If you’ve being paying the remotest attention over the past few years, you’ll have noted that more and more men are choosing to grow their facial hair beyond what was, until quite recently, considered sensible. Boardrooms, bars and beaches across the globe are now packed with all manner of styles of beards. And this behaviour isn’t just restricted to the super-trendy ‘hipster’ classes either – just about anyone capable of growing their facial hair now sports at least the vaguest layer of stubble. If you’re considering taking your facial hair to the next level, you might be held back a little by apprehension. After all, you never know how your friends and family might react to your new look – particularly if the results are a little on the sparse-and- fluffy side. You should put aside those reservations! An irredeemably dreadful beard is a mistake that can be rectified very quickly: just shave it off. Such measures need only be employed in especially severe cases; most of the time a few small adjustments are all that’s required. Let’s see if we can address some of the more common queries presented by novice beard-growers, and convince you to do new and wondrous things with your facial hair.
How Long Should I Grow My Beard?
Just as you’ll need to match an additional item of furniture with the rest of your interior, so too will you need to match your facial hair with your face. The length of your beard will depend on your personal taste, your clothing, and the rest of your facial features. For the most part, beards tend to protrude a few inches at most from the wearer’s face. This is so for several reasons. Firstly, the lengthier the beard, the more effort involved. Secondly, many men are incapable of growing facial hair consistently enough for a longer beard to work. If you’re in this position, then you might wish to stop at a very short, ‘stubble’ beard. This typically takes a week or two to grow, and almost every man can pull it off. Having achieved it, you can then transition into the so-called ‘corporate’ beard, which is the shortest beard you can wear while still obscuring the skin beneath. The longer you grow your beard, the more scope you’ll have for styling it differently.
For inspiration, modern fashion has tended to turn to the 19 th century. German philosophers like Nietzsche and Italian composers like Verdi have provided an ideal for many a modern man to pursue. Exceptionally long beards are so impressive that they have a special nomenclature. A beard that’s grown for more than a year is known as a ‘yeard’, while one that’s grown for two is a ‘tweard’. Go beyond that, and you’re the wearer of a so-called ‘terminal beard’. Many of the sorts of people who have successfully grown their beard for this length of time describe the experience in almost religious terms, claiming that it will grant the participant a new perspective on life, in much the same way cycling around the world or giving up animal products might. The truth is that it’s an enormous commitment which most of us can’t (or won’t) meet; unless you’re going to be playing bass in Orange Goblin, or you’ve secured a starring role in a series of fantasy films, it’s probably best to start with something smaller.