Best Men’s Facial Hair or Beard Styles and Types 2020

Best Men’s Facial Hair & Beard Styles or Types For Your Face Shape

In this post, we’re going to show you the best men’s facial hair and beard styles and types for your face shape. Why is this important? Choosing a men’s facial hair style that works for his face shape ensures any man will look his best all the time. If you haven’t gone through our definitive guide about how to find a man’s face shape once and for all, then this post will not make much sense. So head over there first and figure out your face shape, then come back here.

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Rectangle or Oblong

Rectangular and Oblong face shapes are longer so you don’t want to exaggerate it with beard styles that are long, triangular or pointy at the chin. So opt for a beard that’s very full and let the facial hair grow higher up on the cheeks to stop it from looking so elongated.

You categorically want to avoid goatees and Van Dykes because they will elongate the face. Instead, try facial hair that ranges in length from clean shaven, stubble to a short beard to accentuate your features because this face shape doesn’t need facial hair to balance out any disproportionate areas like other face shapes.

Oval

You can get away with a variety of facial styles that other men can’t. This versatility comes from being the owner of both square and round features, meaning you don’t really need to balance anything out.

You can go with clean-shaven, stubble, chevron mustache, goatee, Van Dyke beard or any length of beard, so the facial hair wold is your oyster, friend!

If going for a beard, you want it to be squared at the jaw, with clean lines on the cheeks, short length on the sides and cut underneath the chin. This balances your oval shape and combines the weight of a full beard with the definition of a well-groomed beard most guys miss. Keeping a rounded, not well-shaped beard will make your face extra oval, which you want to avoid.

Square

Unlike other face shapes, you want to use your facial hair to balance out the square shape of your face. So think long or rounded styles with your facial hair choices.

Clean shaven or stubble will work, but if you want a mustache, go with a horseshoe stache, rounded goatee or even a Van Dyke beard.

For longer beards, avoid a square beard with sharp lines and right angles because it’ll make you look like a lego figurine. Instead, go for a beard where the chin area is rounded or triangular/pointy to offset the square shape of your face.

Triangle

With the sharp features of this face shape, clean shaven is best, because given the prominence of the jawline, most other facial hair styles will make your jaw even wider, which you want to avoid. This is when your head hairstyle will really play a much bigger factor for how you look. See our other video and article about this.

However, if you are dead-set on having some facial hair, go with a ‘beardstache’ – a moustache with a short beard or stubble as pictured above. With this hybrid style, avoid anything too full and thick on the cheeks, which will give the unwanted impression of an even wider jawline. Instead, square off the edges of the stache at the bottom.

Round

The best facial hair styles for you are going to counter the roundness of your face shape. A large, unkempt, rounded beard or rounded edge goatee will make your head look like a bowling ball, so don’t do that.

Instead, go for a goatee with stubble on the cheeks or a Van Dyke beard. This will create the impression of a longer and more pronounced chin.

For a beard, go for a full, square beard – short or long – which is shorter on the cheeks and longer towards the chin to give the appearance of a more chiselled, elongated jaw.

Diamond

The goal should always be to keep hair on the chin to offset the cheekbones to create the illusion of having more balanced bone structure.

So that means you can go with some stubble to give the appearance of adding some size to a narrower chin or even a goatee to fill in the narrower area below your nose. A mustache may accentuate your pointy chin so it’s not advised, but you may be able to get away with one as a beardstache (pictured for Triangular face shapes above), but at that point, you might as well have a beard.

If you’re going to go with a beard, grow it so it’s wider on the cheeks and jawline and squared off on the chin to give the appearance of a fuller face – see the Oval face shape picture above for this type of beard.

Heart

Like a diamond face shape, you want to use facial hair to add some much-needed bulk to a narrow chin and jawline.

So you can go with some stubble all around. Mustaches and goatees will make your face look smaller than it is, so avoid those.

For a beard style, go with one that’s closer on the cheeks but leave more length in the chin and mustache area to add depth and volume to your jawline.

Best Men’s Hairstyles & Haircuts For Your Face Shape

In this post, we’re going to show you the best men’s hairstyles for your face shape. Why is this important? Choosing a men’s hairstyle that works for your face shape ensures you will look your best all the time. If you haven’t gone through our definitive guide about how to find a man’s face shape once and for all, then this post will not make much sense. So head over there first and figure out your face shape, then come back.

Have questions? Text us at +1 424-228-9407 or click here: https://my.community.com/awxinc

Oval

Symmetrical and well-proportioned, an oval face shape does well with most hairstyles, so the hair world is your oyster. The one thing to do is to get a style with your hair off the forehead to create some volume and angles on top.

