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Find the beard style that matches your face shape

How to find the best beard style for you face shape

If you’re in the phase of making a decision to grow a beard: congratulations, you won’t regret! This article will guide you through the 2nd step on your journey to the perfect facial hair: finding the optimal beard style. And if you just want to cross-check your current style, it might be a good read for you too.

The basic requirements to find the best beard style

This is a pretty important, thus simple question. Coz, no hair growth, no beard growth. Be honest to yourself! If you’re sweet 20 or 25 yo and still waiting for your beard to start growing, chances are good that your wishes come true as beards can develop until the late 30s. If you’re 50 and not gifted with a full, thick beard yet, you better say goodbye to that dream.

Beside your age, it’s also a matter of genes. If your father has a beast in his face, chances are good that this equipment got transferred to you as well.  

Accept your nature

In any case – you must accept what was given by mother nature and try to find the best possible beard style that matches your face with what you have. 

Sometimes I see guys with very little cheek beard, and how desperately they try to grow one of the impressive full beards they admire on insta. But the gap between imagination and reality is just too big – the beard looks ugly, because there is simply nothing to grow. In these cases, it might be the better to choose a beard style that really matches the beard growth – maybe a moutache or a goatee.

And one last word: Withstand the temptation of so called wonder drugs! The only thing that will grow is producers bank account. I promise. 

Key rule of finding a beard style

There is one rule to keep in mind: you should always try to build a unit of both beard and jaw to achieve a nicely graduated, harmonic shape.

With a square or round jaw, you’ll should grow your beard fuller on the bottom to stretch your face. With an oblong or rectangular shaped face, you’ll want to grow more hair on the sides while avoiding more length beneath the chin.

Let’s go through the most common face shapes and see which beard style matches best. 

Squared shaped face

Keep hair fuller on the chin and shorter on the cheeks. 

Keep hair fuller on the chin, shorter on the sides. 
Square face: fuller chin, shorter sides

Round Face

Grow hair longer on the bottom to stretch the face, but keep the cheeks a bit shorter.

Grow hair longer on the bottom, shorter on the sides. 
Round face: longer bottom, shorter sides

Oblong or rectangular face

Cheeks should be grown a bit fuller, but the bottom shorter. 

Keep the sides fuller, and the bottom shorter. 
Rectangular face: sides fuller, bottom shorter

Oval face

Oval shaped faces are a mix of all others, so most beard styles will look good. 

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Ask the pros for advice

If you’re still unsure about your own face shape, I recommend to consult a barber in your town once to get some advice. After he fixed your beard style, you can go on and keep it with your own grooming routine. 

Btw, my face shape is oval and my chin shape kinda sharp. What’s yours? Leave a comment below or drop me a line if you need advice. 

Beard addicted, graphic designer, project manager, teacher, cat lover, coffee drinker, iphoneographer and photographer, instagramer, blogger, world traveller, eater, cook and a happy bear. Born in Germany, living in Switzerland. I hope to share my passion for beards with the help of this blog with you. Enjoy :)

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