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There are several beard types that are currently in style, including long, short, curly, and straight beards. African American men with trendy beards can give off an aura of attractiveness and trustworthiness, and they are sure to make passersby give them a second look. However, the most important thing behind a good beard style is the man behind the facial hair.
The only true recommendation we can give to you is to find one that suits your personality best. We understand that there is a huge number of beard styles to choose from, so make sure you take your time in finding the right one.
You will want to consider certain factors such as skin tone and face shape when choosing the ideal beard. To help in finding the best black men beard styles, we’ll provide you a list of 77 styles for you to pick and choose from! Here goes:
1. The Goatee
Perhaps the most popular beard style for black men is the traditional goatee. The black man goatee is one of the most versatile beard styles since you can pass it off with as little effort as possible. This black guy beard goes well on people with round faces. It looks most attractive when the mustache is incorporated directly to the chin beard.
2. The Full Beard
In the past, the full beard used to be the most popular choice of facial hair for African Americans, and now we see a resurgence of the old. The classic full beard goes with any hair pattern or growth and can be shaped to work with just about any face shape. This beard type is great for people looking for an aged look.
3. The Mustache
Perhaps you’re not looking for something so in-your-face. Instead, you can go with a subtle line of facial hair above the lip. Whether you decide to go with a thick or thin mustache, be sure to put as much attention into your facial hair as you would with your wardrobe.
4. The 5 O’Clock Shadow
The old-fashioned 5 o’clock shadow can make you irresistible to the opposite sex. Nowadays, it’s common to find African American men grow their beards out for several days to get the look of a 5 o’clock beard. However, this beard style isn’t for the lazy – it requires time and effort to pull off flawlessly.
5. The Carved Beard
Another black man beard that is the carved beard since it the man can be as flexible or rigid with this beard style as they want. Sculpting this beard style works perfectly with any face shape. However, to get the perfect look every day requires daily maintenance.
6. The Short Beard
One of the most pleasing beard styles that an African American man can sport is the short beard. Some think that a short beard on a black man wouldn’t contrast well with a darker skin tone, but this is a look that many men and women prefer. The beard will need a trim every 3 days to prevent sloppiness.
7. The Soul Patch
This is one of the simplest beard styles for black men. The patch of hair growing below the bottom lip can be trimmed to any width and length. One way to complement the soul patch is by letting it connect to the beard growing on the chin.
8. The Van Dyke
This black man beard style is a twist on the classic goatee. It’s simply a mustache and chin-beard combination with a fuller body. This look requires daily trimming to give it its “care-free” look while maintaining its stylishness.
9. Mutton Chops
Mutton chops aren’t just for the Amish. The side-fuzz has been adapted as a black man beard style for ages (just look at Mr. T). This requires growing brushy sideburns and letting them drop down the jawline and connecting at the chin.
10. Warmer Mutton Chops
Perhaps full-sized mutton chops aren’t your thing, but you’re still looking to hide your jowls or check chubs. Black men have the option to sport a warmer, friendlier mutton chop style to cover the side of the face while still appearing classy.
11. The Chin Curtain
Another hot black man beard style is the chin curtain. The cheek stubble begins on each cheek and rolls its way down towards the chin. Maintaining a chin curtain doesn’t require meticulous trimming – just a nice electric shaver and razor for cleaning up.
12. The Anchor Style
The anchor style is a beard that covers nothing while appearing to do a whole lot. Let your chin stubble, soul patch, and mustache grow a quarter of an inch or so and maintain a short cut while avoiding a clean-shaven look.
13. Bald Head, Bushy Beard
For men who are going bald, this one is for you. Forget that Lebron James thinning of the hair and cut it all off while letting your facial hair grow out. Keep it clean by buzzing off a few centimeters when it grows too unfurl.
14. The Rounded Beard
The rounded beard is basically your beard growing naturally while keeping it proportional. It’s a great beard to spot if you’re trying to hide scars. Take a pair of scissors and clip any long strands of facial hair when it grows too bushy.
15. Professor Dreadlocks and Short Beard
This is a rare look that not many can pull off (because not many people are professors). However, if you want to look the part, let your hair grow out and put them in dreadlocks and grow a short beard. Keep the beard trimmed to avoid looking too messy, find a tweed jacket with suede elbow patches, and you can begin teaching.
16. The Stubble
Having a little bit of a stubble on the end of your chin is a simple way to draw attention to your cheekbones and other facial features. Buzz your chin hairs once in a while to prevent them from growing too wildly. You can also shave off your cheek hairs and mustache to amplify the effect.
17. Ducktail Neck Beard
The ducktail style is a popular choice when it comes to black men beards. It’s somewhat shaggy but it looks well taken care of. Shave off any hair that grows past the beard line to keep it clean.
