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The right beard length for you



The right beard length for you

The best thing about the beard, aside from the frothy mustache downtime, is its impermanence. Maybe you will grow one up and stay that way forever. Maybe you’ll taste some thatch and then run for the razor. Either way, it’s a shift to your style that’s inherently transient. No two days of a beard are ever the same. It is perpetually changing. And if you don’t like it today, you have the power to remove it.

So, for those in need of an image change, facial hair is a good investment. It’s cheaper than overhauling your wardrobe, to start with. Plus, safer than cutting your hair and infinitely less risky than trying something “new” on your head. Irregular thatch is easy to hide. A failed rockabilly pompadour, less.

However, before you begin your bearded journey, it is essential to learn how to pose the correct length. So to that end, whether you grow sturdy yarn like a human Brillo cushion or struggle to sprout a few strands, this is your beard length.

Thatch

What is that?

Self-explanatory – it’s a lack of shaving more than anything else, although there are ways to keep the stubble cool to accentuate certain features.

What is the commitment?

The time it takes for thatch to appear depends on the individual’s personal growth pattern, but usually two to five days for adequate coverage throughout.

Will it work for me?

If you are doing 9-5 in an environment where it is possible, thatch is a good option if you have a larger, rounder face. By sharpening certain lines around your cheeks, you can give your face more angles – think of it like makeup for men. But, you know, no.

How to groom it?

Use a trimmer on anything 1-3mm (be sure to check which protector does this as it may differ from brand to brand) and trim your beard twice a week, rather than daily, so not to damage your skin. Always use a light exfoliant before, or a facial cleanser depending on your skin type, and then hydrate afterwards so your skin can withstand abrasions from an electric razor.

Short beard

What is that?

It’s your holiday beard. It only really works if you have full facial coverage, but stay patient in the early stages otherwise; it might look better after committing to some growth and then after being cut evenly.

What is the commitment?

Since facial hair grows at a rate of about half an inch per month, growing a short beard typically takes about five to 10 days.

Will it work for me?

A short beard works best for those with good facial hair growth. If you have patchy facial hair, it will only emphasize the gaps more.

How to groom it?

Use a trimmer set at 3-5mm. If you have thicker growth in certain areas (the mustache, usually), reduce a note on that area to make it look even. Also, don’t forget to get rid of any hair hanging over your upper lip by using the trimmers without the guard. As with short stubble, you need to take care of your face here, so use an exfoliator and moisturizer to keep it looking good.

Custom beard

What is that?

The follicular equivalent of a well-fitting suit, a trimmed beard is defined by crisp, full coverage of the face, but it is kept crisp (no more than an inch at any time).

What is the commitment?

About two to four weeks for growth, but that’s where maintenance comes in.

Will it work for me?

A custom beard is a good option if you work in a smarter environment. It’s a neat look, aimed at staying consistent and even all over the place. As such, it’s ideal for anyone looking to highlight cheekbones or a strong jawline; conversely, ideal if you are looking to make a small chin appear fuller or to refine a rounder face.

How to groom it?

Use your clippers every three or four days to achieve the desired length; take the hair slightly shorter on the areas that have fuller growth. Rinse your beard with water and dry it with a towel, then smooth it with your hands using a small amount of styling paste or beard balm to keep it clean. Facial hair scissors will also help remove pests between the trims.

Longer beard

What is that?

For guys with fist load testosterone (or just good genes) being about to grow a long beard is one of the perks. This is when the hair begins to pull away from the face properly, looking more 3D.

What is the commitment?

About two to three months. It’s a commitment, and there is work to be done along the way.

Will it work for me?

Longer beards are suitable for those with good, solid facial hair growth. You can use the longer hairs to create or maintain good proportions of the face. For example, if you have a small chin, growing hair helps lengthen the face; if you have a thin face, growing more hair on the sides can fill the figure. Provided you’re not working with food (because beard nets don’t look good on anyone), that’s about as long as most can get by on the job.

How to groom it?

Once your beard reaches this length, you need to shampoo and condition it every few days, otherwise it may dry out and take moisture from the skin underneath. Apply beard oil to the roots and work with your hands. This will keep it nourished and help the hair retain its natural moisture. Use the residue of a styling paste to keep the shape and give a shiny finish. Visit your barber every two weeks to tidy up stray animals and so they can clean your cheek line.

Gandalf full

What is that?

The AKA the Full Gandalf Hipster Beard is the kind of beard you can braid and braid, if you so desire.

What is the commitment?

Growing a beard of this length takes around six to eight months, but be prepared for a lot of difficulty between phases and time spent in front of the mirror to keep it clean (ish).

Will it work for me?

If you can grow tall facial furniture, this is something you should try at least once, but there are a few things to keep in mind. It works for those with booty (and who don’t have to work around heavy machinery.) It’s a bold statement of facial hair, so make sure you have the confidence to do it.

How to groom it?

Visit your barber every two or three weeks for cleaning and trimming, and care for your beard just like a long beard – shampoo, condition and use beard oil every day. A wooden pipe will complete the look.



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