What your facial hair says about you

Your facial may be saying a lot more about you than you think

What your facial hair says about you
What your facial hair says about you
11 Mar 2015

What your facial hair says about you

Movember - the month where guys are encouraged to grow moustaches to raise awareness for men's health issues - is in full swing.

If you haven’t already done so, it’s still not too late. We spoke to Joel Phua, senior barber at barbershop Jermyn Street, to find out some of the popular facial hair styles and break down what they say about you. Who knows, you may change your mind about your face fuzz after you read this.

What your facial hair says about you
What your facial hair says about you
11 Mar 2015

What your facial hair says about you

5 O’ Clock Shadow

Who: George Young

What is it: The stubble that appears after your morning shave

This guy may look like he just rolled out of bed but like celebrity bed head hair, the 5 o’clock shadow requires more effort than you think. To achieve that sexy, scruffy - not dirty - look, you have to maintain the length of your stubble and keep the edges of your beard neat.

Joel recommends investing in an electric clipper like the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler which comes with different blade guards that you can use to maintain your stubble at different lengths.

What it says about you: You know you are good looking. “This guy probably has the I-don’t-care-what-you-think-about-me attitude, he can do whatever he wants and still look good,” said Joel. “It takes a certain look and confidence to pull off that scruffy look.”

Photo: ELLE Singapore

What your facial hair says about you
What your facial hair says about you
11 Mar 2015

What your facial hair says about you

After Eight

Who: Elvin Ng

What is it: A fairly thin moustache that is parted in the middle

What it says about you: You are scruffy but still want to give a bit of definition to your face structure. “He gives off the I’m-scruffy-but-I’m-still-good- looking kind of vibe,” said Joel. “His facial hair is a little thin but the density and how it grows depends on genetics. It doesn’t grow thicker the more you shave.”

Photo: Channel 8

What your facial hair says about you
What your facial hair says about you
11 Mar 2015

What your facial hair says about you

Pencil Moustache

Who: Alaric Tay as Nicholas Le Fung (The Noose)

What is it: A very thin moustache

What it says about you: You are a jokester, a funny, friendly guy.

Not a lot of people sport this look because you need to have a wider lip to shave half of the moustache off, said Joel. Plus it is tough to maintain on your own because it takes a lot of precision to trim it to a sliver and balance it out on both sides.

Photo: Channel 5

What your facial hair says about you
What your facial hair says about you
11 Mar 2015

What your facial hair says about you

Goatee

Who: Pierre Png

What is it: The chin beard that looks like facial hair on a billy goat

What it says about you: You are manly and well groomed. “He’s clean shaven on the side but still wants to keep a little bit of facial hair,” noted Joel. If you have a round or chubbier face, the goatee can make it look slimmer and sharper as it “takes the focus away from the cheeks”.

What your facial hair says about you
What your facial hair says about you
11 Mar 2015

What your facial hair says about you

Circle Beard

Who:  Tay Ping Hui

What is it: The circle beard is a small chin beard where the moustache connects to the goatee

What it says about you: You are manly and macho, “someone who is into fitness and manly stuff”.

“Not a lot of Asian guys can pull off this look because the moustache seldom connects to the chin. It’s usually empty around here (points to sides of the mouth) so this guy is fortunate. This guy is fortunate,” noted Joel.

And if it’s all salt and pepper like Tay Ping Hui’s, don’t dye it. Colouring makes it look artificial and when it grows out, it gets a little brown and you will get a three-tone look - brown, grey and black, said Joel.

“I always tell my clients to keep it natural, the women like it better. It looks more manly and makes you look more confident too.”
Photo: Channel 8

What your facial hair says about you
What your facial hair says about you
11 Mar 2015

What your facial hair says about you

The Porn Star

Who: Paul Foster

What is it: A thick and full moustache

What it says about you: You are confident but don’t take yourself too seriously. Despite its name, the Porn Star, or the thinner version known as the Artist, is one of the more suitable styles for corporate types as it’s “not too crazy” and is easy to maintain. Just trim around the lip line so your moustache doesn’t wrap around your lip and cut away any stray strands that go haywire.

But if your moustache is patchy, then it’s best to go clean. “It just doesn’t look good,” said Joel. “It’s like you are trying too hard. Like a bald guy trying to have a comb over, you have a couple of strands of hair and you are trying to cover your bald spot.”
Photo: Twitter

What your facial hair says about you
What your facial hair says about you
11 Mar 2015

What your facial hair says about you

Moustache with a short goatee

Who: Keagan Kang

What it says about you: You are into yourself and like trying new things. “He likes to play with his facial hair. [I can tell] because the goatee is really square and he’s really detailed on it. He’s definitely into himself,” said Joel.

What your facial hair says about you
What your facial hair says about you
30 Mar 2015

What your facial hair says about you

Soul Patch

What is it: A tiny patch of hair just below the lower chin

Who: Howie Mandel

What it says about you: You are outgoing, someone with a creative personality and wants to be different and stand out in the crowd.

Photo: EPA/WARREN TODA

What your facial hair says about you
What your facial hair says about you
11 Mar 2015

What your facial hair says about you

The Dali

Who: Joel Phua

What is it: Named after Spanish artist Salvatore Dali, this is a skinny moustache that goes out across the mouth and then styled upwards on both sides.

What it says about you: You are creative, artistic and like to express yourself. You also love your moustache and like to play with it.

To our surprise, the Dali is pretty popular with guys in Singapore. But if you are a low maintenance kind of dude, you might want to think twice as a fair amount of styling is required to achieve this look. “You have to twirl it a certain way otherwise one side will go up and the other will go down, and then you have to hold it in place with moustache wax,” said Joel.
"And it’s a pain in the a** when you eat. You can’t wipe your mouth properly because the moustache gets in the way.”

What your facial hair says about you
What your facial hair says about you
11 Mar 2015

What your facial hair says about you

Full-on scraggly beard

Who: Brad Pitt

What is it: Chewbacca-esque beard. While a full beard can signify alpha-male status, Brad Pitt has gone too far with his caveman look.

What it says about you: You are unkempt and dirty. “He probably needed it for a movie but if I see something like this on a person I would think he is not groomed at all and doesn’t care about his hygiene. He needs to come in and get it well groomed and trimmed down... it’s like a big, old mane! 

What your facial hair says about you
What your facial hair says about you
30 Mar 2015

What your facial hair says about you

 The Braids

Who: Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise)

What is it: Braided beard

What it says about you: You REALLY want to stand out. “He’s a gypsy, maybe?” laughed Joel. “I’ve seen a guy with one braid before in the States, not two. It’s really creative. You need dense, thick facial hair for it to be able to have two braids.”


Photo: Disney

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