Types of Beards – The Salon 83

Types of Beards

Balbo Style

An extended version of the Van Dyke which wraps around the mouth, with the ends of the mustache (and sometimes also the jawline) flared out beyond the lines that connect to the chin. Named for Italian Marshal of the Air Force Italo Balbo. This style was common among 19th- and early 20th-century German collegiate and military officials.


Full Beard

The simple term beard is an umbrella term which can include any style of facial hair that isn't clean-shaven or just a mustache.

A "full beard" is one which shows full, unmodified growth on all available areas of the face and neck, including the mustache, chin, sideburns, and cheeks.


Chin Curtain

A full beard without a mustache or neck hair, sometimes called a "lion's mane."


Chin Strap 

Sideburns which are connected to each other by a narrow line of hair along the jaw, resembling a helmet strap harnessed to one's chin.


Friendly muttonchops

Muttonchops which are connected by a mustache  but no chin hair (which would make it a full beard).

Goat patch

Facial hair growing from the chin directly beneath the mouth. This is meant to resemble the hair on the chin of a goat. Also called a "chin puff" or "chin strip".



A beard style incorporating hair on the chin but not the cheeks. Traditionally, the term referred to a style including only the hair on the lower jaw around the mouth, but has become a blanket term to refer to any style incorporating hair on the chin but not the cheeks, including those with incorporated mustaches.