- TOOLS FOR TRIMMING A BEARD
- ToolFunction CombCombing beard hair Clippers/scissorsCutting and trimming hair Beard oilSoftening and conditioning beard MirrorViewing the face during trimming
- HOW TO TRIM A BEARD
- HOW TO TRIM A BEARD NECKLINE
- HOW TO TRIM AND STYLISHLY WEAR A GOATEE
- HOW TO TRIM A LONG BEARD
- BEARD STYLES
Think of this article as a crush course on how to trim a beard. A lot of men go astray when it comes to beard trimming.
But it ought not to be like that. You can wear a beard and look vogue and ooze style too. Depending, of course on how you design and maintain your facial hair.
Not long ago, growing and wearing a beard was frowned upon. It was just not the thing to do.
Now, beards are trending, and with them making a fashion statement, we would just love to show you how to trim a beard and keep it well groomed.
TOOLS FOR TRIMMING A BEARD
Before we go into the nitty gritties of how to trim a beard, let us first check out the tools.
- Comb or brush to detangle
- Premium grade clippers
- Scissors for detailing
- Beard oil or moisturizer for softening and conditioning
- Mirror preferably the hand-held one. This will be easier to work with you as you view your face from different angles to get the best look and desired length.
Comb Combing beard hair
Clippers/scissors Cutting and trimming hair
Beard oil Softening and conditioning beard
Mirror Viewing the face during trimming
HOW TO TRIM A BEARD
- Begin by first taking a shower. After that, you wash your beard so that it is completely clean.
- Using beard shampoo will help in washing clean. After that use a beard conditioner to soften and nourish.
- Dry your beard entirely.
- Take your comb or brush and comb so that your beard is easy to handle. Be careful to remove every tangle that may have formed as you washed your beard.
- Comb everywhere including your mustache and beneath your neck.
- It would be best if you combed all your hair to one direction.
- Take your clippers and fit on the desired clip length. If you are not certain of what length to fit begin with 4 and work your way down to the length that you are comfortable with.
- Move on to the neck and cheeks. Adjust the Clippers to the desired length. Now work on your neck and cheeks till you are satisfied.
- Next is the mustache. Clip on the desired length. Comb all hair to one direction first. Remove the guard and now Comb all hair down over your lip. Trim to anything that hangs over your lip.
- Take your scissors. Cut off any strays that you missed with your clippers. This will give you a naturally sophisticated look.
- Finish off with applying either beard oil or beard moisturize
ADDITIONAL TIPS ON HOW TO TRIM A BEARD
- It is best to trim your beard when dry. Wet hair always hands longer than normal, so if you cut your beard when wet, you may end you making it shorter than you TO wanted.
- Buy a good pair of clippers. You will get great value for your money as they will last longer and be more durable.
- When trimming under your neck, always stretch your skin with the other hand. The skin here tends to fold. Make sure that you are working on the surface of your skin.
We have learned how to trim a beard. Next, we want to see how to trim a beard neckline.
HOW TO TRIM A BEARD NECKLINE
Growing a beard naturally maybe the best option for some because it is easier to manage and maintain.
For others, this may not be the way to go about it, as the beard may end up looking wild and untamed.
A neckline merely defines the bottom portion of the beard. This differs from man to man. So how does one go about trimming a beard neckline?
Imagine a curved line that travels from behind your earlobes, above your Adam’s apple.
To locate the middle, place two fingers over your Adam’s apple. Next, imagine two perpendicular lines on either side of your face that run vertical to the first one and mirrors the outer edge of your sideburns down toward the neckline.
This generates the corners of your neckline right under the ends of your jawline under your ears. Shape these corners off to create a more natural look rather than a perfect box.
Adjust your clippers to 2 settings below the length of your beard. Trim everything beneath this imaginary line.
DOUBLE CHIN METHOD
Surprisingly simple. Tip your chin down near your neck. Embrace the double chin. The double chin line has formulated a natural fold where it joins the neck that rather much runs the entire breadth of your jaw.
