The Balbo beard is a very sought-after beard style that if grown and groomed correctly can offer a man the perfect work/play balanced look; the Balbo beard style consists of a moustache coupled with lower chin and cheek hair. This beard style got its name from Italo Balbo, a past Italian military leader who served for Mussolini between the years 1915 and 1940 and the man who was first spotted sporting this style.
When looking at this beard style, it can sometimes be confused with an extended goatee; however, it's actually quite different. With the Balbo beard style, the moustache hair is allowed to grow quite long but is not generally allowed to connect with the chin or cheek hair. The patch of hair directly under the lower lip is also allowed to grow while the upper parts of the cheeks and lower parts of the neck are cleanly shaven.
This beard style is one of the few types that actually works well on most facial shapes, although it looks best on diamond and square facial shapes, and if pulled off correctly can make a man look more confident, stylish and bold.
How To Grow And Groom A Balbo Beard
Just like many other beard styles, to grow and groom the perfect a Balbo beard, you need to let your beard hair grow for at least four to six weeks to a length of between 3-5cm. We recommend getting your beard hair closer to the 5cm mark before you embark on the styling process as it will make it much, much easier to manage.
Once everything is in place, and your hair has grown to length, start by first shaving your cheeks and neck; the aim here is to leave a strip of hair around 1 inch thick running along the lower part of your jawline, ideally set half an inch above your jawline and half an inch below your jawline. Next, shave the hair from your sideburns straight down to just above the curve on the backside of your jaw. Then finally, disconnect your moustache from your chin hair by shaving down each side of your lip, making sure to leave the centre part of your chin hair in place.
Your aim with this style is to basically have a disconnected moustache with a strip of hair running along your jawline that smoothly connects to your soul patch under your lower lip. Be sure to use a good quality adjustable beard trimmer to get your Balbo beard at just the right length, and, don't be shy to let it grow a little longer.
Tips for Maintaining Your Balbo Beard Style
- This beard style requires consistent trimming and styling to help maintain its shape; do note that stubble does not complement the Balbo beard.
- Make regular use of a beard trimmer to help keep this style at the optimum length and use a razor to shave the other areas as per our guide above.
- Try to keep each side of your face as symmetrical as possible; good symmetry is key for this style.
Below, we have links to all the different beard styles available and how to grow, groom and care for these styles - why not check them out?
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