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Our Favorite Beard Styles – Types of Beards for Every Man

Give your beard the treatment it deserves

written by The Editors

If you sport a beard, then you know the importance of styling it. Choosing the right beard style is just as important as choosing the right hairstyle. Need some beard inspiration too? Then check out these stylish beards.

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Rugged Imperial Walrus Handlebar

Rugged Imperial Walrus Handlebar

His hair cut incorporates a quiff which means the front section of hair is styles upward and backward away from the face. The handlebar mustache adds an edge to the style and gives it a more old-timey look.

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Brush Up and Laid Beard
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Brush Up and Laid Beard

One rule of thumb is that if the hair is poppy and all brushed up, keep the beard a little low key to avoid the attention divide to both. But the beard here anchors the look so well as it is just as dense as the top with a very steep cheek line and a connected temple, couldn’t ask for more.

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Dense Curly Shag with Fancy Beard
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Dense Curly Shag with Fancy Beard

Now that is style of the year, or well at least a good nomination. The top is a dense curly shag with that beard that is tamed and styled with volume at the mustache. Can anyone go wrong with this look, most probably not!

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Thin Hair Side Part with Subtle Tapered Sides
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Thin Hair Side Part with Subtle Tapered Sides

Multi-color beards are always in fashion especially with this longer and thicker strand style. The top is thin hair and side-parted with less volume for all that attention towards the beard.

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Mid Faded Beard
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Mid Faded Beard

The volume is the key in this hairstyle. The top is brushed up with some side hand brush to it. The beard is the same with more volume towards the bottom and less at the cheeks. The mid faded beard is what makes it fun.

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Santa Claus Beard with Mustache
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Santa Claus Beard with Mustache

“This is what we came for!” The legit Santa Claus-y beard with thick strands and long texture is what makes this one quite a show stopper. Rock it anywhere it going to get you the looks.

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Oldie Frizzy Beard with Side Part
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Oldie Frizzy Beard with Side Part

Frizzy beard is quite chill but it focused on the mustache while it is focused on the chin strap. The side part on the top makes everything quite neat with the side sweep making everything full of a retro vibe.

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Rusty Long Beard with Rugged Hair
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Rusty Long Beard with Rugged Hair

Whether trekking across a vast tundra in search of migrating herds or spending the day chopping firework in preparation for the long night, beards provide warmth for the bearded and aspiring beardies.

Their practicality cannot be underestimated. However, in modern times, we have come to forget what they once stood for and the sheer brutality they represented in the old days. Kept as rugged as possible and allowed to grow, insulating the face better.

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Afro Temple Blend
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Afro Temple Blend

When wanna rock clean, a temple blend is something you are looking for. The sides become clean with stubble on sides with dense beard strand towards the chin. The neck is kept clean and slight shave to keep it all in place. This look is complemented by the top which is similarly under control yet quite stylish.

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Side Swept Top with Viking Beard
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Side Swept Top with Viking Beard

This look is multifaceted, the top is quite dapper with a sleek side sweep and a hard part with a low drop fade. Now that totally changes as we go down as this one is a rugged Viking beard with longer strands and focused on mustache. The temple blend brings it all together.

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Clean Sides and Dense Chin
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Clean Sides and Dense Chin

Cleaner look is a sign of a true gentleman, but here it is done twice, once at the temple and then the shave. Hence, twice the gentleman. The top is subtle yet cool with a wavy quiff and the beard is a french beard with very clean looks on the sides and a thick one at the chin.

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Beard God, Is That You?
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Beard God, Is That You?

If you are looking for something subtle yet something dense, this is the look one should go for. The top is almost a thick buzz with sides faded and strip shaved. That is then blended into the beard with sides being faded and then tapered. It gradually grows dense at the lower face that helps anchor the look.

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Issa Thick Beard
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Issa Thick Beard

Can a Beard be any thicker than this? I hardly doubt that the panache here is impeccable. The beard is slightly tapered on the sides for the fun of it but is kept quite dense at the chin to make the mustache look cool. Not to mention, it all balances the top with a thick texture and long side-sweep.

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Faded Beard and Thick Mustache
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Faded Beard and Thick Mustache

Woah, do you have any words to describe this? Because I am out of words here, I mean just look at the tall standing mustache with a faded beard. The sides are faded for it to blend it with the temple making it one dashing style. The mustache and chin strap brings density and balance to the look.

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Side Faded Beard
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Side Faded Beard

If you look closely, the hair and beard are symmetrical, both are faded on the sides and the top and bottom are kept all dense and thick. The hair is more of brush-up types whereas the beard is more stubble textured but thick at its lowest.

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Workout Big or Go Home
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Workout Big or Go Home

Doesn’t this give a very athlete-inspired intense look? The top is side swept with a mid-fade on the sides to make space for the beard. The beard is grown long with that thick texture which is mostly thick hair that makes it pop.

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Thick Hair Dense Beard
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Thick Hair Dense Beard

Who says you need a temple fade to get the beard started? Look at this independent beard with longer and thicker hair strands that make this whole rugged look seem so easy. The key is to brush down the length as you go lower for having a maximum density at the chin, also a buzz cut goes quite well!

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Hippie Side Sweep with Thick Beard
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Hippie Side Sweep with Thick Beard

Is this the trend now? The top is low on volume with the side sweep. The top is tapered but the strands are longer. The sides are tapered but the beard is very thick because that is what pulls the attention.

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Stubble to Beard Fade
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Stubble to Beard Fade

This straight-from-the-salon sky-high pompadour looks great when two or three days’ worth of finely shaped stubble is below the skin fade.

