Like longships and helmets, full, thick, statement beards have become synonymous with Vikings –an image that’s only been made more popular with recent TV shows and movies
If you’re a fan of statement facial hair, the Viking beard style could be for you. Here, we explore how to grow a Viking beard, including how long it takes to grow and how you can take your beard to the next level with a braided Viking beard.
But first, let’s take a look at the history of Viking grooming…
A Brief History of Viking Grooming
Vikings weren’t just warriors and seafarers; many of them also farmed and raised livestock, living a simpler existence.
The stereotypical image of the Viking beard most likely stems from the Viking chief Halvar, who is always portrayed with a thick beard dominating his face.
Archaeological digs have discovered Viking combs and what appear to be other hair care tools, indicating that grooming was important to people at the time. It’s also believed that oils and other solutions would have been used for beard care.
What is a Viking beard?
A typical Viking beard is full, thick and accompanied by a similarly bushy moustache. This would have been a factor of spending months at sea with limited facilities for shaving or grooming, while it also would have helped to keep sailors’ faces warm.
During combat, it’s thought that beards would have been braided to keep them out of the way, along with the long hair on a Viking’s head. Outside of battle, beards and hair were most likely combed and worn more neatly.
How to Grow a Viking style beard
Here’s what you need to know about growing, styling and maintaining a Viking beard:
1. Prepare Your Facial Hair
The first thing you need to do to grow your Viking-style beard is trim your facial hair – yes, really… Before you start growing your facial hair into a Viking beard even Halvar would be proud of, you need to make sure your beard hair is all one length.
Use the King C. Gillette Beard Trimmer, powered by Braun beard trimming technology, to provide you with a good base from which to grow out your Viking-style beard.
2. Let it Grow
Of course, if you want the beard of a Viking, you need to grow out your facial hair. When it comes to this beard style, the more hair, the better. However, it’s important to regularly trim the sides and outline of your beard to keep your growth well-defined – you don’t want your Viking beard to take over your entire face.
A thick, long beard needs a lot more care than a shorter facial hair style like a goatee, so you need to make sure you’re washing your beard regularly. When choosing a shampoo, make sure you select one that’s specifically designed for beards, like the King C. Gillette Beard & Face Wash.