Pretty much every man starts losing their hair at some point in his life, but knowing how common it is doesn’t make it any easier. What you do about it is your decision, but for guys who choose to embrace the full bald look, the world of facial hair becomes even more exciting. Whether you’re without hair completely or have just preemptively shaved it all down, growing a beard and other facial hair styles can change your look even without doing anything up top. There are endless options for facial hair, from mustaches and goatees to full beards and perma-stubble, all of which can either soften the look of a fully bald head or enhance it, depending on what you’re going for. These are the best beard styles for bald men, shown on some of our favorite bald celebrities.
As seen on Tom Hardy
As far as full beards go, this one is probably the easiest. You have to let the hair grow…and grow. And grow some more. You need considerable length for this, but once it’s there, upkeep is minimal. While there is an obvious shape to this beard (longer on the shin, shorter on the sides), it’s not manicured. Shape it with a trimmer about once a week and in the meantime, let it do its thing. It looks best with a very short buzz on top, but also works well with a completely bald head.
As seen on Jason Statham
Many famous bald guys have their signature look, and Statham has rocked the two-day stubble look for as long as we can remember. If it ain’t broke, why fix it? This look is easy to get—just literally put down the razor for a few days—and maintain by using a beard trimmer regularly to keep it at the length you want. What’s great about this, though, is that it blends with the stubble on the sides of his head, which gives the whole thing a purposeful, and very cool, look.
As seen on Stanley Tucci
Is this a purposeful bald style or has he just not shaved in a few days? It’s impossible to tell and that’s precisely the point. The stubble provides contrast to the shiny scalp and tempers the look. There’s an ever-so-subtle shape just in the goatee area, suggesting that Tucci left that area with a day or two more growth on purpose, but it’s blended seamlessly for a casual look.
As seen on Dwayne Johnson
You can’t get much more traditional than a classic goatee, but that’s where the charm comes from. It’s like the blue jeans of facial hair—simple, iconic, and looks good on pretty much anyone. To get this look, keep hair confined to the chin and mustache with thin-ish lines connecting them. Keep the length the same overall and moderately short.
Full and Rounded
As seen on Common
You might assume that the best way to soften the look of a fully-bald head is to make your beard super angular. However, as shown here on Common, the opposite could be true. When there’s not hair on top to add height, a full beard cut in an oval can help to elongate your face and make it look taller and slimmer. It works best on thick beards, which can really show off the shape, and—heads up, it requires regular trimming.
Full Chin Cover
As seen on Brian Cranston
This style has the same structure as the classic goatee—chin, mustache, lines connecting them —but is super sized. It covers more surface area on the shin and the lines besides the mouth are slightly thicker. It’s also a little bit longer, so offers more coverage. Thanks to the wider shape and the longer length, it looks slightly less shaped than the classic, but still requires the same general upkeep.
As seen on Idris Elba
The beauty of this style is that the shape, while obviously thought through, seems organic. Cool guys like Elba favor a sort of hybrid look and this beard delivers that. There’s obvious length here, which takes a while to grow out, and he’s us