A boxed beard is a meticulously groomed and cropped alternative to the full beard. It can be recognised by its short length and carefully defined contours, which are achieved through regular trimming.
In this guide, you will learn everything you need to know about growing and trimming a boxed beard as well as whether it will suit your face shape:
- What Is A Boxed Beard?
- How To Grow A Boxed Beard
- How To Trim A Boxed Beard
- Will A Boxed Beard Suit My Face Shape?
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Boxed beards are neatly trimmed alternatives to Full Beards. They’re a suitable option for those who want a classic beard style but have an aversion to the Full Beard’s excessive volume.
Boxed beards are closely cropped, sculpted and groomed with the hair’s natural growth. The result is a neat beard style that complements a variety of haircuts and occasions.
The reasons for choosing a Boxed beard over a Full Beard can vary. Not only are they versatile, but they are suitable for most workplace environments. The neat finish permits the wearer to fit into conservative settings where more extravagant styles can be frowned upon.
Furthermore, Boxed styles use the face’s natural hairlines for contours, heighten the wearer’s angular features without resorting to excessive styling. The low cheek line exposes and elevates the cheekbones, which provides emphasis.
A touch of volume strengthens and highlights the jawline. Nevertheless, reduced styling is not synonymous with reduced grooming.
The defined contours and groomed growth require frequent touching up. This may be between three to four times a week. Although the boxed beard complements the natural hairlines by design, grooming it properly requires a little skill.
Growing A Boxed Beard
Boxed beards can be achieved with as little as two weeks of facial hair. However, the best results are achieved after about four weeks to maximise overall facial hair growth, which is then trimmed down.
Boxed beards require prior knowledge of identifying the cheek and necklines. However, what sets the Boxed Beards apart from their fuller counterparts is that both of these are significantly reduced.
The cheek line of a boxed beard comes with two options. The High Boxed cheek line runs down the Sideburns, curves at the base of the ears and meets the corners of the mouth. On the other hand, the Low Boxed cheek line, which is typically found on short boxed beards, curves below the ears and meets the top of the chin.
Meanwhile, the neckline is much higher on both long and short boxed beards styles than full beards. Hair growth is trimmed half an inch (1.25 cm) below the jawline and runs parallel to the cheek line. It widens under the chin to 1 to 1.5 to inches (2.5 – 3.5 cm) of growth to avoid the appearance of a double chin.
As you can see in the images above, there are two distinctive types of boxed beard. Firstly, the short boxed beard style will usually have sharp contours and well-defined lines. Meanwhile, longer boxed beards are still neatly trimmed but favour a more natural beard look.
Both are excellent options if you’re looking to try new facial hair styles. However, you can refer to our face shape guide below to understand what may suit you best.
How To Trim a Boxed Beard
As long as you’re equipped with the proper tools, trimming a box beard is an easy process. We recommend that you have at least the following to ensure that your boxed beard is well-groomed:
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To trim a boxed beard, simply use the following steps:
- Reduce the height of the cheek lines with a razor while leaving the sideburns quite wide.
- Use the razor blade or a trimmer to define sloping contours from the Sideburns to the cheek lines.
- Remove any growth around the Adam’s apple.
- Define an oval contour with a razor that neatly follows 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5-3.5 cm) below the jawline.
- Shave away any remaining hair around the neck.
- Neaten the moustache and soul patch area by trimming or shaving down.
If this will be your first time trimming a Boxed beard, don’t expect perfect results. However, your skills will drastically improve with very little practice. Furthermore, you may have noticed that we suggested both a shavette and a safety razor.
While safety razors are easier to use, shavettes are like straight razors but with disposable blades. Therefore, you benefit from the added precision thanks to a visible blade. However, they’re not as high maintenance as a straight razor.
If you really struggle to get decent reults, have the first trim done by an expert. The advantage of barber’s touch is that he or she will be able to scrutinise the beard from every angle for an expert finish. As the hair grows back, it becomes far easier to maintain and adjust the beard’s contours.
Finally, brush your beard frequently to keep the hairs healthy with a nice, glossy shine. You can use a balm to nourish the follicles and prevent them from getting dry or wiry.
Will A Boxed Beard Suit My Face Shape?
Being one of the most versatile facial hairstyles, the Boxed beard along with the Full beard, is compatible with any face shape as long as it has been properly groomed. To optimise its styling for yours, identify your face shape among the 7 different shapes we’ve catalogued.
Diamond Face Shapes
Diamond faces can either use a low cheek line to highlight their sharp features or a high one to soften them. However, be careful not to go too long with low cheek lines as this will create a gaunt effect. Generally, we suggest that diamond faces opt for a more natural beard look to avoid chiselling their features.
Heart Face Shapes
Heart face shapes can maximise the potential of either low or high cheek line heights to strengthen their weak chin and jawline. Some added growth around the chin can also aid this effect. Overall, a longer and natural beard look would be better than a boxed beard style.
Oblong Face Shapes
Boxed beards can be exploited by Oblong face shapes to chisel out their features, which widens, squares and shortens the face. Indeed, a short boxed beard style would be a great option for avoiding too much length but adding texture.
Oval Face Shapes
Oval face shapes have the luxury of few pitfalls with this beard style. It suits them wonderfully but care should be made to keep it balanced.
Round Face Shape
Round face shapes can greatly benefit from a short boxed beard style to render their face squarer. The use of a low cheek line and sharp contours can provide extra definition and strengthen their soft features.
Square Face Shapes
Square face shapes fare very well with Boxed beards. Nevertheless, we recommend avoiding a short boxed beard style and opting for softer contours to blend in the features for a fuzzier and textured finish.