The Garibaldi style is sort of like the ducktail style, but it’s used more by curly beard-wearers than straight ones. Use a pair of scissors to clip off the ends to help your beard grow bigger and stronger.
19. Shaven Goatee
The goatee is a classic, but sometimes black men want their facial hair to appear thicker without covering up the face. Buzz your goatee to about a quarter of an inch to get this sexy look.
20. Curly Buzz Beard
The curly buzz beard requires having bushy, curly facial hair. Basically, you let your beard and mustache grow out while shaving the soul patch. Feel free to keep or shave any cheek hairs to get a cleaner, more comfortable look.
21. Hipster Beard for Black Men
There’s really no single “hipster” beard for black men. You can let it grow wild like a lumberjack’s or as carefully trimmed as you like. The beard mainly complements whatever wild mane you have sitting atop your head.
22. Extended Goatee
The goatee is a classic, and there’s practically no wrong way of wearing one. An extended goatee can be extended to any direction you like – forwards, downwards off the chin, or even connected by mutton chop sideburns. Depending on which style you prefer, maintenance can range from not at all to super uptight.
23. Short Boxed Beard
A boxed beard is basically a box-shape made up of facial hair that surrounds the mouth. Keeping it short and neat is ideal since having a long mustache might cause it to drape into your mouth at unexpected times. A steady hand, a sharp razor, and a little bit of hair-cutting know-how are all you need to reproduce this look.
24. Crusader Beard
The Crusader beard requires an experienced touch to get the beard curving under the cheekbones. This accentuates your facial features while giving you a dark, mysterious look. Keep it clean isn’t too difficult – shave your cheeks from time to time and clipping the ends of your beard.
25. Medium Stubble
A stubble is super-short hair that’s cut frequently to give your chin and cheeks a ticklish feel. However, some people might not like having short hair but want a stubble. Let your hair grow out a little and buzz it with a ¼-inch attachment to get that short, non-ticklish feel.
26. Long Stubble
Or perhaps you’re looking to wear an even longer, more full-bodied stubble. Cut your beard with a ½- to ¾-inch attachments, trim the edges, and you’ve got a long stubble. Continue to buzz your beard when it grows too long.
27. The Circle Beard
The circle beard is like a goatee but the beard is positioned along the circumference of the mouth and chin area without any extensions or connections to and from the sideburns and neckbeard. Simply take a sharp razor and shave away any excess strands of hair.
28. Tight Beard
The tight beard style is a popular choice among black men. It doesn’t require much maintenance – just keep the beard tightly wound up around the bin and mouth areas. Cut off any stray strands of hair with a sharp razor or clippers.
29. Chin Strap
The chin strap is a simple beard that extends from a sideburn down the chin and up the other sideburn. You can style this beard yourself – get a sharp razor and cut along your sideburns and chin. Ensure the width of the beard is constant throughout.
30. Balbo Beard
The Balbo beard style looks like a goatee but with more fuzz on the cheek. It’s not a messy style, but it is a time-saver since you don’t need to trim your face fuzz every day. Make sure your chin beard doesn’t drop too far down to your neck.
31. Pencil Beard
The pencil beard can be as thin as you’d like. It has been a popular beard choice among black men for many decades. You might require getting help from your barber to ensure that the pencil beard is a constant thickness from sideburn to sideburn.
32. The Door-Knocker
The door-knocker beard looks just like a door knocker, except it’s on your face. It’s a thick goatee with a soul patch that is sure to draw attention to the wearer. If you like, let your soul patch grow and connect to your chin.
33. Chevron Mustache
Not many black men wear Chevron mustaches mainly because it involves having a straight mustache that is molded to point outwards. However, this can also be considered a black man beard style though the mustache portion is kept short and prickly.
34. The Trash Beard and ‘Stache
As you can probably assume, the trash beard and ‘stache style doesn’t require too much trimming and leveling. Just let your facial hair grow naturally and keep it neat by matting it down. Trimming isn’t required unless you want to have a neater look.
35. Face Bush
A face bush is a beard style that requires little to no maintenance. Brush your beard to encourage growth and clip it when it gets too tangled at the edges – or don’t if you don’t want to. This is the simplest beard style for black guys.
You might need to wear curlers on the edge of your beard to keep it tapered and pointed forward. Let your neck and chin beard grow as long as possible, direct your facial fuzz forward, and apply product to give it a solid, rigid feel.
37. Thick Throughout
This style of beard isn’t a classic, but it’s one that’s been slowly picking up traction in the last couple of years. This beard style for black men requires growing a bushy beard but rounding it out at the bottom and sides. To prevent it from appearing too wild, it’s best to keep your hair short and your sideburns cut short to disconnect it from the beard.
