.
9. Sideburns: There is no uniform style when it comes to sideburns, you can shape them; however you wish. Most men don’t allow them to grow past their earlobes, but you can let your sideburns grow into your mustache if you want.
10. The Hollywoodian: This look highlights the jawline, to achieve this style, you will need to shave off your sideburns, and grow a mustache that reaches the beard.
Regardless of the style, knowing how to trim your beard will make the process much easier. Here are some simple steps to assist you.
1. Select the comb length you want to use; this will help give your style the right look. Generally, you will find the following lengths in a razor kit: 2 mm, 4 mm and 6 mm.
2. Use the trimmer to even out the length of your beard; this will help to reduce any discomfort while you are shaving. It also helps to prevent the blades from getting clogged.
3. To get the shape right, remove the comb attachment from the trimmer and trim to get the desired shape. Most styles look best when the hair is kept shorter on the cheeks and neck.
4. Unless you are going for an uneven look, which most men aren’t, make sure you don’t trim too much off one side.
5. If there are any parts of your face you want to shave bare, wet your beard by rinsing your face with warm water, then use a shaving gel to lather up the area that you want to shave. Shaving gel will help to prevent irritation, cuts, and nicks.
6. Place the attachment onto the handle and give yourself a close shave by using gentle, light strokes across your face.
If you want to get the most out of your bearded look, you are going to have to do more than choosing the style you like and allowing your hair to grow. Unless you are Brad Pitt or Tyson Beckford, there are very few men who can pull off any beard. You will need to consider the shape of your face, the style of your hair and the way you dress. Hopefully, this post has given you some great ideas, and you now feel more confident about joining the beard gang.