STEPS ON HOW TO TRIM A BEARD NECKLINE
- Go one or two settings lower on the Clippers. Target the same space just above Adam’s apple: Trim the rear half using this shorter setting, but omit the top half at the length of the initial setting. This will create a gradient instead of a hard stop along your neckline.
- Finally, trim all stray hairs between your chest hair and the bottom of the fade (i.e. your Adam’s apple).
And that is how to trim a beard neckline.
It gets easier to do it with time.
Congratulations. You have now created the perfect beard.
HOW TO TRIM AND STYLISHLY WEAR A GOATEE
Growing a goatee can help you make a statement and increase confidence in how you look.
Goatees have been the facial embellishment for many famous people in history including poets and rock stars.
An example of a famous goatee wearer is former United States of America President Abraham Lincoln.
Goatees have been popular in different generations and are in vogue again.
For a goatee to be legit, the only hair should be on the chin. No sideburns or mustache connecting to it. Your cheeks and jaw lines should be clean shaven.
THROW AWAY YOUR RAZOR
Crazy but true. Before you trim and wear a goatee, you must grow one first. Therefore, throw away your razor until you have grown a beard.
If you shave regularly, you may experience itching as your beard grows. This is attributed to hair poking holes in your skin as it grows.
The itching may last for a little while; you just need to cultivate patience. How long it will take before you have a beard depends on factors such as genes.
USE BEARD OIL OR MOISTURIZER
At this stage of your beard growth, it is recommended that you use beard oil or moisturizer. It will lessen the irritation by keeping your skin moisturized and nourished.
Avoid products that contain alcohol as they tend to dry hair.
You are now ready to shape your goatee.
Once your facial hair has grown the coveted length, you can now form it with your perfect goatee style. There are various types of Goatee that you should be accustomed to by now. The Common Goatee is a style where the facial hair or beard is only evident below the chin.
The Van Dyke is a type of goatee where there is a mustache separated to the beard on the chin. Then, there is the round beard, where the mustache and the hair on the chin under are combined to each other.
Comb your beard first to assure the hair is cut suitably and use the comb to trim some parts for a uniform appearance. Before shaping your goatee, it is necessary to ensure you are using a new blade or new razor for best performance. While shaving your goatee, remember that edges should be handled with special care.
Your smile lines on your face should be your ultimate leader in shaping your goatee. The beard should not be noticeable past these lines as it would look cumbersome. The edges of the mustache may also be used as a guide for the outline of your goatee in terms determining the width.
Start by trimming short hair from the neck. If you are in a quandary as to where you would start your goatee, it is suggested to outline the goatee an inch above Adam’s apple to be safer. But depending on your inclination, you can sketch it higher or lower. After determining the appearance of your goatee on your neck, you can start making cuts the cheek.
You need put the extra care to make everything equally shaped in defining the goatee. An important tip is to shave near the shaped goatee outwards. Shaving inwards can cause undesired cuts that can ruin the shape of your goatee.
To guarantee you have a precisely shaped goatee, move the razor in every possible direction. Facial hair can grow in all directions so, moving the blade in various angles will cut unwanted hair. Then review the shaped goatee in different viewpoints. Try to check how it looks at a distance and while near.
Wash your face
If you are content with the appearance of your goatee, use a gentle soap to wash your face. Eliminate all dirt and pieces of hair on your face as well as trapped substances on your goatee. View in the mirror and appreciate the new look on your face. Always wash your goatee with shampoo and conditioner.
If you have a dehydrated and sensitive skin, you can also use some moisturizers and beard oil. When eating outside, be extra vigilant because the food you eat can occasionally get trapped in your goatee. That just looks untidy.
You can proceed to the men’s washroom every time you conclude eating to check. You can also slide your fingers on your goatee and pretend you are in deep meditation when, in fact, you are just checking if you have food caught in your goatee.
Go out and flaunt your new look.
