When it comes to beards, every style says something different about the man. Whether you have an artistic goatee or a trucker’s wild shaggy mane hanging off your chin, you’re bound to fulfill some type of stereotype with your facial hair. Find out what types of beards breed which types of stereotypes, and learn right where yours fits into the mix.
The full beard persona
A man with a full beard means jovial business, and often reminds people of Santa Claus or a comically masculine individual. According to Beards.org, a full beard means serious beard dedication, and is best accompanied by a Paul Bunyan shirt and a pick axe. For men who can manage an even, full beard, it’s something to be proud of. It’s almost even a fashion statement, in a good way.
A full beard often carries the stereotype of a mountain man appeal or that of a ‘man’s man’, however the trend toward a full (and groomed) beard is growing among younger men wanting to try something new with their facial hair beyond the classic chin beard. This trend is best accompanied with regular hygiene and grooming to avoid the ‘Duck Dynasty’ stereotype, explained below, as left without grooming can venture off into a whole new stereotype altogether.
The ‘Duck Dynasty’ beard: hillbilly luxury
There’s just something about the full, shaggy, homeless man beard that makes the Duck Dynasty beard always present on the show so popular among hillbilly and hunting wannabes. This trailing and scraggly beard is primarily unkempt and leaves a lot to be desired, yet this particular look carries a lot of appeal for fans of the show.
While this beard style certainly doesn’t carry a lot of class in its reputation, it fulfills the stereotype perfectly of the backwoods, hygiene ignorant, camo-loving man who is most likely to be found with a wad of tobacco in his lip. And let’s face it, guys who sport this particular look likely don’t care what other people think of their style, anyway.
A beard for the stylish man
Men who have a flair for the artistic are known to sport the goatee, ‘soul patch’, and even vintage sideburns to complete their look. While this style of beard doesn’t feature a lot of hair, it certainly carries a lot of personality in the grooming, design, and overall appearance of these painstaking looks. Also popular among many celebrities, the artistic take on the classic beard results in unique beard styles and can even include a man changing his beard shape to match his personality for the week.
The man who sports the goatee or the soul patch doesn’t mess around with his facial hair. He’s the one most likely to use a badger hair shaving brush to stroke his perfected strands in just the right direction before he heads out the door, and is most likely to be a beard stroker as well, lovingly caressing his tresses. Men who baby their beards in artistic and metro fashion treat their facial hair as their greatest accessory, and want the world to know their complete favoritism for their own appearance.
Whether a man wants to sport a beard because he likes it or because he just wants to create a name for himself, be sure to fall victim to some type of stereotype if you don facial hair yourself. You can go full masculine class with a full beard or trendy and neat with a goatee, or fill a niche somewhere in between in the way your beard grows out. One thing is for certain, however, you are sure to fulfill some type of stereotype as soon as you don your bearded look, and there’s pretty much nothing you can do about it but enjoy the attention while it lasts.