The ducktail beard has long been a staple of many beard grower’s repertoire, not only because of its nearly universal suitability, but also because it’s one of those beard styles that allows for much thicker growth.
Learning how to shape a ducktail beard is actually not all that difficult, so if you ever want to try this style but you’re not quite sure about the ins and outs of shaping your beard accordingly, simply read on to get the information you need.
What Is A Ducktail Beard?
As the name implies, a ducktail beard looks very similar in shape and appearance to a duck’s backside (when viewed from above, of course) because of the way in which the beard tapers to a point at the bottom.
The duck tail is widely considered to be one of the most popular beard styles for men, because of its chameleon-like ability to appear scruffy, yet sophisticated all at once. It features just enough of the “mountain man” aesthetic to help you blend in with a rougher crowd, yet you can dress in a suit and sport this same beard at a high-end cocktail party without looking like an oddball. Indeed, the ducktail has something to offer for practically every viewer.
Characteristics Of The Ducktail Beard
The ducktail beard typically features a trimmed mustache, but the chin whiskers are allowed to grow out longer, so that the beard forms a mild point beneath the chin. The mustache is generally connected to the beard, but the mustache hairs are kept slightly shorter to help provide a more defined look for the entire beard.
How To Shape Your Beard Into A Ducktail?
1. Step One – Grow a full beard
This is the fun part. Keep in mind that a ducktail falls into the “full beard” family, so if you don’t yet have a full beard, you’re going to have to patiently wait and let nature do its thing until you have grown your beard into a state of fullness. If you’ve never grown a full beard before, it can be tempting to try and do a lot of shaping or trimming along the way, but you must resist this temptation as much as possible. Once you have grown a full beard, you will be ready to begin the shaping process.
2. Step Two – Get your tools ready
The ducktail is characterized by longer hairs at the chin than at the cheeks or the mustache. This is important to mention, because you will need some tools on hand to accomplish this look. For practically any style of beard that you may want to try, you might want to invest in an electric trimmer, as well as a cartridge (i.e. safety razor), a beard/mustache comb, and a good pair of barber-grade scissors. These tools will ensure that you’re ready for almost anything. Before you begin any shaping or trimming, be sure to comb through your beard so that all of your hairs will be pointing in the same direction.
3. Step Three – Trim your facial hairs
Starting with the upper area of the chin first, trim your chin hairs in a very gradual manner in a top-to-bottom motion, tapering each side towards a center point underneath your chin.
How low you want the point to be is up to you (and it will depend upon the length of your chin hairs, of course). The point of a duck tail beard will typically extend anywhere from 1 to 2 inches below the chin. Again, beard length is largely a matter of personal preference, so nothing is set in stone here.
Make sure that when you look in the mirror, you can see a decent point shaping up as you perform the trimming. Frequently comb through your chin hairs during the trimming process to get rid of any loose hairs that may be already cut, but are still hanging around in your beard; they can mislead you if you don’t. You don’t have to be obsessive about forming an extremely sharp point; it can be somewhat rounded and still achieve the look just fine.
Trimming your chin hairs into a point will require quite a bit of “eyeballing”, but just do your best to make each side as symmetrical as possible. Once you have formed the point, you’ve gotten the hardest part out of the way. Now you can trim your mustache and cheek hairs as needed to be slightly shorter than the chin area, gradually getting longer as you move lower.
It’s always better to go slow when trimming your chin hair into a point. If you mess up the look of the point when you first try it out, you can always cut it slightly shorter all-around and try again.
So now you have your marching orders…go forth and create that ducktail!