HOW TO TRIM A LONG BEARD
If you are planning to grow a long beard, you want it looking sharp and neat. Your maintenance prowess can make the difference in looking like a gentleman or vagabond.
TOOLS FOR TRIMMING A LONG BEARD
Mirror. The best one is one that you can be able to view yourself from different angles.
- Before you start, you should have cleaned your beard. It should be dry and clean.
- Comb through the beard and let the hairs lie down in the direction of hair growth.
- Using scissors, cut those stray hairs that will not lie down. Once you have your beard lying down naturally, move the comb to the front of the beard just beneath your ear, and comb a small portion of hair so that a little quantity shows through the teeth of the comb.
- Once you have your beard extending down correctly, move the comb to the side of the beard just below your ear, and brush a little Portion of hair so that a minute amount sticks through the teeth of the comb.
- Applying a scissor, cut off the hair that is still showing through your comb
- Proceed to replicate this process going down to the core of your beard.
- Move to the other side of your head and redo.
- Make sure you cut off the equal amount of hair each time.
- Do the same down the center of your beard.
- Once you have finished trimming your beard, comb it again and trim any stray hairs that you missed to assure that you have an even trim
Now you have learned how to trim a long beard.
A course on how to trim a beard is incomplete if does not mention the various trending beard styles.Let’s go..
The most traditional style of mutton chops are long, full that reach down to the corners of the mouth and are not attached to chin hair or a mustache.
They are often wider at the ends than where they start. Some variants combine to a mustache, forming an unbroken line of hair. Mutton chops can be bushy or trimmed close to the face.
This refers to facial hair that is allowed to grow only on the chin area directly under the mouth.
It is meant to look like the hair on a goat’s chin.
It is also called a “chin puff.”
This is a style that incorporates hair on the chin but not on the cheeks.
Customarily, it referred to hair that grew on the lower jaw around the mouth.
It has now evolved to include hair that grows on the jaw but not on the cheeks and incorporates the mustache.
GOATEE AND MUSTACHE
A goatee that allows the mustache to connect to the hair on the chin.
It is also referred to as the Van Dyke.
Since the last century, it has become synonymous with the goatee.
This style looks like an inverted U or a horseshoe.
A perfect mustache with ends that continue down in identical straight lines behind the top lip and down to the jawline. It is comparable to the traditional goatee, except for the clean-shaven chin.
A mustache is defined as any facial hair grown specifically on the upper lip. There are many different types of mustache, but all contrast between hair grown solely on the top lip and hair grown on other parts of the face.
A Pencil Mustache is one that is very thin, habitually just above the line of the upper lip. It is thought to look narrow adequately to have been formed on with a pencil (or eyeliner). Frequently a man wearing a Pencil Mustache will shave the area above it to emphasize the remaining hair.
Formerly referred to as “Burnsides,” sideburns are the spot of hair at the beginning of the ears that connects a beard to the hair of one’s head. Any continuation beyond a single corner angle on the front side of the head is thought to be a sideburn, although they can range broadly in size from short and neatly cropped massive ones.
A Stubble is any length of hair which is adequately long to be evident, yet not sufficient to fully cover the skin beneath. This appends to a concept that a man is anywhere within relaxed and casual to unkempt and dirty.
The word Five-o’clock Shadow applies to stubble which is very short, decidedly only a several hours’ growth (as that would look at 5 PM after a person shaved that morning).
The Zappa style is made up of a broad soul patch and full mustache that reaches slightly downwards past the corners of the mouth. Named for American musician Frank Zappa.
Sideburns which are attached to each other by a narrow line of hair along the jaw, matching a helmet strap harnessed to one’s chin
A full beard without a mustache or neck hair
The simplistic term “beard” is a term which can encompass any style of facial hair although frequently excluding a mustache by itself.
A “full beard” is one which presents full, untamed growth on all available areas of the face and neck, including the mustache, chin, sideburns, and cheeks.
For a man who wants to look poised, confident and successful, it is mandatory to know how to trim a beard stylishly.
And that is wrap on how to trim a beard.