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In a recent article provided pointers on how to maintain your beard. As we discussed, trimming is one of the most important aspects of maintaining a tidy beard. To help you out even further we’re digging deeper into how to trim your beard in 8 easy steps.
How to Trim Your Beard
1. Have the right equipment
To get the best trim, we recommend you use the following:
We’ve curated our very own Beard & Blade kits to provide you with the essentials:
2. Start with a clean beard
Before trimming, give your beard a quick wash with a beard shampoo and conditioner, then dry it. Working with a fresh beard is best.
3. Use your beard brush
To ensure your trimming is consistent, we recommend getting your beard brush and running it through the hairs a couple of times so each one is facing the same direction and stands up from its follicles.
4. Use your beard trimmers
Use the clippers on your beard trimmer to trim your preferred length. We recommend starting with a longer clip first to prevent trimming too short on the first run, then slowly working your way through the lengths if you want the beard to be shorter.
When you’re shaping the beard with a trimmer, the general rule of thumb is having the hairs shorter on the sides of your face and longer as it moves towards the chin area. Using standard barber clipper comb sizes, think a number 3 setting on the sides and a number 4-5 setting around the chin/goatee area.
When it comes to the moustache, the hair is often denser, so keep it approximately the same length as the hair on your cheeks.
5. Use the scissors to refine
After using the beard trimmers, go in with the beard scissors and start with the moustache. Snip off any stray hairs and trim it down to your desired length.
How to Trim Your Beard Neckline
Now that you’ve trimmed the beard, we have to define the neckline.
6. Find your neckline
There’s an easy trick to this. Lift your chin to stretch your neck. Place two fingers on top of the Adam's apple. The hair above that is where the neckline ends, and the fingers show you where the rest of the beard neckline ends–or in other words, that “U” shape the beard will make around your neck.
7. Tidy the neckline with a safety razor (optional)
Any hairs below those two fingers you placed above your Adam’s apple should be shaved off. Do your typical wet shaving process with a safety razor. Remember to prep that area with shaving cream or soap too.
8. Finish with beard comb/brush and beard oil/balm
Using your beard brush or comb, comb your beard in the same direction the hair is growing (usually a downwards). This will remove any loose hairs left over from the trim and give a tidy look. Finish off by moisturising the beard with beard oil or balm.
Voilà, all done!