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.

Mullet with beard
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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.

Zachary Quinto slicked back undercut beard profile
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.

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man bun
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.

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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.

Neat Quiff

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.

Thick beard, side swept, tapered undercut
Side Swept

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.

Typically, the side swept style is paired with an undercut. We included the side swept undercut in our guide to the undercut, so check that out if you’re interested in the style.

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Side Part

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.

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bald bryan cranston with beard

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.

Bald with goatee
Side Swept Undercut with Beard
Side Swept Undercut with Beard

If you have a longer beard, you can pair it with a longer hairstyle to create a bold, striking look. This particular style features a long side swept overhang that reaches all the way down to the mustache area.

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Pushed Back Slight Wave Texture

For a classy, professional appearance, match a well-groomed beard with a slicked-back haircut. This simple combination is elegant, timeless, and low maintenance.

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Classic Side Part
Combed Side Part

The side part is one of the most versatile men’s hairstyles, so it comes as no surprise that it works extremely well with beards. It doesn’t take much work, either––as shown here, a basic combed part can work wonders.

Blonde Rough Texture
Blonde Rough Texture

If your beard has a coarser texture, why not sport a more textured hairstyle? This long haircut allows the rough texture of the hair to shine, creating lots of motion.

French Crop with Skin Fade
French Crop with Skin Fade

A neatly trimmed beard and a neatly trimmed haircut are a perfect pairing. The French crop is an especially great option for this look.

Slicked Back Hipster Style
Hippi Combed Slicked Back with Faded Sides

Retro styles are still as popular as ever. This slicked back cut pays homage to the greaser look of the fifties, with the beard rounding out the style.

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Simple Swayed Top with Wavy Beard

Many guys with longer beards opt for shorter hair in order to showcase their ample facial hair, and this short, wavy style does just that.

Hidden Knot with Undercut Tapered Sides
Hidden Knot with Undercut Tapered Sides

The top knot is an infamously popular look that mixes nicely with a beard. This simple yet fashionable style takes the knot to the back of the head to keep everything neat.

Loose Curly Hair + Undercut Fade
Loose Curly Hair

Curly hair lends itself well to lose, casual styles like the one shown here. The hair is kept longer for optimal curliness, and the beard is trimmed shorter to balance everything out.

Loose Curly Hair + Undercut Fade, by @mattjbarbers / Instagram
Disconnected Undercut Slick Back
Brushed Back Style with Long Beard

A tall quiff is a great match for a lengthy beard. This particular brushed back style uses finger combing to create waviness in the hair.

Buzz Cut with Skin Faded Beard
Buzz Cut with Skin Fade

If you’re after a low maintenance style, look no further than the classic buzz cut. It tends to work best with a shorter beard or goatee but can also be used to dramatically emphasize a long beard.

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Simple Ivy League with Faded Sides

Another slicked back look, this take on the Ivy League is tidy and clean. This is a great choice if you have a longer, slightly messy beard, as the hairstyle will help your beard look neater.

Side Part Disconection
Side Part Disconnection

The disconnected side part is a trendy twist on a classic style. The result is a suave, sophisticated look that goes well with any kind of beard.

Undercut + Brushed Up Fohawk
Undercut + Brushed Up Fohawk

After a fun, slightly punky look? This hybrid haircut uses a casual faux hawk and a neat undercut to create a style that’s a little bit rebellious and a little bit reserved.

Undercut + Brushed Up Fohawk, by @tombaxter_hair / Instagram
Low Fade Brush Up and Handle Stache
Low Fade Brush Up and Handle Stache

This hairstyle is perfect for guys with thick hair who want something super classy. The hair is brushed into waves with a low fade leading the eye toward the beard, which features a gentlemanly curled-up mustache.

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Golden Slicked Back with Tapered Sides

If you’ve got thinner hair but want a thick and full look, try out this longer style. The hair is brushed straight back into place, and the beard is grown out to add more depth and dimension.

Hipster Beard and French Crop Twist
French Crop Twist

This style complements a naturally frizzy beard with an equally tousled French crop. A small asymmetrical fringe is a cherry on top of this highly textured haircut.

French Crop with Skin Fade
French Crop with Skin Fade

Want something more utilitarian and low maintenance? Try this simpler French crop with a skin fade and short beard. It doesn’t require any styling besides the occasional brushing.

Line Up Taper Faded Pompadour
Line Up Taper Faded Pompadour

For that windswept beachy look, consider this blown out pompadour. Finger combing is employed to create the wavy strands of hair, and the super short beard provides balance.

Side Brushed Thin Hair

Here’s a great look for men with thinner hair. The hair is grown out and brushed back, making the hair look thicker than it is, and the beard further enhances that illusion.

Textured Top with Line Up Taper Fade
Textured Top with Line Up Taper Fade

Looking for something stylish and adventurous? Check out this flowy textured top with a tidy line up that adds symmetry and definition.

Neat Pompadour with Beard Slit
Neat Pompadour with Beard Slit
Subtle Temple to Beard Fade with Line Up
Subtle Temple to Beard Fade with Line Up
hairstyles for men with beards
Tattooed Side with Side Sweep
Longer Quiff
Longer Quiff
Straight French Crop with Taper Faded Sides
Straight Combed French Crop
Disoriented Top with Sharp Strands
Sober Tapered Side with Quiffed Top
Sober Tapered Side with Quiffed Top
Curly Hairstyle with Beard
Curly Hairstyle with Beard
Curly Hairstyle with Beard, by @barbermikethomas / Instagram
Quiff Messy Hairstyle Variation
Quiff Messy Hairstyle Variation
Hairstyles for men with beard
Low Key Side Part
Textured Skin Fade
Textured Skin Fade
French Crop with Undercut Fade
French Crop with Undercut Fade
Blonde Swagger Hairstyle Bearded
Thick Texture High Volume Top
Blonde Hair Brushed up
Blonde Hair Brushed up
Skin Fade Flat Top Afro
Skin Fade Flat Top Afro
Skin Fade Flat Top Afro, by @mattjbarbers / Instagram
Side Swept Quiff
Side Swept Quiff
Side Swept Quiff, by @mattjbarbers / Instagram
Top Knot Blonde Style
Top Knot Blonde Style
Side Swept Elegant Glasses and Beard
Side Swept Elegant Glasses and Beard
Pompadour Side Parted and Moustache
Pompadour Side Parted and Moustache
High Quiff Hairstyle for Men
High Quiff Hairstyle for Men
Angular Fringe with Skin Fade
Angular Fringe with Skin Fade
Curly hair for men longer with beard
Longer Curly Hair
Hipster Faux Hawk with Beard And Glasses
Hipster Faux Hawk with Beard And Glasses
Manicured Beard and Thick Spikes Pattern
Designer Beard and Thick Spikes Pattern
Pointy Brush-Up
Pointy Brush-Up
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