For the past decade, the idea that beard popularity is a passing trover has been debated, debunked, và then debated some more. And as we rolled into lớn the 2020s, beards continued khổng lồ be firmly entrenched as the most popular facial hair style.

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Then 20trăng tròn got all weird—the Coronavi khuẩn started spreading, và the CDC released a graphic from 2017 indicating which facial hair styles were best for creating a tight seal when wearing a respirator mask.

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What followed was bedlam. Okay, maybe not bedlam, but a slew of articles with incorrect headlines indicating that the CDC had said having a beard increased your risk of contracting COVID-19. It certainly looked lượt thích 20trăng tròn was going lớn put an end lớn the “beard fad” the way it was bringing an end lớn concerts, social gatherings, and going, well, just about anywhere.

Instead, #CoronaBeards started trending as more men worked from home, và the need lớn shave sầu or adhere to stringent corporate standards of grooming went out the window.

As we roll into lớn 2021, beards are still surging. So, whether you’re a first-time beard grower or a grizzled beard veteran, we’ve sầu compiled our 21 favorite beard styles for 2021 to lớn help you find a beard style that makes you feel awesome.


When it comes to lớn beards, bigger isn’t always better. Sometimes a short beard style is the way khổng lồ go. Some people might tell you that size matters, but we don’t buy inkhổng lồ that. Grow the beard that makes you feel confident—even if it’s just stubble.

Here are our favorite short beard styles for 2021.



The 5 o’cloông chồng shadow, or stubble beard, is as short of a beard as you can get. It’s classic, timeless, và always well received. David Beckđê mê, Adam Levine, Zac Effron, and many more have sầu made the designer stubble a staple of men’s grooming, và we don’t predict it going away anytime soon.

Few men grow an actual “5 o’cloông xã shadow” in a matter of a day, as the name implies. Depending on how dark your hair is, a solid 5 o’clochồng shadow beard will take around two to five days khổng lồ grow. The darker your hair is, the quicker it becomes visible.



The scruffy beard is a slightly longer variation of the 5 o’cloông xã shadow. It adds a bit of grit to your look. It doesn’t matter if your beard is patchy or if it comes in extremely thiông xã, scruff is a style anyone can wear.

To get the scruffy beard, let your hair grow for two to lớn four weeks. At around three weeks, you might need khổng lồ tryên ổn your neckline if your scruff starts making its way down towards the Adam"s apple. Otherwise, you run the risk of being mislabeled a neckbeard.

The scruffy beard is notoriously itchy. Grab a conditioning product lượt thích Utility Balm lớn keep the hair soft and the skin hydrated; this will help relieve sầu the itch.



The corporate beard is close-cropped—around two khổng lồ three inches. For many men, their beard is still patchy & disconnected at this length, so it requires some dense beard-growing genetics to lớn pull off the corporate beard.

As the name implies, the corporate beard is something that you should be able to wear in any work environment, so it’s essential to lớn groom it regularly & keep it tidy. On average, there are 30,000 beard hairs on a man’s face, and unfortunately, not all of them grow at a unikhung tốc độ. Hell, they don’t even all grow in the same direction. You’re going to lớn need lớn keep the stragglers in kiểm tra.

Investing in a good beard trimmer is crucial for keeping the corporate beard tidy. You’re also going lớn need khổng lồ master your neckline & cheek line trimming skills. Check out our tutorials on how lớn tryên ổn your neckline at home page, và how to tryên your cheek line.



A variation of the corporate beard, a rounded beard is a perfect short beard option for men with round, square, or diamond-shaped faces, because it follows the natural curve of the face without adding too much additional bulk on the cheeks. For men with broader face shapes, too much length on the cheeks can have a chipmunk effect. To get the short rounded beard, let your beard grow for one to lớn two months và keep everything at a unisize length.



The short boxed beard is an angular variation of the corporate beard, but with a little more length around the chin—this helps create the sharper edges of the boxed beard and accentuates the jawline.

To get the short boxed beard, let your beard grow for two khổng lồ three months. You’ll want khổng lồ create a taper from the sideburns to lớn the chin, so you’ll need a Beard Trimmer with various length guards. Use a number 4 guard on the chin area. Then taper lớn a number 3 guard on the cheeks & a number 2 guard on the sideburns.

A boxed beard is a good option for all face shapes, but it works exceptionally well for oval and oblong faces.



The Hollywoodian draws attention away from the cheeks & towards the jaw và chin. The cheek lines lower, helping create a more prominent jawline. Be careful not khổng lồ tryên ổn the neckline too high, or you’ll start creeping inkhổng lồ chinstrap territory—which isn’t where you want lớn be unless you’re an early 2000’s era rapper.

