There comes a time in your life when you will want to grow a beard (even if you just want to see how it looks and then shave it all off). The issue is that there are no “beard courses” you can enroll in, or beard classes you can take at school. You are on your own, pretty much.
Yes, your dad may have explained how to shave, but when you are old enough to decide to learn how to grow a healthy beard, it is more likely that you have no one around to ask for tips. This is why we have decided to write a little bit about shaving tips if you are on a beard growth journey.
For instance, you may suffer from neckbeard growth or perhaps you don’t know how much of the cheeks you need to shave for it to look good. Don’t worry, we don't want you making any mistakes, that is why we are here, so keep reading for more!
How to trim your beard properly
First of all, a large part of beard care has to do with trimming it properly, whether it is for maintaining its length or for cleaning it up. Take into consideration which one of all beard styles flatters your face shape. Check out this article by GQ where you can read more about face shapes and which beard goes better with each of them.
You will also need some beard care products and tools, such as a beard comb, facial hair scissors and a beard trimmer with numerous guard heads. Oh, and don’t shave any of the areas of your face where you want the beard to grow (obviously).
If you trim your beard as it grows you will always look tidy and fresh. All you need to do is to slowly increase the guard length over time as the length of your beard increases.
5 trimming tips for your beard
- If you are still not sure about the length you want to go for with your beard, start with a higher guard head and work your way down.
- Use a comb or brush every day to tame your hairs and train them into position. Don’t forget your mustache! Many men tend to neglect it, but it is also important for your overall look. If there are stray hairs, snip them away.
- Use facial scissors for your mustache and spot-checking as well.
- Check trimmer guard lengths before using it since they may change from one device to another.
- Trim your beard when it is dry since when it is wet it will look longer and you may accidentally cut too much off.
If you want to fade your beard, you should know that it’s not as hard as it seems. Follow these steps to achieve it:
- Clean your lower neck (we’ll tell you more about the neckline in a bit). Use guard 1 and shave from your Adam’s apple to 2 inches below your jaw.
- Then, switch to guard 2 and shave the remaining 2-inch area.
- Finally, remove stray hairs. To do this, remove the guard (setting it on 0) and buzz everything below the Adam’s apple and on the sides of your neck.
How to trim your neckline
Neckbeard is not cool. It makes you look untidy and dirty and it is associated with poor bodily hygiene and lack of social skills. So, you need to take care of your neckline (which is really not complicated to do at all).
But, what is neckbeard? Neckbeard is the superfluous facial hair that grows on your neck. If you have hair beyond the line that breaks up your chin and neck, then you have a neckbeard.
To trim your neckline, place two fingers right above your Adam’s apple and imagine a U shape that connects the back of each ear. Shave everything below that line. You can use an actual razor or a naked guard.
You may also be wondering if you need to do this in spite of you growing a beard. The answer is yes because you run the risk of looking scruffy and unkempt, especially if you are still in the awkward beard growth phase where the look is not quite right. Neckbeard will make you look even more scruffy, which is why it’s important to address it.
It’s different for longer beards
The rules change a little bit if you have a long beard. If this is your case, then you should leave the neckline lower for increasing the visual density of your beard and help make it look thicker and fuller. However, do not leave the neckline lower than the longest portion of your beard to avoid the neckbeard look.
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