How to Trim your Beard at Home: An essential at-home guide for your beard maintenance.
Many years ago, growing a beard was easy. You just stopped shaving. Now things are different and you can’t walk around with hair from your face down to your chest. People tend to have jobs and beards require more tailoring. A wild, unkempt beard might showcase your impressive manliness, but it’s not doing you any favors in the dateable, employable, and all-around-approachable department. It’s probably a good idea to keep your beard in check. Here’s how to do it.
When you go to a barber shop or a hair salon they do not just start chopping away at your hair and you should definitely not just start cutting your beard without washing and conditioning it first. Use a mild beard wash, gently wash your beard, and then condition it. The conditioner will help soften the beard which makes it easier to cut and helps protect yourself from irritation later.
After you have allowed your beard to dry, take a brush and run it along your beard. You want to make sure you brush your beard out so it is sticking out (it will make it easier to trim). Take a moment and examine your beard, start to think about the amount you want to trim and how you want to shape your beard.
For longer beards, you will need a pair of clippers. It’s best to start with a bigger guard, to prevent accidentally cutting everything too short. Use your clippers to trim to trim to your preferred length. If you’re looking for something simple and not too long, an even length all around is fine. If you want something with more shape, use a longer guard around the chin and a shorter one around the cheeks and temples. Usually, a differential of one or two is all you need. To trim the mustache, you can run a shorter guard over your upper lip, but your nose will obstruct anything much longer. You can also comb your moustache over your lips and manually trim your moustache with a pair of scissors instead. This will give you a very clean look.
The dreaded neckline, trim too high up and you could give yourself the illusion of a double chin(not sexy) and trim to low back and you are back in the not doing you any favors in the dateable, employable, and all-around-approachable department situation. A key rule of thumb is to use your Adam’s apple as a guide. Stick your finger at the very top of your Adam’s apple this is where you will draw the imaginary line that you will not cross. From this point, you will also want to imagine a U shape line that extends to behind your ears. Once you have visualize this imaginary line, you are ready to cut! Remember do not cut above this line unless you want a double chin. Depending on the type of beard you have you may want it equal length to the rest of your beard, if so skip to Step 5. If you do not want a full beard sticking straight out of your neck then you may want to fade your neckline into your beard. To do this, you will need to set your clippers at half the length of your preferred clipper setting. Using this shorter clip, trim up from the neckline approximately one inch around the entire base of the beard. You can then fade it even more closely. There are tons of great videos online that can assist you if you need a visual guide.
Lastly, you need to style your beard. As with hair, you style your beard with appropriate products. First, apply a good beard oil to soften the hair. Then run a beard comb through it to distribute the oil, as well as to style your beard back into place, post-trim. This will also help reveal strays that got passed over while trimming, which you can take care of with your scissors.
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