14 Short Beard Styles That'll Help You Turn on the Charm
There's just something super appealing about a short and tidy beard. It can be styled easily, doesn't worry your neck too much, and it's low maintenance. I can go on!
If you want to enhance your appearance without too much stress, check out our favorite short beard styles below!
14 Attractive Short Beard Styles for Men
As the name suggests, the beardstache is a combination of a beard and a mustache that connect at the sides of your mouth. Seriously, it’s a match made in heaven.
The mustache is usually kept full, thick, and a bit longer than the beard, which may be full or thin.
- The beardstache usually goes well with the chevron or handlebar mustache.
- Keep your mustache at a length you can easily maintain.
- Use a beard balm with beeswax occasionally to groom your beard cut.
- You can use a comb to detangle your beard if it's not too short.
The goatee and the beardstache are strikingly similar.
The beauty of the goatee is in the defined hairline that shapes the sides of your mouth down to your chin, forming a bit of a square.
There are different types of goatees. But did you know that the classic goatee style doesn't extend to hair on your cheeks and doesn't necessarily require a mustache?
Yep, a distinctive way of achieving the OG goatee is by keeping your chin bare—save for growing the hair directly under your lower lip into a small patch.
Then, connect this patch to the hair on your jawline and under your chin.
- Keep your cheeks closely shaved to maintain the goatee style.
- Apply beard oil occasionally to keep your beard and the skin underneath soft and smooth.
- Trim your cut with a straight razor to keep the lines defined. This should be done every week or two, depending on how fast your hair grows.
- Low shave haircuts like the buzz cut and the low fade will suit your goatee nicely.
3. The Balbo
This beard style involves both a mustache and a beard but doesn't connect them. Like a two-piece outfit!
If your mustache and beard don't connect, or you're looking for a unique way to style both facial hairs, here's a way to rock them without pairing!
Nothing like eating your cake and having it, no?
To pull off this style:
Grow your mustache to your preferred length, and do the same for your chin hair.
You should take note of the hair growing around the upper sides of your mouth, ensure they don't connect to your mustache, and focus on growing the lower sides.
- It's a low-maintenance style with a natural definition, so using a beard trimmer every few days is great.
- Use a comb on both the stache and beard to keep them tidy.
- Wash your facial hairs with shampoo and conditioner to keep them healthy.
4. Short Shaggy Beard
If you struggle with a messy beard and uneven hair growth on your face or don't like to bother too much about shaving, this one's for you!
The key is to let your hair grow out full and thick but don't let it get too long. Then, get your barber to shape it all together as tidy as possible to achieve a casual and effortless look.
- Keep the beard at a length you can maintain; don't let it grow too long.
- Since it's a casual and laid-back look, it doesn't require a lot of styling. Instead, focus on combing and trimming to tidy it up.
- Get a neat trim every one or two weeks.
5. Short and Full Beard
This beard style is bringing in all the guns. Sideburn? Throw it in. Mustache? We'll have some at the top, please. Cheek hairs? We'll take both sides. Goatee? In all its glory.
This style incorporates all your facial hair but still helps you achieve a sophisticated look. The key? Growing everything in moderation.
Just walk with me.
Grow your hair full and thick, but keep it all short and low-level.
Afterward, connect your cheek hairs to your mustache and sideburns, keeping them on the same level.
- Regularly trim your facial features to keep them neat and level.
- Use a beard conditioner and shampoo daily to maintain a healthy and soft beard.
- Apply good beard oil and beard balm to keep your beard hydrated and looking good.
6. Van Dyke Beard
The Van Dyke beard is a classic and dramatic style named after the Flemish painter Anthony Van Dyck.
To pull off a Van Dyke, grow a thick mustache and pair it with a thin goatee, with a focus on your soul patch.
Ensure that your mustache and beard don't connect, though. You can even add little twangs at the end of your mustache for a more dramatic look.
- Keep the hairs on your cheeks, and jawline shaved to maintain the style.
- You can pair your beard with a slick back and light hair strands over your forehead for an elegant look like Johnny Depp's.
- Regularly trim your beard to keep it neat.
- Apply a good beard oil to keep your beard moisturized.
7. Royal Beard
The royal beard is another bold style similar to the Van Dyke beard. However, the royal beard has a particular way in which the mustache and the chin hair are shaped.
The mustache is usually shaped as straight as possible, but it can also be a chevron or handlebar mustache.
