Have you ever come across certain beard terms and just thought…what the hell do they mean?!
I’ve been there. When I first started growing a beard at university, everything was alien to me. If you had told me then that I would blog about beards now I would have said that you were mad!
That’s why I have put an A-Z list of key beard terms. It was certainly tricky in parts. X and Z really gave me a challenge!
Hopefully it is helpful to you and answers some of your questions about beard growth.
A bit of a strange one to start with I know. But bear with me!
When you grow a beard, you tend to take extra notice when it’s mentioned in everyday life. Or is it just me?
Hearing about the Bristlr app was one of those moments. As they put it, their purpose is to ‘Connect those with beards to those who want to stroke beards.’ Or a bit like Tinder for beards basically! What a great idea right?!
The first beard product in the list. The first of many if I’m being truthful!
Beard balm should play an important role in your grooming regime. Not only is it good for conditioning, if your beard is on the longer side it can also help to style it by keeping your stray hairs at bay.
There will come a point when you’ll have to neaten up your cheek line.
This is crucial step. Trim it too low and you run the risk of looking a little bit silly to say the least!
If you need a bit of a helping hand getting it right you’re in luck. This facial hair shaping tool could be just what you need.
Like your head hair, beard dandruff can be just as hard to get rid of.
Why? Because the skin underneath the beard tends to dry out easily due to the fact that it is incredibly difficult to moisturise. That’s why you’re left with the annoying flaky skin.
We’ve all done it. Walked past another bearded fellow in the street and felt incredibly envious of their growth.
Just me then? Come on admit it! One thing you will learn very quickly is that there will always be a better beard than yours out there. Hard to accept I know!
I have to say, this is my favourite beard style. I’m certainly not brave enough to try any of these! Some of you might think this is not possible as your beard is too patchy.
But this is simply not true. This is one of the more common beard myths that you will hear. Let your beard grow out for 2/3 months and I’m sure that you will be pleasantly surprised by the results.
If the full beard is not for you, why not try a goatee?
It especially works if you have a round face. If you’re not sure what shape yours is, check out this guide by Birchbox Man which should help.
I must admit I’m not overly enthusiastic about goatees personally. Maybe because I look exactly like my Dad when I grow one!
Yes you can get a hair transplant for your beard.
But before you do, you should ensure that you’ve grown out your beard for a few months and tried out different styles before you make a final decision.
When I chat to non-beard growers, the most common reason they give for not growing a beard is the fact that it’s itchy.
Is this always the case? In truth, it can be a big problem. If you just let it grow without taking daily care of it using beard products, then it’s definitely more likely to happen.
This may seem unbelievable but amazingly this is 100% true. Beard jewellery is a thing!
Now I’ve got to say, I have personally never seen a bearded guy that wears this. Does that mean it’s not cool? I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I mention beard products a lot.
There’s a good reason for that. They are essential in keeping your beard looking healthy and helping it to grow to its full potential.
If you’re a new to this whole beard game the best thing you can do is by a kit that includes the essential products such as:
This is a product I had not heard about until the other day.
Despite its unusual name, it does sound quite useful. According to its product description, its:
“Totally different from traditional foams and gels which can dry out skin, this revolutionary formula provides three benefits in a single, easy-to-use product. It’s a pre-shave oil, shave cream, and skin conditioner all in one.”
Although it is a shaving product, for those of us who like to keep our neck hair and cheeks in check, this could be worth investing in.
This should need no introduction.
Moustaches are one of the oldest types of facial hair, dating back to 300 BC. They come in many different styles. Here are some of the more unusual ones:
- Dali – Named after the famous artist, the Dali moustache is quite thin and the ends are bent steeply upwards.
- Fu Manchu – This is basically the opposite of the Dali, in the sense that the ends point downwards rather than upwards.
- Walrus – Moving swiftly away from thin moustaches, the walrus mirrors the animal in the way that it is thick, bushy and drops over the mouth.
