When most men hear the word “hairstyle,” they think of the hair on top of their head. However, they don’t always consider the hair on their faces. By not paying attention to how your facial hair interacts with your haircut, you’re missing out on an opportunity to take your style to the next level.
We’ve deduced that beards will play an important role in many of 2017’s trending styles. More guys are realizing that beards can nicely balance and complement haircuts, and they’re considering both when looking at different hairstyles. Beards not only add an extra dimension to men’s hairstyles, but also provide another outlet for self-expression and creativity.
There are several elements to consider when pairing haircuts and beards. You have to consider hair type, beard growth ability, comparative lengths, and other factors that can make or break a haircut-beard pairing. It sounds complicated, right?
But fear not––that’s why we’ve written this article. You’ll find our top hairstyles for men with beards and a little about why exactly they work. Whether you can grow a fine moustache or a burly beard, you’ll find a haircut and beard pairing here that works for you.
Slicked Back Undercut
If you’ve ever taken a glance at a Haircut Inspiration article, you’ve probably seen the undercut pop up. It’s one of those classic styles that goes with almost everything, and unsurprisingly, it’s one of the best hairstyles for men with beards.
The length of your undercut and the length of your beard should be the same. If you get a #3 clipper on the sides and back of your hair, then trim your beard with a #3. This creates an even, balanced look. The beard continues the undercut’s trim and creates unison between the beard and cut.
Also consider how a fade will affect this pairing. If your beard naturally stops all of a sudden in a certain spot, getting a fade might clash with this. On the other hand, if your facial hair gradually tapers, a fade will match this. Of course, you can choose either––it’s all about how you shave.
Man bun / Top knot
This is perhaps the most obvious pairing on the list, since the man bun was probably designed to go with a beard. The beard balances out the bun and adds a nice contrast. The hair on the head is in a small bun at the back, and the beard allows the head to be unified as a whole. The same goes for a top knot.
The man bun and top knot also work well with all kinds of beards. Here, stubble is probably the beard style that won’t work that well. A mid-sized beard will probably do the trick. That’s about 4 to 6 weeks of growth, depending on how fast your facial hair grows. This is also often the type worn by most guys who aren’t going for the clean-shaven or lumberjack looks. It’s right in the middle.
Shaggy / Messy hair
Pairing a beard with messy hair also might seem like a no-brainer. For decades, the beard has been the emblem of the devil-may-care look, and the pairing of shaggy hair and a beard is arguably the epitome of this style. It exudes a certain confidence and even rebelliousness that some guys aim for.
As the name of the style might suggest, it’s perfectly okay to have a slightly uneven or scruffy-looking beard. This means you don’t have to regularly trim your beard for evenness. If it gets too out of control, a quick trim is a good idea, but otherwise, messy is fine and adds to the carefree appearance.
If you can’t grow a full beard, fear not––you can wear this style with some stubble. The lightness of the beard will add another level of scruffiness to the overall look.
A shag hairstyle or a tousled look is ideal for a cut here. Layers can also help bring out volume in your hair to complement your messy beard. This is one of the few hairstyles for men with beards that looks good with minimal styling and maintenance.
This one’s slightly tougher to pull off but only because of the styling involved. If you’re up for the challenge of creating a great quiff, then pair it with a beard for ultimate style.
The volume of the quiff is best balanced out with a smaller to medium sized beard. This creates visual contrast and doesn’t detract from the quiff as the focal point of your hair. The beard simply makes everything even; it’s not the point of attention here.
A trimmed, even beard looks the best with a nice, stylish quiff. When all the hair is in place, you get a wonderfully classy look. This is a nice choice for men who can’t naturally grow a lot of facial hair, since a shorter beard is recommended.
Side swept hairstyle
If you like adventurous haircuts and gnarly beards, this is the hairstyle for you. Of all the hairstyles for men with beards featured here, this one is by far the most daring. It’s a long, asymmetrical cut that’s well balanced by a bigger beard. In this style, all of the hair flows together, and both the hair and the beard are focal points.
While this isn’t the best hairstyle for the office, it’s one of the most attention-grabbing hairstyles for men with beards. However, it requires a good cut and some serious styling.
Just like the undercut, the side part is one of the most classic hairstyles for men with beards. This is ideal if you’re looking for a cut that works in a variety of situations. Whether formal or casual, a side part and beard combo will serve you well.
This style combines the dapper slickness of a side part with the ruggedness of a beard. Any beard size will work here; even stubble or a five o’clock shadow will accent and complement the part.
And the side part affords you a benefit that most of the other hairstyles don’t. If you want to go completely clean-shaven with a side part, you can without ruining the style. Styles like the side swept undercut don’t look their best with a smooth face.
While this isn’t technically a hairstyle, the bald-plus-beard look is one of the most recognizable “manly” styles that you can get. The beard balances out the baldness and helps to add fullness to the head.
This is especially ideal if you’re going bald anyway. Instead of choosing to fight your baldness with comb overs, you can choose to embrace it and look fashionable in doing so. Another perk here is that you don’t need any styling. So if your hairline isn’t treating you well, consider this classic rugged look.