The most complimentary hairstyle is a short on the sides and slightly longer on the top cut, similar to a quiff or side part. How long you go depends on your preference but the one thing to avoid is a forward fringe style haircut. Too much hair on the forehead softens your features and increases roundness of your face, which you want to avoid.

Square

Like the oblong or oval face shape, most hairstyles will work with your face shape, even extremely short or longer hairstyles – from buzz cuts to French crops to quiffs. Keep in mind that the shorter you go, the more you’ll look like a military grunt, so that’s the one thing to be aware of.

Classic, neat haircuts like close fades, side parts and short layers complement a square shape best.

Rectangle or Oblong

The longest of the face shapes, a rectangular or oblong face shape falls between an oval and a square, but requires a subtly tweaked hairstyle to ensure the face doesn’t appear even longer than it is.

Avoid taking the sides too short if keeping it longer on the top, as this would make your face look longer. Try a well-proportioned style that doesn’t take the sides too short or leave too much length on top. So try a style that lets the hair fall to the sides and/or across the forehead to add width and ensure your face doesn’t appear narrower than it is.

Round

A round face shape benefits from a haircut that gives it some definition or angles since they aren’t there naturally. For your face shape, you need to think square. A square hairstyle creates the illusion of structure so go for a style with height on the top that’s taken tight at the sides like a pompadour or a flat top. Front fringes will also look great for your face shape.

Diamond

A diamond face shape is one of the less common ones and because of that, you’ll need to be a little more careful to ensure your hairstyle looks great.

Avoid taking the sides too short because given the width of the cheekbones, a hairstyle that’s particularly short on the sides will make your ears look bigger – which you obviously want to avoid.

Hairstyles that add width to the forehead and chin area are going to look best on you. Fringes work well to add texture to the forehead, while longer styles that can be tucked behind the ears are great for accentuating your cheek bones. You can a side sweep or deep side-part hairstyle, and consider growing a 5 o’clock shadow if you want to add some size to a narrower chin.

Heart

Kind of similar to a Diamond face shape, avoid cuts that are very short, especially on the sides, as they’ll accentuate the narrowness of the chin and the width of your forehead. A medium-length swept look is the safest bet. Mid-length and long hairstyles that are kept reasonably thin and light soften the heart shape’s strong forehead.

Triangle

A hairstyle with volume will look best with a triangle face shape. So go for longer haircuts with fuller sides, which will add volume all around.

How To Find Your Face Shape Guide For Men

In this post, we will show you the most exacting way possible for how to find a man’s face shape once and for all. Not only will your face shape help you determine the best haircuts and hairstyles a man should have, but it will also help you figure out the best facial hair and beard styles for men, as well as the best sunglasses and optical glasses that will work for you – all based on your face shape!

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Gather The Tools

In order to definitively figure out your face shape, you need to measure your face.

Measure Your Forehead

Run your measuring tape across your forehead from hairline to hairline. Make sure you’re measuring the widest part – this is usually around halfway between your eyebrows and your hairline.

Measure Your Cheekbones

The width of your cheekbones is very important when it comes to picking a hairstyle. Getting it wrong can throw off the proportions of certain features like your ears.

Start at just past the outer corner of your eye, lay your measuring tape across the bridge of your nose to slightly past the outer corner of your other eye.
Make sure the tape measure runs at a straight line and rests just above your cheekbones.

Measure Your Jawline

Measure from the tip of your chin to below your ear at the point at which your jaw angles upwards. Multiply that number by two to get your jawline length.

Measure Your Face Length

Run the tape measure from the center of your hairline to the tip of your chin.
If you have a shaved head or receding hairline, estimate the point where your hairline used to be.

Determining Your Face Shape

Now it’s time to determine your face shape! Note which measurement is the largest of the four as this will be important later on. When mentioned later on about measurements being the same or similar, understand that there is up to half an inch of leeway there. So if your jawline is 7.5” and your cheeks are 8”, those would be considered similar in size. Anything over .5 inches would be considered different.

Square

All measurements are fairly similar. The angle of the jaw is sharp rather than rounded.

Rectangle/Oblong

Face length is the largest measurement. Forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are similar in size, within about a half inch of each other.

Oval

Face length is greater than the width of the cheekbones, and forehead is greater than the jawline. The angle of the jaw is rounded rather than sharp.

Round

Face length and cheekbones have a similar measurement. They are larger than forehead and jawline, which also have a similar measurement. The angle of the jaw is soft and much less defined.

Diamond

Face length measures largest. Then, in descending order: cheekbones, forehead, and smallest is jawline. The chin is pointed.

Heart

Forehead measures largest, then your cheekbones, and then your jawline. The chin is pointed.

Triangular

Jawline measures greater than cheekbones, which measures larger than your forehead.

