The Evolution of LeBron James Beard (Gallery)

Written By Bakes

Avid writer on Men's Hair, Grooming, and Lifestyle!

Our editorial looks at all variations of LeBron James Beard which include the following

  • Signature Bushy Beard
  • Bushy Beard (Side Angle)
  • Stubble
  • Chin Strap
  • Full Beard

Whilst Lebron hair journey has been closely documented due to his receding hairline, thinning crown & transplant, there’s been a equal amount of interest towards his facial hair.

At this point LeBron’s beard is a distinctive signature look for the athlete which can be seen worn throughout all current games as well as being used in video games to mimic his likeness.

The Evolution of LeBron James Beard

The image below perfectly illustrates Lebron’s appearance change throughout his time in the NBA since his draft, from his clean shaven look to his current bushy look.

The Evolution of LeBron James Beard

At this point the we can closely predict how much an athlete will change during his time on the court, they usually start with a clean shaven look and end up in big beards.

James Harden Hair and beard has changed massively from his draft to now & Carmelo Anthony Braids and beard, this is just a common trajectory amongst athletes.

Clean shaven hair and beard, years go by and we see more experimental hairstyles and longer beards.

Bushy Beard (Signature Look)

The bushy beard has become synonymous with LeBron in recent years.

It’s thick, lush, and perfectly complements his strong facial features.

This signature look is complimentary of his court nickname, “King James.” , because you know it wouldn’t be right to having a clean shaven king right.

multiple bearded pics

Since Lebron’s career features a heavy travelling schedule we get to see him have his personal barber constantly keep him well groomed.

“The Shop a show produced by the NBA superstar brings to light what happens “in a real barbershop”, where conversations are had with other athletes and celebrities.

Whys this important to note, Lebron could of set these interviews up in any location but chose the barbershop further adding to his appreciation for hair and grooming culture.

Side View of Signature Look

From the side, LeBron’s beard adds depth to his profile, It enhances his jawline and gives his face a fuller appearance which is maintained with oils.

bushy beard side view

The side view also showcases the uniformity and meticulous grooming of his beard, highlighting the care LeBron puts into maintaining his iconic look.

Other Previous Beard Styles


Outside of his clean shaven look during his debut years we saw Lebron start to rock a stubble beard which would be the foundation for his chin strap.

stubble beard

It provided a rugged yet polished look, perfect for off-court appearances, be it interviews or attending star-studded events which we have documented videos of.

The stubble was a bridge between his youthful, clean-shaven days and his current bushy beard era.

Chin Strap

The chin strap beard can be seen on LeBron throughout a large portion of his career.

Lebron James Beard in chin strap

Its worn without the full goatee. Full beard on sides with Mustache!

The connecting the sideburns look has always been a staple for men and definitely rose in popularity due to the athlete.

It gave him a unique look, showcasing his willingness to experiment and change things up. While it wasn’t his signature style, it was a testament to LeBron’s versatility, not just in his game, but in his grooming choices as well.

Full Beard

The phase before the bushy beard, the full beard!

Lebron James Beard

Thicker than the stubble but not as bushy as his signature look.

The full beard gave him a distinguished appearance throughout the mid-season of his career and often times took the focus away from his receding hairline.

Game days meant the full beard, arm bands and head bands! The combination of gear brought attention to the look.

Beard in NBA 2K

Talk about trademark and likeness! What better way to capture the intricate details of LeBron than his full bushy beard in video games.

Lebron James Beard in NBA 2K

Each and every year the brilliant minds at EA Sports come together to create the most realistic graphics of each athlete and they nail it with Bron every time!

How to get LeBron James beard?

In the 90s we used to say everybody wants to be like mike, today however everybody wants to be like Bron, here you go!

  • Patience is Essential: Whether you’re going for the full beard or the bushy signature look, you’ll need to let your facial hair grow.

  • Maintenance: A grooming routine is crucial for long lasting health, therefore once you form one make sure you stick too it.

  • Define the Lines: LeBron’s beard always has well-defined lines. Use a precision trimmer or a razor to shape the beard. Rappers with beards tend to do this always.

  • Beard Care Products: Invest in quality beard oils and balms. These products will keep your beard soft, never go cheap with your beard.

  • Diet and Hydration: A healthy beard is a reflection of good health. Stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins to promote facial hair growth.

  • Consult a Barber: If you’re unsure about achieving the desired look, consult a professional barber. They can provide guidance on shaping and maintaining your beard.

Final Words

The evolution of LeBron James’ beard styles are a reflection of his journey, from a promising rookie to an NBA legend.

His beard, like his game, has evolved, adapted, and continually set trends. The best thing about this is that pictures mark time.

Any image of the athlete clean shaven and its most likely his rookie days, chin strap and its few years into the NBA, full bushy and its his dominating era today!