It seems that claims ‘Peak Beard’ had been reached back in 2014 may have been a little hasty, with stylish facial fuzz continuing to dominate in the men’s style stakes throughout 2018 – but is it time to reconsider your current look.
Whether you rock the full beard with pride or have – incredibly – yet to experiment with the unshaven look at all, premium men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge has teamed up with Mike Taylor, MD of the
British Barbers’ Association to bring you the lowdown on the biggest beard and facial hair trends for 2018.
Trim regularly with a beard trimmer set to around 3mm-4mm to maintain length, and be sure to care well for your skin in order to avoid redness and irritation.
Movember may be long gone, but the mighty moustache is here to stay. Anyone who has actively shunned the beard in recent years will be pleased to learn that there is a new alternative, while those already sporting a proud facial mop can add an upper lip accent for a fresh new look to coincide with the new year.
To get one, patience is key – allow it to grow for a good few months, and avoid trimming above the lip until you are satisfied with the length. While you are waiting, be sure to comb through regularly, training the hairs outwards either side of your philtrum. Style with a little bit of moustache wax, twisting upwards and outwards, and you’re good to go.
Not all men are blessed in the facial hair department, and those who have spent the past three years trying desperately to reach full-bearded status will be relieved to hear that designer stubble is tipped for big things in 2016. Not only is it the perfect choice for the follicly challenged, but it’s also a great option for those who frankly can’t be bothered with the daily shave.
That said, some maintenance will be required. Allow hairs to grow until itchy, then follow the natural lines created by your features to create your perfect shape, wet shaving any areas that do not fit the template with a good quality razor and creating clean lines along the edges. If you already have a particularly chiselled face then you might prefer to fade or taper your stubble rather than creating a defined outline, as this will make for a slightly softer look.