You’ve grown out your beard, but now what? You don’t want to look like some wild man who just emerged from the woods. You want to look clean and handsome, and depending on your job- professional.
But how does one trim a beard? You don’t want to do it wrong and feel like now you have to shave the whole thing off. Here is our guide on how to trim your beard and keep looking’ good.
Untrimmed beards can look scruffy and unkempt. Defining your neckline will help tidy up your look. Full beards can often be ruined by having a bad neckline. Having the right one for you will change your beard completely and will keep you and your beard looking your best. There is no right way to define your neckline, but there are some guidelines you can follow:
- Don’t define your neckline too high. This is a common problem amongst men who trim their own beards. They trim their neckline too high resulting in a beard that is unflattering. Many men who are new to having a beard make this mistake, as well.
- Imagine a gently curved line from the back of your ear going down to right below your jaw and at the top of your neck and back up to the other ear.
- Imagine a line that extends down from the back of your sideburns. Have this go down your face until it merges with the line you imagined earlier going from one ear to the other.
- Don’t trim where the two lines meet to be a perfect angle. Round it off to make a smooth shape appealing to you.
- Though this is our general guide on how to define a neckline that will be visually pleasing, these steps can be adjusted according to your own preferences.
Choosing the Right Cheek Line
Sometimes the natural cheek line works for people. It can give a softer and more natural look than the crisp, defined cheek line. Just in case the look doesn’t work for you, or you’d simply just prefer a defined cheek line, here are some tips:
- First, you must let your cheek line grow in naturally. Once you know what you’re working with, you can define it.
- Picture a line connecting your sideburns and your mustache. Point A should be where your natural cheek line begins, right in front of your sideburns. Point B should be where your natural cheek line and your mustache meet.
- Round off the edge between your sideburns and the new cheek line you’ve created.
- Again, these are simply our tips on how to trim your beard to look its best. You can adjust these steps according to your preferences. They can also be adjusted if your beard grows in lower on your cheeks or has an inconsistent growth pattern.
Extra Tips for the Bearded Man
- Keep a straight razor handy.
- Go with the grain.
- Take your time while trimming or shaving and don’t rush.
- Use a hot towel to open your pores before trimming or shaving. Use either a cold rinse or a cold towel to close them back up once you’ve finished. This will help you avoid nicks, ingrown hairs, and redness.
As long as you keep all of these things in mind, you will have the perfect properly trimmed beard.