If you are looking for a new style and want to stay up all the latest fashion trends, you have several unique and trendy beard styles to choose from if you are a black man. The popular beards styles for black men have always been a sort of unique inspiration derived by free spirits who were not afraid to push the boundaries. Before you grab your razor and trimmers and get cutting, ask yourself what image you want to portray first.
Be sure to take into account that many of these 20 trendy and popular beard styles for black men are designed for different face shapes. Pick one that complements your best features and gives you that irresistible style that women will not be able to resist. Make sure your haircut directs attention to the beard.
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The following guide on popular and trendy beards for black men will not only allow you to see all the unique choices available, you can experiment to see which one brings out the best in you. When your haircut and beard harmonize with your face, your look will be fresh, sexy, hot, and stylish all wrapped in one.
1. The Full Beard
The full beard used to be the most popular beard style for black men, and for good reason. The good news is that what was old is new again, and this classic beard style has been making a resurgence in recent years.
Regardless the haircut or hair growth pattern, the full beard can be shaped and sculpted to go with just about any face. Black men with high-coiffed hair will be able to pull off this look easily, also popular with lovers of vintage styles who can appreciate this aged look.
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2. The Five O’clock Beard
Make no mistake about it, a five o’clock shadow will make any man look irresistible. Today, black men of all ages are in search of the perfect three-day-old beard because it gives the appearance of the five o’clock shadow. Don’t get fooled by this laid back and lazy look because it does require some serious maintenance to pull it off successfully.
The neck and cheek areas must be shaved on a daily basis in order to master the look, while a quality beard oil will help to give the rest of the facial hair that relaxed cool appearance. Trim the beard every three days to maintain this incredibly sexy look.
3. The Goatee
One of the most popular beard styles for black men today is the manly goatee beard. The biggest appeal for guys with the goatee beard is that you can sculpt it in different ways but still get the desired look. Black guys who have rounded faces can really make the most of this beard style by incorporating and connecting it to the mustache.
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Regardless if you trim the edges thin or let it go thicker, the goatee beard commands attention especially when it is allowed to reach its full potential.
4. The Short Beard
One of the more appealing beard trends in the African-American communities is the short beard. It might appear on the surface that men with black skin would not be able to pull off the shorter beard because it blends with their skin color, but it actually helps to give them a look many women actually prefer.
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The trick is to let the beard grow out longer than three days to get past the sloppy stage. Once it has grown out for a week or more, the beard will line up and become more symmetrical.
5. The Carved Beard
Young black men are sporting the carved beard because it better allows them to express their own unique personality. This sculpted beard style features perfectly shaped contours that require dedication and skill to master.
A precision trimmer or razor are used to sculpt the cheekbones, goatee, neck, and mustache, best suited for black men with dense beard hair. Be prepared however to be working on your beard daily to maintain this look. The extra work will definitely pay off in a huge influx of attention.
6. Soul Patch
Probably the simplest of all beard types for the black man, it does give him that certain style that has an imperial feel to it. Another variation of the goatee, the soul patch is simply a strip of facial hair that extends down from the lower lip to the chin and can be trimmed just about any width.
In addition to the soul patch, the mustache is a unique way to compliment this beard style and can extend all the way to the center of the chin to create the chin strap. This is a look that will certainly command your fair share of attention.
7. Nicolas II Style
If you thought you saw the last of this beard style back in the early twentieth century, it has seen a resurgence this year and appears to be growing in popularity with black men especially. Popular with hipsters, the beard style is nothing more that the beard peaking at the chin, complemented with a very long mustache. Don’t let this unique style scare you, it might appear different at first, but will certainly grow on you.
8. The Van Dyke Beard
The Van Dyke beard is clean, crisp, sharp, and really a unique twist on the traditional goatee. Made popular by the Flemish artist Anthony Van Dyke, the beard style is nothing more than a small beard on the chin connected to the goatee but with little or no the mustache.
This imperial look must be trimmed daily to maintain its appearance, certainly an acquired taste and one that leaves plenty of room for creativity when it comes to widening the soul patch or shaping the chin beard.
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9. The Mutton Chops
One of the most daring beard styles for black men are the mutton chops. This is a look that requires a certain sense of bravery and commitment that will result in a style unlike any other. To pull off this manly look successfully, the key is to shave the chin area, the mustache, and the soul patch,
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The remaining hair on the sideburns needs to grow out longer, denser, and larger along the cheek and jaw line. Once they have grown thick, they need to be trimmed along the edges to give them a bold powerful look.
10. The Chin Curtain
The chin curtain beard style is exactly what you would envision it to be if it was not described to you. The beard is carefully trimmed starting at the side burns in a perfect line down the jaw line, along the chin, and back up the the other side.
The line of hair does not come in contact with the mustache. This linear design does require some skill and precision to get it right, and may need to be trimmed daily to help it stand out. To maximize the look of the chin curtain, shaving off the mustache is preferred.