38. Hebrew Beard
Shalom. The Hebrew beard involves imitating the facial hair that conservative Jewish folk wear. No curls are necessary – just grow your beard long, outwards, and bushy. Shave your cheeks often.
39. Geometric Cut
The geometric cut requires the assistance of a professional barber who has a steady hand and years of experience. Fades, splits, and skin peeling in optional, but if you’re going for a geometric look, you might as well go all out. The beard should have sharp edges and smooth curves along the cheek.
40. Curly with Fade
This isn’t precisely a black men beard style, but it’s something unique to African American men. You get a fade on the temple without touching the beard. Let your beard grow out as much as possible. A mop top is up to the wearer.
41. Smooth with Fade
Once again, the focus of this style is not on the beard, but rather the fade that separated your hair from your beard. Get a fade and keep your hair short while your beard can be as wild as you like.
42. Disconnected Sideburns with Mid-Range Beard
The name says it all – keep your sideburns away from your beard while you let it grow to medium length. The chin beard can extend to the neck and chest while the hairs on either side of your chin are shorter.
43. Side Fade
This is less a beard style than a hairstyle. The real character of this hair and beard combination comes from the expert side fade. The beard can be as bushy, short, trimmed, or pencil-thin as you’d like.
44. Wavy Fade with Geometric Beard
This style combines both waves on the head and an expertly cut geometric beard. It’s impossible to recreate this style on your own so you may need to head to the nearest barbershop to get it done. The downside is that keeping it neat requires going to the barbershop each time.
If you want a lion’s mane, the best you can do is sport an afro-to-face hairstyle. Let your wild afro and beard grow as long as possible, making sure that they connect along the sideburns. Pick at it every morning to get a full-body afro head and afro beard.
46. Full Stubble
A stubble style that people want is the 5 o’clock shadow that’s messier and spread along the entire face. Let your beard grow for 2 to 3 days before shaving it off with a 1/8- to ¼-inch buzz attachments. You can maintain this look with a buzz every 3 days.
47. Nicholas II Beard
Imagine JaVale McGee with a grown-out chin beard, and you have the Nicholas II beard style. Connect your chin beard to your sideburns, grow a goatee, and you’re rocking the Nick beard. Keep the tips clipped regularly and shave your cheek fuzz often.
48. Clean Shaven
This isn’t really a beard style, but one of the biggest black men styles has to be having a clean-shaven face. Combine this with a bald head and all eyes are going to be focused on you, especially if you polish your head frequently.
49. Classy Hobo
Childish Gambino’s current style has to be the manifestation of a classy hobo. Even though you’re going for a careless look, try and keep the sides of the beard neat. You can grow a soul patch to incorporate into the chin beard if you want.
50. The Verdi
The Verdi involves having a straight-haired mustache pointed outwards, but since most black guys don’t have straight facial hair, let your curls grow bushy above your lip. Trim the connectors between your mustache and chin beard to prevent a goatee.
51. The Dutch Variation
The Dutch-style beard doesn’t usually come with a mustache, but the variation version has the wearer sporting a pencil-thin ‘stache. It’s hardly there, but it’s a noticeable difference from the Dutch classic. Neither the beard nor the mustache needs frequent tune-ups.
52. The Imperial
The imperial beard and mustache wasn’t normally used by black men, but it’s finding its way onto more and more black faces in recent times. This style features a dapper beard on the chin while a neat mustache curls at the edge of your lips.
53. Pencil Goatee
As we mentioned earlier, the goatee is a popular choice for black men simply because it’s extremely versatile. Make it as thick and bushy or as thin and neat as you’d like, and you’ll be able to pull it off. The pencil goatee, however, requires a steady hand and more frequent trimming to keep it perfect.
54. French Style
This look is perhaps most famously worn by rapper Snoop Dogg. Feel free to mix it up – your soul patch doesn’t need to connect to the chin, and you can add a divider on your medial cleft. Smoking a blunt while sporting this beard is optional.
55. Spruce Beard
The spruce beard is a simple pointed beard that drops towards the chest and protrudes past the nose. It’s pretty easy to pull off since any face shape and skin tone can sport one without fear of looking silly. You can touch up the cheek fuzz with a razor to keep it looking fresh.
56. Faded Beard
Fades aren’t just for your hair – you can ask your hair stylist to give your beard a fade. The gradual light-to-dark clashes well with any skin tone, and it makes you appear super clean. This is pretty high maintenance, though, so you’ll need to have it touched up whenever the fade fades.
57. Temple Fade Full Beard
The gradual transition in the modern fade is a feat that only the best barbers can achieve. Complement your fade with a full-sized beard. Your temples will show class while your beards radiate ruggedness.
