Ask girls what they really find extremely hot in men, and trust me the first thing that’s going to strike their mind is the beard.
Beard continues to be a very popular men’s styling “accessory” and men are embracing this trend by trying out some really exclusive styles.
Growing a beard is fun and is a totally new experience in life. If you got what it takes, give it a shot.
There are many beard styles you can choose from. But what you really need to know is that there are a lot of factors that are to be considered when styling your beard. Beard style depends a lot on your face shape and what looks good on other may not look good on you. So, you need to keep on trying the different styles to know what looks good on you.
Here I bring you 10 really hot beard styles for 2017 that will surely add oomph to your look.
- Full Beard
One of the hottest beard styles this season is the full beard. Sported by most of the popular celebrities, this beard style has taken the 2017 beard look by storm.
Suitability: Diamond, Triangle or Inverted Triangle face shape
Tips: If you have a good beard growth, all you need to do is let the hair grow until medium stubble and shape it evenly using a razor. Stop shaving until 6 weeks so as to attain the look. Trim right after to maintain the length.
If you could grow hair all over your face and have all the patience in the world, bandholz is probably for you.
Eric Bandholz, popularized this look and thus the style is named after him. He is the founder of BeardBrand which specializes in some high quality products such as beard oils, washes, softeners, scissors and combs.
Suitability: Triangle, Inverted Triangle, Oblong, Oval or Diamond face shapes
Tips: Throw away your razor and scissors; you won’t need them for months. For the first 4 months, you may look patchy and unkempt but let it grow until it reaches the maximum length you can genetically grow. You can start shaping and cutting it 7 months after, or you can keep it as is, depending on your preferences. What is nice about the Bandholz is that you can keep it freely unlike other beard styles.
- Circle Beard
Also known as the “French” beard, the circle beard is a combination of mustache and rounded goatee beard styles. It looks neat and tidy, thus making it the best option for men who like it classy and sophisticated without letting go of their beard.
Suitability: Oval and Round face shapes
Tips: Firstly, have enough hair on your face so not to get it over trimmed. Secondly, hit the salon to get the perfectly circle shape. As and when you achieve the desired look, you can maintain the look by trimming off the excess hair.
- Extended Goatee
The extended goatee is a combination of a goatee and a mustache. The style is different from the full beard as you are taking off the hair on the sideburns.
Suitability: Square and Oval Face Shape
Tips: Here, mustache is important. So, don’t take it off. Make sure that you have grown medium stubble before shaping your beard. So, take off the hair on the sideburns and adjust the width according to your preferences.
Don’t like maintaining your beard regularly, Garibaldi is for you. It’s shorter than Bandholz, so trimming is required once in a while.
Suitability: Oval or Rectangular Face
Tips: You have to grow your beard for about 4 months until it reaches 15-20 cm. Trim and shape the lower area from time to time to make it look round. The mustache’s length should be kept neat as the focus should be on the beard. No styling aids required as it has to look natural.
Imperial beard style is not a beard style, but basically a mustache thing. It could be accompanied with sideburns or chin beards.
Suitability: Rectangular or Oblong Face
Tips: Keep your beard simple so more attention is drawn at the mustache. Be patient enough so you acquired enough whiskers which could be easily styled.
- Short Stubble
The easiest and the most sophisticated of all beard styles is the short stubble. It looks manly yet does not make you look untidy.
Suitability: All face types
Tips: Just don’t shave and keep on trimming your beard to maintain this look.I f you grow hair above your cheeks, just shave it habitually to maintain the look. You can also shave the hair growing on your neck area, keeping the stubble focused just around the lower area of your face.
- Medium stubble
If you don’t want to trim your beard, medium stubble is for you. It may look scruffy a little bit, but once maintained brings out the macho in you.
Suitability: All face types
Tips: Just make sure you don’t grow beard beyond neck region and cheeks. Keep your beard length around 5 mm and trim your beard once in a week.
- Van Dyke
This beard style was derived from a popular Flemish painter from the 17th century, Anthony Van Dyke, as it was his signature look. It is a mixture of a goatee and a mustache, with a much delicate precision.
Suitability: Men with narrow chin
Tips: Firstly, grow your beard until long stubble. Then shave off your hair near the neck ,cheeks and sideburns region. Leave your mustache untouched. Hit the salon to get the beard properly shaped. Let the hair grow on your chain and mustache for about 2 inches. Trim once in a while to keep it in shape.
Robert Downey Jr., who made the Balbo look famous was seen sporting this look in his famous films like The Avengers and Iron Man. He followed this look for years as it suited his features pretty well.
Suitability: Men with Narrow Chin
Tips: Firstly, you need to grow a full beard which includes mustache as well. It would take around 6 weeks to get the appropriate beard. Then you need to shape your beard. Giving the proper shape is the key and I would personally suggest hitting the salon and leaving it to the specialists instead of trying it at home.
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