Beards have always, not only been considered synonyms of personal styles, but, also, have afforded the wearers a certain cutting edge appearance - this is one of the reasons why so many men, as of late, are choosing to let their beards grow. Of course, in addition, there is the fact that giving the skin in your face a break from shaving, for any amount of time, is not just a good idea, but a fairly healthy thing to do.
Were you aware that, for centuries, beards have been associated with virility, respect and power? So, why not take advantage of a modern trend, which is, also, a good thing, and give sporting a beard a try?
Check out this article to learn the many interesting styles of beards available to you. However, before taking the plunge, it is highly recommended that you do consult with Master Barbers, as the many we have at our Well Groomed Gentleman - our luxurious barbershop in Coral Gables - who will help you assess your particular facial shape and help you select just the right style which will look spectacular on you.
1 - THE VAN DYKE
Within this style, you will find two variants with one common characteristic, which consists of a perfect symmetry between the mustaches and the beards. The Van Dyke, when performed correctly, achieves masterly proportions.
The difference between the two variants of a Van Dyke is, that on one, there is a separation between the mustache and the beard, which favors men with oval faces; and on the other, there is a continuity of the two, which looks great on men with round faces. There is a little more upkeep on the first one, too.
2 - THE GOATEE
A Goatee is easier care for and it exhibits and additional air of mystery and distinction.
3 - THE THREE DAY GROWTH
Among modern beards, it does remain the favorite of many, but it does require a weekly visit to a Master Barber to prevent it from getting "messy looking". Just keep reminding yourself that this look is "amazingly popular with women"!
4 - THE BANDHOLZ BEARD
This is a style for the very daring but it does favor most facial shapes - one example of this is that it tends to thin out round faces a lot. However, some patience is needed in growing the Bandholz, as it make take as long as six to seven months to achieve the desired fullness, at which point, it only requires an occasional trim to maintain its length and contour.
5 - THE PROFESSIONAL FULLY TRIMMED BEARD
This beard does require quite an amount of daily upkeep to maintain it looking sharp and elegant, however, many business professionals opt for this style because it provides them with a definite touch of seriousness and virility.
6 - THE HIPSTER
For this style of beard, a growth of about twenty days is needed to obtain its desired characteristic volume, as well as, a certain amount of daily care as it grows. It is recommended that you begin with a visit to a Master Barber to seek aid in its shaping and to learn tips on how to do follow-ups at home, afterwards.
It is true that a Hipster beard will be your "Personal Banner to the World" of your very carefree personality.
7 - SIDEBURNS
To achieve attractive sideburns, you have to allow your facial hair to grow until your beard meets your mustache. Then, you will have to shave off the hair on your chin, from the bottom of your lower lip, all the way down and off your neck, also, on a daily basis. Your Sideburns will need to be trimmed frequently, as well, to maintain their desired fullness and length.
8 - THE MANCHU MUSTACHE
A Master Barber's aid may come in handy to obtain the proper styling, but you should be able to maintain it on your own.
9 - THE FULL & "MOSTLY DISORDERLY" BEARD
This style is ideal for men with very thin faces or small chins, as it masks these characteristics very satisfactorily.
10 - SEMI-PROFESSIONAL TRIMMED BEARD
This beard, as the PFTB, favors all facial shapes.