- Toothbrush – This is a fairly thick moustache but unusually it is only 2.5 inches long and in the centre of the lip. It has been worn notably by famous faces such as Charlie Chaplin and Oliver Hardy.
This might not be something that you’ve thought about when growing your beard.
But it is important. I don’t know many people who think that connecting their neck and chest hair is an attractive feature! I am sure there are some to be fair…
Defining your neck line helps to shape your beard and neaten it up. Personally I think that it also makes your beard look bigger which also clearly very important!
Beard oil is the first product that I ever used on my beard. In my opinion, it is also the most important one.
Why? It helped change my beard from a scraggly unkempt mess to something to be proud of. It is now easier to maintain and the skin underneath that was getting irritated and itchy before is now all gone.
The great thing is, with the market still growing rapidly you now have many scents to choose from.
In your beard growing journey you may have noticed something unusual.
Instead of the hairs being the same colour as the ones on your head, some are different. In mine for example, I have ginger hairs amongst my black ones.
The reasons for this are well documented. In short, you basically have different types of hair that grow during different phases of your life, and they can come through in different colours and textures.
When you’re the only person who has chosen to grow a beard amongst your friends and/or family, you are bound to face a barrage of questions from them.
Some are good, some are a bit more insulting. The most common ones I hear are:
- How do you grow a great looking beard?
- Why do you want to look like a terrorist?
- Do you get food stuck in it?
- Don’t you feel too hot in the summer?
- What does your girlfriend think of it?
Most I can answer but I must admit, the terrorist one does annoy me. It would be like me saying that someone looked like a criminal because of the way that they looked/dressed. It isn’t right either way!
Yes I have mentioned the ‘R’word.
It is commonly thought as the natural enemy of the bearded man by some.
Not by me however. Sometimes instead of using a beard trimmer for your neck beard/neckline or cheeks I do use a razor.
The reason for this is simple – it provides a closer shave, which overall looks better. However, for convenience sake, I do tend to use the trimmer more often.
For those not wanting a full on beard, (shame on you!) there are other styles that you can try.
One option are sideburns. The most famous recent example of someone who has them that I can think of is multiple Olympic gold cyclist Bradley Wiggins. His look is very much based on the mod lifestyle that first grew to prominence in the UK in the 1960s.
Time for a revival?
You may not be aware of this, but your beard can only grow to a certain length.
So for those of you dreaming of growing one so long that you trip over it, it’s unlikely to happen.
But what is your limit? To be honest it’s hard to say. Although if you’re really keen, the guys at Beards & Money have come up with a formula to determine this.
Now I know what you’re thinking.
This technically isn’t a beard term. However, in my opinion it is a probably the best haircut you can get to compliment your beard.
For me personally, I thought it made mine look bigger, fuller and generally more epic! Why don’t you give it a try?
I’m going to get a little technical now.
Basically there are two types of hair that make up your beard. Terminal is the darker, rougher hair while Vellus is your lighter more youthful hair.
I tend to think that mine is made up of the latter to be honest. That’s why I tend to use lots of beard oil!
Earlier on I talked about the different types of moustaches.
Achieving some of those looks can be tricky. Luckily moustache wax was created to help achieve some amazing facial hair feats!
Just look at some of these amazing examples. If you can match any of these, you have my full respect!
As you may have guessed, out of all of the different beard terms, I have struggled to think of one that begins with the letter X.
But don’t worry, I did find one in the end! The XL beard grow formula is used by many to aid faster and thicker hair growth.
Now I must point out now, I have never used such products and would always advocate trying more natural methods initially.
Without question, this is every bearded man’s Everest.
To achieve a Yeard is simple. All you have to do is grow your beard for a whole year without trimming it.
Simple right? Not always. It does take a lot of patience and of course you have to put up with the endless questions and piss taking from family and friends. But it’s all worth it in the end of course!
What better way to end than mentioning the greatest beards in rock and roll? ZZ Top.
Their story is made even crazier when you consider that their drummer doesn’t have a beard, but his name is actually Frank Beard. What are the chances?!