At this time of year, many people are on holiday and what better opportunity to grow a beard than while on holiday. Chin beard styles.
What men refer to as holiday beards often don't grow to truly beard-like proportions, rather they are a week's not-shaven-stubble. It will not surprise you to read that we suggest you let the holiday 'beard' spread its wings and become all it can be.
Let one week follow another, and then another, and another.
After a month or so you will have a sense of what your facial hair can do and assess whether or not to carry on. You will get a sense of its colour, pattern and rate of growth and also eliminate the risk of over trimming at an early stage. It is important not to get trim happy or attack yourself with the razor - be patient, give your hair a chance. Ignore negative comments from those around you, in a month's time they will be enviously admiring your fine facial crop. What began as a holiday 'beard' will transform into a glorious fully -fledged beard.
After your holiday whiskers have reached the point of beardliness it is time for you to consider which 'style' you are going to trim your beard into. There are numerous beard styles guides in books and online. You can have lots of fun uncovering all the different names and styles your whiskers could be crafted like.
We will give you a run down now of the official categories for the World Beard and Moustache Championships, so that you will know how to craft your world-class beard.
Firstly the Moustache styles. Many of you will be familiar with these styles from Movember, but we will give you a quick run down.
Natural Moustache: this is the moustache as it grows naturally. No closed curls. Only includes hairs grown within 1.5cm past the end of the upper lip.
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English Moustache: A slender moustache where the hairs are combed from the middle of the upper lip to the sides. The tips can be raised slightly. Only hairs on the upper lip can be grown.
Wild West Moustache: Large and bushy. Hairs combed from the middle of the upper lip to the sides. Only includes hairs grown within 1.5cm past the end of the upper lip.
Dali Moustache: Slender, with the tips curved upward. Only hairs on the upper lip can be grown out. The styled moustache must not extend over the eyebrows.
Imperial Moustache: Small and bushy with the tips curving upward. Only hairs on the upper lip can be grown out.
Freestyle Moustache: Free design and styling of the moustache. All moustaches that do not qualify for other categories are in this category.
Partial Beard styles: any facial hair that is neither a full beard or a moustache.
Musketeer: Narrow chin beard that comes to a point. Moustache narrow, long, slightly curved and combed to the sides.
Fu Manchu: Only those hairs growing from within approximately 2 cm beyond the end of the upper lip and downward to the beginning of the chin, with the tips long and pointing downward.
Natural Goatee: Goatee as it grows naturally, the more natural the better. Goatee and moustache can be accentuated but without aids. No curled moustaches.
There must be a clean shaven section at least 4 cm wide (the width of a razor blade) between the onset of the head hair and the beard.
Alaskan Whaler: Traditional Alaskan seafarer's beard. Bushy hair grown on cheeks, chin, and lower lip. No hair grown on upper lip. (Cancelled from the 2011 competition)
Sideburns/Mutton Chops: Must be a true sideburn. No natural or shaven gap below the ear. Chin is shaven and hair is optional on the upper lip.
Imperial Partial Beard: Hair on the cheeks and upper lip. There must be clean shaven spaces of at least 4 cm wide (the width of a razor blade) on the chin and between the facial hair and the onset of the head hair. The whiskers are styled upwards. No closed curls.
Freestyle Partial Beard: Free design and styling of the beard. All partial beards that do not qualify for other categories are in this category.
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Finally Full Beard Styles: A full beard is considered hairs on the upper and lower lip, the chin, the cheeks, and the sideburns, without any natural or shaven gap.
Verdi: Short and round at the bottom, no longer than 10 cm below the bottom of the lower lip. Moustache curled upward.
Garibaldi: Round and wide at the bottom, no longer than 20 cm from the bottom of the lower lip. The beard is as it grows naturally. Moustache may not be separated from the beard or made prominent.
Natural Full Beard: Full beard as it grows and left natural. The moustache may not be highlighted, and the beard may not be turned under at the bottom.
Natural Full Beard with Styled Moustache: The moustache is prominent and consisting only of hairs growing from within 1.5 cm past the end of the upper lip. Aids allowed. The beard is as it grows naturally, the more natural the better.