Types of Beards

by Sheri Lamb ; Updated September 28, 2017

When investigating beard styles, it's important to note each style is defined by its shape rather than how long and proud you can grow the hair. Whether you like long beards, short beards or no beard depends on your tastes, but for most guys, they definitely grow on you.

Full Beard

A full beard is often associated with a lumberjack, but the look has been trimmed down and refined to not only be casual mainstream in contemporary culture, but to also be a sharp look among professional men. A well-kept full beard is trimmed down to a fraction of an inch. For a more professional look, men shave their necks and sometimes their jaws to give the beard a neat appearance.

Circle Beard

A circle beard takes a bit more of work than a full beard. Men donning this partial beard still need to shave regularly to maintain a clean look. He requires trimmers to prune the hair around his mouth that includes a mustache joined to hairs on the chin, in a full circle around his mouth. A sharp blade to slice off short hairs along the cheeks, under the jaw and on the neck.

The Hollywoodian

The Hollywoodian is close to a full beard, but the face is saved from about the sideburns to roughly 1.5 inches from the jawline. The style is also referred to as the "chinstrap," "brett," or "chin curtain." The "chinstrap" is a common contemporary style which runs thinly along the jawline. With the "chinstrap," the hair along the sideburns is narrowed, but not shaved off entirely from the face.

Goatee

A goatee is similar to a circle beard, but only the bottom part of the circle beard remains. The goatee is only the area of hair left on your face. All the other hair on your face, jaw and neck is shaved. A goatee can be accompanied by sideburns of various shapes and sizes. Many men simply start shaving their beard a couple inches from the edge of the sideburns. Others angle the sideburns.

About the Author

Sheri Lamb has been a reporter since 2006 in community newspapers throughout Canada. While she has covered virtually every beat associated with community newspapers, Lamb specializes in sports. In addition to her skills as a reporter, Lamb holds a certificate in computer programming. She also runs a small catering company.