Which Beard Style Should I Pick?
April 11, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

If ever there was an article directed towards hipsters, this was it. As much as it pains me to say it, as of right now, I cannot grow a full-on beard. Just enough to show people that there is facial hair there, but not enough for it to look well.

The world has become an unusual place. Trends seem to last as long as our attention spans, but the intensity of these trends are unbelievable. Remember the Mannequin challenge? The Running Man challenge? Man buns? All came and went. Beards are the order of the day now, and beard styling is just a part of that trend, so this article is just for the follicly gifted, you lucky bast**ds.

Heavy Stubble Look

heavy-stubble-look

Justin Timberlake is fond of this one, and he’s just a lovable scamp. This look gives the impression that you could grow a full beard if you wanted to, but you aren’t really arsed. It also has that mixture between rugged and sophisticated that doesn’t quite fully reach either of the ends of that spectrum.

This looks works for guys who look young without a beard, and wish to keep that youth while also adding a dimension of maturity to their face. Un-babying the baby face, if you will.

Balbo Beard

robert-downey-jr-balbo-beard

For anyone who doesn’t fully know what a balbo beard is, you’re not alone. It took several minutes of research to discover that there was a name for the style of a reasonably short beard along the chin and jaw, coupled with a goatee. It’s the look Ryan Gosling has been known to pull off from time to time while Robert Downey JR. is the king of it.

This look was at the height of its popularity when Ewan McGregor rocked it as Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. In fairness, it does catch your attention in a very obvious way, much like Obi Wan saying ‘hello there’ to General Grevious (I’m a Star Wars nerd, deal with it!).

This style works phenomenally well for a man with longer, parted hair. It gives an aura of wisdom and knowledge without completely eliminating your appeal to the opposite (or same) sex. It can also illicit several Star Wars quotes coming your way, whether you like it or not.

Light Stubble

ryan reynolds Light Stubble

This isn’t a beard you say? You’re just trying to make people who can’t grow beards feel included you say? Well, shut up and… just shut up. Light stubble can be a pretty strong look if you have the right jawline for it. In fact, the jawline is as important, if not more so, than the hair itself for this style.

Stubble can accentuate your jaw and make it more pronounced. One example of this is Ryan Reynolds. His stubble look works so well with him, that we’d hate him if he wasn’t such a great guy – Deadpool was great by the way, give it a watch. Stubble also adds that bit of ruggedness that can make a previously hairless man seem like he does manual labour, and enjoys it too.

Short Full Beard

Short Full Beard jake gyllenhaal

This is kind of like a balbo beard, except it follows around the entire lower face. A short full beard works better because short beards tend to mean more cleanliness and sophistication, an attractive trait to say the least. There’s no doubt that this look is one that many hipsters wish to have on their face. It goes well with lenseless glasses and a checked flannel shirt.

Jake Gyllenhaal is one well-known face who sports this look on a regular basis, and he likes to pair it with a slicked back look. Who knew that the lead actor in Donnie Darko would end up as a hipster? Everyone? Everyone. In any case, he makes it work, and if you’re able to grow hair like he can, this look could be your next go-to style.

The Viking

Mel Gibson viking beards

This look isn’t like actual Vikings who had fierce long beards and sometimes braided them to intimidate enemies on battlefields, this is a cleaner version. The beard is still quite long, but it’s well-kept and full.

Mel Gibson had a grey beard in this fashion, and it received both positive and negative reviews, so approach this look with care. Too long, and it can look dirty and unkempt, too short and people mightn’t know how much work you put into looking like you naturally have a beard like that. Imagine how difficult that would be.

Growing beards is very much a niche profession, partially because many people can’t grow them, but mostly because it’s not really a profession unless you’re an Instagram model. Some good advice to follow would be to just find a style that suits you and the shape of your face. Being able to grow a beard is both a blessing and a curse. I feel sorry for the people who find it so easy to grow them. But I guess life isn’t always fair.

Dean Fitzgerald
Can relate any life problems back to GAA. Has an interest in sport of all kinds, including even cricket for some reason.

