The beard. It's the oldest look in the book. Even Gandalf* has one, and a really good one too. So good, in fact, his arch nemesis went and copied it; a surefire sign if ever there was one that having a beard is a good idea. But is it? Not even deities are immune to the whims of fashion, and trends change nearly as quickly as I change my underwear, which is nearly every day.
The good thing about beards, however, is that they're more versatile than a Swiss Army Knife. Read on to discover some of the best facial topiary designs out there and how to get them with the help of a trusty Braun trimmer and shaver.
The Isolated Lumberjack
Glorious, lustrous, popular among every demographic in society, from Costa Rican slow-brew coffee-drinking hipsters in Dalston to Cuban revolutionaries and even Santa. To sport a full-on beard is a bold move, but the results can be glorious if done right. Naturally, your shaver isn't going to play a big part in your life if you opt for this bushy beast, but you might need a little tidy up from time to time. Enter stage left, trusty trimmer.
The Guy Fawkes*
Ah, Guy Fawkes, the original twisted firestarter. Whatever your opinion on the 17th-century gunpowder fan, it's undeniable that he had tekkers when it came to distinctive facial hair. Check out that the hairy badman running down his chin. Some might say it's dynamite. Not me though, I'm better than that.
The Walter White*
I've never seen Breaking Bad, but I'm familiar with Walter White's rectangular chin strap look. Don't do it. You'll look like a magician for goodness' sake.
The Stainless Steel Handlebar
Now we're talking. The Stainless Steel Handlebar, otherwise known as the Gold Rush Gary, is not only one of the finest beards a man can have, but also an example of a shaving masterclass. Look at the fine margins between skin and beard. Look at the symmetry. It's like Galileo got commissioned to design the perfect beard before getting his bro Michelangelo to craft it. The only danger with the Stainless Steel Handlebar is that because it's such an audacious look, you run the risk of people thinking you must be doing it for charity.
A 'tache that says "look at me, look at me and admire the area above my top lip. And then once you've done that admire the face. And then the torso. And then go back to my awesome 'tache.'
Admittedly, it's easier to pull off The Zorro if you're a 19th-century defender of the poor and needy, but if done with the sort of precision used by the masked crusader, the Zorro is a masterclass in facial grooming.
The Clean Shave
And, as anyone who's ever seen The Lion King will know, it's the Circle of Life. We started with full-blown beardy beard, we end with the cleanest of shaves, the Clean Shave.
For some men, facial fluff is a bad look, nigh on impossible even. For others, rugged is simply where it's at, the rough-edged prickles of stubbledom a dead cert to get heads turning, fingers licking and passers-by swooning.
If you're going to go commando up top, then our boys at Braun can sort you out with the go-to Braun Series 3 ProSkin for the Clean Shave, capturing more hair in the first stroke than other shavers. Just saying.
So there you go. Six styles, six choices. Just don't go with the Walter White. It's not a good look. Trust me.
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*Fictional man with excellent facial hair, not officially Braun ambassador. We can dream.