Viking Beards: How to Grow a Beard Worthy of Vikings: Ever looked at a braid on a woman and thought, “hmm…I could rock that”? The good news is that you can, and the even better news is that you can do it twice as much – on your hair, as well as on your beard!
There is a certain intricacy in the art of making braids that reflects some amount of effort being put into a look. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, stylish beards are a good look if your beard is even slightly longer than two to three inches. Braiding beards also open the doors to more styling and accessorising options including beads, threads and rings etc.
The braided beard aesthetic is a Viking essential look, and is a must try for those who are trying to change their look up. For the men who are blessed amply with facial hair growth, braided looks can be changed with the varying lengths of their facial hair. Shorter beards are more difficult to braid as the hair may not be long enough to be properly woven into the design of the braid. But longer facial hair can be braided however one wants, whether in a single long braid, two woven braids, or many smaller braids, a la Pirates.
How to Grow a Beard Worthy of Beard Braids
Bead braids work on the assumption that your hair is long enough to pull into braids. These can be tightly woven or loosely, depending on the style desired. Typically Vikings were said to have long facial hair. They were a warrior clan, known for their barbaric ways of conquering, philandering and bloodthirst. This look is relatively easy to achieve if you have a healthy facial hair growth pattern. It is a natural look where the hair is not trimmed and cut into exact, neat lines or very even edges.
Now, if you are convinced that this is, indeed, the style for you, what you need is to have a commitment to growing a beard. Here is how you can grow a long and healthy beard. The first step when you decide to grow your beard longer is to identify how long you want your beard to be. You can begin with visualizing that length and work accordingly.
If you already have a beard growing, you will need to focus on how to grow it longer. If you have been shaving recently, stop. An average person can only grow up to half an inch of facial hair per month.
What you need:
- Thin toothed comb
- Beard Oil
- Beard Shampoo and Conditioner
- Barber’s Shears
- Angular Mirror
- Shaving Cream and Application Brush
How to Grow Beard long for braids:
- Wash Your Beard: Wash the lower half of your face with warm water and rinse the area you will be trimming. With a pearl sized drop of beard shampoo, spread across your palms, use your fingers to comb through the facial hair. Clean thoroughly about twice a week as beard dandruff and lice can crop up in unsanitary conditions. Condition your beard by leaving the conditioner in the facial hair for two minutes before using warm water to rinse off. Pat dry with a towel.
- Comb: After you have dried off the excess water from your beard, take the thin toothed comb and comb through the beard. This will remove any tangles or tears in the hair.
- Beard Oil: Once you have combed through your hair, you will need to moisturise it so that it is manageable and easy to trim. Take a few drops of beard oil into your palms and rub them together. Then evenly spread this onto your beard.
- Cutting: Cutting the beard requires precision and patience. Use the comb to comb the beard downwards. Then cut off the excess. Make the beard an even length all around. This will help in tending to the ultimate goal – achieving your desired long beard look.
- Shaving: Shaving should be reserved for special occasions for those who are trying to grow a long beard. You will not have to shave the entirety of your beard, just the cheek area, if there is any stray growth which looks unnatural. Focus on making this beard grow into the natural groves of your face.
- Trimming: An electric trimmer can be used if there are stray hair which are sticking out of your beard at odd angles. This can be either on the beard, although it is preferable to use a scissor or shears for this, or on the neck. The growth pattern of hair on the neck may need to be manicured from time to time to maintain the look. Use a trimmer only on these rare occasions.
This process will have to be repeated at least once a week for you to maintain the look which you aim at ultimately. Patience is the key here, as beards can take time to grow, and at a certain point feel like they are stagnating.
Face Shapes which suit Viking Beards
The face shapes which suit longer, and braided beards are:
- Diamond shaped faces
- Round shaped faces
- Oval shaped faces
How to Braid Your Beard
To make a braid can seem like a task best left to the professionals to attempt. However, a basic braid is easier to make than it looks. There are many types of braids that can be attempted on beards such as fish tails, dutch braids, French braids or even four sectional braids. It is important to learn how to weave a basic braid before attempting to braid more complicated styles.
Here are some steps you can follow to basic braid your hair.
- First, free your beard hair of any tangles. Use a thin toothed comb to smoothen the tears in the hair and have a smooth overall texture.
- Next, if you haven’t already, then apply smoothening cream, or beard oil to the hair to make it more organized and easier to braid.
- Now, once the hair is taken care of, at the base of your chin, divide the hair into three distinct sections. Hold the right section in your right hand and the left in its respective hand. Leave the middle section to drop down.
- To start braid weaving, pull the section on the right over the middle section, effectively making the original right section the middle, and the original middle section, the right. Make sure to keep it tight.
- Next, put the left section over the new middle section, and pull tight as and how you intend your beard.
- Finally, use the original middle section, which is sitting on the right side of your beard, and pull it over the middle.
- Continue this basic process to make a clean braid on your beard. Braid downwards until there is only a few inches of hair left and then secure with a band.
How to Maintain Braids on Beard
- Nourish: Nourish your beard from the inside as well as outside. Eat healthier food, fresh vegetables and vitamin E rich diets. Externally, you can apply Vitamin E oil or eggs and yoghurt on the beard.
- Moisturise and Massage: Every night, you can use coconut oil, or almond oil etc. to massage through your beard. This will make the hair softer, more manageable and easier to tame into your desired style. Leave this overnight for best results.