Triangle Face Shapes
Triangle shaped face can try a beard look with high cheeklines to apply texture and redistribute their jawline up to their cheekbones.
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Great site. One question though. I wander what beard style best suits me, considering that I have really high forehead and receding hear line. I also have a grey beard, but I am not that old. The thing is I really like beard in general, and I want to grow it, again,since I shaved it off due to a minor mistake I made during trimming. Thanks in advance.
I think a Boxed beard style would be good for a tall forehead so you’re in the right place. You essentially want a style that isn’t too long so doesn’t elongate your face even further. A great way to find out would be by identifying your face shape then seeing what styles it recommends. Tall foreheads are a hallmark of oblong face shapes so consider starting there.
Thank you. I supposed that I am in an oblong face shape group considering my forehead size. I did the identifying part. My forehead is not wide though. Thank you again..
No worries. Happy to help!
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Although you have an oval face shape, I’d actually say that you have a heart face shape features too. You’re definitely not a diamond face shape, though.
Hope this helps.
If you Had to pick one from both On which Shape i should relay upon ?
Probably oval. However, I’d just keep note of my broad forehead and refer to the heart face shape advice before choosing styles.
after reading about heart faceshape. i am even more confused. would you please recommend a hairstyle which would suit both. Thankyou
The oval face shape is very versatile. I would take a look at the heart face shape guide and choose something from there. The trick it to try and make the jawline wider and the forehead narrower.
So how do i exactly Do That ? Grow sides And Shave my beard off ? Or keep a stubble ? If yes then What should be the length of the stubble ?
And if i am growing sides Then what should be the length of the top
The best way is to let the beard grow out and when clipping, taper it so it’s shorter at the top and longer at the bottom. Our full beard guide offers more details on this. In terms of actual length, that’s hard to say and it’s really up to you.
One last Question
What is the minimum length at the top For Calling it a High volume Hairstyle
There’s no black and white answer to this but mostly shades of grey. High volume is really a matter of perspective and varies between stylists and barbers. I’d argue that anything is high volume if it’s more than around maybe 20% wider or taller than your forehead.
Thankyou Soo much for This Clarity
This guide has helped me and My Friends In many Ways
What would you Say For Sides of Heart Faceshape ?
Please try To Define The minimum Length Of sides And would you Suggest Any Fades ?
I have a oblong face..I am 6.2 feet , will high box or low box will suit my face.
Try a long box and see how that fares for you. If you’re not fond of the result, then switch to a short box. Then if it turns out that you preferred the long box, it won’t take long to grow back out.
I’ve found this site really helpful, so thank you for that . I’m at that stage where my hairline has receded a lot , nice bit of thinning going on top too and grey beard . So according to some measurements and an app,I have a heart shape face but quite a lot of forehead . I’ve trimmed my beard right back and nearly off completely last week but it’s been with me over 8 years . I want a new style , what do you reckon ? Can post selfie if need be
Thanks for your comment. Yeah, it’s highly possible that you have a heart face shape as they tend to have wide foreheads.
We recommend a number of beard styles on the heart face shape guide. You’re welcome to post a comment there with a link to a selfie (from Instagram, Google Drive, Flickr etc). We’ll delete it when we reply to respect your privacy.
All the best,
Delighted to hear that we helped.
Volume on the sides helps soften the width of a triangle face shape without making the chin out of balance. I would avoid aggressive fades but opt for medium to low ones.
It’s hard to say what precise minimum length should be used, however. I would refer to our heart face shape guide then speak to a barber directly about this.
All the best,
I want to thank all the contributors who make bespokeunit.com the go-to guide for men who’re unsure how to style their hair, beard, or who want to know their face shape. A friend once called my face “an elongated heart face”. I believe my face is firstly oblong with some heart and square features, which in turn results in me trying different styles all the time. However, I’ve learned that a true buzz cut doesn’t work for my head. If I could, I’d welcome a consultation that’d yield ideal styling tips.
Thanks for the kind words.
That sounds like a fair assessment. I’d recommend that you look at crew cuts. There are lots of different varieties that will give you some volume on top to help offset your heart-like jawline. Just try to keep some extra volume on the sides to help in balancing the length and width of your face!
As for beards, since you’re commenting on a beard guide, aim for styles that are quite wide as narrow beards may elongate an oblong face shape.
Hi, how can I send you my selfie in order to check which beard style would be good for.me? Also I am confused if my face shape is square or oblong.
Feel free to post a comment with a public link in the text. For instance, a lot of readers send us Instagram, Imgur, Flickr, Reddit, and Gifyu links.
All the best,
Great site. Always wanted to know how to do this and here i am getting all the information for free. Bravo
Delighted that it helped!
Turning 20 in a month and decided to finally get serious about styling myself! Both my beard and hair are unstyled and I want to do something about them, I’m pretty sure my face shape is oblong (though not certain and would appreciate input) here’s a photo (hair is swept to the back) [link removed for privacy]
I want to do something like an underfade or low pompadour but am open to input! I want to stick with a more medium style of hair if possible
As for a beard I’m considering just a long boxed beard and going to a barber to have them give me a nice cut along the lines of my face but am not sure what exactly to communicate to them and how long it should be, am also open to any other suggestions for my face shape of course!
Thank you all so much for the help and for making such an amazing site!
Hey there Michael,
Judging from your picture, I think you are right about the oblong face shape, although depending on the exact dimensions you may also fall into the oval category (https://bespokeunit.com/face-shapes/oval/). Nevertheless, the hair and beard styles most fitting to each are quite similar.
I definitely think the underfade/low pompadour are good options to pair with a long boxed beard. As far as communicating what you want, the best thing you can do is find a picture online that most closely resembles the style you want and show it to your barber. In these cases, pictures are indeed worth a thousand words.