Male Facial Hair Styles (2)

Soul patch beard
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The Soul Patch (or Small Beard): The Soul Patch is most commonly associated with the beatniks and jazz artists of the 1950s and 1960s. In earlier periods, it was referred to as a "small beard" for obvious reasons.
It is characterized by its confinement to the area just below the lower lip and can be trimmed short or grown long, groomed into various shapes. Modern versions are often kept short and narrow.
The Handlebar Mustache: This is one of only two mustache styles included here. Mustaches as a whole are simply variations on a theme, styled and trimmed full or thin.
Handlebar mustache
The handlebar mustache is characterized by its long ends, which are curled upward. This effect is typically achieved and maintained with the use of specialized styling wax. Modern mustache styles often feature close trimming and a thinner appearance.
The Fu Manchu: Another mustache style featured here is the Fu Manchu. While the name is not politically correct, it originates from a popular film of the late 1960s titled "The Many Lives of Dr. Fu Manchu".
Fu Manchu moustache
The Fu Manchu is characterized by its positioning over the upper lip and its extension down each side of the mouth to the jaw. Modern variants of this style have seen it rounded or squared, with trimming into different shapes at the bottom.
Mutton Chops: I previously mentioned that men's facial hair could be categorized by the areas of the face it covers. One style of facial hair often overlooked in this classification is sideburns. In the 1970s, the Mutton Chop style of sideburns was popularized by Elvis Presley, although it has been seen throughout history.".
Mutton chops
Mutton chop sideburns are characterized by their wide swaths grown down the sides of the face, typically ending at the curve of the jaw, although some may extend as far down as to almost touch the corners of the mouth. Modern mutton chops are usually closely trimmed and kept thin.
Friendly Mutton Chops: This style combines mutton chops with a mustache, creating one continuous line of facial hair.
Friendly mutton chops
Traditionally, the style was worn with a wide, full swath of facial hair, but today it is often seen more closely trimmed and thinner. However, the line can still follow varied patterns as it makes its way across the face.
The Full Beard: This facial hair style is characterized by its coverage of all three basic areas of the face - the upper lip, chin, and sides. The full beard typically requires minimal grooming at the neck, lip line, and along the cheeks.
Full beard
However, fully-bearded men sometimes prefer to grow their beard hair long and style it into various shapes, from tapered points to rounded and bushy swells of hair. Current trends in full-beard styles lean towards closely trimmed looks, often groomed with hard angles or patterns to accentuate the face.
If you are considering growing facial hair or making a change to your current style, there is a wide array of websites devoted to men's facial hair styles. Take a look at what styles other men with similar facial structures have chosen and how they look. Additionally, if you're concerned about achieving the look yourself, consider consulting your hairstylist. Most stylists will enjoy the opportunity to help you create the desired look.
By Stacy | Updated | ©

See also:
Beards and moustaches Q&A
The best beard for your face shape
The benefits of growing a moustache