- Wash: If you are oiling your beard, you will need to wash it as well. If the oil is allowed to sit, along with the natural oils of the body, it can create issues such as dandruff and lice, or fungal rashes. Wash thoroughly and often.
- Prevent Drying up of Hair: Use only small quantities of shampoo on your hair. Larger quantities tend to dry out the strands and leaves the beard looking limp and brittle. Do not overdo the styling gels and waxes – these are heavier on the hair.
- Scratch that Itch: When your beard is growing, it will go through many phases. When the hair exits the follicle, it sometimes causes an itchiness. Scratching this can cause cuts and fissures to form on the face surface. To prevent this, keep your beard moisturised with beard oil or serum after you wash them.
10 Best Braided Beard Styles
Once your beard is longer than 4-5 inches, you can begin braiding it. Here are some styles you will love to try at home!
#1: the Braided beard with beads:
After washing, conditioning, combing and drying your oiled beard, you will need to start braiding your beard. Here is how:
Comb your beard through until tangle free. Now decide how many braids you will need to make.
What you need:
- Rubber bands
- Beads desired
How to Braid Hair:
- Begin with dividing your hair into halves of the number you intend to braid. Tie them with rubber bands to keep them in place.
- Pick one hunk of hair which needs to be braided, and remove the rubber band. Divide this into three equal parts and hold between your finders.
- Now, keeping the three sections separate, move one section from the side to the front, overlapping the middle section and hold in place. Repeat this with the section on the other side.
- Then, take the middle section, and weave it over the section on the side, creating a woven pattern.
- Continue till the rest of the hair is braided and secure with rubber bands.
- Once the rubber band is on, slip a bead of slightly larger girth than your braid, and remove the rubber band. The expansion of the braid will compensate for the girth of the bead.
Beads can also be added to each of the three sections of hair divided when making a braid.
#2: Long Braided Beard:
For a beard to qualify for this style, it needs to be long enough to braid till the very end. Here is how to achieve this look:
What you need:
- Rubber bands
- Comb your beard. Untangle the hair on the beard and moisturise it with beard oil or serum. If your hair is frizzy, it may be advisable to use beard wax or gel on it before attempting to braid it.
- Once this is done, for a normal woven braid, divide the hair into three distinct sections. Keep them separated.
- Take the section from the side and put it over the one in the middle, and repeat with the other side and keep braiding.
- If your look is that of a tight beard, you will have to start right at the top, where the beard hair strands start to grow longer and begin braiding.
- Keep pulling the sections tighter against the other to get a tight looking braid, and leave the strands naturally curving in the weave if you desire an unkempt look.
- Braid till the very end of the hair length and tie with a rubber band.
Tying your braid too tightly can result in breakage and damage to the hair.
#3: Braided Viking Beard:
Typically a Viking beard refers to a style of beard where there are two long beard braids growing from the chin.
You will need:
- Beard oil
- Beard wax
- Rubber Bands
- First, comb out your hair. Untangle it completely and then apply styling wax or gel. This will make the hair easy to style and neater too look at when the look is achieved.
- Next divide the entire beard into two sections and secure with rubber bands.
- Take one section and divide into three chunks to braid. Braid this hair all the way to the end and repeat with the other section.
- If your hair is relatively thinner in density around the end and can go without rubber bands, you can turn it into a look by gelling the ends of the braids. If not, use rubber bands to secure.
#4: Whisker Cornrow:
A cornrow is a tightly woven beard which is braided so close to the skin that it gives the look of a neat row of knots.
- This is a tricky braid to make, so apply styling gel.
- Begin at the very end of your sideburns and begin to braid small sections into one another.
- While braiding normally, continue to pick up the hair strands from the sides and weaving them in as you go.
- This will create a tight line of braid which you can make in any direction you please.
#5: Assorted Braiding:
Assorted braiding refers to the braids you can make and incorporate into the general style of your beard. This means making small assorted beards on the front surface of the beard. Braids add texture to the beard and give it that barbaric suave.
For extra style credit, add accessories such as metal or plastic beads.
#6: Goatee Braid Beard:
A goatee braid is essentially a braid which is made on shorter beards. This braid is best for those who have thicker hair growth on the goatee area, which is an appropriate length to braid.
Leave the braid loose at the end for a rustic, yet hipster chic look, and style with beard wax.
#7: Loose French Beard:
A loose French beard refers to a braid which is tied loosely at the bottom half of the beard. This is typically a look for men who like the slept in, or straight out of bed look. It is easy to pull off if done right, but can be a major fashion faux pas if the braid does not hold. It is easier to achieve this look by first making and securing the braid, and then loosening up the strands.
#8: Low Braid:
A low braid is only different from normal braids in the sense that it is made strictly on the lower lengths of the beard. For this, combing through the entire beard is necessary before braiding.
#9: A la Brad Pitt:
Brad Pitt was known notorious small braids in his beard. These braids can be randomly made into the shorter lengths of the beard and left there. Either these can be normal woven braids, or loose small French knots, or even just ponytails.
This can be used to texture a short beard and make it edgier.
#10: Ponytail Beard:
A ponytail beard is a tight beard which is organized, to say the least. This is a neat look which is very functional for men who have long beards which can get in the way of things.
You will need small rubber bands for this look.
- Start by organizing your beard into a ponytail at your chin. Once this is tangle free, secure a rubber band on the chin.
- Next, add rubber bands at regular intervals until the beard looks like it is ribbed like portrayed in the picture.