As the saying goes, “first impressions are everything”. There is a right way and a wrong way to grow a beard, and there are many silent messages your facial hair is telling other people about who you are. Spoiler Alert: It isn’t always good. So, if you want to make sure your facial hair is giving off the impression you want, whether it’s with the ladies or during your next job interview, grab some beard balm and listen up.
The Full Beard
A full beard, when groomed properly with beard balm, gives off a masculine, traditional impression. It tells the world that you’re comfortable and proud of your masculinity. You’re a man of chivalry; a man of traditional, and a man who deserves and demands respect. As long as you’re keeping your full beard groomed, well-hydrated and controlled with beard oil, it can bring you many great opportunities.
The Stubble Beard
You can’t ever go wrong with the stubble beard, as long as you maintain it. A little stubble can go a long way, especially if you’re on the prowl for a new lady. Stubble beards give off the impression that you prefer the simple things in life but that you’re current, trendy, and like to look good. You aren’t a flashy guy and have no desire to show off, which are two qualities both employers and women like, and you also know what’s up.
Here’s the thing about a mustache; it can give off three different messages. For one, the mustache can give off the impression that you’re a firefighter, that you’re celebrating Movember to raise awareness for prostate cancer, or you’re an old creepy dude.
The thing with the firefighter might sound like a good look to give off, but the mustache-wearing firefighter is usually a chief or some dude who is creeping up to retirement. So, if you aren’t a senior firefighter and it isn’t November, your mustache can only be giving off the creepy, old man vibe.
Now, there is the odd time you’ll see a young stud wearing a mustache and in this case, it usually gives off the impression that you’re cocky, perhaps even a little risqué and untrustworthy.
So, in other words, unless it’s November, the mustache is a no. No handlebars. No horseshoe. No mustache. There is no mustache even the best beard balm can fix.
The goatee is one of those beards that very few can pull off, especially today. It’s a beard that was most popular during the boy band era, and if you’re still rocking it, perhaps it’s time to change up this look as it may be giving off the appearance that you’re outdated or old. This might not seem like a bad thing but it’s important to give off the impression that you’re current with the times, especially if you’re heading into the corporate world or looking for a promotion. While it may just be facial hair, a goatee may be telling your boss that you are way out of the times and are too oblivious to notice. This translates into the impression that you lack attention to detail or a little too rough around the edges. Pardon the pun.
It’s great if you can grow sideburns… But the world doesn’t have to see them. Unfortunately, sideburns do not give off that masculine look you think they do. Instead, they usually give off the appearance that you’re way outdated, slightly careless, messy, and maybe a little more interested in having fun than being responsible.
A chinstrap looks great – we’ll give it to you. Unfortunately, have you ever met a guy with a chinstrap who isn’t insanely proud of it? Probably not. And for this reason, having a chinstrap usually gives off the impression that you’re an egotistical man who wants attention. You’re a little self-absorbed (or a lot), and will go the extra mile to stand out, even if it means being unethical.
The moral of the story here is, if you want your mustache to take you to great places in life, love and career, stick with some stubble or a well-groomed full-beard. Or forget what everyone else thinks and rock the facial hair that makes you feel good. Either way, the secret is to always make sure you maintain your facial hair. So, head on over to Anchors Hair Co and shop our men’s grooming products to ensure the best look.