The French fork beard style has a very long and unique history, and it may come as a surprise to you that this beard style actually originated from the Middle East and not France. The Persians loved giving their beards an elegant style, and this was one of the more opulent ones. Over time this Arabic beard style eventually found its way into Europe where it got its unique name; it's called the French fork beard style because it looks similar to the original 2-pronged fork used in France.
The French fork beard style is basically a long ducktail beard that's split into two at the chin. The style can either be parted by pulling the hair apart and setting it with wax, cutting it into shape with beard trimming scissors or separated by using two braided or plaited strands. The French fork beard style was most famously seen in the Pirates of the Caribbean on the character Captain Jack Sparrow where his French fork beard was braided with beads. This style looks its best when it's adequately maintained and groomed although many men sporting this look do leave it rough and rugged.
How To Grow And Groom The Perfect French Fork Beard
Growing a French fork beard is actually very easy and straightforward and doesn't require a great deal of skill, just patience. First, you need to let your beard grow to around 15cm in length as a minimum, the longer, the better with this one so do bear that in mind. Once grown to length you then want to trim the hair above your lips shorter than the hair on your chin to give your beard the ducktail look. Trim your upper beard to a length that suits your preference; there is no right or wrong length for this step just as long as it's shorter than the hair on your chin. Then finally, to get the fork effect below your chin, you need to either; pull the hair apart and set it in place with beard wax, trim an upside-down triangular shape for a more permanent look, or separately braid/plait two prongs of hair.
Tips For Styling And Maintaining A French Fork Beard
- Grow your beard to a minimum of 15cm before you start shaping and grooming.
- When starting, be sure that your beard has been grown and shaped into a ducktail style.
- Either wax, braid or cut your French fork beard style into place.
- If you settle on cutting the hair from the centre to achieve the look, be sure to maintain symmetry.
- Only use a good quality beard trimming scissors and adjustable beard clippers when grooming this style.
- Make sure to invest in high-quality beard wax to ensure the two forks maintain their shape and position should you choose the wax option.
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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