Then, your chin is kept bare save for a strip of hair running vertically from underneath your bottom lip to your chin.
The royal beard style is literally your soul patch and mustache forming the letter “T.”
You can keep your chin strip thin or full as long as the “T” is still defined when paired with the mustache.
- Wash regularly with a beard conditioner.
- Apply beard balm to keep your beard soft and smooth.
- It's advisable to keep your cheek hairs shaved to accentuate the royal beard style.
8. Chin Strap Beard
If you have a prominent jawline or want to accentuate it, the chin strap beard is for you. This style indeed looks like a strap around your facial features, but better and classier.
The chin strap beard involves hair extending from your hairline on both sides of your face that connect at your jawlines and around your mouth up to your mustache.
It's not usually full or thick, so that you can think of it as an appealing outline of your facial features, but with hair.
The chin strap beard doesn't require a lot of hair and doesn't involve hair on your cheeks or under your chin.
- Trim with gentle strokes for a clean shave on the cheeks.
- Use a sharp razor to keep the outline of the beard defined.
- Since the style involves facial hairs on different areas, keep the beard at a length you can maintain.
9. Mutton Chops Beard
The mutton chops beard is a daring style involving a long sideburn that connects to your jawline and cheeks at the mustache level but leaves the chin bare.
That's right; it does not involve any hair at the chin level or even beneath it.
All you need is your hairline extending to your jawline and framing it nicely, and you've got your mutton chops.
- Keep your chin and cheek hairs closely shaved.
- Regularly trim your beard to keep it fresh and neat.
- Wash your hair daily with a good beard wash and beard conditioner.
10. Chin Curtain Beard
This beard style is similar to the chin strap beard. However, while the chin strap outlines your jawline and other facial features, the chin curtain showcases a full chin.
The focus is placed on growing the hair around the sides of your mouth and letting your entire chin grow full and thick.
- The chin curtain goes well with everything: a mustache, sideburns, cheek hair, you name it.
- This style is usually thick, so a daily wash with beard conditioner and shampoo is advisable.
- Keep your beard groomed and tidy with a comb and beard oil.
- Keep your beard at a length you can easily maintain.
11. Fade Beard
Think of the fade haircut but in reverse. The fade beard outlines the sides of your face, tapering off your sideburns and slowly increasing the length as it extends to your jaw to form a full beard only at the chin level.
The fade beard is usually thin, but you can increase the length from your cheeks if you want it fuller and thicker.
- Use a straight razor for a clean cut.
- Pair your fade beard with a fade haircut for the full sophisticated package.
- Regularly trim your beard to maintain the fade.
12. Stubble Beard
What if I told you that you could turn your five o'clock shadow into a cool look? Walk with me!
If you can't shave your beard for sensitive reasons or are just not ready to, we're here to help you turn those whiskers into designer stubble.
Allow the hairs on your chin to gather for a couple of days, wash it every day, apply beard oil to keep it looking fresh, and voila!
You can leave your five o'clock shadow unshaven for up to 5 or 10 days, depending on how fast it grows back.
- Regularly trim your stubble every few days to prevent it from growing into a full beard.
- Apply beard oil to keep your stubble groomed and presentable.
- If you have uneven hair growth on your chin, use scissors to ensure your stubble is the same length all around.
13. Short Boxed Beard
The short boxed beard consists of a full and thick beard that extends from your sideburns and cheek hairs to frame your mouth. It continues down to your chin and under it, but is kept short.
- Grow out your facial hair first, so you have enough volume and length to work with.
- Wash your face and moisturize your beard after getting the cut.
- Use a beard trimmer for the edges of your cheek lines and sideburns occasionally to maintain the style.
14. The Anchor
This is another beard style that takes a shape similar to its name. To pull off the anchor beard, you should first grow a soul patch extending to your jawline.
Then, tilt the hair at the edges of your jawline upwards. The anchor beard is usually paired with a chevron mustache that accentuates your facial features.
- Pair this beard style with a quiff for a classic look.
- After shaping your chin hair upwards on both sides, use a beard brush to brush it further up. Then, use beard wax to hold the anchor in place.
- A thin and neat mustache works best with the anchor beard style.
There's no doubt that a well-groomed beard enhances your look. It adds spice, charm, sophistication; you name it.
The best part is that a short beard will help you achieve all this without too much stress.
No matter your face shape or beard type, there are many short beard styles that will suit you nicely.
Try one of our favorite beard styles today and watch it upgrade your look!
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