The Centuries Old Secrets Behind The Beard Without A Mustache

Austin Collard
5 minute read

We all know that mustaches are making a comeback. What you might not know is that the same is true of their exact opposite: the mustacheless beard!

In case you live under a rock, this is an easy-to-do style that’s been around for centuries, and for one reason or another, it just seems to keep coming back. 

There are a lot of reasons why people choose this style…

Some do it for religious reasons…

Others do it to improve the shape of their face or jawline…

Many just choose this style simply because of its distinctiveness…

Whatever the reason you’re interested in growing a beard with no mustache, you have come to the right place!

Below are some of the things you need to know about this classic style. 

Who wore it better?

In case you were wondering if this is a style that can work for everyone, let’s talk about a few historical figures and modern-day celebrities from different backgrounds who have all managed to pull off the stacheless beard.

Abraham Lincoln

Of course, when we think of the beard with no moustache, the first person who always comes to mind is Abraham Lincoln.

While he wasn’t the first person to wear this style, he is perhaps the most famous.

One interesting fact about Lincoln is that he actually grew out his beard to help give his face a better shape after receiving a letter from an 11- year-old supporter.

Little did Lincoln know, that kid was wise beyond his years…

Henry David Thoreau

The philosopher Henry David Thoreau is most famous for his book Walden, which described his time living in a cabin in the woods near Concord, Massachusetts.

His life is just one great example of the manly, all-natural style of men who grow this kind of beard.

Hugh Jackman

Known for his leading roles in the X-Men movie franchise and the smash hit movie adaptation of Les Miserables, Jackman is widely regarded as one of the best-looking actors alive today.

One contributing factor is definitely the epic set of mutton chops he sported while playing Wolverine. 

Robert Pattinson

Another actor beloved by women across the globe, Pattinson has been known to forego the clean-shaven look he was known for earlier in his career for a mustacheless goatee in more recent years. 

Stache-less styles

One reason why the beard with no mustache has maintained its popularity for at least 200 years is its versatility.

It isn’t just one style—it’s a whole variety of styles.

Here are a few of the most popular styles today.

The Chinstrap

The chinstrap is just about the simplest mustache-free style you can go for.

All it takes to achieve this style is to shave your moustache, and (depending on how thick your beard is) possibly clean up the borders of your cheeks and neck. 

For those looking to mix it up, there are also a variety of variations within this style, including the chinstrap goatee and the neat chinstrap.

Mutton Chops

At first glance, you might not think of mutton chops as a version of the beard with no mustache.

But the only major difference between this style and one sported by Honest Abe is the clean-shaven chin. 

The Moustache-Free Goatee

Last but not least, there are also a wide variety of goatee styles that exclude the mustache, including the long goatee style, soul patch, chin puff, landing strip, and more. 

Keepin’ it fresh

To finish things off, let’s talk beard maintenance…

Below are a few of the most common questions posed by proud new owners of a beard sans moustache.

How often should I shave my moustache?

The answer to this depends on two factors:

1) How quickly does your beard grow naturally? And—

2) How much stubble you are okay with having?

If you prefer to keep your mustache totally clean shaven, and your facial hair grows quickly, you’ll probably want to shave once every day or two for the best effect.

If your hair grows more slowly or you prefer a 5 o’clock shadow on the upper lip, you definitely have a little more wiggle room in terms of shaving. 

What tools do I need to grow and maintain this style?

The main two items that you’ll need in order to grow this kind of beard are a razor and an electric trimmer.

You’ll need the razor in order to keep your mustache and neck smooth, while the trimmer can be used to keep the rest of your beard at an acceptable length.

What products do I need to keep my beard healthy?

Even without a mustache, your beard is no different than everyone else’s.

Keeping it healthy means using quality products to clean and moisturize it on a regular basis.

Lucky for you, Wild Willies has everything you need and more, including specially formulated beard shampoos, conditioners, beard oils, and more.

The best part? It’s all affordable and made from naturally-sourced ingredients. Visit and get ready to build a better beard today!

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