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Gentlemen Side Brush Up
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Gentlemen Side Brush Up

Thick beards need a good balancer volume on the top as well. The side brush-up is something with good volume that makes up for a good look overall. There is no fade so as to avoid that neat look and have more of a rugged look.

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Rugged Beard with Buzz Cut
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Rugged Beard with Buzz Cut

The classic Tom Hardy is here with is his usual dapper panache and imminent style statement. The beard is quite thick whereas the top is buzz cut with a shaved slit on top.

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The OG Viking Look
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The OG Viking Look

One can classify this as the original Viking look especially with that undercut faded hair with thin hair falling back. The bread is just the inverse with the amazing beard that is amazingly thick and long-stranded.

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Modern Gentleman Beard
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Modern Gentleman Beard

One can classify this as the original Viking look, especially with that undercut faded hair with thin hair falling back. The bread is just the inverse with the amazing beard that is amazingly thick and long-stranded.

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Are You Mid-Faded Beard?
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Are You Mid-Faded Beard?

Beard is an art, what we have here is the work of an artist. The amazingly shaved arc is pure perfection along with that smooth fade on cheek makes it very unique yet classy altogether.

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Strands All Over The Place
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Strands All Over The Place

If rough, rugged, and outgoing is your MO, then adding a bandana to keep the strands back can keep you comfortable and with a more carefree style.

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Sideburns Fade and Stubble
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Sideburns Fade and Stubble

There is a very fine line of a few days of not shaving and then a full beard. This fade at the sideburn area walks that line perfectly.

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WHATT-A-MAN
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WHATT-A-MAN

Now that is a combination with more than three major elements; to begin with, the top is brushed up with that thin part which makes it very gentleman-ish. The beard is very tamed with that stylish slit shave on the side.

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Chin Dense Thick Beard
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Chin Dense Thick Beard

This sculpted, groomed beard is certainly the mark of a gentleman. It’s grown out just enough to have a fair amount of heft, but it’s kept in control with careful trimming.

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Rugged Shiny Blonde Beard with Frizzed Top
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Rugged Shiny Blonde Beard with Frizzed Top

Beard is the epitome of being tough and this is a prime example of the same. The top is frizzed blonde whereas the beard is a shiny blonde with decently long strands that drop down making it look quite tough.

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Neat and Organized Beard To Top
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Neat and Organized Beard To Top

Organization is the key and here it is such a great display of neat maintenance and panache. The beard is clearly connected to the top which is another very neat style with its thin hair pompadour.

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Extended Chin Beard
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Extended Chin Beard

Thick beard hair always has an advantage because it can be styled in many different ways. This one is chin-focused with sides being taper-shaved for all the focus towards the longer bottom.

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Uniform Trim
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Uniform Trim

Think of this as a Caesar cut for your beard. The length is the same all over, giving this a crisp, uniform look.

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Boxy Angled Beard with Slicked Back Top
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Boxy Angled Beard with Slicked Back Top

Growing beard is one thing but maintaining it the way to go. This is an example of growing and then keeping it in a groomed way. The neck and cheekbones have been cleanly shaved with the top being puffed slicked back for that neat overall look.

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Is Mustache Pompadour a Thing?
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Is Mustache Pompadour a Thing?

The balance is something that this look aces quite well. The pompadour on top with longer strands near the chin is something to strive for. The sides are thinner towards the temple and thicker as it goes low. The neck is clean for that managed look, also see that blended goatee, surely is a GOAT look.

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Classic Faded Yet Dense Beard
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Classic Faded Yet Dense Beard

Here is where a cheeky temple fade comes into play that helps a thick beard sneak in. The sides of the beard are slightly tapered whereas the chin and goatee are kept very thick to bring the volume towards the mouth. The neck is stubbled and the same volume is kept up for that neat balance we look for.

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Rugged Viking Inspired Beard
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Rugged Viking Inspired Beard

This look is a very anchored one because of the beard, plus the longer strands make it so dense. The mustache adds extra flair to it with a thicker texture. The hair is wavy makes it a wholesome look especially pulling off similar density. The sides of the beard are also well kept and trimmed for a neater approach.

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Classic Moustache and Beard Combo
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Classic Moustache and Beard Combo

The curled up moustache is a one-of-a-kind look. It looks great whether you have a shorter beard (as shown here) or a longer one.

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Elongated Beard with Mid Drop Fade
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Elongated Beard with Mid Drop Fade

For the guys who like to wear longer beards, this elongated look is a solid choice. Even though it’s long, it’s still very tidy thanks to an expert trim.

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Densely Populated Drop Down Beard
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Densely Populated Drop Down Beard

If your beard likes to grow in thick, you can take full advantage of that. This drop down style keeps the entire beard quite dense (but not too long).

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Roughly Tapered Beard
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Roughly Tapered Beard

For a more natural and unkempt appearance, you might try this style. It’s still very full, but it’s not as neatly trimmed or tapered.

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Confident Moustache and Beard Pair
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Confident Moustache and Beard Pair

This bushy style is modeled after the hipster look––it even has a curled up mustache. It’s a longer style, so if you want to experiment with length, this is a good starting point.

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Mid Faded Beard is a Thing
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Mid Faded Beard is a Thing

Mid-faded beards are a real thing and here is the proof. Well, it is not as easy as it looks though. The temple fade is the key to faded beards as they make way for them yet keep them connected to the top and not separating them off.

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Kellan Lutz Five O’Clock Shadow
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Kellan Lutz Five O’Clock Shadow

When he’s not playing a vampire in the Twilight series, Kellan Lutz is growing his five-o’clock shadow and wooing the ladies while doing it.

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