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beard terminology

This is a list of terms related to beards. Please send suggestions or additions to beardguy@aol.com.

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Above: an illustration of the main parts of the beard.

beard
A male secondary sex characteristic consisting of terminal facial hair on the cheeks, lips, chin, and neck.
cheek line
The line which is defined by the upper limit of the beard on the cheek. The cheek line may be defined by trimming or shaving or it may be defined naturally.
configuration
The extent of the area in which terminal beard hairs grow. This typically includes the cheeks, the chin, the area surrounding the lips, and portions of the neck.
density
The number of terminal beard hairs per square centimeter. Higher densities correspond to greater beard development and thicker beards.
facial hair
Any part or all of the beard. Example: the mustache is referred to as facial hair, as is the entire beard.
front
The part of the beard below the lower lip on the front of the chin.
full beard
A style of facial hair achieved by growing all beard components (sideburns, front, sides, mustache, etc.).
goatee
A style of facial hair achieved by growing only the beard on the front of and sometimes below the chin. The mustache is frequently grown to accompany the goatee.
mustache
The component of facial hair that grows above the upper lip. (Also spelled: moustache)
neck line
The line defining the lower limit of the beard along the neck. The neck line may be defined by trimming or shaving or it may be defined naturally.
pigment
The substance within the hair shaft that gives it color.
side
The part of the beard that grows on the cheeks. It connects the sideburns with the mustache and the front of the beard.
sideburns
The part of the beard that grows in front of the ears. The sideburns generally connect the hair on the scalp with the rest of the beard.
terminal hair
Coarse, pigmented hairs that make up the beard.
texture
The characteristic of hair shafts that generally determines whether beard hairs will be straight or curly.