Men across the world unite, it’s Movember! A lot of people know that the annual campaign of No Shave November that encourages men to grow their beards and moustaches is slated for this month. Started in 2004 by the Movember Foundation charity, it’s aim is to raise awareness about prostate and testicular cancer, and get men to donate what they would otherwise spend on grooming their beards to the patients who have lost their hair as part of their cancer treatment.
But before you start growing yours, here’s what you should know about the different types of beards and moustaches. We’ve also given choices to spoil you with, so go ahead and decide to sport one of these cool beards this Movember!
The beard is wide and rounded at the bottom, and no more than 20 cm in length as measured from the bottom of the lower lip. The Garibaldi beard is for those looking for a slightly unkempt style. The main thing that stands out about this look is that it is grown and left unattached to the sideburns.
Full beard, short and rounded at bottom, Verdi is no more than 10 cm in length as measured from the bottom of the lower lip. This beard is for the man who doesn’t want to let go of his right-outta-bed look, but is making a definite point with his moustache.
The traditional full beard is a face full of connected whiskers. It is said that a man who flaunts a well-groomed full beard is the manliest of men. Though, not an acceptable parameter, there’s no real harm in trying to grow the beard for a cause. This look is for the men who loves flaunting their beards — unkempt, tousled and all that.
There are many variations of the famously curved Handlebar, ranging from Captain Hook’s split brow and Rollie Fingers’s perfectly coiffed curlicues to the Pringles guy’s curved bush. And for some desi inspiration, veteran actor Utpal Dutt had sported the moustache with so much of swag! No one will dare to not take you seriously with your handlebar moustache game on point.
The walrus moustache is characterised by whiskers that are thick, bushy, and drop over the mouth. The style resembles the whiskers of a walrus, hence the name. For those who think the moustache looks weirdly familiar, then, yes guys, Pablo Escobar sported it too.
For the Petit, keep your mustache shaved off to the width of your nose. This patch will become the base of the handlebar. The goal is to grow that hair out long enough so that you will be able to shape it into a loop, which will likely take about four months. Petit Handlebar is exactly what it suggests — a smaller, less dangerous looking Handlebar moustache.
A goatee in which the mustache is allowed to connect to the hair on the chin. For those who aren’t in the know, refer to Aamir Khan in Dil Chahta Hai!
The Balbo beard is a wider version of the Goatee, accompanied by a detached mustache and usually a Soul Patch. Yes, you guessed it, Robert Downey Jr sports it and Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones sports a slightly varied version of it.
The Bandholz is one of the most common types of beard, and this is probably because it is easier to grow and requires a suitable haircut that goes with it. Zach Gilianafakis in The Hangover series sports it, of course!
A Van Dyke specifically consists of any growth of both a moustache and goatee with all hair on the cheeks shaven. Inspired after 17th-century Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck’s name, this beard only has a moustache and a goatee attached to it, with all the other hairs on the face shaven.
Named after musician Frank Zappa’s infamous mustache, it is more of a prolapsed moustache than a beard. A favourite among men who’d rather not have the unkempt beard look and also would prefer a tamed moustache-look.
The name ‘Hollywood’ came from the golden era this beard had in Hollywood where it seemed that everyone was sporting this. It is a very simple style but comparatively requires more maintenance. The main distinction from your everyday beard and the Hollywoodin style is that the latter is not attached to the sideburns. Only slightly different from the Garibaldi, the Hollywoodian beard is for the guys who do not want a messy mane difficult to maintain, but would also rather sport a full beard.