Male Hair Removal and shaving is very much in the limelight. If, like me you can’t of helped noticed that the fashion accessory of choice for every right minded thinking male is the beard, then you maybe wondering:
a) how best to grow one?
b) what style should you choose?
Having mastered the art of growing and fashioning a beard, which I have covered in previous blogs, the next issue is what style.
When it comes to shaving for men, style is very much down to personal choice. However, when deciding on a style, one needs to consider what shape face one has, as you would when choosing a pair of shades or glasses.
Every face is very different, and as well as style, one needs to consider length, which I will come to. Other factors will of course include the shape of the various parts of the head, such as the mouth, the contour of the jaw line, your nose etc.
So to keep things simple we will first consider the basic face shape categories. These are round, square, oval, long, short, large and small. As a starting place you need to consider what category your face falls into.
Large or Small?
If you have a small face, then you should opt for a beard style that corresponds to this. A large beard on a small face will look wrong, and you are more likely to look out of proportion, or like a garden gnome. For small faces, consider small detailed beards, otherwise your face will be swamped.
If you are one of the more large headed among us, and I mean that literally rather than metaphorically, then again you need to consider proportion. A little beard will make your head look larger than it is, rather like an overblown balloon, as someone looking at you will see this large head, with small fiddly detail at the bottom of the face, that will be lost to the casual observer. Remember with both large and small heads, you consider the general shape as well, and apply the style accordingly, with the issue of proportions in mind.
Round or Square?
For the rounder face you can use the beard to lengthen out the shape by having the beard longer at the chin. Keep the sides short with length at the chin, and you will give the appearance of a longer face. One option to consider is the classic goatee.
With a square face you want to trim of the edges a bit, so applying the converse principle of the round head style of beard, you want it thicker at the sides and shorter at the chin. Sometimes long side burns can help lengthen the face. You want the transition from the side to the chin to be as subtle as possible, so grade it gently. A goatee will work, but don’t make it to narrow, and remember to retain length in the chin.
With a long face, you don’t want to accentuate the length, so the reverse principle of the round face is the way to go. Thicken out the sides, and this will give the face a thicker appearance. If you are a bit gaunt and narrow in the cheeks, a thicker side growth can really give the appearance or more body in your face.
The oval shape is the king of face shapes when it comes to a beard. Carte blanche is your lucky gift from the beard world, as you already have a great shape to start from, so feel free to experiment.
Again, this is very much down to what it is you are trying to say with your beard. Unless you are trying to make a bold, eccentric message, it is best to stick to a few basic rules.
Personally, if you have short hair, it is best to keep the beard short. I have a shaved head, so if my beard gets too long I end up looking like a club bouncer or bike gang member. Also, as I tend to wear a suit on a regular basis it pays to keep it tidy and trim in line with my overall look. This means trimming down with a shaver for men set at No 1 grade every few of days, and I also make sure the neck beard is clean shaven.
So try and keep your beard length in proportion with the hair length. The tidiness will be very much down to your overall dress style, and should match accordingly. As a rule of thumb though, try and keep your beard tidy and trim, even if it means re-visiting every few days, especially the neck beard. You want the beard to frame and compliment your face, and not just blend into the rest of any body hair you might have.
When it comes to shaving a beard, shaving should be a fun experience, and the current vogue for beards gives men a real opportunity to experiment with styles and looks, without spending a fortune, and the beauty is, if you don’t like it just shave it off.