Big bushy beards are all the rage these days, and it’s easy to see why. It’s hard not to invoke the lumberjack imagery when you see someone with a major face-bush. If you’ve got the ability to grow a beard like that and you’ve been wondering what you can do with it, there’s a number of tips!
Beards Are More Than Bushes
The first thing to remember is that not all beards have to be bushy. The word “beard” is used to refer to a number of different facial hair styles. For example, a small beard that only covers the point of your chin is called a “goatee”. That word is also used to describe the facial hair with the chin beard connected to a mustache.
That’s just one example of how many different styles of beards exist. It doesn’t help that people call some styles other styles!
A full beard covers the entire bottom part of the face. If the hair grows thick from the ears down to cover the jawline and chin, then you’ve grown quite the beard!
Can anything be done with that? Absolutely! Keeping it trimmed shorter gives the appearance of a rugged outdoorsman. Let the full beard grow a little thicker, and there are a number of different looks. Many people equate thick, full beards with philosophers of the western world. Others associate it with the lumberjack and “wild man” icons.
There’s barely a quarter of an inch difference in length, yet you can have two wildly different looks. As long as you have a good beard trimmer and other beard care products, you can easily adapt your look to your moods. After all, if you can grow a full beard then you can almost certainly grow a quarter inch of facial hair in a few days!
Beard Styles With Mustaches
As mentioned above, the “goatee” is a chin beard that connects to a mustache. Some people refer to this as a “Fu Manchu”, after an elder Asian character in a beloved television show. However, the goatee and the Fu Manchu are slightly different. Fu Manchus don’t have connected mustaches. Rather, the mustache is cut and styled separately, even though it remains the same length as the beard. With a goatee, the hair is connected.
If you have a large, bushy “mountain man” beard, then you can always style a handlebar mustache. It has to be a smaller handlebar because there’s not quite enough free hair. In order to do a large handlebar, your facial hair has to be cut in a specific way.
As you can see, there are as many ways to style a beard as there are to style hair! Don’t forget to buy the right styling tools! You’ll want to have mustache or beard wax. There are two kinds; one that hardens into a near-plaster and one that’s closer to beeswax. For large, heavy styles you’ll need the former, if you only want a small handlebar over your giant face-bush then the latter works better.
Either way, make sure to keep it neat and tidy, and buy a high-quality buzzer!