Categories & Judging

There are sixteen traditional categories of judgement in The World Beard and Moustache Championships, arranged in three groups – Moustaches, Partial Beards, and Full Beards. A seventeenth category, the Alaskan Whaler, was added in the 2009 Championships held in Anchorage.

For more information, The Beard Team USA Blog has traditionally presented pre- and post-game analyses of the categories, and current standings are presented on the Results/Rankings page of this website.

Moustache

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Natural Moustache

Moustache as it grows and left natural. The more natural the better. No closed curls. All hair growing from more than 1.5 cm past the corner of the mouth must be shaved. The moustache may be maintained but without styling aids.*

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Dali Moustache

Slender with the tips curled upward. Hairs growing from beyond the corner of the mouth must be shaved. The tips may not extend above the level of the eyebrows. Styling aids* permitted.

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English Moustache

Slender. The hairs extend outward from the middle of the upper lip. The tips may be slightly raised. Hairs growing from beyond the corner of the mouth must be shaved. Styling aids* permitted.

   

 

 

Imperial Moustache

Small and bushy with the tips curled upward. Hairs growing from beyond the corner of the mouth must be shaved. Styling aids* permitted.

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Hungarian Moustache

Big and bushy. The hair extends outward from the middle of the upper lip. All hair growing from more than 1.5 cm past the past the corner of the mouth must be shaved. Styling aids* permitted.

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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.

Partial Beard

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Goatee Natural

The goatee appears as it grows naturally. The more natural the better! The goatee and moustache may be maintained but without any styling aids.* The moustache may not be curled. An area at least 4 cm wide (the width of a razor blade) between the temple and the goatee must be clean shaven.

No styling aids* permitted.

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Musketeer

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.

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Fu Manchu

All areas more than 2cm past the corner of the mouth must be clean shaven, as must all areas under the chin. The tips of the moustache extend downward. The Genghis Khan moustache style is also acceptable.

Styling aids* permitted.

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Goatee Freestyle

Free design and styling of the goatee. All goatees not meeting the criteria for other categories may compete in this category. An area at least 4 cm wide (the width of a razor blade) between the temple and the goatee must be clean shaven.

Styling aids* permitted.

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Imperial Partial Beard/Kaiser Beard

All facial hair not growing from the cheeks and upper lip must be clean shaven. Areas at least 4 cm wide (the width of a razor blade) on the chin and between the temple and the partial beard must be clean shaven. The entire partial beard (not just the moustache) is curled upward. No closed curls are permitted. The moustache may not be highlighted. The beard may not be too wide and may not extend above the level of the eyes.

Styling aids* permitted.

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Partial Beard Freestyle and Sideburns

Free design and styling of all partial beards that are not goatees. Such partial beards not meeting the criteria for other categories may compete in this category. An area at least 4 cm wide (the width of a razor blade) between the temple and the goatee must be clean shaven. Areas at least 4 cm wide (the width of a razor blade) on the chin and between the temple and the goatee must be clean shaven.

The Sideburns category was introduced for the Carson City worlds in 2003 to honor the King, Elvis Presley. The category has remained controversial since its inception. The Association of German Beard Clubs translates the name of this category into English as “Whiskers ‘Freestyle’ & ‘Sideburns’,” but the German description excludes sideburns, a term not used in German and a facial hair style not common in Germany.

Full Beard

   

 

 

Full Beard Natural

The beard appears as it grows naturally. The more natural the better! The moustache may not be highlighted. The beard may not be curled under at the bottom!

No styling aids* permitted.

   

 

 

Full Beard Styled Moustache

The moustache is distinct from the beard but may not include hair growing from more than 1.5 cm past the corner of the mouth. The moustache may be styled as in the Dali, English, Hungarian, and Imperial moustache categories.

The beard appears as it grows and left natural. The more natural the better!

Styling aids* are permitted on the moustache. No styling aids*are permitted on the beard.

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Verdi

Full beard, short and rounded at bottom, no more than 10 cm in length as measured from the bottom of the lower lip. The moustache is distinct from the beard but may not include hair growing from more than 1.5 cm past the corner of the mouth.

Styling aids* permitted. 

Garibaldi

The beard is wide and rounded at the bottom, and no more than 20 cm 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.

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Full Beard Freestyle

Free design and styling of the beard. All full beards not meeting the criteria for other categories may compete in this category.

Styling aids* permitted.