2016 Beard Trends You Have To Try (If You Can!)
The beard has been used as a symbol for masculinity for centuries and following the beard revival of the last decade, men are in no hurry to return to their clean-shaven ways. With Braun and Kris Jones, barber at The Barber Shop at Sydney’s QT Hotel, we’re looking at identifying the top five beard styles for autumn-winter 2016 and the top tips for caring for your beard!
Beards come in all shapes and sizes and there is no simple one-size fits all solution when it comes to the beard. Thanks to new grooming tools like the Braun Beard Trimmer, men can now have complete control over their facial hair. Complete with a dial that allows any dude to select just how long he wants his growth to be, precision is in the user’s hands.
1. The Victorian Full Beard
As the name would suggest, this is a thick, full beard that covers the upper lip and cheeks, with sideburns down the side of your face, all around your mouth, over your chin and completes a circle under your neck. The full beard first appeared during the Crimean war when the scarcity of shaving soap and cruel Crimean Winters made it impossible to shave. When the war ended, and heroes returned with a full set of facial hair, people began associating the full beard with courage, integrity and honour.
The full beard has a tendency to look unruly so it is important to use a beard trimmer regularly to keep it looking neat.
2. The Tight Beard
This is also a full beard look but with a more professional mood. Whereas the full beard is typically an even length all over, the tight beard is usually trimmed a little shorter at the chin, while still covering the entire face. With the tight beard, you’ll also want to keep the hair on your cheeks trimmed short, whilst keeping the overall natural shape of your facial hair.
Set your Braun Beard Trimmer to a setting of 2-3 mm and work against the direction of your beard growth. The tight beard requires plenty of attention as you grow it. The hair should be kept short and the lines should be shaped tight. The result— a beard that gives your face some definition and character.
3. The Five O’Clock Shadow
This is the well-known look of stubble that darkens a man’s features in the afternoon, following a morning shave. This look has been sported by Hollywood celebs on red carpets for many decades and it works well if you can grow facial hair quickly. Why ‘five of the clock’? The ‘five o’clock shadow’ phrase was based on the 19th century upper-crust English habit of taking tea at five o’clock.
For your own designer stubble, set your Braun Beard Trimmer to 0.5 mm – 1 mm and there you have it.
4. The Jaw Dropper
This popular looks is a modern twist on the traditional ‘Goatee.’ Essentially, this features facial hair on the chin below the lower lip trimmed into a narrower style than its predecessor the Goatee. Goatees have been around for a while so this new version of an out-of-date look is set to be a big hit for 2016!
To achieve this looks, comb your beard downwards, set your Braun Beard Trimmer to 3-5mm, and trim your beard and moustache area evenly all over. Using your beard trimmer without the comb, remove the rest of your moustache and beard, except for a small section underneath slightly wider than your mouth
5. The Biker Beard
What do you get if you combine a walrus moustache with a heavy Jaw Dropper? The Biker Beard!
The biker beard is an icon of 20th century biker culture and more recently made popular by Walter White in the TV series, ‘Breaking Bad.’ With this look all you need to accessorise your look is a powerful motorbike.
To create this look, use your Braun Beard Trimmer to keep your moustache looking sharp and then style the rest of the beard as you would for the Jaw Dropper look. This is a strong statement beard likely to turn heads.