With summer just around the corner, many men decide to switch up their beards to suit the warmer weather. While practical, shedding a few pounds around the neckline can also take inches off your overall appearance. The top summer beard styles this year are sleeker and more refined, making light work of maintenance, but with lots of impact. No one says you have to shave it all off, but these tips will keep you looking your best on the beach! Beard styles without a mustache.
If you are coming into the male grooming arena, growing out a beard will depend on your genetics and patience. Don’t be scared to try different styles to get a feel for which works best for your face shape. Just because one beard looks awesome or awful on someone else, does not mean it will look bad on you. Your beard is a great way to add something new to your looks, and is the epitome of masculinity. Check out expert advice from Louie the Barber on the best beard styles for summer.
The Mustache has been coming back in a big way recently and summer is no exception. If you can’t bear the thought of taking it all off, consider trimming underneath to champion this classic style. The Mustache hails back to the late 50’s, and is a masculine, strong style that will take you from the office to vacation with style. Accentuate your mouth with no more than one inch of sideways growth. Use Dandy Candy's Original Mustache Wax by Phoenix to keep your style in place all day.
The Low Cut Beard is a great compromise that lets you wear your usual style, but without feeling grizzly and sticky in the summer heat. This low intensity beard retains the winter style, but has a lower hair density to let you feel more breezy. This is also a sharp, yet casual look, and works well for outdoorsy types. The tip is to learn how to fade the neckline correctly, to minimize the hairline and growth. Once done trimming, use the Blades Grim "Smolder" Beard Oil to replenish moisture and soften your beard.
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The Norris Scripper is an inverted ‘Hollywood’ style, where all the hair removed except from one focal, facial area. If you’re dabbling with beards, this can be a fun way to test the waters without worrying about growing out a full-size beard. It is similar to a Soul Patch, which is frowned upon (to the point of social shunning), but sharp enough to keep you swinging this summer. This is a great look for those with strong jawlines. Use the Beard Balm Naked leave in conditioner to keep your hair in place while nourishing it.
The Short Boxed beard is a flexible look, and retains the heavier layer at the bottom of the face, yet lightens the overall appearance. This is another great contender for compromising your beard in warmer weather, and won’t leave you feeling naked. Different styles can be worn around the beard or none at all to give you your own unique look this summer. Make sure you connect the pieces with good fading. When trimming the stubble above the beard line, use the reliable Croma Diamant Double Edge Blades for a close yet comfortable shave.
The Chin Curtain shows how far the Goatee has come. This modern twist is an aggressive version of the Short Boxed Beard, and takes more off the total length, with an attention to the lower facial lines. Keep this style in shape, and it will reward you with a long-lasting and flexible style that works in your favor. This style can be thinned to a minute line around the face if desired. Follow up your trim with Baxter of California's After Shave Balm to soothe any irritation.
If you’re blessed with free time this summer, the Dirty Shave can be a liberating experience that breaks the rules of shaving. You will need to keep this style in shape to avoid the Hobo look, but a quick smooth shave will rest weeks of causal bearded-ness that lets you feel free and away from the grips of daily life. You can also rock this style over the weekend without offending anyone. For precise results, use the Merkur "Futur" Adjustable Safety Razor with Gold Finish.
The Anchor is a trendy summer accessory that will set you apart from the crowd. This can be exaggerated during summer as a quirky style, or lessen the sharp lines to create a modern twist that will see you into fall. The short, light beard style is functional and looks great on men of most ages – exactly what you want. While this does look daring, you might be surprised how easy it is to work into your life. Once you're done trimming, use Pre de Provence's Aftershave Balm enriched with Shea Butter to pacify the surrounding skin for smooth and irritation-free results.