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 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.
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.
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.
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