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Which Beard Style Should I Pick?
April 11, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

If ever there was an article directed towards hipsters, this was it. As much as it pains me to say it, as of right now, I cannot grow a full-on beard. Just enough to show people that there is facial hair there, but not enough for it to look well.

The world has become an unusual place. Trends seem to last as long as our attention spans, but the intensity of these trends are unbelievable. Remember the Mannequin challenge? The Running Man challenge? Man buns? All came and went. Beards are the order of the day now, and beard styling is just a part of that trend, so this article is just for the follicly gifted, you lucky bast**ds.

Heavy Stubble Look

heavy-stubble-look

Justin Timberlake is fond of this one, and he’s just a lovable scamp. This look gives the impression that you could grow a full beard if you wanted to, but you aren’t really arsed. It also has that mixture between rugged and sophisticated that doesn’t quite fully reach either of the ends of that spectrum.

This looks works for guys who look young without a beard, and wish to keep that youth while also adding a dimension of maturity to their face. Un-babying the baby face, if you will.

Balbo Beard

robert-downey-jr-balbo-beard

For anyone who doesn’t fully know what a balbo beard is, you’re not alone. It took several minutes of research to discover that there was a name for the style of a reasonably short beard along the chin and jaw, coupled with a goatee. It’s the look Ryan Gosling has been known to pull off from time to time while Robert Downey JR. is the king of it.

This look was at the height of its popularity when Ewan McGregor rocked it as Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. In fairness, it does catch your attention in a very obvious way, much like Obi Wan saying ‘hello there’ to General Grevious (I’m a Star Wars nerd, deal with it!).

This style works phenomenally well for a man with longer, parted hair. It gives an aura of wisdom and knowledge without completely eliminating your appeal to the opposite (or same) sex. It can also illicit several Star Wars quotes coming your way, whether you like it or not.

Light Stubble

ryan reynolds Light Stubble

This isn’t a beard you say? You’re just trying to make people who can’t grow beards feel included you say? Well, shut up and… just shut up. Light stubble can be a pretty strong look if you have the right jawline for it. In fact, the jawline is as important, if not more so, than the hair itself for this style.

Stubble can accentuate your jaw and make it more pronounced. One example of this is Ryan Reynolds. His stubble look works so well with him, that we’d hate him if he wasn’t such a great guy – Deadpool was great by the way, give it a watch. Stubble also adds that bit of ruggedness that can make a previously hairless man seem like he does manual labour, and enjoys it too.

Short Full Beard

Short Full Beard jake gyllenhaal

This is kind of like a balbo beard, except it follows around the entire lower face. A short full beard works better because short beards tend to mean more cleanliness and sophistication, an attractive trait to say the least. There’s no doubt that this look is one that many hipsters wish to have on their face. It goes well with lenseless glasses and a checked flannel shirt.

Jake Gyllenhaal is one well-known face who sports this look on a regular basis, and he likes to pair it with a slicked back look. Who knew that the lead actor in Donnie Darko would end up as a hipster? Everyone? Everyone. In any case, he makes it work, and if you’re able to grow hair like he can, this look could be your next go-to style.

The Viking

Mel Gibson viking beards

This look isn’t like actual Vikings who had fierce long beards and sometimes braided them to intimidate enemies on battlefields, this is a cleaner version. The beard is still quite long, but it’s well-kept and full.

Mel Gibson had a grey beard in this fashion, and it received both positive and negative reviews, so approach this look with care. Too long, and it can look dirty and unkempt, too short and people mightn’t know how much work you put into looking like you naturally have a beard like that. Imagine how difficult that would be.

Growing beards is very much a niche profession, partially because many people can’t grow them, but mostly because it’s not really a profession unless you’re an Instagram model. Some good advice to follow would be to just find a style that suits you and the shape of your face. Being able to grow a beard is both a blessing and a curse. I feel sorry for the people who find it so easy to grow them. But I guess life isn’t always fair.

Dean Fitzgerald
Can relate any life problems back to GAA. Has an interest in sport of all kinds, including even cricket for some reason.

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