If you’re trying to grow a beard and are worried about patchiness on your cheeks, just take a note from Momoa: You can keep the sides short, and grow a weighted beard on the chin and underneath, for a two-toned effect as shown here. Otherwise, if you shaved the sides and grew out the goatee, you’d start to look like a swashbuckler, and that’s not something GQ can co-sign. Beard design for boys.
3. You don’t have to conceal your “flaws”
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I’m all about using some concealer to cover up an unsightly pimple, but if you’re self conscious about something bigger than that—a scar, a mole, whatever—it’s go to try and embrace it. Momoa’s got the gnarly eyebrow scar (resultant of a pint glass being thrown at his face in a bar… and 140 subsequent stitches), and, sure, it makes him look all the more badass, but notice that it’s rarely covered up in his film roles, and it’s just become part of his persona. Plus, tons of guys are intentionally shaving lines into their eyebrows these days, so he’s already ahead of the game.
Beard look 2016
4. Skip the effort of hairstyling and wear a hat
There are other options besides man buns, people. In perusing all these photos of Momoa, I noticed how often he wears hats: Sometimes they’re bizarre like this spaghetti western number above, but other times they’re as simple as a backwards ball cap. The grooming takeaway here is that you can use an accessory to make it easier on yourself when you have long hair. You won't have to deal with the styling and maintenance every day once you learn which hats work best for you.
5. A new facial-hair style can change your appearance entirely
I’m both pro-beard and pro-babyface: Rather, I am in favor of guys who run the spectrum and try different facial hairstyles. While this photo of Momoa from forever ago, it’s still proof that you can shed a few years off your face by first shedding your beard.