Beard Terms

This page is for those new to beards or want to know more about beards. With the popularity of beards being what it is, men with beards are becoming much more common. Not just beards, but world class beards.

There are even national and international beard contests, which is a glimpse into the beard world and its popularity. We take beards very seriously, and well, not so seriously.

Trending Beard Styles


For men with a narrow chin

Named for Italian Marshal of the Air Force Italo Balbo. It is an extended version of the Van Dyke which wraps around the mouth, with the ends of the mustache flared out beyond the lines that connect to the chin.

Friendly Mutton Chops

For men with a circular or square face shape

Muttonchops which are connected by a mustache, but no chin hair. The friendly mutton chops is also referred to as the sideburns, which is a term derived from Ambrose Burnside, a renowned American Civil War general.

Circle Beard

For men with an oval or round face shapes

The circle beard is a combination of mustache and rounded goatee beard styles. Especially good for those in the corporate world, but refuses to let go of their beard.

Full Beard

For men with a diamond or triangle face shape

The most preferred style among all the beard styles. The full beard shows growth on all available areas of the face and neck, including the mustache, chin, sideburns, and cheeks.

Extended Goatee

For men with a square or oval face shape

Goatees are a style of beard which the sideburns are shaved or removed. The extended goatee, also known as the Hollywoodian, is a combination of a goatee and a mustache.

Van Dyke

For men with a narrow chin

This beard style was derived from a popular Flemish painter from the 17th century, Anthony Van Dyke. It is a type of goatee in which the chin hair is disconnected from the mustache hair.

Beard Terminology


A characteristic consisting of “terminal” facial hair on the cheeks, lips, chin, and neck.

Beard density

The number of terminal beard hairs per square centimeter. Higher densities correspond to greater beard development and thicker beards.

Cheek line

The line which is defined by the upper limit of the beard on the cheek.


The part of the beard below the lower lip on the front of the chin.

Neck line

The line defining the lower limit of the beard along the neck.


The substance within the hair shaft that gives it color.

Terminal hair

Facial hair that grows typically after puberty. It is coarse, pigmented hairs that make up the beard. Terminal hair replaces the soft vellus hair and is stronger than vellus. It allows your beard to grow longer and thicker.


The characteristic of beards, which determines whether beard hairs will be straight, curly, coarse, or soft.

Vellus hair

Vellus is the first facial hair that grows during adolescence. Some men retain some vellus throughout their entire bearded life.


A yeard is the combination of the words year and beard, and it is also known as the one year beard. Beards grow in different stages. If you have never grown a beard, the initial stage may be awkward and not so pleasant to the eyes. It takes time for your beard to fill in, this is where the term “yeard” becomes important. It takes commitment and a little patience.

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