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 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.