The Hollywoodian gets its name from Leonarvị DiCaprio & Christian Bale, who have both sported this similar low cheek line look. Some sources will tell you that a Hollywoodian beard doesn’t connect to lớn the sideburns, but we think you should let it connect if you can. This style isn’t just reserved for actors either. Lebron James has also sported the Hollywood chinstrap on occasion.

The Hollywoodian is a good option for men who have trouble filling the cheek và sideburns on their beards, or who just want lớn add a little more length & dimension khổng lồ their jawline.



Named after 19th-century Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, this classic style gives off a distinguished appearance. The Verdi includes a handlebar mustache & a rounded three lớn four-inch beard. The handles of the mustabít are waxed and hang over the top of the beard in a loose curl. Some men opt to lớn keep the mustabít smaller and separate from the beard.

To get the Verdi, you’ll need about four to eight months of beard growth, & possibly longer for the mustabít khổng lồ reach handlebar length. Keep a naturally rounded shape on the beard. We recommover investing in a good pair of Beard Trimming Scissors lớn maintain the beard and mustađậy, as well as a Round Brush lớn help with styling.

Chechồng out this tutorial on how khổng lồ style your beard using a Round Brush and blowdryer.



With the world shifting khổng lồ remote work, more men began growing beards in 2020. So much so, that #CoronaBeards was trending on social media throughout the spring & summer, and has continued khổng lồ be a cool style in 2021. The coromãng cầu beard is natural, gnarly, and low-maintenance. Just let it grow & don’t touch it. Don’t tryên the necklines or cheek lines. Okay, maybe run a Beard Comb through it every once in a while to clear out any lost crumbs.


Once you start hitting the six-inch mark, you’re officially in long beard (also known as full beard) territory. These long beard styles take a year or more to lớn grow. On average, hair grows at a rate of one-half inch per month, meaning it will take you a solid 365 days of growth before you’ve got enough hair hanging off your face to make these long beard styles your own.

Keep in mind that a long beard may not be your healthiest beard. The longer the hair gets, the more difficult it becomes to prsự kiện breakage and split ends. Longer beards tover lớn become wispy, and yours may not look as thichồng và full as it does at, say, the four-inch mark. That said, you’ll never know until you try, and we think everyone should go long at least once in their lives.

Before deciding to lớn let your beard grow for a year, kiểm tra out these 11 Things lớn Consider Before Growing a Long Beard.

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Okay, so the power beard isn’t technically a long beard by our six-inch rule, but it didn’t seem right khổng lồ put it in the short beards category. As the name implies, power beards mean business. It’s a badass beard style that perfectly toes the line between rugged và contemporary.

Power nguồn beards, also known as natural beards, are between four and six inches in length. It’s at this length that your beard’s personality starts to lớn show. Some will be straight, some will be wavy, and some will be curly. Learning advanced beard styling techniques is crucial. Fortunately, we wrote a blog teaching you how khổng lồ shape your beard inkhổng lồ magnificence.



If you’ve sầu got the mustache-growing genetics for it, pair your power beard with a bold walrus mustache. You can wear the mustađậy down and comb it inkhổng lồ the beard, or wax it & curl it inkhổng lồ a handlebar lượt thích you would with a Verdi beard.

How bởi you eat with a mustađậy lượt thích that? It’s not easy, that’s for sure, and you might want lớn avoid these absolute worst foods to lớn eat with a beard—at least in public.



If you’re not a tín đồ of always getting food in your mustađậy, the power beard with a neatly trimmed ‘stabít is always an awesome option. Tryên ổn the mustache so the hair doesn’t cover the upper lip, & follow the natural curve of your mouth.



As your beard moves from power beard inlớn the four to six-inch range, you can begin trimming the bottom of the beard into lớn more defined shapes. We dig the shovel look of a spade-shaped beard, và we love that it creates a defined silhouette of a chiseled jawline—and who doesn’t want that?

Trimming your beard lớn a spade shape on your own is no easy feat. When possible, we recommend letting your barber handle this task.


Yeard The yeard is a beard that’s been left to lớn grow for a full year. Beard hair grows at a half-inch per month, so you’ll be looking at a solid 6 inches by the time you reach day 365. You can vị some light trimming along the way to lớn help shape your yeard và keep it healthy. Pair the yeard with a buzz cut for a badass look, or shave sầu your dome completely.


Tweard The Tweard is the next step up lengthwise from the yeard. Let your beard continue lớn grow for at least two years without taking any length off of it. You’re looking at a solid 12-inch, or foot-long beard when the two years are up.

Terminal beards Generally, a beard will never grow longer than it is at six years worth of full growth. And when your beard hairs stop growing, you’ve sầu reached your terminal beard. For most men, beard hairs will reach terminal length around 36 inches. Again, every beard is unique—some will grow longer, some will be shorter. It all comes down lớn your genes.

