These categories are open to anyone who wants to participate. They are artificial and imaginative creations meant to resemble facial hair of any category, either literally or abstractly.
A moustache is composed of facial hair above the upper lip. At international contests, it is agreed that moustache hairs can start growing from up to a maximum of 5/8" (1.5 cm) beyond the end of the upper lip.
A partial beard is any facial hair that is neither a full beard nor a moustache.
A full beard consists of hair on the upper and lower lip, the chin, the cheeks, and the sideburns, without any natural or shaven gap. Lengths are measured from the bottom of the lower lip.
Listed here are the main category types for the 2020 GABMC. Click on each to view the full list for each. In order to enter, purchase a ticket for your category. We'll also have prejudging panels on site and at preregistration to assure that each person is in his or her correct category prior to competing.
Legal styling aids include only wax, hair spray, and other hair products. With the exception of Artistic categories, the use of hair extensions, fake and detached hair, or any form of hair pins or supporting elements is prohibited.
The diagrams here are purely illustrative to show the essential differences between the styles.