How to Rock a Beard Like a Rockstar

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FROM LEFT: John Legend, Lenny Kravitz and Jared Leto

Stylist Vaughn Acord, the man behind the cool whiskers of Bruce Springsteen and Lenny Kravitz, shares the products and tips behind music's sexiest bristles


"This one- to two-day shadow is relaxed, but John could still put on a crisp white shirt and do a formal interview," says Acord, who notes that men with oblong faces wear this look best. Once you've shaved, massage a conditioning oil or wax into the skin so it stays moisturized and blemish-free."

1. Tom Ford conditioning beard oil, $50;

2. Mr. Natty Mr. Willie Mack's all-over wax, $45;



"Even though Lenny's look is characterized by defined lines, it also looks natural," Acord says of the style best-suited for men with rounder face shapes. "To prevent the lines of the beard from looking too sharp, opt for tweezers instead of a razor to tackle stray hairs."

3. V76 clean shave hydrating gel cream, $28;

4. The Art of Shaving tweezers, $10;



"It's like a lion — very masculine and proud," says Acord of this overgrown style. "It should look lived-in, but never neglected." To prevent dandruff from ruining the vibe, a hydrating beard shampoo is a must. And like the hair on top of your head, give your beard a trim when it starts to lose its shape.


5. Billy Jealousy beard wash, $20;

6. Zeus beard brush, $10, Birchbox subscription, $20 per month;

This story first appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of the Billboard magazine.

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