Categories

All 21 2019 National Beard and Moustache Championships categories and descriptions. Please read below to see which category best fits your furry face or crafty eye. Once you’ve decided head over to our store and registration today!

Glossary of Terms

  • Mild Styling Aids - Oils, balms, other hair products without “Hold”

  • Styling Aids - Hair Products with “Hold”

  • Additional Structural Materials - In regards to freestyle beards, additional structural materials could be wire, string or other non-natural, non-naturally-grown-and-attached-to-the-wearer materials that might hold the beard parts up or together.

 

Moustache

 
Natural Moustache

Natural Moustache

Styled Handlebar Moustache

Styled Handlebar Moustache

 

Natural Moustache

Judges will be looking for a natural moustache with no styling aids present. The moustache must not begin growth from the skin at a distance further than 1.5 cm beyond the corner of the wearers mouth. Any length of moustache hairs is accepted.

Styled Handlebar Moustache

The Styled Moustaches will be expected to have a single, open curl or loop on both sides.

All hair growing from more than 1.5 cm past the corner of the mouth must be shaved. The moustache hairs themselves will have no regulation on length. Any or all styling aids will be permitted and some styling is required.

Best Groomed Moustache

Neat, tidy moustache. This moustache will be judged on overall appearance, contrast between shaved and moustache areas, and symmetry. Styling Aids allowed.

Freestyle Moustache

Freestyle Moustache - Free design and styling of the moustache. All moustaches not meeting the criteria for other categories may compete in this category. All hair growing from more than 1.5 cm past the corner of the mouth must be shaved. *Styling aids permitted and encouraged.

 

Partial Beard

 
Natural Goatee

Natural Goatee

Natural Sideburns

Natural Sideburns

Musketeer

Musketeer

Donegal

Donegal

 

Natural Goatee

All goatees must have a 2” gap of bald or otherwise shaved skin between the bottom of the earlobe and the beginning of the goatee. (This strip of bare skin would normally be where sideburns would be). All goatees are permitted to have an incorporated moustache, but it is not required. Goatee will be judged on overall fit to the competitor, health of hair and level of awesomeness. Styling aids are permitted, but excessive use of aids will result in a deduction from stand-alone value.

Natural Sideburns

Must be a true sideburn with no natural or shaven gap by the ear. Chin is shaven at least 1.5" (4 cm, the width of a razor blade) and hair is optional on the upper lip. The moustache may or may not be connected, also known as the “friendly or unfriendly” chops.

No styling aids allowed.

Musketeer

Also known as a “3-Point Beard”. The beard is narrow and pointed. The moustache is slender, long, and drawn out in a slight bow. The moustache may not include hairs growing from more than 1.5 cm past the corners of the mouth. *Styling aids permitted. Facial Hair will be judged for overall look, overall presentation will be considered.

Donegal

The Donegal/Whaler (aka Shenandoah) will consist of all beards that would otherwise be considered full beards if they had a moustache. In other words, all beards with no moustaches that connect the top of the ear on one side of the face to the same point of the opposite side of the face. (Similar to Abe Lincoln’s beard)

 

Partial Beard Freestyle

Partial Beard Freestyle includes any freestyle beard that is styled with the base facial hair used having the recognizable characteristics of a Partial Beard. This is a styled beard with no structural aids. permitted.

 
 
 
 

Full Beard

 
Full Beard Best Groomed

Full Beard Best Groomed

Full Beard Garibaldi

Full Beard Garibaldi

Full Beard Styled Moustache

Full Beard Styled Moustache

 

Full Beard Best Groomed

A well-presented beard, but also the overall groomed presentation from head to toe. Styling Aids permitted, all lengths accepted.

Full Beard Garibaldi

The beard is wide and round at the bottom, and no more than 8 inches in length as measured from the bottom of the lower lip. The beard appears as it grows naturally. The more natural the better. The moustache may not be made distinct from the beard or styled. The beard may not be curled under at the bottom.

*No Styling Aids Permitted

Full Beard Styled Moustache

Full beard of any style with minimal to mild styling aids, Moustache of any size styled in a manner as to be the predominant facial-hair-feature of the face.

Full Beard Freestyle

The full bearded contestant will have the creative freedom to style their beard in any manner that they like. There are no restrictions on length, symmetry, asymmetry or color. Styling aids are allowed, but no additional structural materials (wire, rope, lumber) are permitted.

 
Full Beard Natural

Full Beard Natural

Full Beard Natural <3”

* The beard appears as it grows naturally. The more natural the better! This category is for beards that measure a maximum length of 3” as measured from the bottom of the lower lip. *No Styling aids permitted.

Full Beard Natural <6”

* The beard appears as it grows naturally. The more natural the better! This category is for beards that measure a maximum length of 6” as measured from the bottom of the lower lip. *No Styling aids permitted.

Full Beard Natural <12”

* The beard appears as it grows naturally. The more natural the better! This category is for beards that measure a maximum length of 12” as measured from the bottom of the lower lip. *No Styling aids permitted.

Full Beard Natural >12"

* The beard appears as it grows naturally. The more natural the better! This category is for beards that measure a minimum length of 12” and greater as measured from the bottom of the lower lip. *No Styling aids permitted.

 

Craft Beards & Moustaches

 
 

Realistic Beard

This Craft/Realistic Category requires a crafted, realistic looking beard. There are no other regulations. Beards that maintain their shape/lift/buoyancy without the additional aid of the wearers own appendages will be rewarded with higher scores.

Creative Beard

For this category, the general idea of the creation should be able to be recognized as beardish or otherwise beard-like in shape, nature, or essence of origin in regards to the human body. There are no restrictions on materials to be used, except for what may possibly be illegal or dangerous to others. The creation must be able to hang freely from the face or general head/upper torso area without consistent help from the appendages of the wearer. Important tip: Have Fun!

Realistic Moustache

This Craft/Realistic Category requires a crafted, realistic looking moustache. There are no other regulations. Beards that maintain their shape/lift/buoyancy without the additional aid of the wearers own appendages will be rewarded with higher scores.

Creative Moustache

For this category, the general idea of the creation should be able to be recognized as moustache-like in shape, nature, or essence of origin in regards to the human body. There are no restrictions on materials to be used, except for what may possibly be illegal or dangerous to others. The creation must be able to hang freely on the face or general head/upper torso area without consistent help from the appendages of the wearer. Important tip: Have Fun!