Here's How To Rock A Beard in 2019

By Adam Baidawi
20 January 2019
Beards, Grooming
Facial hair has survived every fashion era. Let these four styles sported by film stars and sportsmen take you forward

The Statement
James Harden

James Harden

Take a moment to Google photos of the reigning NBA MVP, pre-beard. Harden has lived two distinct phases of style – and it’s clear that the statement beard was a clutch moment in his grooming journey. “If your jawline is not pronounced, growing a full beard can help to create a sharper, squared-off face shape,” says Harry Lynn, a barber at Dubai’s Chaps & Co.

Be forewarned: the statement beard is, well, statement-making. More importantly, it requires a playoff level of commitment to upkeep. Happily, the rewards can be worth the effort.

How it’s done: Don’t let it get scraggly – a fuller, longer beard requires a regular (gentle) trim. “Going to a barber to trim your sides down will ensure that the shape of your face doesn’t get too wide as the beard grows out,” says Lynn. Don’t neglect to shampoo it, either. “That and moisturising will help to stop the skin underneath from becoming uncomfortable, dry and itchy.”


The Sculptor
Naser Chadli

Nacer Chadli

The sculpted beard is a shortcut to a more commanding jawline – and it’s having a grooming moment. But, much like a painstakingly-chiselled piece of marble, details and proportion really matter. Think carefully about the shape you opt for. Remember: you’re going for globetrotting athlete, not Johnny Depp circa 2002.

How it’s done: When working this beard for the first time, it’s wise to make your barber your best friend. “This should only be defined by your barber. Getting both sides symmetrical can be difficult,” says Lynn. But, once a professional has nailed your shape, the power is back in your hands. Simply shave the hairless gaps every other day to keep things clean, and head back to your barber if the edges need defining again.


The Perma-Stubble
Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds

There’s a magical sweet spot between stubble and beard – and Reynolds knows the drill. Think of this as your always-on, do-it-all accessory: sharp and smart with everything from a weekend sweatshirt to a Thursday night velvet tux.

How it’s done: The major benefit of perma-stubble – handsomeness aside – is that it’s inherently low maintenance and relatively straightforward to get going. Use clippers or a beard trimmer to cut your stubble to a neat, uniform length, around 10mm or shorter. “Each week, do it at home, or visit your barber,” Lynn says. Remember to exfoliate regularly to keep the look rugged, not rough. You want the I-woke-up-like-this look, rather than the I-haven't-slept-in-days.


The In-Betweener
Ramin Rezaeian

Ramin Rezaeian

Rezaeian, the chippy Persian defender, has played in games full of big plays and heartbreaking near-misses. One shot that was definitely on target? His facial hair. Rezaeian’s take on the beard occasionally throws a little more length on the goatee, striking perfectly between polished and rugged.

How it’s done: “If your find that your face shape is a little wide, an extended goatee helps lengthen things out,” says Lynn. Unless you moonlight as a master barber, the careful fade rocked by Rezaeian is best not done at home. “It involves fading from a shorter length by your ears to the longer length on the chin – something not easy to do yourself.” Between visits, use a beard oil to keep things in check – particularly on the longer hair at the goatee area.