Like longships and helmet, full, thick, statement beards have become synonymous with Vikings – an image that’s only been emphasised by the Vikings TV series.
If you’re a fan of statement facial hair, the Viking beard style could be for you. Let’s take a look at the history behind this facial hair style and how you can rock a Viking beard today.
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 bearded warrior Viking 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 Did a Typical Viking Beard Look Like?
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 Get the Viking Beard Style
Here’s what you need to know about growing, styling and maintaining a Viking-style beard:
1. Prepare Your Facial Hair
To grow a Viking-style beard, you need to start by trimming your facial hair – yes, really.
Before growing your facial hair out into a full-on Viking beard, use the King C. Gillette Beard Trimmer to trim your beard down so it’s all one length. This will provide you with a good base from which to grow out your Viking-style beard.