Looking Like A Badass: How To Style Your Beard Like Wolverine

If you’re a comic book fan then you’ll know that Wolverine has one of the most badass beards of them all and Hugh Jackman rocked it in the X-Men and standalone movies.

You might be surprised to know that Hugh Jackman wasn’t actually the director’s first choice to cast as Wolverine?

But now we can’t imagine anyone else donning that fantastic beard look.

If you’re looking for ways to achieve that same look then you’ve come to the right place.

This iconic beard combines traditional mutton chops with a thick and full beard – minus the mustache.

Keep reading to find out how you can adopt this badass look, especially if you have the face shape for it.

How To Get The Look

Wolverine’s beard is one of the most unique styles to date and whether you’re a fan of it, you have to agree that it has a certain style and rebelliousness to it.

If you’re already sporting a full beard with a mustache then achieving the Wolverine beard is nice and easy.

But, if you are currently hairless, then it may take a little while for you to be able to pull off this look.

Hugh Jackman himself is rarely seen donning his Wolverine look everyday, but it is the only look he has in the movies.

You can trim your beard or even just your stubble to match this iconic look.

Step 1 – Growing Your Beard

This step requires you to make the decision whether you will need to grow your beard more or whether you already have it at the desired length ready to trim.

Don’t be afraid to spend a good few months growing out your beard before trimming it.

This look takes commitment and if you rush it you may not get the desired result.

It is good to point out that you don’t need to have a big bushy beard to pull off this look. It is just as effective on a shorter stubble beard.

If you decide to trim it into your stubble then you can simply maintain the look as it grows.

Step 2 – Choose Your Specific Wolverine Style

There have been a few different depictions of the classic Wolverine beard style, so it is best to find the one that you are interested in the most before getting started with trimming.

Classic X-Men

The original X-Men movie was released in 2000 which included Hugh Jackman’s first appearance as Wolverine.

Here he can be seen sporting the classic Wolverine beard that is also depicted in the comics.

This combines the thick mutton chops without the mustache.

However, since then there have been plenty of different X-Men movies and each of these has a slightly different variation of the Wolverine look.

Sometimes you will find that the beard has thicker mutton chops as well as a thin stubble mustache and chin.


Things change drastically when we look at Wolverine’s look in the 2017 standalone movie Logan.

Here, you can see Wolverine has grown out his classic mutton chops look and has grown a full beard including long sideburns.

If this is what you’re interested in achieving then you will have to spend quite a bit of time committing to growing your beard.

Hugh Jackman

Then there’s Hugh Jackman, the man himself who portrays Wolverine on the big screen.

He has had plenty of his own signature looks over the years and this may be what you’re looking at replicating.

You’ll often find that Jackman likes to keep his beard grown whilst thinning out his mustache, even when he’s not in the X-Men movies.

Otherwise, he keeps a full beard.

Step 3 – Trim And Shape Your Beard

Finally, it’s time to move onto the trimming stage of shaping your Wolverine beard.

All you need to do is simply neatly trim away your mustache as well as the strip of hair that sits on your chin.

It might be best to keep a picture close by for reference so you can see where it will need more shaping and trimming.

Take it slow and only trim away little pieces at a time so you’re not getting rid of too much hair.

Tools You’ll Need

Of course, just like any trimming session, you will need the right tools. Here is a list of what you’ll need to get the job done.

  • Razor/Beard trimmer
  • Desired trimmer guards
  • Beard scissors
  • Comb
  • Bristle brush
  • Beard oil/balm

Maintaining The Look

Like any other beard look, you will need to keep on top of it in order to keep it neat and tidy.

Use your electric beard trimmer to keep it at the desired length. By using the trimmer guards you can ensure that it will always be the same length.

You can also use beard scissors or shears to help keep stray hairs in check and to keep the right shape.

You will also need to use a razor to make sure the beard on your neck stays in the right shape.

Alternatively, you can embrace the shabby look that this beard creates when it is outgrown.

Wolverine is an unruly character and so a shabby beard wouldn’t be too out of place.

It will look great either way and it may be a style that you keep for a good long while.

This shabby look can work if you’re looking to keep the beard style for a good long while as keeping it neat and tidy can be quite the commitment.

Don’t be afraid to play around with different styles to find what works for you.


Choose the beard style wisely.

Wolverine has sported many different iconic beard styles over the years and so you will need to pick the one that is going to suit you best.

Lastly, have fun with it. This is a very fun style and you’re bound to turn heads no matter what room you enter. Enjoy it!

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