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Are you looking to try a new beard style?
If so, you can try the 10mm beard which is really cool and light. It’s a great beard for those that don’t want to commit to a really long beard yet but want something a little longer than a stubble beard.
It is considered a short to medium facial hair style and will require some grooming to keep it looking neat.
There are many benefits to growing a 10mm beard like having a bit of insulation against the cold weather and also being able to hide some imperfections on your face. It is also a beard style that can be worn in most office settings and this is why some people call it “the corporate beard”.
We are going to talk in more detail about all the different aspects of growing and styling a 10mm beard so keep reading.
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What is the 10mm beard?
The 10mm beard is a facial hairstyle that is 10mm in length. It is a bit longer than the heavy stubble beard and shorter than a full beard.
It sits somewhere in the middle and is perfect for those that want to try out something new without going too crazy.
When we are talking about the 10mm beard we are talking about a full facial hair style meaning it doesn’t have any special patterns or shapes, it is just 10mm of facial hair all over the face. If you grow your beard to the 10mm length and then decide to style it by trimming some parts and not others then it is not considered a 10mm beard.
So to sum it up, in order to have a corporate beard, you will need to grow your beard long enough so that it is 10mm in length all around.
If you want to visualize what a 10mm beard looks like the picture below should help.
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How long does it take to grow a 10mm beard?
This is the most common question that we get when it comes to this beard style.
It really depends on how quickly your hair grows, but in general, it will take about 4 weeks for most people to grow a 10mm beard.
The average facial hair growth rate is about 0.5 inches per month, and 0.5 inches is 12.5mm in length. So if you are looking to grow a corporate beard, then you will need to wait at least 4 weeks to get there.
There are a lot of guys that can’t grow a beard that fast, or have a really slow beard growth rate. If you are one of them don’t worry later we are going to talk about some tips and tricks that you can use to make your beard grow faster.
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Best face shapes for the 10mm beard
Just like with any other facial hair style, there are certain face shapes that will look better than others with a 10mm beard.
Guys with really strong defined cheekbones and a narrow chin can carry off this beard style well as it will give them an edgy yet classy look and add more volume to their face.
In general, the corporate beard is a good choice for all face shapes because it doesn’t change the proportions of your face too much.
The only face shape that might not look as good with this facial hair style is the round face shape because the 10mm beard is not as good at creating more angles on your face and will make your face look even rounder.
If you have a round face shape and looking for a nice beard style then check this article on the best beard styles for round faces.
Pros and Cons of the 10mm beard
Now that you know if the 10mm beard will suit your face shape, it is time to talk about the pros and cons of this beard style.
Just like with any other facial hair style, there are both pros and cons to growing a corporate beard.
Good for office settings
It is a really good length to wear in an office and this is why it is called the corporate beard. The 10mm beard is not too long and not too short so it is perfect for those who might want to grow a beard but also work in an office.
As we mentioned it is called the corporate beard and there is some truth to that.
If you work in a corporate environment and want to try the 10mm beard, then we suggest keeping it neat and clean, with a clean neckline and nice straight lines.
Perfect for wintertime
There is nothing we like more than a hearty beard when it is cold outside and the 10mm beard is perfect if you are looking for a size that will keep your face warm.
Not only does it have enough hair to keep your face warm but it will also help to protect your skin from the cold wind and snow.
If you are living in a colder climate then the corporate beard is great for keeping you warm. It will also help to keep your face clean and act as great natural protection against the cold.
It can help hide some imperfections
Having a scar on your face or acne marks can be really frustrating, but with a 10mm beard, you can easily hide them.
It is a common secret amongst guys with beards that beards can be used to hide some of their imperfections, and the 10mm beard is a great choice for this.
It is a great choice because it has enough hair to help you cover up your acne marks or scars but is not too long that it will get in the way of daily life.
Stubble beards won’t be enough to hide marks or scars and the 10mm beard is the shorter version of a beard that can help you do this.
A great choice for people with slow beard growth or no patience
Growing a full beard needs time and patience, but if you are looking for something that will still look good then you should try out the 10mm beard.
As we mentioned you will need about 4 weeks of growth for your corporate beard to look respectable, and compared to the six months of a full beard, this is a short amount of time.
If you are someone who has slow beard growth or no patience then the 10mm beard is a great choice for you.
It can help to experiment with other beard styles
When you get to the 10mm beard length, you will have more options to experiment with other beard styles.
The corporate beard is the perfect length to try out a few other styles such as the goatee, the Van Dyke, or the chin strap.
This is because at 10mm, the beard is not too long nor too short so you have a lot of room to experiment.
So, if you grow your beard and don’t like it don’t worry, you can always trim it to a new style.
It looks great
Last but not least, the 10mm beard looks great. It is a beard length that will give you a rugged and stylish look.
It is a very authentic and natural look that can be grown both by younger and older men, and we think it looks great on everyone.
So if you are looking for a beard style that will give you some unique character then the corporate beard is a great choice.
And now it is time to talk about the cons of the 10mm beard.
The length is a bit awkward
Don’t get us wrong, we do think that the 10mm beard is a great length, but it falls in the awkward beard phase.
