Types of beards

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Types of beards
Define your own style with a beard suited to your personal facial hair growth. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Men grow beards for a wide variety of reasons. Some believe that facial hair makes them look manlier, others believe that a beard makes them more attractive to women and there are even men who use them to look like famous people. In recent times, charity organisations have encouraged men to grow moustaches and beards as a means of raising awareness for illnesses such as cancer. The style of beard a man chooses to grow often says something about the person behind it.

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The circle beard

The circle beard, famously worn by the late Kurt Cobain, is a simple style covering the area below the nose and chin. Similar to the longer goatee, the circle style makes an ideal choice for those trying beard growth for the first time. The shorter, stubble appearance takes just a few days to grow, requires little maintenance and enjoys popularity with those not be fully committed to full beard growth.

Types of beards
The understated circle beard can be barely longer than stubble. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The goatee beard

A basic progression of the circle style, the goatee remains a widespread choice among men and the popularity of the beard spans many centuries. Ideal for those with strong nose and chin growth but weaker cheek growth, the fuller appearance provides a strong facial feature worn to the desired length. The goatee adds shape to the face of men with rounder features.

Types of beards
Novelist George du Maurier sported a jaunty goatee. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The soul patch

Highly popular in the music business with hard rock and rap artists, the soul patch creates a minimalist look. With no moustache growth required, men sport the soul patch as a small area of growth directly below the lower lip extending to base of the chin with a thin width. Frequently referred to as the “imperial” or “mouche” style, the soul patch grows easily within a couple of weeks without dominating the remaining facial features.

Types of beards
The soul patch is a minimal style, but requires careful grooming. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Mutton chops

Hugely popular during the Edwardian and Victorian periods, the less frequently found mutton chop beard consist of enhanced sideburns grown to the corners of the mouth with the lower section defined around the line of the jaw. Unlike many beards, the moustache and chin areas remain free of growth. Wearers require strong hair growth around the cheeks. Famous mutton chop wearers include Australian actor Hugh Jackman, and the late British comedian Jimmy Edwards.

Types of beards
Muttonchop whiskers were a popular look in the Victorian era. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

The chin curtain

Also referred to as the chin strap or “Donegal”, the chin curtain requires the growth of a full beard in the initial phase, Running from ear to ear and passing through the chin area, removal of the moustache creates a thin but full finish that adds definition to the face. Lengths may vary and the former American president, Abraham Lincoln, epitomises the style.

Types of beards
Abraham Lincoln is known for his chinstrap beard. (Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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