Beards are in trend these days, and why shouldn't they be? A beard completely changes your appearance and brings your appearance to an eight out of ten from a solid four. Beard is to men what makeup is to women; it’s a game changer. But, changing your appearance with a beard is not that easy. You have to maintain and trim it in order to look attractive, because otherwise, you will end up looking like a homeless guy who has been starving for days, or worse, a caveman. If your goal is to enhance your appearance with the help of a beard, then those two looks are not what you should go for. In this post, we will provide you with ways that will help you in keeping your beard well maintained with the help of trimming.
First things first, you need to have the right tools to achieve the look that you want. Using the right tools make the whole process a lot easier, and the end product looks neat and clean. So, invest in the following tools for trimming your beard. You must also make sure that you use the right quality tools that are sustainable and offer a good value for the price.
The second most important step is to clean and prepare your beard before you trim it. Follow the steps mentioned below to clean and prepare your beard.
STEP NUMBER 1: Dampen your beard with water and clean it by using a beard shampoo. It is always good to work with a clean beard since your beard hair also gets oily just like the hair on your scalp.
STEP NUMBER 2: Make sure to scrub your beard nicely. Rinse the shampoo with water and then pat dry with a towel. Make sure to invest in a good beard shampoo that doesn’t cause your skin and beard hair to become dry and cause itchiness.
STEP NUMBER 3: Comb your beard out nicely and then let it dry completely before you start cutting and shaving it.
This procedure is the most basic and general way you can use to trim your beard.
STEP NUMBER 1: COMB YOUR BEARD HAIR.
First of all, comb all your beard out to make sure that it is detangled. You must make sure that you reach every part of your face, neck and moustache. Comb your hair in one direction. It’s preferred if you comb it in the downward direction.
STEP NUMBER 2: USE THE HIGH-GRADE CLIPPERS.
These clippers will help you to cut your beard hair evenly. If you want to cut half an inch of your beard, then use the setting number 4 of your clippers. If you are not sure of the length that you want, then it’s better to use one of the big clips and keep increasing the size as your beard grows out.
STEP NUMBER 3: FADE OUT YOUR NECK AND CHEEKS.
As you move in the outward direction, start using the fade out technique around your neck and cheeks. For this purpose, change your clipper to two sizes lower than the one that you were using before.
STEP NUMBER 4: BRING YOUR ATTENTION TO YOUR MOUSTACHE.
Now that you are done with your beard, move your attention towards your moustache. Comb your moustache hair to a side. Set up your clippers in the settings that you desire. Now remove the guard and comb your moustache hair over your lips, in a downward motion. Trim any hair that hangs over on your upper lip.
STEP NUMBER 5: DO THE DETAILING.
Now it’s time that you add detail to your look. For this purpose, make use of your scissors. Cut out any stray hair to finish the look.
STEP NUMBER 6: MOISTURIZE YOUR HAIR WITH A BEARD OIL OR BEARD MOISTURIZER
It is better that you use a moisturizer or oil that is made explicitly for beard hair because such products will contain the exact nutrients in the correct amount which will prove beneficial for your beard hair and the skin underneath it. Using a beard oil or moisturizer is essential, because it keeps your hair healthy, soft and shiny. It also prevents dry and itchy skin and beard.
Read this part of the post very carefully, because your neckline hair makes or breaks your look. There is one thing you must always keep in mind, that you do not (here it’s good to keep the “do not” instead of “don’t” just to emphasize) violate the most important law of beard trimming. That law is that your neckbeard needs to be removed. For that purpose, you must fade the hair around that area.
STEP NUMBER 1: MARK YOUR AREAS.
For the first step, you have to mark your areas. Imagine the one end of your ear as point A and the end of your other end as point B. Mark the midpoint as point C. The midpoint of these both ends situates above your Adam’s apple. You can also locate your midpoint of point C by placing two fingers above your Adam’s apple which is approximately one and a half inches.
STEP NUMBER 2: TRIM YOUR BEARD NECKLINE.
Adjust the settings of your clippers. They should preferably be two settings below the length of your beard and start trimming your beard hair according to the guidelines provided above. You must make sure that the hair around your Adam’s apple and the neckline area are relatively short.
STEP NUMBER 3: FADE YOUR BEARD NECKLINE
Now, go two settings lowers on your clipper and you must target the same area as mentioned in the above steps and start trimming the bottom half of it. To trim the top half, use the original setting of your clippers. As a result of this, you will be able to create a gradient on your neckline. Now get rid of all the stray hair to give your look a neat and clean finish.
Given below are some extra tips that you might need to follow to make the process of trimming your beard free of hassle.
TIP NUMBER 1: Trim your beard when it is scorched and contains no hint of moisture. You will get a better idea of what your beard looks like when it is dry. Trimming a wet beard will give you an illusion that you have trimmed a small amount of hair when in reality it will be a lot. This is obvious because the length of hair tends to shrink when it’s completely dry.
TIP NUMBER 2: All guards are not of the same length. Everyone has different measurements and are slightly different from each other but, has a significant impact on the end product. So, it’s always better that you test on a higher guard and go down according to your preferred length. It is better if you start with 4 or 4 (should this be two different numbers?) which is half an inch.
