Good Beard Guide

Good Beard Guide


Beards have been on men's style radar for a while now and their popularity shows no sign of waning. Newsnight viewers had to double take when Jeremy Paxman embraced the face fuzz last year — a sure fire sign that the beard has gone mainstream. A healthy thatch hints at virility, confidence and an innate sense of style. It's enigmatic appeal is captured in new photographic tome, 100 Beards edition two by Jonathan Daniel Pryce, the fashion photographer and style commentator behind

Left The Dandy: Channels the rakish Edwardian gentleman and rocks a tidy
'tache.Pocket-watch and spectacles mandatory.
Right The Avant Garde: Teams his preened crumb catcher with his bowler hat. 

'Trends are cyclical. Ten years ago, to be well-groomed was considered metrosexual,' observes Pryce. 'Now men realise beards allow them to look both masculine and groomed. The men I photographed for the book — from bankers to tradesmen — say having a beard is liberating and gives them confidence to experiment with their style.' Pryce photographed one bearded gent a day for 100 days with his muses ranging in age from 18 to 80.

   The Mariner: His beard is long, full and windswept, worn with a sou'wester

Following the first edition of 100 Beards in 2012, Pryce has produced this updated and expanded instalment due to popular demand. 'I was inundated with tweets and Instagram posts from guys wanting to be involved.' Pryce scoured the globe for subjects, finding inspiration on the international fashion weeks circuit as well as the streets of Berlin, Manchester and beyond. He noticed a correlation between cut and geography. Parisian men wear their facial hair with a scruffy nonchalance whereas in Milan beards are neat to match their impeccable Italian tailoring. And the rugged, hipster beard is a key look in NYC - think lumberjack meets Kurt Cobain. Pryce's secret to a great beard? 'Don’t let it grow out of control. Get it trimmed regularly. Remember, it must look effortless.'

Left The Hipster: Tattooed and artfully unkempt, his beard is as smooth as his soy flat-white.
Right The Rocker: Wears his hair longer than his beard. Double-denim is a must

100 Beards edition two (Polwarth Publishing) by Jonathan Daniel Pryce, £25


First, cleanse your beard with label.m Deep-Cleansing Shampoo,£10.50, to remove dirt and excess facial oils. Next slather on Kiehl's Facial Fuel Gel, £14.50, before tidying up any straggly patches. For areas that need shaving, lather up with Czech & Speake No.88 Shaving Soap, £21 and Dr.Harris & Co Badger Brush, £55. Finish with Murdock Beard Moisturiser, £24, enriched with Aloe Vera to keep your beard soft, shiny and healthy-looking.

  • Words: Bethan King

  • Photography: Jonathon Daniel Pryce