Beard Styles That are Absolutely Epic!

Beard styles

Beard styles

What is it about beards that make them so friggin’ appealing to men (and women too)?

For starters, most, if not all facially-hairy men, treat beards as some sort of code to identify a ‘real man’ from those who are, well… just men. We’ve seen Hollywood push the power masculinity in different scenarios on the silver screen such as those depicted through ‘tough goons’ with bulky muscles showcased under those rugged ripped shirts (for extra bulky muscle emphasis); or that lumberjack guy with the penchant for carrying a huge axe absolutely depicting that he indeed needs to chuck some wood. You get the picture.

Recently though, this ‘macho-papi’ persona has spun 360 degrees with the addition of stylized beards! Today, it’s not only the vikings who sports a mean-looking mass of facial hair, instead, a clear definition of being a ‘cool guy’ comes with a neat looking beard style that girls go gaga for. Even bad guys showcase a mean beard to add flavorful scoops of attractive meanness. In all aspects, a beard makes all things better (because for sure I’m not the only one who thinks of it this way).

Now that we’ve established the beards are awesome, then come the artistic bunch. These artistic bearded men have truly elevated the artistry of the beard through competitions such as the World Beard and Moustache Championships. (There’s a competition for this sort of thing? Shut it Brenda of course there is!)

The World Beard and Moustache Championships or WBMC had beginnings surrounded by controversy , just like pretty much every other mind blowing event in the history of mankind. No one can pin-point exactly where and who started awesome beard style competitions but almost all fantastically bearded people claim it originated from this monumental event.

It wasn’t until beard styles came to the land of Uncle Sam back in 2003, Carson City, Nevada housed the World Beard and Moustache Championship during this time, the european bearded men dominated the scene just because there was not enough American beardsmen yet. European beardsmen showcased their goodies represented their various local beard clubs then later on as the Americans caught up with the sport of bearding, they competed as one faction known as Beard team USA. After 2003, this is where flourishing of WBMC started and continued as it went from country to country, cultivating different bearding prowess from all walks of bearded men.

Beard styles

Beard styles

So now, how do they come up with winners? The competition is not as easy as growing a beard and stache. There are different competing categories of judgement in WBMC — sixteen traditional ones to be exact that is arranged in three groups – Moustaches, Partial Beards, and Full Beards. Addition of a new category, the Alaskan Whaler was added in Anchorage back in 2009.

For the Moustache category, the first competing one is called the Natural Moustache. Well the name says it all, the more natural the stache, the higher stakes of winning! Additional criteria for judging in this specific category includes the No closed curl rule and all hair growing from more than 1.5 cm past the corner of the mouth must be shaved.

Next is the Dali Moustache which basically is slender with the tips curled upward. Hairs growing from beyond the corner of the mouth must be shaved. The tips may not extend above the level of the eyebrows.

Next to Dali is the English Moustache which can be likened to Dali because it is slender as well but the difference is that the hairs extend outward from the middle of the upper lip. The tips may be slightly raised. Hairs growing from beyond the corner of the mouth must be shaved.

The Imperial Moustache is small and bushy with the tips curled upward. Hairs growing from beyond the corner of the mouth must be shaved.

The opposite of the Imperial is the Hungarian Moustache which is big and bushy. The hair extends outward from the middle of the upper lip. All hair growing from more than 1.5 cm past the past the corner of the mouth must be shaved.

Last but not the least, the Freestyle Moustache as the name suggests, it is free design and styling of the moustache. All moustaches not meeting the criteria for other categories may compete in this category. All hair growing from more than 1.5 cm past the corner of the mouth must be shaved

Beard styles

Beard styles

On to the Partial beard category, under this is the Goatee Natural, just like it’s moustache counterpart, The goatee appears as it grows naturally. The more natural the better! The moustache may not be curled. An area at least 4 cm wide (the width of a razor blade) between the temple and the goatee must be clean shaven. They also have a separate category for Goatee Freestyle Free design and styling of the goatee. All goatees not meeting the criteria for other categories may compete in this category. Just the same as for Goatee Natural, an area at least 4 cm wide (the width of a razor blade) between the temple and the goatee must be clean shaven.

Next is the Musketeer — The beard is narrow and pointed. The moustache is slender, long, and drawn out in a slight bow. The moustache may not include hairs growing from more than 1.5 cm past the corners of the mouth.

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Next on this category is the Fu Manchu where in all areas more than 2cm past the corner of the mouth must be clean shaven, as must all areas under the chin. The tips of the moustache extend downward. The Genghis Khan moustache style is also acceptable.

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Second to the last is the Imperial Partial Beard/Kaiser 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. The hairs on the upper lip may not be separated from the hairs on the cheeks. The hairs may not be too long, not above the level of the eyes.

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Lastly, the Partial Beard Freestyle and Sideburns. Free design and styling of all partial beards that are not goatees. Such partial beards not meeting the criteria for other categories may compete in this category. An area at least 4 cm wide (the width of a razor blade) between the temple and the goatee must be clean shaven. Areas at least 4 cm wide (the width of a razor blade) on the chin and between the temple and the goatee must be clean shaven. The Sideburns category was introduced for the Carson City worlds in 2003 to honor the King, Elvis Presley. The category has remained controversial since its inception. The Association of German Beard Clubs translates the name of this category into English as “Whiskers ‘Freestyle’ & ‘Sideburns’,” but the German description excludes sideburns, a term not used in German and a facial hair style not common in Germany.

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For the final group category, the Full Beard. First for this is the Full Beard Natural — The beard appears as it grows naturally. The more natural the better! The moustache may not be highlighted. The beard may not be curled under at the bottom! On the other hand, there is the Full Beard Styled Moustache — The moustache is distinct from the beard but may not include hair growing from more than 1.5 cm past the corner of the mouth. The moustache may be styled as in the Dali, English, Hungarian, and Imperial moustache categories. The beard appears as it grows and left natural. The more natural the better!

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Next is the Verdi which is a full beard, short and rounded at bottom, no more than 10 cm in length as measured from the bottom of the lower lip. The moustache is distinct from the beard but may not include hair growing from more than 1.5 cm past the corner of the mouth.

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On to the next one is the Geribaldi this beard is wide and rounded at the bottom, and no more than 20 cm in length as measured from the bottom of the lower lip. The beard appears as it grows naturally. The more natural the better. The moustache may not be made distinct from the beard or styled. The beard may not be curled under at the bottom.

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Last but certainly not the least we have the Full Beard Freestyle! Free design and styling of the beard. All full beards not meeting the criteria for other categories may compete in this category.

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Think you’ve got the beard styles to qualify? Don’t hesitate to show your bearded artistry and compete with the worlds greats! You can compete by registering at the WBMC site. All this and more at the World Beard and Moustache Championships!

Beard styles

Beard styles

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