The facial hair trend continues to grow, reaching popularity in 2013 and still showing no signs of decline. Now we are in the midst of ‘No Shave November’ (also known as ‘Movember’), and with winter approaching, beards are just as popular as ever. When it comes to growing facial hair, the way you style your ‘tache is pivotal to your overall look. So, get comfortable, as we discuss the beard phenomena and look at the different ways you can style your beard.
What is all this ‘beard buzz’ about? Charles Darwin provided an evolutionary explanation of our fascination with beards in his work The Descent of Man, suggesting it was the process of sexual selection that may have led to beards. He concluded that there is evidence to suggest that the majority of females find men with beards more attractive. Evolutionary psychology explanation connotes that beards signal sexual maturity and male dominance. Moreover, clean shaven faces are less dominant than bearded. Ultimately, our love for beards is one that is biologically innate; they are sexy, they have always been.
Beards can be a sign of male dominance, power and ‘swag’. After asking twelve bearded students what made them decide to grow a beard, one young man stated: “I feel manlier when I grow out my beard; I used to feel so boy-ish without it, like a baby!”. Similarly, Dr Withey, who is launching a project titled ‘Do Beards Matter’, suggests this fashion trend has remained in its prime because of this ‘crisis of masculinity’ that men of the contemporary society face. The ability to grow facial hair is a way to reassert masculinity, a way to “display his manhood without getting thrown in jail for indecent exposure!”.
If you are considering growing out your beard or are already sporting a conscientiously groomed beard, you may be wondering what the latest styles are. Thankfully, I have gathered the top 5 most striking facial hair styles, so get ready to be inspired.
While some may think this style is a no-no, the animal-inspired beard illuminates masculinity and style. From Abraham Lincoln to Johnny Depp, this style has found its way in and out of trends. The goatee extenuates all heights and enhances facial structures.
The Full Beard
This is considered a classic style; however, it’s important to keep in mind that achieving this look can be very difficult. Sadly, not everyone has the ability to grow one. The full beard has a very distinctive shape; it starts at the cheek line and everything is left to grow naturally. If you’ve been keeping up with the Kardashians, you will notice Scott Disick’s ultimate transformation after adopting this style, proving that facial hair is indeed the way forward.
Also known as the statement beard, this type of beard is best suited to those who are looking for a slightly more unkempt style. It is a wide and full beard with a rounded bottom and an integrated moustache. While the moustache has to be kept neat, the beard can be allowed to grow naturally and so requires less upkeep. This style offers a vintage and authentic look, and can be seen sported by many including George Clooney, Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Pattinson.
This is arguably one of the most popular and simple sorts of facial hair. It can be achieved by growing facial hair for a few days after shaving.
Top-knot & Beard
Last but certainly not least, this has to be the most stylish look of our generation. Combined with the ‘Garibaldi’ beard, the top-knot (also known as the ‘man bun’) has been followed by half of the nation. From long blonde straight hair to curly dark hair, the top-knot has been rocked by those of different backgrounds and cultures.