If you ask us, 2023 is the year of the beard.
This trend has been staying around for so many years so far and is unlikely to fade away soon. The bearded styles change, evolve, adjusting to new fads and fashion trends but don’t leave. So, in this huge guide of the best beard styles of the year 2023, you're guaranteed to find your perfect bearded solution that fits your needs, style, face shape, and hair type.
A full woodman beard, a goatee, a faded beard with edgy borders, a hipster-like beard and a mustache mix – whether you're looking to sport some light stubble or grow out a long, manly mane and beard, let us help you find the perfect fit. Check out the 12 best beard styles of the year!
Man Bun & Beard
2023 welcomes imperfections of all kinds, including your beard. There's no need to sport a flawlessly groomed 'stache if that's not your thing. From man buns to long, loose curls, we are in the midst of a season that is all for tousled, texturized haircuts and beards.
However, this doesn't mean you should go full-fledged caveman and never groom yourself. You'll want to stock up on products that will thicken and texturize your locks, as well as keep your facial hair tame.
We recommend using a dry shampoo in between washes, as well as a texturizing cream after every shampoo. For your beard, use a beard balm or conditioner.
We can't talk about beard styles without talking about haircuts, too. If you're going for a cleaner look, you've got to consider which hairstyle and beard combination will look the best. A full beard style like the one pictured will require a bit of maintenance since it needs to blend into your haircut.
With an undercut or a fade, be sure to show your barber a picture of how you want the top of your beard blending into your sideburns/haircut. (Or, bookmark this one for later!)
Full Beard and Mustache
We'll call this beard style intentionally disheveled. It's far from perfect, but it's just messy enough that it looks manly and fashionable. If the low pony isn't your thing, be sure to check out these additional 35 haircuts for men with thick hair.
Salt and Pepper Beard
Along with full beards and man buns, 2023 loves a good salt and pepper hairstyle. There has never been a better time to sport gray hair as a man, whether you are 20 years old or 80 years old. It's as much of a fashion statement as it is a sign of aging now, so don't let getting older discourage you from embracing your God-given grays.
And if you're not so sure about this beard style and haircut, check out these other top hairstyles for older men.
Long Beard and Short Haircut
Long, full beards paired with short haircuts like fades and undercuts are one of the most popular men's hair trends of the year, and we can see why. It's a polarizing look, though, isn't it? When you see a grown-out beard, you expect to see shoulder-length locks, a man bun, or tattoos. But combining a fresh haircut with this grizzly look is nothing short of a fashion statement.
Thick Beard and Mustache
If you have thick, curly hair, your chances of growing a beard like this are much greater. But in order to maintain your facial hair, you've got to stay on top of grooming. You'll need a quality pair of trimming scissors to stay on top of pesky mustache hairs that grow past your lip – or nose hairs that grow into your stache (it happens, we know).
With a beard this course, it's also a good idea to add a beard and face wash to your stash, as well as a beard balm or conditioner to keep hairs from getting frizzy and unruly.
The "designer stubble" beard style is one of the most versatile looks that nearly any guy can pull off. It doesn't matter if you're rocking a man bun or a buzz cut, just a little facial hair helps add dimension to any face shape.
Goatee and Mustache
For a while, this beard style jumped ship, but we are starting to see the artsy, creative types bring it back to the spot light. From celebs like Johnny Depp to Brad Pitt, the goatee and mustache combo is classy and mature, but you can add a bit of edge to your look by rocking it with long hair or a man bun.
To keep your 'stache looking sharp, be sure to keep a beard comb on hand.
Sculpted Full Beard
The beard and fade haircut will always be a match made in heaven if you ask us. You can't go wrong with a beautifully sculpted and well-maintained beard. But if you haven't mastered doing it yourself, check out our guide on How To Line Up Your Beard.
When you think "beard," you probably don't think of clean-cut Nick Jonas who's never been known to sport anything more than a 5 o'clock shadow.
But what's the harm in that? One of the best-looking beard styles of 2023 is the "barely-there" beard, a light stubble that adds just a bit of definition to the jawline and cheekbones without totally absorbing the face. This option is perfect for guys who aren't able to grow facial hair, but it works just as well for those who can but don't love the idea of hiding under a mountain of hair.
To keep your stubble maintained and consistent, use a pair of Wahl Magic Cordless clippers (they'll always be our faves).
Sporting medium-length stubble works for most men, especially when you keep it lined up and well-maintained. It's simple and under-the-radar, so if you're not looking to gain a ton of attention (if you work in an office, for example), this clean-cut beard style is the way to go.
Groomed 5 O'Clock Shadow
The 5 o'clock shadows beard style doesn't need to look like you just rolled out of bed at all hours of the day. Lining up some light stubble with a fresh haircut is a perfect way to create a pulled-together new look.
Medium Hair & Beard
Nothing looks better with a nice medium flow than a nice thick beard!
Long Hair & Beard
Long hair and beards go together like peanut butter and jelly. Be careful to maintain that mane though!
Top Knot & Beard
Can you even rock the top knot without a beard? If a guy puts his hair in a top knot and no one else is around to see it, does he have a beard? Who knows.
If you have those thick beard genetics and are not utilizing them, shame on you! (Just kidding, but no really grow a beard).
Smart Business Beard
Who says beards aren't business professional? They well likely can be! Now if I can just convince my boss…
Legend says every time you shave your beard you can hear a hipster scream. Save the hipster, stop shaving your beard!
Keeps you warm. Its fashion is its function. What more can you ask for?
Tattoos & Beard
Nothing says bad ass like some tats and a beard. Are you missing out on potentially raising your bad ass level?
We get it, not every dude can or wants to rock a beard, but at least go with a stubble man! You will still look manly! Kinda sorta.
Enjoyed these hairstyles? Than you’re sure to enjoy these beard styles!
Don’t know how to keep your beard neat, clean, and fresh? Beard care is a must, no matter if you’re just in process of growing out your beard or already are a proud owner of a fully grown beard. So, here are some go-to tips and bearded lifehacks:
- Choose appropriate beard care tools (your skin cleanser, beard conditioner, oil, and moisturizer should be tailored to your skin type, the towel should be clean)
- Remember to comb your beard daily to prevent knots and tangles
- Use an exfoliating scrub
- Wash your beard daily
- TREAT beard dandruff if you notice any
Remember that any beard requires commitment, and if not treated aptly, it will never invest into your manly hot look. Ready for an extra daily beauty routine – go for the hottest bearded trend with no doubt.
Now that you've picked out which beard you like, let's find a haircut to finish off your new look.