Hipsters rejoice, the beard lives on! Guys may have bid farewell to long locks and man-buns, but rest assured sleek cuts and well-groomed beards are still very much in style, so don’t delete your barber’s number just yet! A well executed shave and a fresh haircut is a surefire way to upgrade your look, and make you stand out this spring. Need a little inspiration? We got you covered with the best facial hair trends at the moment to keep you trimmed, groomed, and happy!
Bolder Lines for Guys
Whether you’re a loyal customer of the local barber, or are always scouting the hippest new downtown barbershop, it’s important to stay a step ahead with all the latest styles. This year, beards are all about structure. Think bold, defined lines and fades. A crisp upgrade on the classic scruffy lumberjack look, a sculpted beard requires regular upkeep and consistent trims with your trusted barber. When it comes to hair, a remix of the nineties bowl cut is making a comeback. This look relies on longer length at the top (which can be styled and textured to your liking) paired with a closely cropped back and shaved sides. Another look to try? Improve the classic, and endlessly versatile undercut with a striking part, separating the top and bottom layers of your hair.
Looking for a universally flattering, classic style? Try the short, full beard that’s kept trim and cropped close to the cheek and neckline. Although this look works best for those with thicker hair, it’s extremely versatile, and requires minimal maintenance. Think Liam Hemsworth or Jon Hamm.
If a statement look is what you’re after – and have the patience! – go for the complete, weighted mustache. A retro style with a groovy 70’s appeal, keep it modern by maintaining a closely cropped hair cut, and minimal hair on your cheeks. For a more understated look à la facial hair chameleon Zayn Malik, reinvent yourself by allowing a small soul patch to grow in a little thicker than the rest of your beard by shaving around the area beneath your lower lip.
The beauty of a beard? Change is just a shave away, and all signs point to the fresh shaven look never quite going out of style. But If you’re looking to make a statement with a clean slate and fresh face, make sure to follow the right grooming regime to keep your skin soft and irritation-free. Start with clean, hydrated skin, don’t forget your shaving cream, and follow up with a gentle exfoliant to prevent ingrown hair and pimples.
Beard Oil Is Your Best Friend
To groom your ‘stache or beard for maximum style, don’t forget your classic beard oil and beard balm. Like the name suggests, Beard oil is a men’s grooming product specially formulated to moisurise and make your beard soft, manageable and fuller, which will make your beard healthier and more elastic, while leaving a light sheen on the hair. Essentially, you can think of beard oil as a great leave-in conditioner that’s good for your facial hair and skin.
Beard balm is the solid version of beard oil and is also used to control unruly facial hair. It gives your beard an impeccable finish while providing it with great moisturizing benefits. To use beard balm, take out a dime-size amount from the tin, rub it between your palms to warm it up and to distribute it well on your facial hair by running your fingers through it. There, you’re good to go!
Whether you go for a classic barbering look or a bolder one, don’t be afraid to experiment and put your best face forward. And if not, just do it for the ‘gram!