Hardcourt to hardcore
Stalley’s moved from basketball to hip hop, without breaking a sweat – even with a hardcore beard. New expert Chris Eliares shows us how to nail this gnarly style
For some peculiar reason, athletes always want to be rappers, and rappers want to be athletes. The transition from one to the other, however, has historically been, well, embarrassing, to say the least. Although there have been a few that have been rather successful.
Take Ohio based rapper Stalley, for instance. Once signed to Division IA basketball powerhouse Michigan, Stalley was then stricken by injury, which led him to focus on his music career. He’s now signed to the Maybach Music Group alongside fellow beard mate, Rick Ross. What's even more impressive is that beard! The big, bushy, shaped up, hardcore tight-around-the-edges type beard is very popular right now in the hip hop scene as well as in the barbershop.
So how would you tame a mane that gnarly?
- Obviously, you would need to grow your facial hair to the desired length.
- Once you’ve got the length, comb the mustache hair downwards towards the upper lip and use a pick to pick out the beard hair straight out to full length.
- Facing the mirror, identify the areas of your beard that need adjusting, and with your clippers, freehand and trim those areas (above the upper lip and around the body of the beard) to achieve your desired shape. Remove and shape the stragglers with your twistable trimmer.
- The portion underneath the main body of the beard going to the Adam's apple is completely to your own discretion, since it's somewhat hidden underneath the main body. One suggestion would be to freehand the underneath portion significantly shorter then the visible main body of the beard, creating a tighter shape going in towards the neck.