What your beard says about you?

Not all facial hair is created equal. Every style has its own distinct personality indicators, and anyone who has ever rocked more than a clean-shaven face knows the power of a mustache or beard in speaking volumes without saying a word. Here is a guide that may provide some insight to your bearded personality in addition to all that perceived masculinity and maturity, of course!

The Woolly Dude

The full-on scraggly, all-over beard belongs to a very specific man  not many can pull off its wild ways. He is likely a creative and unpredictable, but also one who is extremely comfortable in his own skin, as such facial growth is often stereotyped as messy and unkempt. But, such a forest of facial growth can be a blockade to new beginnings, be they jobs or relationships. So, the Woolly Wild Child may also be a temporary phase for many men.

The Gentleman

A fully-grown but impeccably groomed beard has all the makings of a man who knows his place in the world. The beard doesn't wear him  quite the contrary, actually  nor is he concerned with the air of older maturity that it lends. In fact, he embraces it. With all that sophistication comes also an intelligent yet strict, an eye for detail, as successfully maintaining a neatly groomed, full-on beard requires a high level of patience and care.

The Shape Shifter

For the commitment-phobics, the trimmed goatee is a go-to, even if it is slightly outdated given its heyday hit in the mid-1990s (India got it through Dil Chahta Hain, btw) The bearer of said style is open to experimentation mainly because he is still figuring out his face, and the goatee is a holding pattern until something better comes along. He also may find satisfaction in this style's ability to add masculine character. That said, the goatee is often the gateway to a more robust beard, or just as likely, a return to clean-shaven status when the mood strikes.

The Show Off

The Narcissus of facial hair, the chinstrap is almost silly in its required mirror time as both the shaved areas and the hair must be trimmed with extreme accuracy. Spot on! But a chinstrap stud revels in the time spent for physical or facial perfection, recognizing the show-off status of his hours of hard work on his face! He almost gets what he wants. Well guys ?

The Cocky Hipster

The moustache-wielding hipster rides a fun wave and rarely takes himself or life too seriously. But, now, that bad rap is subsiding thanks in part to Movember and No Shave November. So, for the real moustache man, the stache simply pushes up his confident, cool-kid, slightly indie cred. However, for the less dedicated of the hipsters, the style is merely a transitional phase indicating the prior trimming of a fuller beard or an adolescent move into adulthood.

The Cautious Creative

The soul patch doesn't come without plenty of preconceived notions, as it's viewed as a rather ridiculous afterthought by some. But not all tiny-patch-displaying dudes deserve such disdain. He is likely an offbeat yet creative visionary who pushes the envelope just enough before crossing the line. That's where the fear of commitment comes into play. He may work in an industry that frowns upon facial hair but is rebellious enough to test that rule with his own bit of individual soul.

The Scruffy Hotshot

The intentional stubble is the GQ face! Its model-esque way is splashed across men's magazines and the celebrity set, so the scruff-centered guy generally has an underlying trendsetting and style-conscious attitude. Overall, he is a laid-back, play-it-cool dude because of its hotshot personality, the wearer may be single and playing the field because, well, he can. Done well, the stubble must be carefully maintained, and he knows it. It takes time to look intentionally un-groomed  call it the no-makeup look for the guys.

The Up-and-Comer

As for that messy, roll-out-of-bed scruff, it often characterizes the young up-and-comers. Office hours, of course, arrive too early in the morning so the unintentional, ill-groomed scruff is used nearly as a badge of honor for those late-nights! The up-and-comer may believe he looks a lot better than he really does with the sloppy, uneven stubble. The alternative is that he simply doesn't care, which could indicate a lack of reliability and tact. Only time will tell.

The Throwback Kid

Sideburns are to the face what the mullet is to the hair a hotly contested style statement that can be really rad. The throwback kid wears the furry side chops with the ultimate confidence, complementing all his tatted-up leather and grunge angst. He likely keeps one foot firmly planted in the lifestyle of old school and the other foot on the pedal of a motorcycle!

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