Time is tight so most men don’t have the time to make it to the barber more than once every 6 to 8 weeks, so you will need to learn how to trim your beard at home. Trimming your beard isn’t just essential for maintaining shape but also to minimize split ends and flyaways. Here’s how to trim your beard like a pro.
1. Invest In The Right Trimming Tools
You should already have a beard brush and comb, but you also need to invest in facial hair scissors, a beard razor, shaving cream, and an electronic trimmer. You can buy smaller trimmers designed specifically for beards or dual-purpose hair and beard trimmers. A handheld mirror can be helpful for spot-checking after you trim. Finally, you will need to have the essential beard grooming products—including shampoo, oil or balm.
2. Wash & Comb Your Beard
Avoid the temptation to trim your beard when it’s completely dry and only trim on a clean and damp beard. Otherwise, product build-up will hinder your results. Once clean and towel dried, brush your beard out to remove all tangles and knots.
3. Clip On High Clipper Setting
Begin with your trimmers. Each trimmer is different, but use a guard and a high clipper setting. Your goal is first to even things out, as you are sure to have one side or area that is growing faster than the other. Trim every 3 to 4 weeks. If you let it grow too much longer there is more work to do and it might be easier to pop in the barber.
4. Trim Stray Hairs
Once you have the overall shape you desire you want to use your facial scissors to trim away any stray hairs. If you notice stray hairs before the 3 to 4 week mark, your scissors should be all you need to keep your beard looking its best.
5. Mustache or (Moustache)
Trimming your mustache is similar but you want to bring your clipper settings down by at least 2. Comb your mustache hair straight down first, then clip and trim any hair that hangs past the lip line. You may have to trim your mustache more often than your beard.
6. Sideburns And Neck
Now its time to clean things up with a razor which you may need to do one or more times a week. Talk to you your barber about where to draw the line for your sideburns, upper beard line, and neck. For your neck, you typically want to draw the line at two fingers above your Adam’s apple, shaving in a U-shape until you reach your jawline. Make sure your razor is clean and sharp and keep the shaving cream light along the lines you are cleaning up so that you can see where you are shaving.
Beard Styling Product
Finally, you want to finish things off with your preferred beard styling product. For a full beard balm may work better than oil. We prefer Uncle Jimmy’s Gro Balm which will shape and condition your beard while moisturizing your skin. Comb through to evenly distribute.
Here’s to learning to trim your beard like a pro!
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