Viking Beard: How Do You Shape It?

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Updated on 12 Aug 2023

What is a viking beard?

A viking beard is originally from Scandinavia. This beard style was popular among the Nordic men (Vikings) of the 8th and 11th centuries. These men sported this feature not only against the cold, but also to appear intimidating to the enemy. 

A viking beard is long and is likewise called a beard with braids. Sometimes beard beads or beard rings are used, but this varies from person to person.

Does a viking beard suit you?

As a British beardman/ gentleman, this is difficult to assess. Most men look very different with a long beard compared to their younger years. However, I can report that a viking beard is a lot of work. For instance, you have to comb it daily, wash it and trim the tips every now and then. If you don’t touch up a viking beard on time, it soon looks messy.

How to grow a viking beard?

Growing a viking beard takes time, but the tips below will get you there.

  1. Don’t shave or trim: seems obvious to me. If you want to grow a long beard, don’t trim it. Although this seems simple, in practice it is tricky. At times when your beard looks out of place, you tend to shave it off. 
  2. Comb out knots: the longer your beard gets, the more important it becomes to comb it daily. When combing, you avoid knots. The longer these knots remain the more stubborn they become.
  3. Trimming: to maintain a viking beard you need a good beard trimmer suitable for longer beards. To give your beard shape, it is important to trim it at some point. If you don’t, it will look unkempt. 
  4. Proper care: With a long beard, it is important to wash it regularly with a good beard shampoo or conditioner. A good beard oil will give your beard a nice shine. Is beard growth too slow? Then read more about stimulating beard growth.
  5. Beads or rings? With a viking beard, it is customary to add beads or rings. This is completely up to you!

Conclusion: growing a viking beard?

Growing a viking beard is cool and the epitome of masculinity. But you won’t get one just like that. It takes time, patience and a good dose of perseverance. It can take months to years to get a full beard. But he who does not dare does not win. After all, you have to try everything once in life!