So you’ve taken the leap into the rapidly growing world of facial hair culture and grew out your beard. It’s a work of art, requiring careful maintenance. However, many men assume that in order to keep that beard looking fresh, you have to hit the barbershop for routine grooming. While that’s true to an extent, there are ways to handle your beardly shape-ups at home, which is both cost effective and time efficient. Here a few tips for keeping your beard trimmed without the hassle of leaving your house.
Don’t just grab a trimmer and get to work.
Would you trust your barber if you walked in and he just started cutting? Probably not. Your facial hair requires its own process for getting a proper trim. There are levels to this maintenance. Learn them all.
Know your tools.
Here are the basic necessities for grooming your beard: beard cleansing products, a comb, trimmer, and scissors. Have your tool belt ready.
Have a clean (and dry) beard ready for trimming.
To begin your beard trimming, wash your beard thoroughly and condition it. Then dry it. Very well. In fact, it’s best to have your beard bone dry for a successful trim that will leave you feeling pleased with the results.
Comb out your clean (and dry beard).
Comb your beard and mustache downward to ensure every hair is traveling in the same direction. This will help your trimming process to go smoothly.
Trim on the highest guard possible to start.
Trimmers vary, and so do the lengths of their guards. In the instance of the Bevel Trimmer, the dial should be turned all the way up to start. For trimmers with various clipper guards, start with what is typically a #4 or 0.5”. You can always adjust the length as you get to know the trim (and as your beard grows). The best thing to do, though, is to start high then go low.
Fade to the neck.
Just like the fading process from your hair to your neckline, your jawline to neck should have the same fade. Hold the skin taut at your neck, since neck skin can oftentimes be loose and you won’t achieve the proper trim you’re looking for.
Don’t forget the ‘stache.
Your mustache needs a trim too, since the hair can grow right into your mouth as you’re growing out your beard. Trim it to the lip line using the same technique and gradually changing the length. You can even try combing your longer ‘stache to the side to start, doing a trimming round and combing down for the final trim.
Fix the wild hairs with a pair of scissors.
Some might think this is a no brainer, but trust it isn’t. If you’re holding your trimmer and you see a flyaway hair, the solution is NOT to hold your trimmer near it and hope for the best. Wait until you’re finished trimming, comb your beard once more, and then snip the unruly hairs with your scissors.
Moisturize your trimmed beard.
Take all the time you need.
Understand this: if you’re opting to shape up your beard at home, this is not a race to the finish line. You must take your time to truly take your beard to the next level. Leave your watch out of the bathroom when it’s trimming time.