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A Guide to Beard Styles

Many of us know the names of different haircuts. At a beauty salon, we don’t hesitate to ask for a bob, pixie, or mullet haircut. However, when it comes to a beard style, we may get confused. After all, there are so many styles, and each of them has its own name.

5-Minute Crafts prepared a guide to different beard styles for you. Now you won’t get confused anymore.

Circle beard

In this style, the mustache is connected to the hair on the chin, forming a circle.

Royale beard

The royale beard consists of a small mustache above the upper lip and a strip of hair on the chin. It resembles a circle beard but doesn’t form a complete circle.


This is a beard style in which hair is allowed on the chin but not on the cheeks. Traditionally, the goatee referred to a style with hair on the chin only. But over time, a mustache became acceptable too.

Van Dyke

This is a style in which the hair on the chin is strictly separated from the mustache. Often, the shapes of the mustache and beard can be different, but this style implies a pointed narrow beard and a mustache that is flared out. This style is named after the Flemish painter, Anthony van Dyck.


Balbo is a version of the Van Dyke style where the beard is flared out beyond the jawline and goes up along the sides of the cheeks.


The “anchor” is one of the variations of the Balbo beard, but this style should be trimmed to resemble a ship anchor (a hair strip that goes down from the lower lip and hair that is flared out on the chin and along the cheeks).

Soul patch

This is a single small patch of facial hair just below the upper lip, but above the chin. The style gained prominence among jazz men in the 1950s and 1960s, partly because this beard style was comfortable when playing wind instruments.

Goat patch

This beard, as the name suggests, resembles the hair on the chin of a goat — it’s a thin strip of hair growing from the lower lip to the end of the chin.


This is a style has the beard covering the chin and hanging from it, looking slightly pointed. The hair goes up the cheeks connecting with the sideburns.

The Zappa

The Zappa style consists of a wide mustache that goes down to the corners of the mouth, and a small patch of hair under the lower lip. It’s named after the musician, Frank Zappa.


This is a short beard that also covers the cheeks. The mustache is disconnected from the beard. The style is named after the composer, Giuseppe Verdi.


This is a wide and full beard with a rounded bottom and mustache. It’s usually up to 8 inches long. It’s named after Giuseppe Garibaldi.

5-Minute Crafts/World/A Guide to Beard Styles
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