It’s not feasible to go to a barber every time you want your beard trimmed, so learning how to trim your beard and mustache is an important skill every many should learn. Whether you want to keep up with the trends and latest styles or just want to keep your beard in check, trimming, shaving, and styling your beard at home is easy if you follow these simple steps.
This beard trimming guide will teach you everything you need to know about the tips and tricks to grooming your facial hair!
Assess Your Hair Type
Before you trim your beard, you need to assess your hair type. Facial hair has a range of textures and thicknesses that will affect the tools needed to trim your beard and mustache.
Is your hair coarse or soft? Thick or thin? Curly or straight? There is a range of products on the market to suit each hair type, so it’s important you know your beard before getting started.
Additionally, make sure you have enough facial hair before you start. Shaving short hair will increase your chances of ingrown hairs and skin irritation, so let your beard grow out for a week or so before committing to a new style.
This is where you can flex your creative muscles. Do you want a classic beard style like a close-cut beard with a fade or an edgy look with a handlebar mustache? Do your research; determine your face shape, choose a flattering cut, and check out the best beard styles to inspire you. Once you’ve done this, choose the look you’d like and go from there.
Choose Your Grooming Tools
The exact tools you use will depend on your hair type and the style you want, but every man should have a razor, shaver or trimmer, comb and beard scissors in their arsenal. Many of these grooming tools can be used not just for your beard but for manscaping your body.
Different razors and shavers serve different purposes, so make sure yours suits your hair type. From natural hair to soft, thin locks, there will be something on the market for you. If you’re unsure what will work best for your hair type, talk to your barber for advice or do some research online.
Additionally, the style you choose will affect the tools you need. If you want a classic clean shave, a razor and shaver are likely all you’ll need. If you’re growing out your mustache, a comb and beard scissors are a necessity.
But if you want something more unique like tracks, you may need something more specialized like a detailer. However, for most styles a razor, shaver, comb, and beard scissors will be all you need.
Trim Your Beard
With an image of your chosen style for reference, the first step is to select a shaver guard based on your desired length. If you’re shaving to the skin, it’s best to do so after a warm shower when your skin is soft and to shave against the grain to minimize the risk of irritation and ingrown hairs.
Having gone over your beard with your desired guard length, it’s time to shave your neckline. To shave your neckline, you have a few options depending on the style you’re after.
If you want a sleek clean-cut look, your beard should stop half an inch above your Adam’s apple. Trim the sides of your neck to follow the contour of your jawline, making a rough U-shape if you were looking from below.
For a softer classic look, fade your hair from neck to beard. Do this by putting a 1-guard on your shaver and trimming about one inch into your beard. To soften the fade, take off the guard and trim partially into the 1-guard line, removing any harsh lines from the initial shave.
Once your beard and neckline are finished, take your beard scissors and trim any spots you might have left as well as your sideburns. If you want a specific beard shape, now is when you can start shaping it.
Don’t be afraid to try something new and experiment with techniques; your beard will grow back if it doesn’t turn out to look great. Plus, you can always pair your facial hair with a trendy men’s hairstyle complete with a short faded haircut on the sides and back.
Once your beard has been trimmed, it’s time to move onto the mustache. Most people, regardless of style, prefer to keep the mustache hairs from obscuring the top lip.
To do this, comb your mustache down and trim the hair with a pair of beard scissors. Alternatively, you can use your electric razor without a guard to gently trim around your lip.
It’s possible that after shaving your skin will be inflamed and bumpy. This is especially likely if you have sensitive skin or have opted for a clean shave. Even if this isn’t the case, it’s good practice to soothe your skin after shaving.
Once the loose hair has been brushed away, moisturize the areas you’ve just shaved and apply a post-shave product to soothe your skin. If you have particularly sensitive skin, try exfoliating regularly, especially the day before a shave to remove dead skin cells and reduce the chance of inflammation and ingrown hairs.
Long Term Beard Care
Now that you’ve trimmed your beard, it’s important to keep it healthy and hydrated so it looks as good as possible. Wash your beard using a specialized facial hair cleanser and use beard oil for conditioning. Doing these extra steps will reduce dandruff and keep your beard healthy and soft so you can look fresh and stylish for longer.
By following these steps to trim your beard and mustache at home, you can keep your beard looking sleek, clean-cut, and on-trend without having to go to your barber every time you want a change.