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The Old Dutch beard, its heritage, and how to grow one

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Old Dutch Beard, a facial hair style

The Old Dutch beard, put simply, is the Garibaldi beard without the mustache. And so, the signature square shape is integral to the look of this beard. Although this beard does have the effortless look, it does require a great deal of trimming and shaving, and patience is key to boasting a great Old Dutch beard.

The Old Dutch beard is usually grown quite long, shaped flat at the bottom and always worn without a mustache. Rounding off the corners and flattening off the bottom of the beard emphasizes the thickness and volume of the beard. A decent length of hair is left on the cheeks, but the chin is shaved.

The Old Dutch’s name comes from the Pennsylvanian Dutch, a dialect spoken by the first German-speaking immigrants to Pennsylvania.

The Old Dutch Beard Origins

The old Dutch beard is often mistaken for an Amish beard, but there are key differences between the two. The Amish beard is normally much more untamed and freer, whereas the old Dutch beard requires much more taming and tinkering.

How to grow an Old Dutch beard.

Growing out an Old Dutch beard does take time and patience. We recommend letting your beard grow out for around 6 weeks to get the best old Dutch beard.

Invest in a good quality razor to lower the height of the cheek lines. Neaten the sideburns, leaving them still quite wide. Shave the cheeks incrementally, lowering the upper contour in stages. This will reduce the chance of mistakes and give you the best chance of a symmetrical look.

Define where the bottom of your facial hair is going to be, usually around an inch above your Adam's apple.  From this point, the hair should form an oval shape reaching up to either side of your jaw. Shave everything below this line.

A defining characteristic of the Old Dutch beard is the lack of mustache. So, ensure any hair above the top lip is removed.

Allow the beard to grow out from the upper neck region. Having long hair here will provide support for your beard. Remember that the bottom of the beard should be flat, so use your scissors to trim the hair away to form this flattened off shape.

The Old Dutch can be a difficult facial hair to perfect, so we recommend visiting a professional for your first trim. Once they have perfected the shape, you should be able to maintain it on your own.

Taking care of your old Dutch.

Due to this being a large, thick, beard, it is imperative you take great care of your hair. Invest in a beard brush to keep your beard looking great. The old Dutch can quickly begin to look unruly, so it is important to take great care. Beard oils will help keep the hair hydrated and moisturizing your skin regularly will keep your overall look terrific.

Regularly trim away any stray hairs with scissors and keep the cheeks and mustache clean shaved to keep the look sharp.