For all the grooms-to-be and their best buddies, one question that is always tough to answer is what can they do to stand out from the crowd. Sure, you have a variety of outfits to choose from, but unlike the ladies most men are not able to experiment with their hairstyles and makeup, especially on their wedding days. So, let’s shift focus to a territory that belongs solely to men. BEARDS!
There is no doubt that beards are completely in fashion now, and from the countless number of beard styles we’ve gathered some that have stood the tests of time and been in vogue for the ages.
1) The Stubble
Stubbles are easy to maintain and are popular for their manly, rugged look. Celebrities like Hrithik Roshan, Varun Dhawan, and Ranbir Kapoor have been seen sporting this look. Of all the facial hair styles available to men, stubble is the easiest to cultivate and the one that suits most face shapes. You have a number of options to choose from: traditional stubble, well groomed, faint stubble or a full scruff.
A bit cleaner and more well-kept than a normal stubble, the “Five o‘clock shadow” creates that macho, bad boy appearance. This style works well with men who do not have a lot of facial hair growth. It is a widely accepted halfway house between being clean-shaven and rocking a full-on beard.
2) The Goatee Beard
A goatee is a type of beard worn on the chin and is never supposed to be connected to a moustache. To grow a goatee, one must allow the hair below the lower lip to grow down into the part of the beard growing on the chin. The sides are then defined as vertical lines or slightly curved, and the hair is then rounded off at the bottom of the chin.
· The Anchor
Shaped like an anchor this beard defines the chin and jawline. Creating the anchor beard takes some effort and expertise, but it’s time well-spent. After all, it’s a distinguished beard style that will set you apart from other bearded gents. The trick here is to keep each part as well-groomed as possible. The result is a great blend of styles that looks neat and clean. The Anchor style suits men with square or oblong shaped faces the best, so it’s not a beard style that anyone can just pull off.
· Extended Goatee
The extended goatee, also called a “tailback” beard, is a moustache extending into a beard, but without sideburns. It is a combination of a goatee and moustache. There are definite advantages when it comes to the extended goatee style, like the fact that you don’t have to do regular trimming and shaping.
3) The Circle Beard
Perfect for the working class men, this classic look can be achieved by growing out your moustache and goatee, and regular grooming. The style is sleek and attractive, which tries to strike a balance between old age and youthfulness in a very sophisticated manner. It is a perfect alternative for dark stubble for people whose beards grow fast. Getting the perfect circle beard first involves growing your beard for a few days after which you start working on creating the circle shape
4) The Classics
Classics such as the Van Dyke and Balbo have been around for centuries and yet continue to be the go-to beard styles. Goatees and variations of goatees can be spotted even today, as they never seem to go out of trend.
· Van Dyke beard
Named after 17th-century Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck, in this beard style, the cheeks are completely shaven, with only a goatee and moustache left. This is an attractive facial hairstyle that has recently enjoyed resurgence in popularity. However, this particular style has a lot of different variants like the Classic Van Dyke, blunt and grown out, classy with sideburns, etc.
· The Balbo
Balbo Beard style consists of three section moustache, chin bears as well as a soul patch under your lower lips. The beard style requires a face full of hair and a good hand at shaping and grooming the beard. It not only accentuates your jawline but also makes your face look more chiseled. The beauty of this kind of beard is that it is easy to maintain as well as clean. No one has missed out Robert Downey Jr.’s legendary Balbo and the ease with which he carries it.
5) Full Beards
A style that has passed the test of time, the full beard is a great classy look if well-groomed and a messy rugged one if not. The traditional full beard is a face full of connected whiskers. It’s the hair on your upper lip, across your cheeks, down your sideburns, all around your mouth, and over your chin, completing the circle under your neck.
· The Bandholz
Part with your grooming tools and let your facial hair grow out until you’re satisfied with the length and the volume. The Bandholz beard trend was made famous by Eric Bandholz, the owner of Beardbrand. It has become a favourite of many stars such as Suneil Shetty, Farhan Akhtar, etc. The Bandholz features a moustache that is connected to a full beard, and the beard is allowed to grow freely.
· Garibaldi beard
Another member of the full beard family, the Garibaldi style of beard has a slight 'unkempt' look and combines a long worn moustache. It has a wide and rounded base at the bottom and unlike the Bandholz, the Garibaldi’s length should be around 6-8 inches in length (15-20 inches). Whilst growing out your beard keep the moustache neat and trimmed. Bollywood celebs like Randeep Hooda, Harshvardhan Kapoor have been seen carrying off this look with charm.