Please read through all the 3 of the sections below, as this outlines how the competition will be structured. If you haven't already, be sure to register in the class that best suits you!


We’re following WBMA nomenclature with our four overall Categories: Artistic, Moustaches, Partial Beards (those with shaved segments), and Full Beards.

These Categories are further divided into Classes, such as Moustache Natural, Moustache Styled, etc. Each participant will have presented themselves before a pre-jury on-site at registration to ensure they are in the correct class.


  • ARTISTIC - artificial and imaginative creations meant to resemble facial hair of any category, either literally or abstractly. There are 2 Classes:
    • Realistic
    • Creative
  • MOUSTACHE – facial hair that is grown above the upper lip, up to a maximum of 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) beyond the far edges of the mouth. There are 2 Classes:
    • Natural
    • Styled (Freestyle)
  • PARTIAL BEARD – facial hair that is neither a full beard nor a moustache. Natural or shaven gaps define the different styles and classes in this competition. There are 4 Classes:
    • Natural
    • Natural - Sideburns / Chops
    • Natural - Whaler / Donegal / Amish
    • Styled (Freestyle)

  • FULL BEARD - facial hair that is grown above the upper and lower lip, the chin, the cheeks, and the sideburns, without any natural or shaven gap. There are 6 Classes:
    • Natural - Under 2"
    • Natural - 2"-6"
    • Natural - 6"-12"
    • Natural - Over 12"
    • Natural - With Styled Moustache
    • Styled (Freestyle)



Acceptable styling methods to be used with Natural classes include brushing, combing, conditioning (including the use of beard oils), and shampooing. The use of beard balms are prohibited in Natural classes since they provide a degree of hold to help shape. These classes show off the grooming of facial hair naturally in its most essential form.


Legal aids in the Styled classes include only wax, hair spray, and other hair cosmetics. The use of hair extensions, fake and detached hair, or any form of hair pins or supporting elements is prohibited.

Part of the challenge of these classes is the ability to implement a design yourself, working in 3-dimensions using a 2-dimensional mirror. Self-styling is enthusiastically encouraged. As such, it is at each judge’s discretion to adjust a contestant’s score based on whether the competitor styled his beard himself, or it was styled instead by someone else. Dreadlocked facial hair is considered styled as holding products are used to create the style.


  1. The contestants in each class will parade individually in front of the judges on stage, then be presented in a group. Each entrant will have their registration number prominently displayed.
  2. Each judge will then give a score between 10 and 5 points to each contestant, with the highest points awarded to the competitors they think best fit the criteria. Half points are possible. No-shows will automatically receive a score of 0.
  3. The points 10, 9.5 and 9 can only be given once by each judge in each class. Each judge can then award any of the other points as often as they like.
  4. Ties - The positions 1st, 2nd and 3rd must be decided clearly. In the event of equal scores (a tie) for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place, a second vote will be conducted.
    • In the event of two competitors tieing again, the judges will be asked to award either 10 or 8 points to each contestant. The judges will not know whether the re-scoring is for 1st & 2nd place, or 2nd & 3rd place.
    • In the event of three competitor tie, the judges will be asked to award 10, 8, or 5 points to each contestant. (Highest points, again, being the most preferred).