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Beards have been on trend for a while now, despite people thinking they'd phase out. In reality, they'll always be around in one shape or form, but the level of their trendiness and the style of beard will shift. We spoke to top grooming experts, who foresee a trend shift this year: manicured beards. From thick beards to stubble, the focus will be on keeping all kinds of beards neat and tidy.
"What I noticed in 2015 is that I had many clients come in for beard trims because it was their first attempt at having a beard," says John Rivera, a master barber at The Art of Shaving in New York City. "I realized this trend has finally reached the masses. Every guy or every guy who can grow some sort of facial hair will and must learn how to properly maintain it."
Believing many will go with a shorter, more groomed beard this year, Rivera says: "Most men who decided to grow a long beard most likely decided that they are going to have a beard for most of their life and probably purchased the tools to groom it. I think that with their efforts to groom themselves, they will [become] better at trimming it and shaping it."
With so many beard styles to wear, we’ve opened the conversation to several industry experts and had them share some pro tips on how to better maintain your beard of choice, while pairing each style with the best beard care products available.
For The Short-Beard Types
Being spotted more and all over, shorter beards and scruffs seem to be gaining momentum with the Oscars coming up. We spoke to Patti, an American Crew educator and director of shaving and skincare at the Groom For Men salon in Milwaukee, WI. Patti says she's noticed a trend of shorter and almost scruff-length beards across the media, advertising and entertainment industries.
"Guys are definitely learning more about how to keep a longer beard looking nicer — with proper shaping by a professional and also at-home care incorporating balms, oils and conditioning treatments so facial hair behaves properly and looks healthy," she says. As some guys have discovered, having a nice, full beard takes extra work — and not simply growing it out and never touching it again. "They have likely turned to scruff for an easier-to-manage look".
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For The Long-Beard Types
Nate Nagy, editor at Birchbox Man, says that the long beard trend may have passed its peak as a fad, but long beards are still the go-to style for beard enthusiasts. Focusing on the subtlety of beard growth and maintenance as men try to find what best fits their face, Nagy thinks the biggest shift we'll see is a lot of guys who traditionally wear stubble growing a neat, close-cropped beard. "These kinds of beards don't stand out or define you, but with the continual rise of beard grooming products and practices, they'll only be easier and more comfortable to maintain."
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For The Stubblers
Blind Barber head barber and grooming expert Rob McMillen says the stubble will continue to remain one of the most popular looks given it is one of the easiest to maintain and the most acceptable across the board. "Guys will continue to experiment; but varying levels of stubble should stay in the forefront."
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For The Beardstache’ Lovers
Also, as beards increased in popularity in the past years, we saw an increase of experimentation with varying facial hair lengths, McMillen says. According to him, the beardstache is a product of that trend. "Most guys wanted to variate from a traditional beard or mustache and adjust the look to change their appearance. The widespread participation in Movember has also led to a number of guys feeling comfortable with a mustache and manipulating the look of it quite a bit."
"I love the beardstache. It's facial hair with definition," says hairstylist Megan Lanoux, who is represented by Exclusive Artist Management. "Typically, you see men with a mustache or stubble. I think the combination of both provides contrast and shape." However, she adds that it requires a lot of maintenance; we might see an increase in shorter beards rather than this specific style.
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Beard Maintenance Tips
“The best way to keep a beard looking great is to start with a visit to your local barber or stylist who has experience with shaping beards," says Patti. "A professional can get you on track to line up and trim and assist with instructions on how to trim your beard at home. Additionally, they can discuss your facial hair goals and the styles you like or want to achieve."
She says men should get their beards touched up whenever they come in for a haircut, and also recommends the use of a moisturizing shampoo to wash their beards while in the shower, calm sensitive, dry skin and tame hair texture. "This will make it easier to trim the facial fair."
Nate Nagy provided this facial hair grooming guide:
Before You Trim: Start by washing your scruff with a beard soap or shampoo, and then comb all hairs in a downward direction to even them out. This will give you a more accurate idea of what needs trimming.
The Neckline: Trimming your neckline is perhaps the hardest part to get right. Imagine a curved line that runs from ear to ear, meeting at a midpoint about 1.5 inches above your Adam's apple. You can place two fingers (horizontally) above your Adam's apple to determine where to trim. Shave everything below this line.
Fading: To fade either your neck or cheeks, first trim your beard with your standard clipper setting. Then, use a clipper that's two settings lower to trim the 1/2 inch along your cheek or neckline. This will create a smooth (but natural) gradient.
If You're Growing It Out: Yes, you should still trim your beard even if you're growing it! After about 1-2 months of growth, it might start to become uneven, so use a clipper on one of the longer settings (#4 should do it) and gently swipe at the edges of your beard to even it out and trim any stray hairs. Hold the clipper at an angle to avoid dipping it into your beard: You can always trim shorter, but you can't undo a cut. Make sure to pull the skin taught as you approach your neckline to get every hair.
Mustache: In general, most of the same beard rules apply when trimming your mustache. Comb it down to ensure hairs are even, run the clipper through it on your standard length, then use a shorter setting to trim any hairs that run over your lip. If you're really committed, use a pair of grooming scissors to tidy up the hairs around your philtrum (under your nose). Just snip a little triangle between the base of your septum and the two peaks of your upper lip.
Stating that facial hair is here to stay, McMillen says that guys have recently experimented with varying lengths and styles. He predicts we'll be seeing more of that in the New Year. "Most guys are wearing facial hair, and we still have a ton of variations, so I would expect to see more experimentation with facial hair," he says, adding that we will continue to see full beards — but ones with more defined, tapered edges and lines.
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