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How To Grow a Hollywoodian Beard

How To Grow a Hollywoodian Beard
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The Hollywoodian beard style came to prominence during the Golden Age of Hollywood (1950s-60s) and, in a classic case of what’s old is new, has reemerged as a trend in modern day Tinsel Town.

With many bearded actors sporting this look all over the red carpets, the Hollywoodian beard is becoming a global go-to facial hair style.

Want to flaunt the look? We’ve got you covered with our ultimate guide to achieving this timeless beard style, including which products you should be using to rock the Hollywoodian.

What Is a Hollywoodian Beard Style?

First things first. What makes a Hollywoodian beard... Hollywoodian? Its popularity stemmed from its ability to define the jawline, allowing actors to prove they had that ‘leading man’ quality behind the camera and in front of the paparazzi.

With countless bearded celebrities now rocking the Hollywoodian beard style, it’s no wonder the look is re-emerging as the ultimate inspiration for the bearded gentleman.

Hollywoodian Beard Characteristics

So, what does a Hollywoodian beard style look like? Key features that define the Hollywoodian include:

  • Goatee
  • Full moustache
  • Wide, horizontal chin strap
  • Shaved upper cheeks
  • Shaved sideburns
  • Around 1-2 inches in length

How to Grow a Hollywoodian Beard

Ready to start growing your own Hollywoodian beard? Follow these simple steps to achieve this classic beard style.

Hollywoodian Beard Toolkit:

Step 1 – Grow Out Your Beard

The first step to achieving the Hollywoodian is to put that razor down.

To pull off a Hollywoodian beard, you should first grow out your facial hair for about 4 – 6 weeks aiming for at least 1-2 inches of growth to achieve the classic style look inspired by the original 1950’s/60’s beard.

Need a hand with the beard growth process? Check out our guide on how to grow a beard below:

Step 2 – Shave Your Cheek Line and Sideburns

The Hollywoodian beard style is then achieved by shaving off your upper sideburns (from your earlobe up). It’s a great beard style option for men that struggle with cheek growth.

To achieve the level of detail of the Hollywood elite, use a razor designed with precision in mind, like our King C. Gillette Beard Trimmer & Double Edge Razor. Ideal for a close and comfortable shave, this razor is inspired by the iconic model launched by King Camp Gillette in 1901. Its doubled-edged blades are perfect for accurate shaving and tackling your sideburns, helping you to rock those sharp styles.

This should leave you with a goatee, moustache and chin strap combo.

Step 3 – Shape Your Soul Patch

Traditionally, the soul patch of a Hollywoodian beard look should be square-shaped. Using the precision trimmer setting on your King C. Gillette Beard Trimmer, carefully sculpt your square soul patch.

Need further soul patch advice? Check out our previous post:

Step 4 – Tidy Your Neckline

To finish off the true Hollywoodian beard look, it’s time to define your beard neckline.

Be sure to kickstart your shave with the King C. Gillette Beard and Face Wash. This will help alleviate irritation when shaving.

Tilt your head upwards and use the King C. Gillette Double Edge Razor in your set to shave your beards neckline 1-inch above the peak of the Adam’s apple.

How to Maintain a Hollywoodian Beard

It’s important to trim a Hollywoodian beard once a week to keep your sideburns and neckbeard clean shaven, and your goatee and moustache looking neat.

Treat your beard regularly with beard oil and wash daily with the King C. Gillette Beard and Face Wash to keep it clean and looking healthy.

Common Hollywoodian Beard Mistakes

Don’t rush to get the clippers out just yet. As with the best grooming tips, the devil is in the detail. Hollywoodian beard mistakes are more common than you’d think and not everyone knows how to pull off the look. Luckily, we’ve got you covered.

There are several factors to consider before attempting one:

The Patchiness of Your Beard

While the Hollywoodian beard is perfect for covering up any patches on your cheeks, it can highlight patches on your chin.

If you struggle with chin patches, consider growing your beard slightly longer to help cover patchy areas.

However, genetic predispositions to patchiness can be strong - and trust us when we say it’s better to find a look that accentuates your positives long-term, rather than one that falls to pieces after 5 minutes of fame.

For tips on how to fix a patchy beard, check out:

The Shape of Your Jawline

The Hollywoodian beard works best on men that don’t already have square, well-defined jawlines, as it can cover up the manly mandible.

For men with round faces however, the Hollywoodian beard style creates the appearance of a longer face (unlike sideburns that can make it look more round).

Men with oval, triangle, or diamond shaped faces with prominent cheekbones can benefit from this beard look too, as it adds definition around the cheeks, creating a stronger-looking jawline.

Man in a dark green sweater with a Hollywoodian beard

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