Looking for a new facial hair style? We’ve handpicked 9 awesome beard ideas for Asian guys, so if you’re in need of some beard inspo, read on!
Growing a beard can transform your entire appearance, and sometimes it can even make you look like a new person. Whether you’re only able to grow a fine stubble or a full chest-length beard, growing facial hair is something you should at least consider if you like changing up your look.
Genetically, some Asian men are unable to grow full beards, but others have no problem. Depending on your facial hair type, you may not be able to grow every beard on this list, but don’t worry––we’ve got something for everyone.
Without further ado, here are 9 stylish Asian beard ideas.
Try These Asian Beard Ideas
Here they are in no particular order.
1) Asian Goatee
The goatee is a popular choice for Asian men who can’t grow a full-length beard or who have patchier facial hair. All this style requires is a small mustache and a bit of hair on the chin. The size of the goatee doesn’t really matter.
It’s typically best to keep an Asian goatee trimmed fairly short in order to maximize neatness. Unless you’re planning to grow out your goatee (see below), trim it close to the skin. One of the best aspects of the goatee is that it’s easy to manage. All it takes is some regular shaving to keep it neat and tidy.
2) Goatee With Stubble
If you tend to grow mostly just a layer of stubble, then this facial hair style might work best for you. It mainly consists of the mustache and goatee at the front, but there’s fine stubble on the sides and chin. When kept trimmed, this style looks polished and professional.
With this style, take care to not let it get too unruly. You’ll have to trim your stubble regularly (maybe even daily) to keep it looking neat. The mustache and goatee can be trimmed more lightly so that they grow out while the stubble on the sides stays short.
3) Asian Van Dyke Beard
The Van Dyke beard––named after the renowned Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck––is an easy way to achieve a refined look with only a bit of facial hair. All that you need is to be able to grow a mustache and a goatee. The sides of the face are clean shaven, and the mustache does not connect to the goatee.
The Van Dyke goes well with all kinds of hairstyles, though it’s best suited to medium-length cuts. A big plus is that most guys will be able to grow the facial hair necessary for this style. You can even grow out just stubble into the Van Dyke shape by shaving the rest of your stubble.
4) Light Asian Beard
Facial hair that grows in a relatively unstructured pattern may seem difficult to work with. However, if you lean into that lack of structure, you can get a surprisingly nice beard. The trick isn’t to let your beard run wild but to focus on where your beard fills in the most and emphasize that.
Here, the hair is at its fullest along the jawline. A noticeable mustache and soul patch complete the goatee and connect the sides. While the hair is slightly patchy on the cheeks, it’s trimmed so that it adds weight without looking too scraggly.
5) Asian Full Beard
You don’t have to grow six inches of facial hair to boast a thick, full beard. If your beard grows in pretty evenly, then this style is easily within your reach. It’s a full yet trimmed beard that’s even along the jawline.
The goatee and sides are the same thickness to ensure neatness, and the mustache connects to the beard to complete the look.
Since this beard style is so tidy, it’s great for the classroom or the workplace. In fact, this might just be the most versatile Asian beard style on our list. It’s also a good option for Asian men who can grow a sizable beard but prefer to keep it short.
6) Grown Out Shadow
The 5 o’clock shadow is a timeless facial hair style that also happens to work well with many Asian facial hair types. With the style pictured here, the shadow is grown out until there’s a fine layer of hair on the cheeks.
The mustache and goatee are thicker and fuller for a subtle contrast.
This style works best with thicker, coarser facial hair that’s not too patchy, as it requires pretty much the entire beard to be grown out. However, if your hair is patchier, you can mitigate that issue by carefully trimming it and ensuring that there are no patchy spots visible.
7) Thick Rugged Beard
Here’s a long yet casual beard that’s stylishly unkempt for a more rugged appearance. It’s doesn’t go full lumberjack, but it definitely channels that vibe. It’s a versatile and impressive beard style, and we think it pairs really nicely with many longer Asian hairstyles.
The great thing about this beard is that you can trim it or let it grow out depending on whether you want a neat or tousled style. Since this is a longer beard style, it’ll take quite a lot of growth, but you can’t argue with the results.
8) Long & Pointed
After a longer beard style? Here’s one for you. This might take several months of growth and maintenance, but after that long road, you’ll have a banging beard to show off.
The beard is trimmed so that it’s longest at the chin, creating an accentuated goatee that looks suave and magisterial at the same time.
The mustache and sides are also longer and thicker than most of the styles on this list, so like the previous style, this beard will take some serious beard growth. If you’re up for the challenge (and have the patience), this style will reward you with its exceptionally cool vibes.
9) Long Asian Goatee
Easily the most impressive Asian beard style on this list, the long goatee takes a certain kind of dedication to grow. In addition to growing out your goatee for months, you’ll need to pay close attention to carefully trimming the rest of your facial hair to keep it in check.
However, if you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll have an eye-catching goatee that will rival even the burliest biker’s beard.
It’s especially striking if you have grey or salt-and-pepper facial hair (as shown here), but it looks fantastic with any hair color. And if you want to get really fancy, you could knot or braid your goatee after growing it out for a bit of decorative flair.
That wraps up our list of 9 slick Asian beard ideas. Most of these facial hair styles are easy to tweak and personalize, so the sky’s the limit.
Do you have a favorite Asian beard style we missed? Tell us in the comments!