Before the snow has fallen and the ice has covered your car, act preemptively by growing one of these four winter beards that will protect your face from the elements. This may also give you a chance to try out a new look that the woman in your life won’t let you get away with when your daily wardrobe consists of shorts and a t-shirt. Like a trip to the Super Bowl or a hike on the Appalachian Trail, trying to grow a really awesome beard can also be an opportunity to check off something on your bucket list.

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Full beard. A groomed, consistent beard without any patches or gaps is something that not every man can achieve. If you can pull it off, you can experience the added masculine look that comes with it. It’ll also keep your face warm and classy at the same time.


Goatee. For those of you who want to try out a winter beard without going all in, the goatee might be the compromise for you. It takes more grooming than a full beard, but it gives you an opportunity to add a little distinction to your look. It is also an ideal beard for someone whose job doesn’t go well with a thick beard, such as a chef, who can’t have hair falling in the food they’re preparing.


Well-groomed stubble. Winter is a rugged time, and a chin full of well-groomed stubble will give you a rugged look. It may not be the warmest beard, but you won’t get any food stuck in it, either. Be careful, however, since too much contact with stubble on your face can give the woman in your life a rash on her face.


Mountain man beard. If you want to go all in and embrace winter, it’s time to ignore your razor and your clippers and let your beard grow and grow. While you’ll avoid some trimming maintenance, you’ll need to up the attention you pay to your beard throughout the day, making sure it is clean and untangled. Before attempting the mountain man look, consult your significant other and your boss, both of whom might take issue with your new winter look.