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4 Beard Styles Women Adore

George Clooney beard style

Looking for a Change? Try One of These Hot Beard Styles

Beard styles can be a tricky subject. In some professional circles, facial hair is a big no-no, and in other more relaxed atmospheres, anything goes in the grooming department. And women tend to fall firmly into one camp or the other. While statistics show that a clean shaven face is the most popular aesthetic, both professionally and romantically, there are certain beard styles that women adore. But first make sure you have the right facial shape for a beard, not all men look good in a beard. If you are confident that you would look good with a beard and are an environment that allows you to rock some facial hair, here are some beard styles and tips to get you noticed.

The Weekend Stubbly look is always a good choice. Nobody does “I’m too sexy to shave” better than George Clooney. The natural flecks of grey and just enough stubble to let the skin show is the perfect combination of “I don’t care” and “I know what looks good.” This look is actually easy on maintenance. You still need to pay attention to growth and re-growth, know when to shave, when to skim and when to start all over. But if you have an average amount of facial hair and the time to maintain, this look will work wonders for you.

If Weekend Stubbly is not your style, try a Half Circle Beard. A modified look that is clean shaven on the sides with a short stubbly growth in the mustache and chin area, this works well for men who can’t grow a full beard because of patchy facial hair. This beard style may look easier to maintain, but it requires attention to details, like knowing when to shave clean and start all over, or when to trim and skim so that enough skin peeks through, giving you a scruffy yet sexy look. Leonardo DiCaprio looks timeless in this elegant beard style.

Leonardo DiCaprio circle beard style

A Goatee is also a favorite with the ladies. There is just enough facial hair to be tantalizing and not too much to be a distraction. Johnny Depp gets his Goatee right every time; full under the nose and lip, short and spikey on the jaw, and just a hint of chin-strap edginess along the cheeks and jaws.

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Like most sexy facial hair, this too requires upkeep, so make sure you have the time to pay attention to your look. What you want to avoid at all costs is the Goat-Tee look, a la Brad Pitt:

Brad Pitt bad goatee

While most women will vote no on a Full Beard, there are some who find it to be a very sexy look for guys. If you are going with the full beard look, keep it trimmed and groomed. There is nothing more unattractive than a man with a scraggly beard, and worse, a beard with bits and pieces in it. If you opt for a full facial hair look, you must – we cannot say this enough – you MUST keep all your grooming impeccable, using men’s shaving brush should help with this. Clean, neat hair, clean clothes, combed beard, and clean teeth. Ben Affleck knows how it’s done:

Ben Affleck full beard

Joaquin Phoenix, not so much:

joaquin-phoenix-full beard

The one element of facial hair that most women find to be a turn off is the lone mustache. Thin or thick, long or trimmed, there is little that a mustache offers on its own to enhance a guy’s look. It may have worked for Bert Reynolds in the ’70s, but these days you’ll look too dated if you go in that direction. If you are new to the facial hair game, we suggest starting with one of the above options, maybe working your way up to a full beard, to see what looks and feels best. And the best way to tell will be the compliments that you get from women when they tell you how rugged and sexy you look!

For more great beard styles check out our Men’s Hair Pinterest board and the Facial Hair subject on Answers.com

  



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Mens Hairstyles: 5 Seriously Hot Looks

A free form mens hairstyle

Men’s Hairstyles Something For Everybody

As the seasons change, it’s a good idea to update your look for practical and professional reasons. Many men choose to go super short – a la buzz cut – in the summer months. That can be a great look and feel for hot summer days, but may not look as pulled together for the cooler fall and winter months. When considering your style, think about your personality as well as your career. Are you more of a classic, clean cut type of guy, or do you prefer a more free form or trendy look?

A classic mens hairstyle

A classic cut – think of Mad Men – never really goes out of style, and the look works everywhere from Wall Street to a construction site. To achieve this timeless look, medium length hair works best, slightly longer on the top, and shorter on the sides and back. Ask your barber to trim the hair on the top of your head to a medium length and to remove weight from the sides. You can add some style to a classic cut with a dab of gel or styling crème, and slick back the longer pieces, finger combing them slightly to the side. This hairstyle works best with straight and wavy hair, but if you have waves, work in the direction of the wave.

A classic mens hairstyle with bangs

For a modern take on the classic cut, try long – really long – pieces on top and in front. This style has a lot of forward movement which means you should consult with your hair stylist about whether this will work with your hair texture. Long bangs can create a lot of weight and bulk in your hair, and if the bangs are too heavy and straight you may end up looking like you have a bowl cut. Have your hair stylist break up the bulk of a long bang with a razor or texturizing shears. This will create dimension and movement, allowing the bangs to swing off to the side. A lightweight hair paste or styling gel will help keep pieces in place.

A retro 70's mens hairstyle

Retro mens hairstyles, harking back to the 70s and 80s are also popular this fall. The textured shag is still popular, and it works well on those of you who have wavy or more textured hair. Best achieved using a straightedge razor, have your hair stylist piece out the bangs, nape and sideburns. A shag hairstyle follows the shape of the head; fuller on top and crown, then hugs the temples and nape. Use a small amount of styling gel or paste to achieve a casual structure to the cut. Shag cuts also allow you pull the bangs forward or push them back, giving you different styling options.

The buzz cut mens hairstyle

Always in style is the defined buzz cut. This winter, a square shape cut is favored, likely because it is a very masculine and flattering shape for most all mens face shapes. Best of all, it’s easy to maintain and takes no time to style!

Whatever look you go for, the most important thing to remember about your hair is to keep it clean but don’t over do it. Over washing your hair can reduce the natural oils in your scalp, which leads to less than healthy hair, which can lead to thinning hair, and well, we all know where this is going. So keep it easy, keep it natural and keep it simple. And for more great looks check out our Pinterest Men’s Hair Board

  



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A Mens Hairstyle that Never Goes Out of Style

Michael Phelps in swim suit with buzz cut hair

Phelps arrives in Beijing without his signature hair style

Michael Phelps swam the butterfly into his 8th Olympic Gold medal, with the hottest of mens hair styles today . . . the buzz cut!  But, Phelps arrived in Beijing with a shaggy hair cut, facial hair and his big winning smile a bit of a disappointment for me anyway.  But, when he hit the pool he raced with his traditional buzz cut and a clean-shaven face.

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Michael Phelps gave mens hair styles a setback when he arrived in Beijing

Ladies, I don’t have to tell you that with his perfect 6’4”/195lb body and boyish good looks, any haircut is going to look good!  A buzz cut is simply a cool cut all year-long, no matter what sport a guy is hooked on.  For any guy that wants a short, low-maintenance mens hair style, the buzz cut is the quickest and easiest haircut possible.

This haircut will also be the quickest drying style. Anyone can cut a buzz cut with clippers and a guard (usually between ¼ to ½ inch).  Just run the clippers all over the head and trim in front of the ears and along the neckline.  To achieve a masculine hairline, try to go for more of a square shape along the neckline, rather than rounded one. Most women will agree, this haircut is simply a great looking mens hair style. It tends to bring out the masculine features of the face as it makes the face look more defined and the jaw appear wider.

This style is also worn by some men to conceal thinning. Some male celebrities wear a crew cut or buzz cut that has been treated with a darker color on the top. From members of the armed forces, athletes, rescuers, rock stars and the cute guy next door, buzz hair cuts are all around us.

Congratulations to Michael Phelps, who sacrificed his longer haircut, for speed as he swam the butterfly in the American’s World Record win of the 4x100m medley relay and closed out the swimming completion at the Water Cube. For more great looks check out our Pinterest Men’s Hair Board.

  



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