TIP NUMBER 3: Stretch your skin out when you are working on the underside of your neck. That area of the neck usually bunches up together, and it can be hard to reach some areas unless, of course, you stretch your skin out. You must make sure that you are grazing (double check if this is the word you want to use when talking about beard, “å gresse”, er det det man sier om skjegg?) on your actual skin instead of the bunched-up skin.
A Balbo style beard is the one which does not contain side burns with a nicely trimmed and floating moustache. To achieve the Balbo look, follow the instructions given below:
STEP NUMBER 1: TRIM AND DEFINE YOUR BEARD.
The first step is to trim your beard to the length you want to achieve. It’s preferred that you keep it relatively short. Then start defining your beard in the Balbo shape and make sure that you remove the comb part of your clipper. It’s advised to keep the hair on your neck and cheeks short if you are going for the Balbo look. You must trim your beard very carefully and with precision, because you want to maintain symmetry on both sides of your face.
STEP NUMBER 2: START PREPPING YOUR FACE.
Now that your face is somewhat rocking a Balbo beard, you can start prepping your face by rinsing your face with warm or lukewarm water.
STEP NUMBER 3: LET THE SHAVING BEGIN!
Now shave all the stray hair away to finish your Balbo beard look. During this whole process, you’ll need to make sure that you are using light and gentle strokes because you want to discard entirely the hair you are shaving. Make sure to use a more precise blade to make sure that your edges are sharp and crisp.
STEP NUMBER 4: CLEAN AND MOISTURIZE YOUR FACE.
After you’re done with your look, make sure that you rinse your face with water to get rid of any stray hair on your face. You must also make sure that you moisturize your beard with a beard oil or beard balm to keep it soft, healthy and shiny.
The chin curtain beard style consists of beard hair around your chin area, but your cheeks and your moustache area are completely void of any hair. This beard style is also known as the chin strap beard. You can do so much with this beard style. You can keep it thin and classic or you can add goatee to the chin curtain look. By adding a moustache, you can pull off the chin strap & moustache style. This style will complement an oval or diamond shaped face. Maintaining this beard style is the easiest compared to other styles. You just have to clean the edges occasionally. To get the chin curtain style, follow the steps given below:
STEP NUMBER 1: GROW YOUR HAIR OUT.
To get a chin curtain beard, start growing out your facial hair until you have a good enough scruff on your face.
STEP NUMBER 2: TRIM YOUR FACIAL HAIR TO ADD DIMENSION.
For this purpose, you must prepare your beard as mentioned earlier in this post and trim at least 3 to 5mm of your hair depending upon the actual length and the desired length of your beard. Make sure to make an even outline around your chin area.
STEP NUMBER 3: START SHAVING YOUR FACE.
Once you are done trimming your hair, now shave off the hair on your cheeks and neck. Make sure to keep the hair on your chin even and their edges sharp and precise. Don’t forget to shave your moustache as well. Make sure to rinse and moisturize your face afterwards.
No, we are not talking about the edible ones. Yes, this is an actual name for a beard style. This beard style is a rather old one which has been revived in the modern days and is growing popular day by day. Follow the steps given below if you want to rock some mutton chops.
STEP NUMBER 1: PREPARE YOUR FACE AND CHOOSE YOUR TOOL.
To get started, prepare your beard in the manner that has been mentioned above. Then choose the correct length of the trimmer. It’s preferred that you choose the 4mm one, especially if it’s your first time trimming your beard in this style.
STEP NUMBER 2: DEFINE THE SHAPE OF YOUR BEARD.
Now, you must define the shape of your beard to gain more perspective of what it’s going to look like. Remove the comb of your trimmer and define your beard in a mutton chop style. Make sure to keep your hair shorter on your cheeks and your neck.
The extended goatee look is rather elegant and it’s rocked by our very own David Beckham. So, if you want to look somewhat like David Beckham, then having an extended goatee is the first thing you should check off your list. This beard style looks the best on people with an oblong facial shape. This beard style is also perfect for those who suffer from patchiness around their cheek area. Follow the steps given below to pull off the daring, yet elegant extended goatee look.
STEP NUMBER 1: PREPARE AND OUTLINE YOUR BEARD.
Start prepping your beard by rinsing and moisturizing it. Then start trimming your beard hair when it’s dry. Trim in such a manner that the outline of your beard style is visible. Start from your Adam’s apple, and then sketch a basic outline around your neck and then around your cheeks.
STEP NUMBER 2: START SHAVING.
Now start shaving off the hair and make sure that your edges are clean and sharp. Don’t forget to rinse and moisturize your beard after you’re done.
A soul patch is not a beard but, it’s still categorized as a beard style. To pull off the soul patch look, shave your whole face after prepping it. Make sure to leave some hair around the rough area under your chin where you want your soul patch to be. Make sure to shave with short, light and gentle strokes as you want a close shave. Now use a precise blade to define the shape of your soul patch. Make sure to keep the edges clean, crisp and sharp. Don’t forget to apply aftershave to hydrate your skin.
Whichever beard style that you go for, always make sure that you prep your beard before and after achieving the look. Creating a precise outline for your beard style is also essential, as it eliminates the chance of a mistake and gives you a perspective of how you want your beard to look, and what work will you have to do in a particular area, such as, fading, trimming or shaving etc.
I’ve taken the liberty of being consistently informal, except for one place I’ve left “do no” because in my humble opinion, it’s fitting here for emphasis.
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