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Beards in 2016

Beards are getting evermore popular. As what restarted from a few hipsters and models going for a different look has now spread throughout. A few years ago it was essential for a gentleman to shave before work, meetings and social gatherings. It is now acceptable and in some cases preferred if a gentleman has a beard. It’s a focal point much like a great pair of brogues, snappy suit or a well styled haircut.
Beards are a real mixed case of function (its purpose) over form (its finished look).
Big beards take a lot of grooming and looking after to maintain the shape and fullness whereas shorter beards can often require less maintenance.
Quite a few of our longer bearded customers have taken to adding prominent shape in the beard yet tapering the neck and cheeks in to give longevity to the beard style. The younger gentlemen have been sticking to shorter beard styles that require regular trimming with a singular grade all over.
It is important that the haircut is taken into consideration when cutting and styling a beard.
Factors like; the shape of the haircut, the shape of the face, beard density and desired look are all vital elements that need to be addressed in the consultation beforehand.
The shape of the haircut and face.
The beard should flow into the haircut. If there are steps and dramatic changes in density or shape, this can make it look like your Mum has got the kitchen scissors out and had a bit of a snip of your beard. For example, if your face is round then try stretching the face out with a longer beard and add height to your haircut in the form of a quiff.
The Double Moustache Edwardian
The Double Moustache Edwardian
This is a modern take on a historic classic. The beard is longer at the front of the chin and graduates into the neck. The sides of the beard should start at the shortest point of the haircut and reverse fade into the jaw. The double moustache is created by allowing the moustache to grow over the lip then it is separated into sections and twisted using Pall Mall Barbers Moustache Wax.
Shorter Beard
Shorter beard
Loosely lined out, the fade on the back and sides of the haircut is connected through the cheeks with a little more length on the moustache and chin, to add softness to the more prominent areas.
A short stubble beard with no lining out only tapering
A short stubble beard with no lining out only tapering
This suits guys which have a chiselled face that needs softening. Lining out the beard only adds to the prominence of the jaw. Fade the neck and cheeks in on a shorter grade and this will soften the whole of the face.
This is also a great look for any gentlemen that suffer with shaving rash, as at no point a razor touches the face.
Be sure, if the beard is shorter, that an exfoliator is used to lift the hair. This prevents ingrown hairs and use a good light moisturiser to get both into the face and the stubble.
Full beard tapered edges
Full beard tapered edges
For the gentlemen that prefer a fuller beard all the way through, then consider a slight fade on the edges of the beard. This allows the short hair on the back and sides to blend into the rest of haircut. Allow your moustache to grow down past the lip and the once it has more length, the moustache can be parted and blends into the rest of the beard.

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