There are many different types of beards men can choose wear. It is up to the individual to decide which style bests suits him and complements his facial shape and other distinctive facial features. Some men will find themselves experimenting with different styles before finding the one that they decide to wear for a long while, perhaps for a lifetime.
The most classic beard is the full beard. When you think of a full beard, think of Santa Claus. A full beard is a fully grown out beard that is worn long and includes a moustache and integrated side burns. This beard provides full coverage for anyone looking to cover the face for any reason.
A goatee is another popular style. A goatee consists of a small tuft of hair grown on the chin that looks a lot like a billy goat's beard, hence the name. A soul patch is a sliver of hair worn vertically under the lower lip headed toward the chin. A Van Dyke is a goatee that is paired with a moustache.
Stubble is a popular look worn often by men who are in between shaves and have about one or two day's hair growth on their face. The stubble look was made famous as an intentional style by the characters in the television show Miami Vice. Some people began shaving to a preset length that was just beyond a smooth shave to mimic this popular look.
A chinstrap is a beard that wraps around the chin, but does not feature a moustache. The look closely resembles wearing a helmet chinstrap.
A royale is a pointed beard that was popular in France during the second Empire. It is not very common today. Instead, a popular contemporary look tends to be a cropped full beard that is neatly groomed.
In order to determine which style you like best for yourself, you can begin any time by growing out your facial hair starting first with stubble and progressing eventually to a full beard. You can experiment by shaving off parts until you have left nothing but a soul patch. Along the journey from stubble to full beard to soul patch, you will be able to try all sorts of variations, allowing you to discover all the types of different beards that you think work best for you.
You may have it a little easier when it comes to grooming, but you still have some work to do to look your best. For starters, washing means more than splashing water around on your face. Use facial cleansers matched to your skin type to deep-clean your skin. Then move on to the details, like trimming any beard or mustache and removing any stray hairs on your face.
I have learned that most men don't like to shave. At least, the men I know would rather forego this male ritual. I've heard men complain of getting razor burn, (the red, sore bumps), after a shave, and I've actually seen men walk around with bits of spittle and toilet paper dotting their faces. Men may be surprised to learn that women sometimes have the same troubles when they shave their legs and armpits.