Once you’ve figured out your face shape, you can begin to make more informed choices on everything from your hairstyle, facial hair/beard to your sunglasses.

Best Men’s Hairstyle For Your Face Shape and Hair Type

Today, I want to show you the best hair styles for your face shape based on actual professional’s opinions that I mentioned in the Series Intro Video.

This article/video is a 3-parter, where I’ll also cover the best hairstyles for your hair type as well as more in-depth videos for your specific hair type. Do yourself a favor and check out those other articles/videos as they’ll be released shortly.

Before we get started, please note the use of the word “best” and not “every hairstyle for your face shape.” These, in my opinion, as well as the professionals I mentioned in the series intro, are the best hairstyles if a man wants to look sharp-as-hell. If you’re hoping for a discussion about every hairstyle possible, this article isn’t for you.

The general goal of your hairstyle should be to:

  • Look damn good – obviously.
  • Just like with your clothing in relation to your body, you want to balance the proportions of your face so it doesn’t take away from the rest of your appearance. Get this wrong and it can make you look weird or goofy.

As for age old question: “What face shape do I have?” for males, I’ve included two of the best resources for finding this out:

  1. How To Find Your Face Shape
  2. Face Shape Guide

Like I mentioned in my video about the best men’s sunglasses for your face shape, there’s really only 4 major face shapes for men:

Any other face shape is basically one of these with a teeny tiny difference that has no bearing on the hairstyle you should choose.

With all that said, let’s go over the best hairstyles for your face shape.

Oval/Oblong

If you have an Oval or Oblong face shape, the best hairstyles tend to be short or medium length because longer hairstyles with bangs or a more poofy or fro-ey hairstyle, depending on your hair type, will make your face look longer than it is – which you want to avoid (check the video at the top for an example of how bad it can look).

Stick to haircuts with shorter sides and a little longer on top. Don’t go super short on the sides and long on top, though, otherwise the drastic difference in length will make your face look longer and thinner than it is.

Depending on your hair type, side parts were made for this face shape, regardless of how sharp the part actually is – whether you use your hands or a comb.

If you’re thinning, definitely go for super short on the sides and slightly longer on top. However, if your hairline is pretty receded or your bald spot is pretty significant, cut the B.S. and buzz or shave your head. I go into finer detail in my article/video about the best hairstyles for your hair type.

For curly or kinky hair, keep it shorter on the sides and a little longer on top to control the frizziness so it doesn’t get out of control. How short you go depends on your preference. I love a good temple fade on a black man and stick to a shorter quiff if you’ve got curly hair so it’s more manageable. But, if you want to embrace the curls a little more, go longer, like a few inches on top. The problem is that it can get pretty frizzy and out of control, unless you’re washing properly and using the best products for your hair type. Be sure to check out my article/video about the best shampoos and conditioners for your hair type, as it makes a huge difference.

Heart or Triangular

Since a Heart or Triangular face shape has a narrower or pointed chin, you want to stick to layered styles to help offset the sharpness of your chin.

As for length, go for longer-on-top styles with shorter, but not super short, sides. If you went super short on the sides, it’d make you look like you’ve got big ears – which you want to avoid.

For you, hair swept across the forehead, or off the forehead and back, with or without a side part, or a quiff will look great. If you’ve got coarse, kinky hair, you can go with a little bit longer afro all the way around, somewhere around 2 to 3 inches in length, like the picture above.

With this face shape, you can also grow out some facial stubble or a full beard to help add visual width and weight to your bottom half of your face and keep the proportions more in line with the rest of your face. If you go with a stubble or beaded look, you can grow your hair out a little longer on top, too.

Round

You want more square styles to offset your round face. Keep the sides much shorter and go longer on top to add some height to your face which will play with your facial proportions a little better. Whatever you do, don’t have your hair down on your forehead because it’ll make your face look rounder (again, check the video at the top for an example of how bad it can look).

A good, fluffy quiff or pompadour or even a high and tight looks great on this face shape, as does an undercut if you want a little more of a rugged look. For kinky hair, a sharp temple fade is always on point – I’d choose that over a totally shaved look every time.

Square

A square face shape is similar to Oval in that virtually all hairstyles look great. The only thing to do is create the illusion of softer corners to help soften the angles of your face, but not remove them.

Haircuts that are super short all the way around all the way to longer hairstyles look great on this face shape. I have to say, short and mid-length hairstyles that are a little cleaner always look sharp and give you the ability to go messy or more put together easily, so they’re my preference, for sure.

Again, for men with kinky hair, get that temple fade going!

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this article, this is 1 of 3 articles/videos that go together, so be sure to check out the other articles/videos about your hair type, because it also influences the hairstyle you should go for.