The Best Beard Length for Your Look


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Growing a beard is more popular than ever and is why so many men have been sporting fuller mustaches and thicker beards. So, whether you have a shorter beard or yeard beard, there’s no actual prescribed beard length… but I do have a few expert guidelines.

The optimum beard length actually depends on your hair texture, hairstyle and beard style according to barbers and stylists.  Longer hairstyles pair well with short beards, and short hair looks better with medium to long, thick beards. Then many beard styles need some length to style properly.

So, the ideal beard length is a bit of a myth, as anyone can have their personal style preference that’s all their own. However, there does seem to be an “attractive ratio” of beard style. Read on.

The Right Beard Length

With beard hair, not everyone can grow the thickest beard, but that’s not necessarily as important as styling your beard to match your face shape and hair type. Check out: How Long Does it Take to Grow a Beard?

Many barbers advise that finding the most attractive beard-to-hair ratio is really about choosing the best hairstyle length and balancing it with the length of your beard.

Short Hairstyles

Some men are meticulous about their beard hair because it doesn’t have the same proportions to the hair on their head. Where other obsess over patchy or slowly growing beards.

When you have short hair such as a buzz cut or crew cut, then a long, thick beard balances out your look.

Look at some of these short hair and long beard comparisons:

Short Hair Long Beard Ratio
Short crew cuts partner well with long beard styles.
Long Beards with Short Hairstyles
Taper faded hairstyles look great with full beards.

Medium Hairstyles

Medium hairstyle lovers are true chameleons, whether you have a buzz cut, longer crew cut, or faded undercut.

These looks can work with any beard length, whether you decide to grow a full beard, goatee style, or even a stylish Van Dyke beard.

Here’s a look at beard length with medium hairstyles:

Medium hair length with a long beard
Men with medium-length hair can pull off short and long beard lengths.
Medium Men's Hairstyle with Beard
Medium Length Men’s Hairstyle with Beard
Medium Beard Length
Medium Beard Length with Sunglasses.

Long Hairstyles

When you have long hair as a man, you can start to look like Harry Henderson if it’s not well-maintained. Short beards, goatees, Van Dyke or anchor beards, and short ducktail beards can work very well with longer hair looks.

A few long hair and beard styles with a perfect ratio:

short beard long hair ratio
Short beards look best with long locks on men.
Long hair with medium length beard
Medium length beard.
Short patchy style beard length.
Short length beard with light patches.
Van Dyke beard is shorter with long hair
Van Dyke beards are shorter in length and look amazing with long hair.

Bald with a Beard Styles

For those with nothing on top, you should grow the longest, fullest beard you can… but any beard style will do. Nothing makes a louder statement than a full, unique beard on a bald man.

Check out some of our favorite bald with a beard styles:

Bald with Full Length Beard
Long beard styles go perfectly with bald heads.
Bushy Beard Length with Bald Head
Find your beard length.

Thinning hairstyles can be difficult to work with. We have several guides on shaving your head bald and what beards go best with the bald look.

The Right Beard-to-Hair Ratio

Barbers say the best way to keep your look balanced is to match the length of your beard to the length of your hairstyle.

Face Shape Matters

In addition, your face shape truly matters when picking out a beard style. Some men look great with full beards, while others would look better with a goatee or stubble beard.

For example, round faces look best with minimal facial hair, such as a chin strap, while inverted triangle face shapes can pull off full beard styles.

Face shapes
Face Shape Diagram

Facial Features

The most attractive beard length is one that compliments your look and accentuates your facial features such as your cheek line. Many men use facial hair to fill in areas and hide imperfections, such as growing longer chin hair to elongate the shape of your face.

Grooming your Length

With grooming your beard, some men get caught between maintaining a trim beard or just letting it grow bushy and unruly. Always maintain your beard’s shape and length as your facial hair grows. As you do, see how it pairs with your hairstyle.

Beard Care

Growing hair requires continual beard care and maintenance. Here are a few tips to keep your beard in check.

Check out our Beard Care Guide and hair growth tips.

What’s the Best Beard Style For You?

Since full beards are incredibly popular now, most men have considered growing out their facial hair. Depending on your beard growth rate, you may see new beard growth and shape that comes after just a few weeks of not shaving.

Once your beard hair comes in, there are many full beard styles to consider. Plus, you’ll want to incorporate my beard care routine (above) first, then shape and define the length of your beard that’s best for your style.

We’ve provided a ton of guides below on shaping and defining your beard, as well as your neckline and other fancy ways of getting the style you want.

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I'm the founder of Bald & Beards, an amateur barber and I've been obsessed with men's grooming, styles, and trends for over 20 years.