Matching your beard and hairstyle is an entirely personal decision, and for good reason. Just as a guy wearing a tux is sending a completely different message to his identical twin in a Hawaiian shirt, the various mustache, hair and beard styles drop their own unique hints about what you’re like. Here are a few helpful hints on how to find a combination that says all the right things.
Long hair or short hair? Beard or mustache? Goatee or clean shave? There are a lot of options here. So it’s also worth thinking about which hair and beard styles are going to bring out your best features, and which are going to hide those areas you don’t like quite as much. You can, for example:
• Balance the shape of your face. A full beard can help bulk out a narrow chin, while a textured fringe can disguise a high forehead. Try not to overdo it. You can use long hair or a stiletto beard to add length to a round face, but probably not both.
• Keep things in proportion. While smallish, refined features may call for smallish, refined facial hair, larger features can be counter-balanced or even flattered by more dominant hair and beard styles. For example, a large nose is less prominent next to thicker scruff and tousled hair – and may even add to your roguish charm.
• Show off. If you’ve got the square jaw of an old-school adventure hero, you can call it out with a style that essentially only you can pull off, like the chin strap or soul patch.
• Draw the eye. At the same time, a more elaborate structured style like the Van Dyke can help pull round faces into focus, suggesting cheekbones that may or may not actually exist.
These tips aren’t necessarily hard-and-fast rules. Yes, it can help to take the shape of your face into account when deciding which beard and hairstyles to go for, but at the same time, it’s not worth taking too seriously. The final test is always going to be wearing the look.
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