11. The Anchor Beard
The anchor beard also goes by the name balbo, and it a fun combination of the goatee and mustache. Look at this beard style from a distance and it appears to look exactly like an anchor or possibly an inverted tree. Black actors in Hollywood have made this beard style extremely popular now.
The beard style is nothing more that a full thick goatee with a section shaved that connects the mustache and chin beard. These two missing sections need to be trimmed daily to maintain the appearance of the anchor or balbo beard.
12. Friendlier Mutton Chops
Now while the original mutton chops might scare some people, this watered down version is a friendlier alternative for those who want to be able to wear their mutton chops proudly. The friendly mutton chops are the same length and shape as the original, the one big difference is you want to grow out the mustache for a more inviting look. To further complement this beard style for black men, allow the hair on the cheeks and jaw to grow to about medium length.
13. The Barely Shaved Beard
Now do not get the shaved beard confused with no facial hair at all. Although from a distance it can appear you are clean-shaven, the trick here is to let the stubble grow each day to the same length before trimming.
By keeping the trimmer set on the lowest possible setting and shaving at the same time each day, by late afternoon this beard will look like little sprouts making their way to the surface on your face. This sexy five o’clock shadow look can be trimmed and sculpted differently to allow facial hair to grow in precise areas.
14. The Bald Man Beard
When it comes to beard styles for black men, the bald man beard is a classic that just never seems to go out of style. Popularized by black men who were balding and still could grow full beards, the beard was thick and luxurious and climbed the jaw line right to the edge of the ear before a clean line was made and no hair is allowed to proceed higher.
Not only does this look command attention, even guys with a full head of hair would shave it bald just to get the benefits and attention this look commands.
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15. The Circle Beard
Here is a fun beard style that looks great with any face shape. The idea here is creating a small linear strip of beard that follows the jawline from the ears to the goatee. The goatee will be growing in slightly longer to grab become the focal point.
The trick here is to not go for squared off cuts with the goatee, everything needs to be rounded from the mustache to the chin beard, then up and towards the ears. This tame look is for black men who want to keep things sophisticated and yet mysterious at the same time.
16. The Split Beard
Allow your beard to grow in thick and full, then when it starts to extend past the chin, you can split it in two. This is a killer beard style that has become all the rage with Jack Sparrow and each release of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. This beard appeals to many guys who want to give the appearance of being wild and spontaneous, yet cool and collected at the same time.
17. Mid-Range Stubble
Just before the facial hair reaches a certain growth point, most likely in 4 -7 days, you trim it and it looks like stubble. The key here is that you are not going for the five o’clock shadow look that only takes a day to achieve, you want the facial hair to grow to the point it almost begins to resemble a beard but not quite.
A stubble beard does take some skill and dedication to master, but the benefits far outweigh all the efforts. This classic look is irresistible to anyone within arm’s length, and even a 1/2 inch of growth will suffice. Be careful because if you miss the mark, you go from elegant celebrity to drunken hobo in a flash.
18. Ducktail Beard
This is not your typical neckbeard here, this is one of those beard styles for black men that has exploded in popularity in recent years. Look at James Harden on the basketball court, how his ducktail beard commands attention in an arena of 50,000 screaming fans.
The key to the duck tail beard is allowing the chin hair to grow out as far as you can so that it resembles the tail of a duck, then shape it any way you like. Looks great with a tee-shirt and jeans or a business suit and sunglasses.
19. The Garibaldi Beard
This might appear on the surface to be nothing more that a completely out of control chin strap combined with a neck beard. To pull this beard style off does take a layer of commitment that mortal men can not handle.
The beard requires you to grow out the facial hair long below the chin in the shape of the letter “U”. The closer you can get to the “U” shape, the better the overall look.
20. The Mini Goatee
If you are serious about growing facial hair but the work environment put a serious hurt on your ability to express yourself, then you might want to go with the mini goatee to start. This is about as small as you could go with facial hair, nothing more than a little strip of hair under the nose and some near the chin.
Some guys just go with the tiny patch under the chin and leave it at that. Go small, and see how far you can push the limits without being asked to grab that razor.
So there you have it, 20 trendy and popular beard styles for black men that work with just about every shape face. Pick your style carefully and you become an instant star. Perhaps take a chance and alter the style to your liking and elevate yourself to elite status overnight.
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- 1. The Full Beard
- 2. The Five O’clock Beard
- 3. The Goatee
- 4. The Short Beard
- 5. The Carved Beard
- 6. Soul Patch
- 7. Nicolas II Style
- 8. The Van Dyke Beard
- 9. The Mutton Chops
- 10. The Chin Curtain
- 11. The Anchor Beard
- 12. Friendlier Mutton Chops
- 13. The Barely Shaved Beard
- 14. The Bald Man Beard
- 15. The Circle Beard
- 16. The Split Beard
- 17. Mid-Range Stubble
- 18. Ducktail Beard
- 19. The Garibaldi Beard
- 20. The Mini Goatee