18 Trendy Asian Beard Styles [2020 Guide]

Asian Beard Styles

The Asian Beard is extremely unique. For long it was thought Asian men had difficulty growing or were unable to gro facial hair at all. Contrary to belief, men of Asian culture can grow various styles of beards, goatees and mustaches.

According to a few videos on Asian facial hair growth, it’s also difficult for some Asian men to grow beards. That doesn’t mean that all facial hair growth is impossible. Even Bruce Lee grew out his beard.

When it comes to growing out facial hair, we found a variety of Asian beard styles that prove it’s possible and looks incredible.

Beard Styles for Asian Men

The Asian Beard is quite unique and contrary to popular belief, it isn’t as rare as one might think. Many Asian men have facial hair including full and stubble beards, stylish mustaches and goatees.

Beard growing isn’t always appreciated in Eastern cultures. From goatees and soul patches to full, thick beards, Asian men have always grown beards, but it’s not always welcome in certain circles. Depending on the culture, even short stubble on the upper lip could be seen as unprofessional.

In Japan, hige or facial hair can be very controversial, especially in business. Since facial hair can be controversial in Japanese and Chinese business circles, many Asian men grow their beards after moving or growing up in the West where it’s more acceptable.

So, American Asian men and those living in the West have no problem growing beards.

Here’s a look at some of the most famous Asian men with facial hair, plus some additional styles found on Asian models.

1. BTS beard

When Bangtan Boys or BTS got memed with beards on Face App, anyone who follows Kpop knew the joke. Beards make you look older, and that’s a big no-no for youthful singers in a Korean boy band.

Bangtan Boys BTS with fake beards
Bangtan Boys or BTS with beards (fake beards)

2. Bruce Lee Beard

Bruce Lee Beard
Image source: Reddit.

3. John Cho Beard

John Cho Beard
Image source: The Mary Sue

4. Hiroyuki Sanada Beard

Hiroyuki Sanada Beard
Image source: Twitter.

5. Ian Anthony Dale Beard

Ian Anthony Dale Beard

6. Lee Byung-hun Beard

Lee Byung-hun Beard

7. Steven Yeun Beard

Steven Yeun Beard
Steven Yeun shows off his style and pencil mustache at the 2016 American Music Awards.

8. Steve Aoki Beard

Steve Aoki Beard
Image source EDMTunes

9. Full Asian Beard

Full Asian Beard
Image Source: Reddit

10. Asian Goatee Style

Asian Goatee Style
See more goatee styles

11. Short Asian Beard

Short Asian Beard

12. Pencil Thin Mustache & Beard

Pencil Mustache and Beard Asian Men
Image source: JayneStars.com

13. Stubble Asian Beard

Stubble Asian Beard
See more stubble beard styles. Image source: thekult.asia

14. Long Beard and Mustache

Long Asian Beard
Image source: Zhihu.com

15. Asian Bushy Beard

Asian Bushy Beard
Image source: TheNewMensStyle

16. Faded Asian Beard

Faded Asian Beard
Image source: TheUnstitchd.com

17. Medium Beard with Stubble

Asian Stubble Beard

18. Hipster Asian Beard

Hipster Asian Beard

How Long Does it Take for Asians to Grow Beards?

Most hair growth takes 14 days to see a ¼ of an inch of growth. There are various factors for rapid and slow growth in all men, but most men are able to grow facial hair after puberty.

Hair growth is likely due more to genetics. Depending on where you’re from, you may grow hair faster, but typically men in china shave their beards since it’s difficult to grow hair.

To grow a full beard, you first have to get through several phases. It may take months to see thick, long hair from your jaw and chin. 

Family Genetics

While it’s said you can look to other men in your family to see if your genetics play a role in patchy or slow beard growth, it’s different in East Asia countries. Since many Asian families have stigmas against growing facial hair, men in your family may never have tried to grow a beard.

However, if you grow your hair out, it should take between 7 and 14 days to see initial growth, followed by months of waiting for thicker facial hair.

To keep your Asian beard, it’s best to follow a beard care routine and get a boar bristle brush to direct hair where to grow.

Do Asian Guys Look Better with Beards?

Whether you go clean-shaven or grow a thick beard, styles for Asian beards are unique. You never know what you’ll like as an Asian man with a beard until you try.  According to Psychology Today, women do love beards, and it’s on-trend to grow a full, thick beard.

Many Asian male celebrities with beards show it’s easy to grow any type of facial hair, from pencil mustaches to long, thick beards. The key is to get past the first few months when hair may grow in patchy.

If you decide to grow out your facial hair and see what’s in your beard nature, use our beard style guide or moisturize your follicles with our beard oil and conditioner tips.

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