How to Trim a Beard the Right Way
Trimming is an essential part of the beard grooming regimen for the 21st century man. And here is how to do it the right way.
Battle the frizz
Just as the hair on your head is so much easier to control when its well conditioned, so too for your beard. Wash your beard with a gentle diluted shampoo or a special beard wash. Be sure to ready your beard for a trim by keeping it soft using a good beard oil as a leave-in conditioning option. Once it is softer, you will find it easier to run a comb through it. Get yourself a special made-for-the-beard comb which won’t catch on the fine hair on your face.
Arm yourself with the tools
Beard trimming is serious business and your beard deserves its set of dedicated tools. That includes a good quality trimmer. Keep your beard groomed after the trim by snipping away strays with a good pair of trimming scissors. Get a large mirror, ideally a three way one so you can get a good view of all sides.
Pick a style
You will need to let your hair grow out depending on the style you are gunning for. A short goatee may need a different waiting time than a fuller look. Pick between a structured look and a more natural one.
Set the boundaries
Make a mental note of where the perimeter of your beard will be. A handy pointer from the pros is to aim at one inch below your jaw line in the neck area and to keep close to the smile lines all the way to your sideburns on your cheek. Don’t make the mistake of trimming too high up, the results can be disastrous. Err on the side of going lower.
Start off with some shave oil to ready your beard for the trimming. Comb your hair to smoothen it for easy trimming. Use the longer plastic guard on your electric shaver/trimmer so that you don’t trim off too much in the first go. Fine tune with a smaller guard later.
Then hold your beard trimmer near the neck and start shaving following the jaw line. Repeat for the other side ensuring they are equally balanced. Follow the direction of hair growth as you shave away the hair. Now follow the smile lines to trim the hair on the cheeks. End the trimming with some after shave balm and that all essential beard oil and you’re good to go!