It all started with lockdown for many. With barbershops and salons prohibited from trading in many countries, some gents embraced their greys and Covid-19 quarantine stubble.
For those who did not have the temerity to shave their own beards, facial hair suddenly seemed like a good idea.
Diddy, Kevin Hart, Macklemore and Logan Lerman . . . these celebs showed us a different side of themselves in those first few months of lockdown and – real talk? Not too many fans were hating the hairiness.
Local entertainers such as Muzi Mthabela and Sir Trill make an even more compelling case for growing out a beard. But it’s not as simple as just never shaving again. It calls for great personal grooming habits, patience and understanding what kind of beard suits your face shape. Taking a cue from some of the most well-groomed stars, here’s a guide to help you get the perfect beard look for you.
Find the style to suit your face shape and keep it trim with these tips below.
- Square face
A square face shape is characterised by a strong jawline that’s sometimes wider than the forehead.
For this type of face, try stubble that circles the mouth to soften the hard lines of the face. You can also try a moustache with a fuller vertical chin strip to complement the square jaw.
- Oval face
Oval face shapes can be spotted by a chin that’s slightly narrower than the forehead and no hard lines. Most beard styles suit this face shape.
Try a circle-shaped beard with slightly longer hair on the chin to complement the face. Otherwise you can just go for a full moustache over the upper lip.
- Round face
This face shape usually features a round, smooth chin with no definite lines.
Keep the hair full on the chin with a moustache and thin sides that connect to the fuller beard. This creates an illusion of a slimmer face.
For those who can’t grow a full beard, go for a vertical strip on the chin and along the jawline to elongate the face.
- Rectangular face
Rectangular face shapes are characterised by elongated faces with strong jawlines that are as wide as the forehead.
Go for a full beard that’s shorter at the bottom and longer on the sides. Keep the moustache short. You can also try a thin strip on the chin to highlight the face’s strong lines.
Saood Mota, owner of Beard Boys barbershop and men’s grooming products, shares his tips on how to take care of your beard.
- The way your beard hair grows depends on genetics, so if your father or grandfather never had facial hair, it’s highly likely you won’t.
- If you have patchy growth, try including more protein in your diet. If that makes no difference, then just shave it off – clean-shaven is better than a patchy beard.
- Beard products help maintain healthy hair but won’t make hair grow where it doesn’t occur naturally. But if you have stubble, beard oils can encourage hair growth.
- Exfoliate your skin before you shave to minimise irritation and ingrown hairs.
- Don’t use regular soaps when you shave because they can irritate your skin. Rather use shaving creams and shaving soaps that lubricate, increase glide and protect against razor burn.