There are so many variations of beard types, it is hard to keep track of them all. I think the reason there are so many types of facial hair is that everyone wants to express themselves in a unique way...to distinguish themselves from others.
And for those of us who are leaders with public personas that to attend, we are perhaps even more conscious of our facial appearance. I admit that this is a strong reason for my facial hair type.
Plus social scientists have noted a shocking number of stats that appearance can have real positive or negative consequences, depending on whether others perceive you as trustworthy or good looking.
Check out these research stats on how we can benefit or suffer from our appearance:
- Economist Daniel Hamermesh has found that more attractive people can earn incomes 10 to 12% more than the average person.
- A woman judged more beautiful than most may find it harder to get a top job.
- The more dominant and powerful you appear to others, the more likely you are to be hired as a senior executive and the higher your pay.
- Those who look more trustworthy are more likely to be obtain a loan.
- Among those with an innocent looking face are less likely to be found guilty.
- Even 3 and 4 year-olds make snap decisions on who looks “mean” or “nice” based solely on appearances.
Enjoy this list of 28 beard types and please leave your comments in the section at the bottom of this post with additional facial hair types you think I should add to the list.
1. French Fork (or Ducktail)
Brad Pitt and Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) have sported the forktail and wear it well.
2. Old Dutch
This beard type was started by the Dutch. Nice and bushy beard that covers the chin but minus a mustache and hair on some of the cheek area.
3. Mutton Chops
My brother-in-law Mike Jeffcoat had mutton chops for a short time.
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This one is becoming more popular in baseball. The look is named for Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian national hero.
This beard type has been worn by international political leaders and...Mel Gibson. Looks kinda creepy if you ask me.
This beard type looks sorta like a boat anchor. Iron Man aka Tony Stark (actor Robert Downey Jr.) dons this facial hair type and wears it well!
Many Hollywood actors have grown this facial hair style. Some with the mustache, some without.
Ben Affleck, Jesse James, and Idris Elba to name a few...
8. Van Dyke
Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner seem to wear this facial hair type well.
Paul Ryan, George Michael, and Drake are just a few of many prominent leaders who choose the stubble beard style.
10. General Lee
Defined by the man himself...General Robert E. Lee
11. Salvador Dali
I don't know anyone famous who can sport this...at least not as a joke.
12. Fu Manchu
Hulk Hogan and Joe Flacco are two rare birds that wear the Fu Manchu. Get the pun? Flacco plays quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, and Hogan is quite the eccentric ex-wrestler.
13. Groucho Marx
No, not THAT Marx guy. The funny one who has the bushy mustache that starts nearly above his nose.
No one dares to don the Hitler mustache for fear of being associated with the infamous dictator. Check out more of his infamous quotes in one of my other posts 55 Infamous Dictator Leadership Quotes: Despotic, Autocratic, & Tyrannical.
This one is a great "before" and "after" picture of Rand Fishkin, head of a top SEO strategy company Moz. Which one is more memorable?
While this facial hair style is often mistaken for Hitler's; it is distinctly different. Chaplin's has more of a flare shape and none of the maniacal, world-dominating, tyrannical aspirations.
Named for Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, Johnny Depp (as Sparrow) and Brad Pitt have donned this facial hair.
Ah, yes. Lieutenant Commander Worf of The Next Generation series (Star Trek). He was one of my favorite characters on the best Star Trek show of all time. Picard was a more refined leader than Kirk ever was. Eat your heart out Captain Kirk (and Shatner)!
Frank Zappa started it, George Michael kept it alive, and Ben Stiller (White Goodman in the Dodgeball movie) killed it. And depending on your perspective, "killing it" might be cool or uncool!
20. Soul Patch
Apolo Anton Ohno, Howie Mandel, and Billy Bob Thornton have sported a little soul with their facial hair. Although, Apolo denies that his is a soul patch; he says it is a goatee. If that's a goatee, it's the smallest one ever.
Marked by sharp, razor thin lines, this beard type is minimalistic to the extreme.
22. Full Beard Style
Duck Dynasty, ZZ Top, and Gandalf (Lord of the Rings) are all bad dudes. If you want to wear a full beard, you've got to have some bad in you.
Named for the Mexican comic film actor, producer, and screenwriter Mario Moreno (known commonly as Cantinflas), this lacks a middle to a regular mustache, and has only the ends.
24. Copstash Standard
Tom Selleck of Magnum P.I. fame made this popular in the 80s. It derives its name from the combination of cop and stash (short for mustache), since many cops wear this facial hair type. Also, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) of the Parks and Recreation show sported quite a nice copstash.
This minimalistic sideburns was worn by several crew on at least 3 different Star Trek series. Kirk and Spock on the original, Data on Next Generation, and Lieutenant Tom Paris on Voyager.
This facial hair type isn't very popular with its wavy, bushy cheek hair and connecting mustache, at least in the states.
James Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) made a splash on pop culture with this beard type.
28. Chin Curtain
Me, who else? After experimenting with different facial hair types over many years, I have finally settled on the Chin Curtain.
So, is there any hope of being perceived fairly with or without facial hair or a beard?
No, we cannot change our looks, short of a face transplant (video below). But, I believe there is a way we can influence perceptions. Review these 2 posts for more:
- 23 Power Positions of Top Leaders (To Be Published Soon)
- 61 Business Buzzwords & Jargon to Banish