A healthy glistening beard can elevate any style. From the full neck-warmer to the meticulously trimmed goatee, well-kept facial hair has always been a striking statement of style. We’ve broken down the beard grooming process into a few easy steps to help maintain your beard at home with few grooming tools. You can grow out your beard and still keep your grooming game on point, keep your facial hair in line, and trim your beard regularly, even if it’s just a simple tune-up a couple of times a week.
How to Shape a Beard?
Since every hair doesn’t grow out of your face at the same rate, trimming gives the beard it’s nice, well-trimmed shape, and a beard without shape is just hair projecting from the face. If done properly, you’ll be aiming for a proper beard neckline, cheek line, mustache, and lip line. Let’s get to it.
Step 1: Keep It Clean and Soft
A man should never let his beard run dry and dirty – for obvious reasons. So, try to keep it clean before a trim. First, because the skin on your face is different from the skin on your scalp, wash with a beard shampoo. Then, a beard conditioner. It’ll moisten things up and make the following steps a lot easier.
Step 2: Brush It Out
Once your beard is clean and damp, take your brush and work it against the grain so that the strands face upward. Not only will this simplify the trimming process, but it will also highlight any loose hairs.
Step 3: Trim
Use clippers to cut to your desired length. Start with a higher guard to prevent accidentally creating a spot. If you’re looking for an even length all around, a higher guard will get you there. If you’re going shorter, you’ll need to lower the guard a bit. No worries, it’s not all that intricate.
While there are many beard shape techniques you can use, the most flattering requires leaving the hairs shorter on the sides of your face and a tad longer around the chin. Rule of thumb: a number 3 guard setting at the temples and a 4 or 5 setting when you get to the chin area. The mustache should be kept about as short as the hair on your temples and cheeks.
Step 4: About That Mustache
Once you’ve trimmed your beard down with clippers—run them across your face widthwise so that your nostrils don’t get caught in the guard. A set of mustache scissors will do just fine. As for how high up the lip you should trim? It’s your call. Some fellas like a lot of clearance – some prefer a sharp, low overhang. We’ll leave that up to you.
Step 5: Define Your Neckline
Now comes the most intricate part: defining your neckline. The surest way to compromise your look is to neglect this part by trimming in the wrong place. Trim too close to the jawbone, and you look like you have a double chin. Let it stray too far under your neck, and you’ll look like a wild man.
The safest gamble is to trim everything underneath your Adam’s apple, but where precisely to define the line will vary a bit from fella to fella – some folks have longer necks, and others have shorter ones. You’ll find out what works for you. Then you want to extend that contour to a soft curve working up your ears to create a nice “U” shape.
Step 6: End with Oil
Just like the hair on your head, your beard needs plenty of moisturizing to stay healthy and flowing. So, wrap the whole process with some good beard oil that’ll help keep your facial hair moisturized and looking its best. Then work a beard comb through it to spread the oil evenly, as well as to style your beard to your desired shape. Doing this will help expose strays that got left behind while trimming, which you can cut off with your scissors.
B Besides, trimming your beard regularly is easy with the proper tools. Knowing how to properly trim your beard is somewhat of a survival skill and will serve you well in the years to come. Keep it in check, and it’ll be one of your greatest assets. Further reading:
What Is Beard Oil? All You Need to Know
How to Shave Your Beard Neckline: Tips and Advice
Beard Brush vs. Beard Comb – What to Use on Your Beard
Beard Care Nightly Routine