Facial hair is an expression of your style, but not everyone needs a full beard to show off the best angles of their face. With a long history dating back to the 1700s, the chin strap beard has defined many men who just want a natural yet simple facial hair style.
The chin strap beard is a unique beard style grown from the sideburns down the jawline and wrapping under the chin. Typically, the sideburns connect to the hairline, but some style variations use a taper or fade transition. The chin strap also differs from the similar chin curtain beard, where hair partially covers the chin and the chin curtain doesn’t.
For one, chin strap beards look great on just about every face shape, so feel free to experiment. From square to round to oval, this beard shape rocks for changing the length of your face and even elongating your chin if you grow out your hair long enough.
There are several unique ways to wear a chin strap beard, including goatees or even without a mustache.
The most iconic chin strap looks trending right now and accentuate your natural jawline:
1. Classic Chin Strap Beard
The chin strap beard style offers a stylish, clean look that adds dimension to your chin and jawline. If you want to shape your jawline, the best way to do it is with this facial hair style.
The chin strap beard frames your jawline, and you can wear it with or without a mustache. We like both looks, but growing out your chin strap without a mustache may lead to an Amish beard (see style #4). Keep it neat and trim with a high-quality beard trimmer and liner.
Stars like Ryan Gosling and LeBron James have both been seen with the chin strap beard. It’s one of the most popular looks for men.
2. Stubble Chin Strap Beard
Some chin strap beards are so subtle, like this stubble version. Quickly buzz your beard with a beard trimmer with a 1 or 2 guard to sculpt your jawline without having to deal with long beard maintenance.
3. Chin Strap Beard with Goatee
The goatee and extended goatee go perfectly with a chin strap beard, especially if you want to elongate your chin and add more dimension.
4. Chin Strap Beard No Mustache
Beards without mustaches? It’s a thing and works perfectly to carve out your jawline while still keeping the rest of your face fresh and so clean.
5. Thick Chin Strap
If you’ve got the growth, go for it. A “thick” or full chin strap is much like a full beard style, though it connects to sideburns and may not be as long.
6. Chin Strap Beard Fade
You can wear a chin strap a number of ways, whether you have sideburns or not. Fading your beard is a trendy way to get this look.
7. Thin Chin Strap Beard
The short chin strap is for those who want to avoid a neck beard and like keeping it neat, hugging the jawline while keeping thickness. It’s an even length all-around that keeps this facial hair style perfectly professional.
8. Hipster Chin Strap Beard
A bit of scruff never bothered anyone, especially not this guy. The hipster chin strap is a unique style that features a bit more hair growth into the hollows of your cheeks and some more scruff under the neckline.
9. Patchy Chin Strap Beard
For patchy chin strap beards, keeping it short, and minimal is a good thing. This style also features a fade on the sideburns and a close shave around the cheeks with a clean-shaven neckline.
10. Long Chin Strap Beard
You might think this is just a full beard. However, there’s one key difference. A long chin strap beard that connects to the sideburns is a bit different than a full or long beard style.
These beards wrap around lower than the jaw and hug the neckline, eliminating sightlines around your neck so that the jaw is covered entirely.