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 Facial hair can be quite mysterious. When you grow a beard, you will likely get second looks from women and raised eyebrows from men. Women may wonder what you look like underneath all that hair. Men may take a look at the sharpness and the depth of your beard and wonder if they are capable of growing one that is equally impressive. A full beard takes a lot of work— and some luck. You need to have the right genetics to grow substantial hair on your face and you also have to take care of it as well. Here are eight beard styles that women will love and men will envy.

Van Dyke

The Van Dyke is one of the most impressive type of beards The Van Dyke includes a mustache that is connected to a chin beard. The connection of the beard to the mustache is the distinguishing factor, not to be confused with a goatee. You have to fine-tune the Van Dyke on a daily basis to keep it looking its best.


Handlebar and Chin Puff

The handlebar mustache is one of the most labor-intensive of all types of facial hair. The chin puff, similar to a soul patch, is a small burst of hair that is located directly below the center of the lower lip. This combination is a distinguished look that is often associated with 19th century fashion. However, it’s still somewhat popular and it can be a great look with the proper maintenance.


Short Boxed Beard

This is very similar to the Van Dyke, but the key difference is that the sideburns go all the way down the face to meet up with the chin portion of the beard. The sideburns are long and relatively narrow. You must trim the side burns so they meet the chin and they don’t go across the face.


The Balbo style of beard may be the right choice for anyone who feels that they are too skinny and want to add some girth to their frame. The Balbo consists of a chin beard that goes from one side of the mouth to the other so that the hair growth resembles the letter “U.” It also has a small mustache over the top lip.


The goatee is one of the most popular style of beards. It is very similar to the Van Dyke that is mentioned above, but there is no mustache associated with the goatee. It’s worn by virtually anyone who can grow decent facial hair at some point in there lives. Basic, but very effective!



The anchor is one of the most distinguished looking beards. It consists of two inverted letter “T’s” as well as hair that grows from one side of the jaw line to the other. One of the inverted T’s is above the lip and the other rises from the center of the chin. You must maintain the tightness and sharpness of the beard on an everyday basis with your razor.


Soul Patch

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This is one of the easiest beards to grow and it might be the one for you if you are considering growing a beard for the first time. A soul patch is a square area of hair growth just a few centimeters below the center of the lip. It is about 1-inch by 1-inch in diameter.



The Zappa is named after the late rock ‘n roll guitarist/musician Frank Zappa. In addition to having a thick mane of dark hair, Zappa had a dark mustache with a thicker soul patch. With the Zappa style of beard, the soul patch is about 2-inches wide and 1-inch long. The outsides of the mustache come down just below the lower lip.