28 Facial Hair & Beard Types: Leaders Who Rock Them

1. French Fork (or Ducktail)

Brad Pitt and Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) have sported the forktail and wear it well.

2. Old Dutch

This beard type was started by the Dutch. Nice and bushy beard that covers the chin but minus a mustache and hair on some of the cheek area.

3. Mutton Chops

My brother-in-law Mike Jeffcoat had mutton chops for a short time.

4. Garibaldi

This one is becoming more popular in baseball. The look is named for Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian national hero.

5. Imperial

This beard type has been worn by international political leaders and…Mel Gibson. Looks kinda creepy if you ask me.

6. Anchor

This beard type looks sorta like a boat anchor. Iron Man aka Tony Stark (actor Robert Downey Jr.) dons this facial hair type and wears it well!

7. Goatee

Many Hollywood actors have grown this facial hair style. Some with the mustache, some without.

Ben Affleck, Jesse James, and

Idris Elba to name a few…

8. Van Dyke

Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner seem to wear this facial hair type well.

9. Stubble

Paul Ryan, George Michael, and Drake are just a few of many prominent leaders who choose the stubble beard style.

10. General Lee

Defined by the man himself…General Robert E. Lee

11. Salvador Dali

I don’t know anyone famous who can sport this…at least not as a joke.

12. Fu Manchu

Hulk Hogan and Joe Flacco are two rare birds that wear the Fu Manchu. Get it? Rare “birds. Flacco plays quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, and Hogan is quite the eccentric ex-wrestler.

13. Groucho Marx

No, not THAT Marx guy. The funny one who has the bushy mustache that starts nearly above his nose.

14. Hitler

No one dares to don the Hitler mustache for fear of being associated with the infamous dictator. Check out more of his infamous quotes in one of my other posts

16. Chaplin

While this facial hair style is often mistaken for Hitler’s; it is distinctly different. Chaplin’s has more of a flare shape and none of the maniacal, world-dominating, tyrannical aspirations.

17. Sparrow

Named for Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, Johnny Depp (as Sparrow) and Brad Pitt have donned this facial hair.

18. Klingon

Ah, yes. Lieutenant Commander Worf of The Next Generation series (Star Trek). He was one of my favorite characters on the best Star Trek show of all time. Picard was a more refined leader than Kirk ever was. Eat your heart out Captain Kirk (and Shatner)!

19. Zappa

Frank Zappa started it, George Michael kept it alive, and Ben Stiller (White Goodman in the Dodgeball movie) killed it. And depending on your perspective, “killing it” might be cool or uncool!

20. Soul Patch

​Apolo Anton Ohno, Howie Mandel, and Billy Bob Thornton have sported a little soul with their facial hair. Although, Apolo denies that his is a soul patch; he says it is a goatee. If that’s a goatee, it’s the smallest one ever.

21. Pencil

Marked by sharp, razor thin lines, this beard type is minimalistic to the extreme.

22. Full Beard Style

Duck Dynasty, ZZ Top, and Gandalf (Lord of the Rings) are all bad dudes. If you want to wear a full beard, you’ve got to have some bad in you.

23. Cantinflas

Named for the Mexican comic film actor, producer, and screenwriter Mario Moreno (known commonly as Cantinflas), this lacks a middle to a regular mustache, and has only the ends.

24. Copstash Standard

Tom Selleck of Magnum P.I. fame made this popular in the 80s. It derives its name from the combination of cop and stash (short for mustache), since many cops wear this facial hair type. Also, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) of the Parks and Recreation show sported quite a nice copstash.

25. Federation

This minimalistic sideburns was worn by several crew on at least 3 different Star Trek series. Kirk and Spock on the original, Data on Next Generation, and Lieutenant Tom Paris on Voyager.

26. Hulihee

​This facial hair type isn’t very popular with its wavy, bushy cheek hair and connecting mustache, at least in the states.

27. Winnfield

James Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) made a splash on pop culture with this beard type.

28. Chin Curtain

​Me, who else? After experimenting with different facial hair types over many years, I have finally settled on the Chin Curtain.

So, is there any hope of being perceived fairly with or without facial hair or a beard?

No, we cannot change our looks, short of a face transplant (video below). But, I believe there is a way we can influence perceptions. Review these 2 posts for more:


Originally published at www.milesanthonysmith.com.