I have a confession to make… I can’t grow a good beard.
Don’t get me wrong. I can grow one. It’s just not ever going to be the manliest beard in the room.
It doesn’t make me less of a man—at least that’s what I keep telling myself. But I’ll be the first to admit… It hurts a little bit when I see a strong beard. I don’t mean the guys in ZZ Top or Kimbo Slice either—though they’re legends in the facial hair game if you ask me.
You see, I often find myself in awe of a particularly full, well groomed, or bold beard. And clearly I’m not the only one.
In the last decade or so, beard implants have become increasingly popular. Yes, they’re actually a thing. And I don’t mean to shame any gentlemen out there who might’ve went through with the procedure. If anything, I commend you. And I also kind of want to see it.
The fact is beards aren’t just a fashion statement. They’re not even really a stylistic choice. There’s something inherently primal about them. They speak to every man of every background. Maybe it’s part of our leftover caveman DNA. Or maybe there’s just some unspoken, stoic, and alpha-as-hell appeal to Don Draper’s 5 o’clock shadow. Whatever the case, I’m here to tell you that you can pull one off.
No matter who you are or what you’re working with, there’s one secret to rocking a beard hard without looking desperate or ridiculous…or like a lazy college freshman going through his tie dye phase.
The secret is simple…but potentially painful: Know—and accept—what you’re working with.
The truth is that unless you’re willing to go under the knife for some sort of whacky beard transplant, you’re stuck with what you have. And though it might seem like a copout on my part, believe me, it isn’t. It’s actually the most important step in developing a commanding, dynamic, and even alluring beard.
I’ve complied a rundown of manly-as-hell beards in pop culture… There’s something for every type. From scruff to shag… Coarse to cottony… You’re sure to find a look that you won’t just get away with… You’ll own it entirely.
Here they are:
Like the badass riding the Harley, this style is a little chaotic. It doesn’t make the rules—it just breaks them. Though it may appear patchy, lazy, or unkempt, it’s a beard that has something to say. It says you have more important things in your life than grooming. You may not know where the ride is taking you, but the destination is secondary.
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