As the nights get colder and darker you might find yourself feeling a slight discomfort. No, it’s not the sound of the X-Factor returning, we’re talking about the chill your face feels when the temperature drops and you don’t have a beard to protect it like a fuzzy shield of armour.
Luckily the experts at legendary barbershop Ruffians have given us their advice on what beard styles we should be wearing this autumn/winter so you’re not left tomato faced clutching a pumpkin spice latte to your cheeks as your tears freeze mid-fall (dramatic we know, but global warming is the reason for so the rise in beards FYI*).
The Full Beard
What Is it? Exactly what it says on the tin, allowing your beard to grow out to as much as desired. This style is often not groomed or shaped as much, although some tending to the shape can be done to reign in those wild ones.
Can be styled with an oil to increase softness and manoeuvrability. This will also help as the beard gets bigger (and itchier).
Rounded Full beard
What is it? Grow your beard full to your intended length, then either round off the underside or create a boxed square under through the neck. Moustache hair is styled and removed from the lip. Usually this has more precise edges finished with straight razor and appears much more uniform.
Style with beard balm or oil to exaggerate the shape cut in. A great way to add a bit more of a chiselled/contoured look to the face.
Medium Stubble Shaped
What is it? Popular with more and more people as this is much easier and less time consuming to grow/maintain. It can be cut with tapered soft edges or incredibly shaped and precise (eg Drake).
The tapered, more natural version is popular with those seeking low maintenance beards or attempting their first beard as it can be maintained at home. The more groomed and exact edged version of this style will require some expertise to hand to ensure your cheeks and neck lines are kept sharp and level.
No styling is required as the shortness will give it no movement.
What is it? A more recent debutant on the beard scene, popular with people seeking something a little different! The moustache is the centre piece of this style, the fuller the better. Keep a short or medium stubble through the cheeks to soften the contrast. It helps if your moustache is thicker!
Style with a moustache wax if required to make sure your tash is ready for all to see.
What is it? The distinguishable feature of this style is the point through the chin. Can be paired with different cheek combinations from a short stubble working down gradually getting longer toward the centre of the chin or worn as an extended goatee styled with the point.
Moustache options can vary too, personally we think this style works well with a fuller tash and shorter cheek.
Style with some oil or balm to pull and style the chin shape.