Sunday’s Academy Awards highlighted one of the largest trends in male fashion these days: facial hair. It highlighted those who pull them off fantastically, and those who didn’t quite get there. Facial hair can add drama, experience, and a cool demeanor to a look. There are a few key factors to making your facial hair work well with your look.
A full beard can frame a face. Facial hair makes everyone look older, and if well groomed can be very stylish. There are many styles of facial hair, and what you wear depends on how your specific hair grows, and what fits your personal style. For those with the ability to grow a rich, full beard, know how you want to wear it. A big scraggly beard alludes to a biker gang or Appalachian mountaineer. A closer shave is dapper, knowledgeable and suave.
If you do have a full beard, don’t try to overshadow it. A hairy face means long hair is out of the question. The two styles can be pulled off separately, but together end up hiding a man’s face, and giving the appearance of a caveman.
The biggest key to wearing facial hair is knowing your limits. Not everyone can grow a legitimate beard. The goatee and mustache are sometimes acceptable halfway measures. The trick is to never try to be something you’re not. If your full beard is patchy, you’ll have to go without. Consult your local barber for professional advice on grooming and maintaining facial hair that works for you.
– Johnny Rosa