The reason for this is because it is not too long to be easily combed down like a full beard and the facial hair might follow different growth patterns and give you stray hairs.
This can make the beard seem a bit unruly and hard to manage, but with a bit of practice and the right tools, you will be able to tame it. You can read our guide with 9 tips that will help you keep your beard hairs from sticking out.
There will be itching
The 10mm beard will have a lot of itchiness because the beard hair will get longer, and if you have sensitive skin then you will need to wait for it to adapt.
This will happen after 2 weeks of growth and you should add beard oil to your beard grooming routine to help with the itching.
It is not a great beard style if you have a patchy beard
Another con of the 10mm beard is that it might not look great if you have a patchy beard.
This is because the corporate beard length will not be able to cover up your patches and make them more prominent.
Actually, it is better to go for a stubble beard style because the contrast between the beard hair and the skin will make the patches less visible.
So, those are the pros and cons of the 10mm beard. Now you can make up your mind on whether this beard style is for you or not. If you have decided that you want to try it out, then keep reading about how to grow a corporate beard.
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How to grow and trim a 10mm beard?
Now that you have decided that you want to grow a 10mm beard, it is time to learn how to do it the right way.
The first thing that you need to do is to let your beard grow for about 4 weeks so you can get to the 10mm length.
After these four weeks, you can start styling your beard.
The first step is to use the beard trimmer and set it to a 10mm length. Then, start trimming your whole beard in order to even it out.
After that, you should shape out your neckline and the cheek line. To do so you can use either the beard trimmer with no guard on or a razor.
You should be really careful because it is not that easy, and can result in a crooked neckline.
Our tips here are:
For the neckline, find your Adam’s apple and measure two fingers above it. This is where you should start trimming your beard. You can experiment with different neckline heights but if you are doing it for the first time we recommend sticking to this one.
For the cheek line, find the spot where your mustache and beard meet and draw an imaginary line to the top of your sideburns. This is the cheek line and you should trim or shave all the beard hairs above this line.
And you are ready! Congratulations, you now have a corporate beard.
The good thing with the 10mm beard is that there is not much styling needed. Your beard will not be long enough to style it in any certain way.
To maintain your 10mm beard you only have to repeat the trimming process every week.
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What beard products are you going to need for the 10mm beard?
There are some products that you can use to make your life a bit easier when you have a 10mm beard.
The first one is beard oil, which we have already mentioned.
1. Beard Oil
Beard oil is a great beard conditioner because it will help with the itching, make your beard softer and give it some shine.
You should use beard oil that is 100% natural and has a lightweight formula, otherwise, it can make your beard greasy. If you want to have control over the ingredients and save some bucks you can make your own DIY beard oil.
2. Beard Trimmer
Another product that you will definitely need for your 10mm beard is a beard trimmer.
A Beard trimmer is an essential tool for all beard styles, and it will help you trim and maintain your corporate beard easily.
You can find different types of beard trimmers, but we recommend you get one that is waterproof. This way you can use it in the shower without having to worry about it getting wet.
But, before you go out and buy one, make sure to read our guide on the best beard trimmers here.
3. Beard Shampoo
Finally, a product that might not seem as necessary, but is great for maintaining your 10mm beard and making sure that it looks awesome all the time is a beard shampoo.
The Beard shampoo will help you wash your beard, and give it a better look and feel. You should use one that has natural ingredients like essential oils and carrier oils.
We recommend using a beard shampoo because it is designed to clean and nourish your beard, unlike regular shampoos which will strip the natural oils from it.
It is not mandatory but If you have slow beard growth, you might also consider using minoxidil.
It is a product that is used to promote hair growth, and it has been shown to be effective in some cases.
You can find minoxidil in different forms, such as foam, or spray, and you should apply it directly to the beard area.
Just make sure to read the instructions carefully before using it because it has serious side effects.
Actually, you should definitely pay a visit to the dermatologist before starting to use it.
These are some of the products that you will need for your 10mm beard.
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What beard products Won’t need for the 10mm beard?
At this point, we felt we need to talk about the products you will not need because a lot of bloggers and vloggers are recommending products that are not necessary for the 10mm beard, just to make a commission.
1. Beard Balm
A lot of people are recommending using a beard balm for your 10mm beard. But beard balms are not necessary because are used for styling longer beards.
If you want to know more about this you can read our article “beard oil or beard balm for a short beard“?
2. Beard Comb
Another product that won’t be necessary, but you will see people recommending all over the internet, is a beard comb.
Beard combs are necessary for detangling longer beards, but if you are only growing a 10mm beard then it will be too short to comb.
Instead, you can use a beard brush to distribute the beard oil.
Beard brushes are also good for removing dead skin from your beard but we don’t feel that they are necessary for the 10mm beard.
Everything that you need to know about the 10mm beard has been mentioned in the article.
Now there are no excuses for not trying a 10mm beard!
All you need is motivation and patience, and you will have the corporate beard in no time.
All that remains for us to say is good luck with your beard growing journey, and let us know how it goes!
If you are having trouble growing your beard you can always hit us up in the comment section below, and we will be more than happy to help you out.