The Beard Club

This crew of the capital’s coolest fashion designers takes pride in their envy-worthy facial hair, making them experts in our book. 

 

The stonewall jacksON/ZZ TOP beard

As seen on Suket Dhir

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You are a Beard Man because:

I grew up in Punjab surrounded by all styles of beards. I once saw a Jatt guy riding a bike with his beard split because of the wind—all glory. I knew then that I wanted a moment like that for myself and it finally happened at the end of 2013. Also, it really suits me: It makes my round face look longer and it hides any signs of a double chin!

 

How long have you had it?

I’ve had it for about six years now. I shaved it off in the middle and when I came home, my wife insisted I grow it back. So here it is again—as curly and unruly as ever. It really suits my organic and unorganised lifestyle.

 

How do you maintain it?

Mine really is a lazy man’s beard.
I just let it grow. I don’t use any special products, just the same shampoo and conditioner my wife has lying around.

 

What’s your secret for growing a
kickass beard?

Just forget about it! Let it do its thing.

 

The extended stubble

As seen on Nikhil Mehra of Shantanu & Nikhil

 

 

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You are a Beard Man because:

My first beard was eight years ago when I contracted chicken pox and couldn’t shave for a month! I feel like my work changed once I grew a beard—it took me to a more mature space. I think changing my beard changes my perspective on things as well. People even spoke to me differently. I look forward to more flecks of grey and white.

 

How long have you had it?

I’ve had this one for about two-and-a-half years and it took me about three weeks to grow it out.

 

How do you maintain it?

I actually have a whole routine. I use a special trimmer to keep it short—length is very important.
I know what works for me. I have also created a style line across my cheeks which I keep consistent.
I apply a toner after a shower so that the skin around the beard looks good.

 

What’s your secret for growing a kickass beard?

The trick is in knowing the length that works for your face, how much to trim and where to trim from. Some guys look good with a blunt, heavy side trim. Also, not everyone can carry off a beard—if you’ve got fuller cheeks avoid too much facial hair. Your beard should be an extension of your personality, not your entire personality. A beard I admire is Rahul Dev’s new look—he looks fantastic!

  

The short boxed beard
As seen on Abhishek Paatni of The Thread Factory

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You are a Beard Man because:

What make-up is to women, the beard is to men. It all started with my hatred for shaving. My beard adds value to my face and I can alter it, depending on my mood, and get a fresh look every time. In the beginning I faced a number of problems with my parents and societal pressure in general. Then there were some intimacy issues with my girlfriend because of my beard. But I think it’s just so awesome that everyone else just has to adjust!

 

How long have you had it?

It took me about a month-and-a-half to grow it to the present length. I ‘ve had a beard for the past four years.

 

How do you maintain it?

I shampoo my beard twice a week and then use Johnson’s baby oil before sleeping—it works!

 

What’s your secret for growing a kickass beard?

All you have to do is be patient, drink a lot of beer, have sex (testosterone is known to trigger beard growth) and enjoy life!

 

The garibaldi

A s seen on Ujjawal Dubey of AntarAgni

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You are a Beard Man because:

I believe it’s the only accessory a man can carry off without a second thought! Also, I think the ladies love it so that doesn’t hurt.

 

How long have you had it?

I’ve been growing and maintaining it for the past year-and-a-half.

 

How do you maintain it?

It’s got to be soft and shining so a daily wash and condition is necessary. Tame it once a month using an electric trimmer along your cheek bones.

 

What’s your secret for growing a kickass beard?

You need to learn to tame it. The length of your beard is an important aspect—it has to be just perfect, depending on the shape of your face. Go for a shorter one if you have a long/oval face and a longer one if you have a round/square mug. The intermediate stage will probably annoy you the most, when it’s “arriving” but not yet there. You’ve got to push through that period of a few weeks.

 

The balbo

As seen on Armaan Randhawa of Armaan Aiman

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 You are a Beard Man because:

I’ve had facial hair ever since I can remember. I think it suits me and I really wouldn’t be caught dead with a baby face i.e. clean-shaven! A beard adds character.

 

How long have you had it?

This one is about two months old. I keep cutting it close and then growing it back again.

 

How do you maintain it?

It involves a little bit of work but I think it’s almost zero maintenance. You have to keep everything sculpted, but it’s easy if you have
less facial hair growth. The moustache has to be a handlebar and it’s okay if it grows downwards to connect with your beard. The goatee should grow halfway up the side of your face before thinning out towards the sideburns.

 

What’s your secret for growing a kickass beard?

Put some effort into trimming and maintaining it and you’ll have one less thing to worry about in your daily routine.

  

The classic full beard

As seen on Pranav Mishra of Huemn by Pranav Mishra & Shyma Shetty

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You are a Beard Man because:

I was brought up by a family of bearded men and so I never really thought about not having a beard.

 

How long have you had it?

I’ve had this one for about eight years. You could say it took me about 22 years to grow it in the first place! (laughs)

 

How do you maintain it?

I do nothing to it. I’m lucky to have a naturally thick and well-behaved beard.

 

What’s your secret for growing a kickass beard?

You need to figure out your facial hair growth pattern. Some guys get a patchy beard that can’t be grown out too long and some could give mountain bears serious competition.