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Monday, December 29, 2008

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The Quest For Every Beard Type

I’ve been growing a beard every winter for some years now, and every spring, I try to see how many facial hair variations as I can check off from the chart of facial hair types. Listed below are descriptions of the 35 facial hair types from the chart, including examples of the 24 25 variations that I’ve been able to attain so far.


A La Souvarov

A sideburn / mustache combo where the sideburn curves downward toward the corner of the mouth and then curves upward into the mustache. Similar to a curvy version of the Franz Josef.

Status: Complete (2008)
A La Souvarov (circa 2008)

The Anchor

A beard without sideburns that extends along jawline and is styled into a point. It is combined with a pencil style mustache to resemble an anchor.

Status: Complete (2007)
The Anchor (circa 2007)


A wide version of the goatee accompanied by an unconnected mustache.

Status: Complete (2007)
Balboa (circa 2007)

Chin Curtain

A beard that grows down from the sideburns and on the underside of the jawline.

Status: Not Achieved… Yet.

Chin Puff

A narrow version of the goatee that only covers the round part of the chin.

Status: Complete (2007)
Chin Puff (circa 2007)

Copstash Standard

A typical mustache as worn by police and military personnel. The mustache does not extend downward past the upper lip.

Status: Complete (2003)
Copstash Standard (circa 2003)


A mustache that curls nearly straight upward as worn by the artist Salvador Dali.

Status: Not Achieved… Yet.


A fuller beard that extends into a point.

Status: Complete (2008)
Ducktail (circa 2008)

El Insecto

Two small pieces of hair worn under the chin to resemble and insect’s mandibles.

Status: Complete (2004)
El Insecto (circa 2004)

Federation Standard

Sideburns that are cut from the top of the ear at a 45 degree angle towards the front to form a point. The style was worn in the original Star Trek series.

Status: Complete (2004)
Federation Standard (circa 2004)

Franz Josef

Similar to the Friendly chops, this is a mustache/sideburn combo. The sideburns come down and then angle up sharply toward the mustache.

Status: Not Achieved… Yet.

French Fork

A full beard that extends off the chin and is split down the middle into two segments.

Status: Complete (2008)
French Fork (circa 2008)

Friendly Mutton Chops

Sideburns that extend to the edge of the mouth and are connected to a mustache.

Status: Complete (2003)
Friendly Mutton Chops (circa 2003)

Fu Manchu

A mustache that extends downward on the sides, usually extending off of the chin.

Status: Complete (2003)
Fu Manchu (circa 2003)
Fu Manchu shown with sideburns and soul patch


A beard worn on the chin like a billy goat. A proper goatee is not connected to a mustache.

Status: Complete (2004)
Goatee (circa 2004)
Goatee shown with sideburns


A mustache where the sides are twisted or curl upward or outward on the ends.

Status: Complete (2007)
Handlebar (circa 2007)
Handlebar shown with Hollywoodian style beard

Handlebar and Chin Puff

A mustache with pointy ends worn with a strip of hair down the center of the chin.

Status: Not Achieved… Yet.

Handlebar and Goatee

A handlebar mustache worn with a goatee. Neither are connected.

Status: Not Achieved… Yet.


A mustache connected to a beard in which the sideburns are removed.

Status: Complete (2007)
Hollywoodian (circa 2007)


Friendly chops that long and wavy.

Status: Complete (2008)
Hulihee (circa 2008)

The Klingon

A full beard where the upper lip is shaved clean, but the connectors from the beard to the mustache are left in tact. Popularized by Klingon characters from the Star Trek series.

Status: Complete (2004)
The Klingon (circa 2004)

Mutton Chops

Sideburns that extend all the way down to an imaginary lines drawn downward from the corners of the mouth.

Status: Not Achieved… Yet.

Napoleon III Imperial

This is identical to the Handlebar and Chin Puff, except that the chin puff extends much further off of the chin.

Status: Not Achieved… Yet.

Old Dutch

A Full beard without mustache as popularized by the Amish.

Status: Complete (2004)
Old Dutch (circa 2004)

The Pencil

A very thin mustache along the upper lip.

Status: Complete (2003)
The Pencil (circa 2003)

Petit Goatee

A small version of the goatee that is limited to the central part of the chin.

Status: Complete (2004)
Petit Goatee (circa 2004)

Rap Industry Standard

A very, very thin line of hair that extends from the sideburns and along the jawline and into a pencil mustache.

Status: Complete (2008)
The Rap Industry Standard (circa 2008)

Short Boxed Beard

A full beard of typical variety.

Status: Complete (2003)
Short Boxed Beard (circa 2007)

Soul Patch

A small patch of hair between the lower lip and chin. Popularized by beatniks of the 1960’s.

Status: Complete (2000 and 2008)
Soul Patch (2008)


A mustache that extends downward from the corners of the mouth combined with, but not connected to, a goatee that is separated into two braided strands. Popularized by the character, Jack Sparrow, in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Status: Not Achieved… Yet.

Super Mario

A mustache that grows from… Come on, man. You have too many bits. You can’t really grow this.

Status: Impossible


A mustache with hair only in the center of the lip that generally extends no further than the width of the nose. Made famous by Charlie Chaplin and thrown out of favor by Adolf Hitler.

Status: Complete (2008)

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Van Dyke

A goatee that is connected to a mustache.

Status: Complete (1998)
Van Dyke (circa 1998)

The Winnfield

Wide sideburns that extend below the ear combined, but not connected to, a mustache that extends downward from the corners of the mouth to the jaw line. Popularized by the character Jules Winnfield in the movie, Pulp Fiction.

Status: Not Achieved… Yet.

The Zappa

A full mustache that extends slightly downward past the corners of the mouth, combined with a soul patch. Popularized by musician, Frank Zappa.

Status: Complete (2003)
The Zappa (circa 2003)

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awesome man

Zane! November 10, 2009 at 1:40 AM  

Amazing! I love this.

Anonymous January 21, 2010 at 6:09 PM  

That is dedication, some great styles in there!

Anonymous March 7, 2010 at 9:13 AM  


Anonymous May 23, 2010 at 4:46 PM  

awesome. love your styles. cant wait for the chin curtain.

Full Gore December 2, 2010 at 11:56 PM  

always search here for suggestions, thanks for sharing! Already tried 2 styles!

Anonymous January 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM  

Awesome job man, ill give a try for some of the styles

Anonymous February 11, 2011 at 4:39 PM  

Please, keep em coming!

Anonymous April 6, 2011 at 11:47 PM  

Looks great! Keep it up!

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