Of course, there are always the outliers, lượt thích Hans Langseth, who holds The Guinness World Records entry for the longest male beard. His beard was 17.5 feet long when he died in 1927. You likely don’t stand a chance at topping that record unless you’re a descendent of old Long Beard Langseth.



You may have noticed a facial hair style called the Bandholz on the CDC graphic titled facial hair styles and filtering facepiece respirators that we posted at the top of the blog, & you may be wondering what a Bandholz beard is? While some think it’s just a funny name for a Brooklyn hipster beard, it is actually named after Beardbrvà founder, Eric Bandholz.

Deep down, the Bandholz beard is just a yeard left lớn grow naturally without any trimming or shaping. Remember, everyone’s beard grows differently, so you can try lớn replicate the Bandholz beard, but it won’t ever be exact.

So, how vì you get a beard style named after you anyway?

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In 2012, Eric attended the West Coast Beard & Mustađậy Championships. He was about eight months inkhổng lồ his first yeard & was competing in his first beard competition. It was at this sự kiện that he first experienced the bearded lifestyle at its fullest.

Shortly after that sự kiện, Eric launched Beardbr& as a way khổng lồ unite beardsmen and build a community. started with a blog, a YouTube channel, and a Tumblr khổng lồ share knowledge và provide style inspiration. Eric also wanted to over the negative stereotypes about beardsmen being lazy or unkempt and help beardsmen feel more confident in wearing facial hair in the office, at trang chính, & around their friends.

Since 2012, Beardbrvà has helped shift the public perception of beards while growing inlớn one of the world’s most recognized men’s grooming companies. In the process, Bandholz’s beard has become one of the most recognized beards on the internet và beyond.

Partial Beard Styles

As far as we’re concerned, if you’ve sầu got hair on your face, it’s a beard. It doesn’t matter if it’s yeard, goatee, mustađậy, or soul patch. These are our favorite partial beard styles in 2020.



Mustaches are back in a big way, and they haven’t been this popular since Tom Selleck was going all Magnum Phường.I. on bad guys in the 80s. We’re seeing more và more men growing the chevron mustabít, and for good reason. It’s a natural style that requires minimal grooming. It’s timeless.

The chevron mustađậy is the quintessential mustabịt style. It follows the shape of the upper lip, resulting in a natural mustabít that has a slight upside-down V shape. We couldn’t find any evidence that this is where it gets its name, but if you took the Chevron Corporation biệu tượng công ty and flipped it upside-down, that"s the shape.

If you’ve sầu never worn just a mustache, the chevron is a great place to lớn start. Try pairing the chevron with a soul patch lớn add a little wild west flair khổng lồ your style.



The Beardstađậy is simply the combination of a full mustabít và a bit of stubble—anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. We’re big fans of the beardstache and think that it’s one of the coolest ways to lớn wear a mustabịt in 2020. The stubble gives your jawline và cheek lines a little more definition, and the contrast between the full mustabịt and the stubble looks badass.

Chevron, lampshade, walrus, horseshoe, English, handlebar, Hungarian mustabít styles all work great with the beardstađậy. Not sure what any of these "stabít styles are? Chechồng out the definitive guide to lớn mustađậy styles.



The pencil mustabít isn’t for everyone, và there are two keys to lớn making it look good—having dark brown or blaông xã hair, & not having fair skin. Unfortunately, if you aren’t born with that genetic makeup, there isn’t much you can vày short of dying your mustache & hitting the tanning beds (which we don’t recommend).

Keep the pencil mustache thicker—think sharpie instead of a pencil. Keep the hair short and off the upper lip while following the natural curve sầu of the mouth.



Let’s face facts—some dudes just grow patchy beards, and no amount of “miracle beard growth pills” are going to lớn bởi anything lớn change that. Fortunately, a patchy beard doesn’t mean you need to lớn live sầu a baby-faced life full of shaving cream & razor burn.

A short, patchy beard is one of the coolest beard styles out there. The key is lớn accentuate the parts of your beard that grow while keeping the patchy sections short. So, if you can grow a thiông chồng mustabít and goatee, grow those parts of your beard and keep the cheeks at a stubble. Johnny Depp, James Franteo, &’s own Sylvester Louis all make the patchy beard look damn cool, & you can too.



Before you laugh, mutton chops are long overdue for a comeback. And if you want to st& out from the crowd in 2021, they might just be your best bet.

Hugh Jackman made them look badass in his role as Wolverine, but more recently, we’ve seen soccer stars like Andy Carrol sporting the mutton chops—& when European footballers start rocking a style, there’s always the potential for it lớn catch on.

Before you dismiss mutton chops completely, kiểm tra out our blog on why 2021 might be the best time khổng lồ grow them.