58. The Hollawain
This beard style for black men is easy to follow. Let your hair grow naturally, trim the ends to keep them healthy and strong, and shave your cheeks and neck every couple of days. It’s a quick black man beard style for every person to start off with.
59. Rasta Beard
Black men started the Rastafarian beard style and there’s no wonder why they keep it – it’s a conversation starter. Your beard doesn’t have to be unkempt to get an authentic Rastafarian look. Use products to keep them from tangling or just comb it once in a while.
60. Staying True to Nature
Sometimes doing nothing pays off more than spending hundreds of dollars on the finest hair products and treatment. If you have great cheekbones and a strong jawline, then consider letting nature take the reins to give you a burly beard style.
61. The Lumberjack
Lumberjacks are men’s men. They do the tough work that nobody wants to do, and they smile while doing it. Their rugged looks are mainly brought on by the beard – untamed, bushy, but sexy.
62. The Lineup
Back in the day, nobody wanted boxy haircuts and beards, but now we see that keeping things perfectly in line is a popular beard trend among black men. It’s downright impossible to do this by yourself, so consider visiting a top-tier salon or barber shop and have an experienced hand do the cutting for you.
63. Straight and Curly
This oxymoron of a beard style is a popular choice for people who don’t want to go to extraordinary lengths to manage their facial hair. Simply let your beard grow, trim the edges to keep them straight and in line with your cheekbones, and you’re good.
64. Double Chin Cover-Up
Rick Ross’ beard serves to cover the unsightly double-chin that many overweight fellas bear. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but sometimes we want to look as good as we feel. Grow your beard past your chin and neck to get a complete effect.
65. Full Van Dyke
Unlike the regular Van Dyke, the full version has a thicker, bushier appearance while giving off a clean, well-maintained aura of self-care. It’s not the most popular black men beard, but it’s a great way to show you have more confidence – and confidence is always sexy.
66. Braids and Beard
Having braids or cornrows is enough to draw attention to you, but combined with a side-fade beard and all eyes will be on you. Be sure to keep your braids intact and prevent fuzziness whenever possible. The beard can be whatever you feel confident wearing.
67. Medium Length
If you’re in search of a black man beard style but aren’t willing to invest (time or money) in maintaining a full-bodied beard, try growing it out to a neutral, natural size. Buzz some of it off when it gets too big, and shave off any strands that grow up your check.
68. Extended French
The French beard is a timeless beard style that has been rocked by many stars. If you’re looking to draw more attention to your beard, grow your French beard out a little bit more, and keep it clean by shaving off any excess growth.
69. Chin Curtain with Mustache and Full-Sized Beard
The chin curtain is a classic – a short stubble funning from the sideburns all the way down the chin. Add more body to it by letting your beard grow a bit longer while letting your mustache grow naturally. Keep it clean and manageable with facial hair products and a quick trim every 2 or 3 days.
70. Goatee with Beard Extension
A goatee is a nice addition that increases character and attractiveness, but extending the chin beard portion makes it even more irresistible. The mustache and beard connectors require the most attention to keep clean, and the beard just needs a trim from time to time to prevent overgrown bushiness.
71. The Brett Beard
The Brett beard works best on black men with short, curly hair. Just let your sideburns grow out as they connect with the chin beard and mustache. Trim it frequently to give it a clean, well-maintained look.
72. The James Harden
James Harden’s iconic beard gives him the power to hit three-point shots (we think). Let your beard grow bushy and outwards. The only way to enhance the Harden look is to smile more often.
73. The Viking
The Viking look is a classic that all men want to grow. Recently, along with the hipster look, the Viking beard has found its way into black men beard styles. Very little cutting is required unless you want clean cheeks.
74. The Sailor
What makes a sea captain a sea captain is his long, bushy beard, along with the innate skill of navigating through rough waters. African American beard styles like the sailor require no maintenance at all, except for applying beard-growing creams and styling gels to keep the mustache pointy.
75. Natural Curls
Curly hair and a curly beard go hand-in-hand. Since most African American beard styles revolve around curly hair, it’s nice to keep the beard well-trimmed and hair slicked. Trim as often as required to achieve a well-cared-for appearance.
76. The Carefully Messy
Some people strive to achieve the just-woke-up look without looking like a total mess. Your beard can be fashionably messy if you grow it bushy. Just clip the ends every week to get that bed-head (or bed-beard) form.
77. Handlebar Mustache
Whether you want a Hulk Hogan mustache or a simply twirled-up one, they’ll work on black men looking to add personality to the wearer. Apply gel to keep the mustache pointed or slicked down, and you’re ready to rock that mustache during the next wrestling match.
I hope you enjoyed this roundup of the best African American beard styles out there.
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