Dos and Donts for Facial Hair Styling

Even if you’re young, your face still has changed over the years. It’s a question of time before you’ll need to update even the most basic of styles. If it’s been a while, here is a refresher course for this season’s ins and outs.

1. YES: experiment! Shaving can get a tad boring sometimes, but it’s difficult to pinpoint what look suits and flatters. Should you go for a goatee, or a full beard? Moustache or simply clean shaven? It’s good to get a look at what’s in style and base the updated you on something “in.” Consider how much facial hair styles have changed in a few decades—Starsky and Hutch-style ‘tache, anyone?

Looks to try: Square faces are ideal for experimentation. A soft jawline is flattered with a beard or goatee shape, while rounded stubble will disguise a strong chin. Beards and carefully maintained moustaches often flatter very round faces.

2. NO: below the lip goatees and “Chinese” moustaches. They’ve been done.

3. YES: partial goatee, sort of quasi-French style. Not a simple goatee, but a hybrid with a chin-patch, moustache, and a small patch below lip can be pulled off by some daring men. If you were upset by number two, then perhaps sporting this facial hair style will console you.

4. NO: going too long is a mistake, especially without the proper grooming techniques. Just because you’re growing a beard doesn’t mean that you should forget all upkeep. Trimming, shaving, and shaping come into play when there’s more to groom. Make sure to buy grooming tools that provide all you need for facial hair maintenance.

5. YES: sideburns are a classic look that is also thankfully easy to maintain. They’ve got appeal and panache, but without a lot of hassle. That being said, while sideburns are sexy, it’s a question of control.

Just a smidgen of extra sideburn can really make or break your profile. Normal sideburn length goes to your ear’s midpoint. Sideburns need to balance your facial features and complement your hairstyle, but even more importantly, they need meticulous shaping for a stunning effect.

6. NO: extreme beards should be avoided. While it may seem dashing or intriguing, sporting a good deal of facial hair and a bald, shiny head is a bit much. Some men have pulled off this look better than others, so if you must, follow their examples. Sean Connery and Samuel L. Jackson are been able to match flattering facial hair styles without much on top. In the opposite end of the spectrum, men with long hair, mustaches, and beards look a bit wild (read: convict-esque or motorcycle gang member). If that’s the look you’re going for, then so be it. Otherwise, you might want to steer clear.

7. YES: stubble is in. It adds to your manly edge, and packs a good punch of sex appeal. If you go for stubble, go for the full effect. Shaving the neck and leaving stubble is out! Less work for you, really, but don’t forget to trim to avoid the full beard look.

8. NO: dyeing or unusual shaping. Please.

9. YES: while it doesn’t really count as part of the list, one of the best facial hair looks will always be clean shaven. Sure, it’s professional looking, but it also carries some impact in the relationship department, too: women will be able to kiss “beard burn” goodbye.

Following these rules will give you an instant update to your look. Don’t be afraid to change. In fact, it could be the best thing you’ve done all year, improving your appearance and upping your confidence and sex appeal.


  1. I’d say don’t go crazy, keep it trimmed, and don’t shape so that it looks too studied and you’ll be fine.

  2. As long as it’s clean, an extreme beard can be a bold statement. I haven’t shaved in eight months, and am enjoying the feral look.

  3. says:

    I want a stable but it grows gray,what to do?

  4. ok my family tradition is full blown mountain man beards starting when ur around 21 before then its clean shaven but it depends on your traditions and areas accepted looks

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