Cliche has it that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and, if true, Jon Dyer is a man that should feel extremely flattered right now. After seeing his amazing Quest For Every Beard Type, I was inspired to try the very same task.
His chart of facial hair types shows pictures of many of the beard styles below although others have been added from different sources. Still, if you want to know about beards, he’s the expert.
So far I’ve got pictures of 31 of these completed styles in my beard and moustache gallery and I hope to be adding more photos to this list very soon. If I knew how to grow a beard faster I would.
Because of this page starting to grow too long, I’ve moved all my moustaches styles to a new gallery.
A collection of big beards, cool beards, sideburns and anything that doesn’t involve a detached moustache.
Sideburns that bend down towards the corner of the mouth and the up into the moustache.
A scaled down version of the Hollywoodian – a beard that covers jawline and is styled into a point. The sideburns are removed but it is combined with a pencil moustache.
A beard style that outlines the face. Similar to the Rap Industry Special but thicker and without a moustache.
A beard type that is essentially an extended soul patch.
Very similar to the chin curtain, in that the beard goes from hairline to hairline sticking to the jaw, but unlike the curtain, the chin strap it doesn’t wander onto the chin.
A long beard that grows into a point.
Two small growths from the chin that look like an insect’s antenae.
Minimal sideburns made popular by the original series of Star Trek. Shaved from the top of the ear at a 45 degree angle.
A beard that goes past the chin and is distinct because of the two sections that it is styled into.
Hair grown underneath the chin, takes its name from its similarity to a goat’s beard. A goatee in itself does not have a moustache.
Half and half
Half the beard is shaven, the other half is grown. Not a common look, but a sure fire hit nonetheless.
A full beard with sideburns removed.
Like friendly mutton chops, but this beard style is longer and has a connecting moustache.
One day a man with a beard shaved his moustache off and left in a hurry. I don’t know how else this style could have been invented, but it has proved to be popular on other planets as emphasised by the Klingons on Star Trek.
It’s been pointed out to me that Worf, the main Klingon character in Star Trek, often doesn’t have such a full beard, more of a Van Dyke with the moustache removed. Here you are.
A thick, bushy beard as seen on a rugged lumberjack. Or Zach Galifianakis.
Long sideburns that extend to jawline. Imagine a full, bushy beard with goatee and moustache sections shaved off.
A full, thick beard that is shaved above the upper lip. Seen mainly on the Amish.
A mini-goatee, probably closer to an actual goat’s beard in that it is only on the central part of the chin. Although goats have quite thin chins.
Rap Industry Standard
A very thin line of hair, almost an outline of where a beard should be. One slip of a beard trimmer can undo a lot of good work on this one.
Short boxed beard
The standard style that most men growing a beard aim for.
A small tuft of hair immediately below the lower lip.
Named after X-Men character Wolverine, this deluxe mutton chops has seen a revival in fashion due to Hugh Jackman’s film portrayal.
Beard and moustache styles
This is the beard and moustache club – the borders are a bit fuzzy on this category but basically it’s anything that isn’t quite a moustache, but is dependent on a hairy upper lip.
A wide goatee with an unconnected moustache.
Long sideburns that come down the face and rear up sharply towards the moustache.
Friendly mutton chops
Sideburns and a moustache that are all joined up. Almost a beard with a bald chin.
Handlebar and chin puff
A handlebar moustache with a strip of hair down the middle of the chin.
Handlebar and goatee
A handlebar moustache and an unconnected goatee.
Napoleon III Imperial
This is the same beard style as the handlebar moustache and chin puff, except the chin puff is a lot longer in this instance.
Named after Captain Jack Sparrow, the Sparrow combines a moustache with an unconnected goatee that is separated into two braided strands.
What is often wrongly referred to just as a goatee, this is a goatee with moustache all in one.
Think Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction – when he took beard shapes to a new level. The Winnfield – named after his character Jules Winnfield – combines long sideburns and an unconnected Fu Manchu (see below) moustache.
Frank Zappa’s beard type of choice – a soul patch combined with a moustache that just goes past the corners of the lips.
Check out the moustache gallery too.