Whether you have a full beard, a goatee, or a chin strip, your beard doesn’t look good by itself. You have to take care of it to make it look nice. And for this you should know how to trim a beard. Here we are giving some useful tips on how to trim a beard, but for applying them, you should have a beard. Also, these tips should be considered as suggestions only.
Trimming Your Beard
Some men prefer getting their beards trimmed by professionals, whereas some others won’t even allow others to come near their beards with scissors and trimmers.
If you come under the latter category, you will require right tools. You can trim the beard with scissors or trimmers. You have to decide which tool to use.
If you consider trying scissors first, prefer buying a pair of professional barber scissors.
If you consider going on with trimmers, a rechargeable cordless trimmer can be a good option.
You should also keep a good quality wide-toothed comb handy. For the mustache, on the other hand, you may prefer a fine-toothed comb. You can also get a small mustache comb in specialty stores.
Usually a sizably big wall mirror is essential. But you can be more accurate with a magnifying mirror or probably a three-way mirror.
Don’t trim the beard or mustache while it is wet. Wet hair becomes longer, so when you cut the beard when it is wet, after it dries you will find that you have trimmed it shorter than desired.
You will have to learn how to trim a beard using a comb and scissors. Comb the beard and cut the hair that comes outside of the comb. This will need a practice to become perfect. It is better to make a mistake of not cutting enough, than cutting too much.
To achieve symmetry between the two sides of your face, it is better to start trimming the beard near the ear on one side and go down towards the chin. Repeat the same technique on the other side.
Almost always the beard trimmers have an adjustable and detachable trimming guide. By adjusting its position, you get control over how closely it will trim the beard. Go through the instruction manual provided along with the trimmer. Till you master using your trimmer, it is good at first to adjust the guide, especially for a longer beard setting.
Along with learning how to trim a beard, you will also need to master the technique of trimming your mustache. Comb it first straight down. Next, use either scissors or trimmer. Start at the center and move towards one corner of the mouth, then to the other. As a norm, you need not shave or trim the upper border of the mustache. It normally looks best if you allow it to grow up to your nose all the way.
After you finish with trimming your beard and mustache, you should keep your beard in shape. To define the neckline of your beard well, use the beard trimmer without the trimming guide. Do this with care though. Other way round is to shave the lower portion of your neck (carefully) to shape the neckline.
Instead of plucking the stray hair, remove them with a trim razor.
Wash the beard and mustache regularly with a shampoo and conditioner and pat them dry gently with a towel, rather than blow drying. Comb with a wide-toothed comb or brush to remove tangles.