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The neckbeard has been a popular facial hair style for a very significant amount of time, experiencing a resurgence in popularity in the early 2000s. This particular style of beard is very easy to recognize because the hair is growing where normally it is shaved when maintaining a traditional beard.

Allowing the hair to grow on the neck to different lengths does require a unique personality and discipline in order to maintain the look. If you have what it takes, this is a beard style that will certainly separate you from guys who grow chinstraps or goatees. This is a beard style that truly is in a class all by itself and for good reason.

Whether you find the look rugged or beautiful, it does take a different approach to grow and maintain the look, so here are some tips for growing the neck beard effectively if you have decided to step up and take a try and this one-of-a-kind beard style.

What is the Neck Beard?

The neck beard is exactly what you envision it would be if you closed your eyes. The beard is growing in the places most men shave when they grow a beard, and it looks odd at first if you have never seen this beard up close.

This particular style of beard is popular among Amish men, who usually have a clean-shaven face but allow the facial hair to grow long down under the chin and along the neck.

The neckbeard can grow as low as the facial hair is allowed to spread under the jaw line, and really does make an impression when the rest of the face is completely hairless. The neckbeard is a style that can be left to grow wild or trimmed to be more acceptable in the work environment.

Geek Terms and Memes Connected with Neck-Beards

So while you may be familiar with the neckbeard and can spot one a mile away, there is a whole subculture of geeks out there that have embraced this facial hair style and have sort of a cult-like following at the moment. With the majority of the hair growth present on the chin and neck, it really is an odd look that you simply can not turn away from.

The neckbeard among geek and internet communities is referred to as nerd, a term that combines the nerd and this wild beard style. As the popularity of the neckbeard grew in the geek world, so did attention online. This beard was associated with a derogatory term for nerdy and slovenly people with no sense of grooming or hygiene.

As internet memes about neckbeards exploded in popularity, images of nerds playing video games, living in their Mom’s basement, and virgins working as grocery store managers became the association of this beard style.

Today, memes of guys with the neckbeard often spark up feelings of arrogance, misogynistic, or immature traits. The “Butthurt Dweller” meme portrays guys who are arrogant but shouldn’t be. Men with poor sense of style often sport the fedora and the beard, lovingly referred to as “Fedora Fashion”.

Last but not least, the “Fatlus” meme is what the internet communities have deemed a label for those with neckbeards who are fans of the Japanese video game developer Atlus. For these folks, the Fatlus is basically the archetype of male Weeaboos or Otakus.

The internet has grabbed hold of the neckbeard this year and doesn’t appear to want to let go. There are memes depicting celebrities, cats, and nerds, sporting the neckbeard and proclaiming how they know they look sexy, they have it all, and you wish you could be like them.

How to Grow Your Neck Beard

Growing the neck beard might appear easy on the surface because it basically looks like you just ignore shaving your neck and in weeks you have a thick full beard. While that may be true in part, to get the manliest of neck beards, you need to follow a few simple steps to get optimal results growing this fun beard style.

Step 1 – In order for the neck beard to fully blossom, you have to be very patient. This means waiting up to four weeks, and during that time you are going to experience some really trying times to say the least.

The itching, scratching, and flaking requires incredible testicular fortitude to press on. Once you make four weeks, the hard part is over. 


Step 2 – To keep the neck beard growing to the desired length, proper grooming techniques need to be maintained. This means that you have to wash the beard daily and then comb the beard in the direction you want it to ultimately grow. This may seem futile at first, just keep up the combing. 


Step 3 – To enable the beard to grow strong, using a beard balm and beard wax will serve double duty in your growing efforts. These products work to treat the skin deep under the beard to moisturize and reduce discomfort while promoting a healthy growing environment. As the beard grows thicker, make sure to work the balm deep into the hair to reach the skin below. 


Good To Know: How To Make Beard Balm At Home (DIY) and How To Make Homemade Beard Wax (DIY with Recipes)

Step 4 – Prior to doing any trimming, it is important that you first outline the shape of the neck beard so you have an even look on both sides.

This is a unique style compared to the traditional beard, so trimming at first may seem awkward and uncomfortable. Once you get the outline set, trimming from here out will be much easier.

Properly Trimming Your Neck Beard

Now when you get a close look at a guy sporting his neck beard, your first impression might be that this is definitely the lazy-mans dream facial hair style because it looks like zero maintenance is required.

That being said, it does take quite a lot to look that manly and disheveled. The following tips for trimming your neckbeard will ensure you pull off this grizzly look without any issue.

Step 1 – Before you can trim the neck beard properly, it is important to first wash the beard thoroughly to remove any loose hair or debris trapped inside. Pat dry the beard with a clean towel and you are ready for trimming.


Step 2 – Apply shaving cream to the face, trim a line along the jaw where you want to separate the beard from the rest of your face. Be sure to leave off the shaving cream on the chin or any neck area so you don’t trim too low.


Step 3 – Shave the cheeks and down to the trim line, do not trim anywhere near the chin area. Invest in a good beard trimmer if you want to keep the beard at a certain level. If you prefer growing it long and wild, then you are done trimming at this point.

Maintaining Your Growing Neck Beard

The key to growing and trimming your neck beard is keeping it clean on a daily basis. Warm water works best to remove any debris trapped inside the beard. Moistening your skin under the beard with a balm or oil will help to keep the beard growing full and reduce any discomfort you will feel as the hair sprouts from the neck area.

When you want to shape the neckbeard, beard balms and conditioners make it easier for you to run a comb or brush through the beard without any tangles or knots.

Neck Beards Suitable for Who?

The million dollar question here is simple to answer, the neck beard is suitable for anyone. Even if you have trouble filling in certain areas of the neck, that patchy look still commands attention with a neckbeard. Longer sections can easily hide sections with patches or bare spots. The best candidates for this beard style are those guys with a diamond-shaped head.

The neckbeard helps to broaden the chin and then balance the face more effectively. One of the advantages to this particular style beard is that regardless the shape of your head, you can sculpt the neckbeard to complement your features.

So there you have it, everything that you need to know about growing, trimming, and maintaining your new neckbeard. The key early in the process is patience, and once you make it past the one-month barrier, the rest is going to be all easy sailing.

Your new neckbeard will certainly attract attention, women will want to know what kind of guy has the guts to take this challenging road.

Photo from: Olena Yakobchuk ©

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