Considering that it comes with three separate sections, the Balbo Beard is – in many ways – truly exceptional. Plus, more and more people are wearing it, which doesn’t make it ‘exceptional’ in and of itself, but that people like how they look while wearing the Balbo.
The Balbo comes with a fascist past (it was originated by former Mussolini henchman Italo Balbo), but style and politics certainly don’t have to mix. Although, when you think about it, not many people wear a Hitler-style mustache, for obvious reasons.
But here’s what the Balbo is: it’s a mustache combined with hair on the chin, including a soul patch.
The mustache doesn’t connect with the chin hair – which is in the extended goatee style – while the hair immediately under the lower lip is clean-shaven except for a small tuft of hair. Your cheeks are clean-shaven.
What the Balbo Beard Says About You
Balbo wearers are bold, stylish, and confident. If that’s not enough, the style itself is sexy to many women.
What Facial Shape Best Fits the Balbo Beard?
The Balbo is a nice first for men with square and diamond shaped faces, but it also works for men with overall faces, as well.
How to Grow a Balbo Beard
Like with many beard styles, it’s best to let your regular beard grow for four to six weeks. It’s just a good idea to have plenty of hair to begin with before you start the trimming process.
Once you’ve done that, shave your beard (particularly on the cheeks) inward so that you achieve balance on either side of your face. Shave the area below your lower lip but leave the soul patch, which should meet the hair on your chin/goatee.
You can use an adjustable trimmer to shape the hair left over for your goatee.
What Famous People Wear the Balbo Beard?
Robert Downey Jr. has rocked the Balbo Beard look. And so did Mr. Balbo, before he perished in friendly fire in 1940.