When learning how to trim a beard it’s important to understand how to effectively plan the trim. The last thing you want to do is accidentally ruin your facial follicles and destroy the look that you have spent several months creating. If you are trimming your beard for the first time, you will need to work out what style you are going for and outline a perimeter to shave to in order to create the perfect look.
The Tools of the Trade
Before you are ready to start trimming your beard, you need to select the right tools for the job. Technically, it is possible to use a disposable razor to trim your beard, although you will probably find that the blades quickly become clogged with hair, especially if your beard if long and thick. It is better to use a professional beard trimmer. There are lots of different types of beard trimmers on the market, so take the time to choose the one that best suits your needs. It is also important to always use a mirror to make sure that your beard is perfectly symmetrical and balanced and you are able to achieve the exact result that you are going for.
The Best Beard Line
The neckline of your beard should start around an inch below your jaw line. If the neckline is too short and pronounced you’ll look like you’ve got no idea of how to trim a beard. Instead, the neckline of your beard should look as natural as possible without being too bushy. The main reason that trimming the neckline is necessary is that neck hair can be uncomfortable and look unruly. It is also a good idea to create a defined break between your beard and the hair on your chest so that so don’t end up looking like a werewolf. If that’s what you’re into, that’s cool, but the lumberjack is generally a much better look. The neckline outlines the bottom area of the beard, and will be slightly different for each man, so be sure to allow time for planning a good beard lineup.
Designing Your Beard Neckline
It is important to take a little time to design your beard neckline before you start trimming so that you have a simple plan to follow. First, stand in front of a mirror, ideally a three-way mirror, and view your face from all angles.
Make sure that you stand up straight while doing this and hold your chin up so that you can find the beard line. This line is slightly curved and runs from behind the ear lobes and travels underneath the jaw line, stopping at the place where the neck meets with the underside of the jaw below the chin.
How To Trim A Beard Neckline
Now it is time to start shaving. Imagine two vertical lines running on either side of the face that run to the outer edges of your sideburns all the way down towards the neckline. This will create the corners of the neckline that run right underneath the ends of the jaw line just underneath the ears. Make sure that you round off these corners so that you will create a more natural look rather than an exact box shape. Once you have defined the lines of your beard, shave everything under the neckline and the task is complete.
Trimming The Cheeks
In order to trim the hair on your cheeks, follow your smile lines all the way up to your sideburns. Set your beard trimmer to zero and either work up or down the natural smile line. Keep in mind that there’s a number of styles of beard sideburns to choose from. You may like to play it safe, it’s always best to take off less, rather than more to allow for more room for error.
After you have finished trimming your beard you will want to apply a gentle post shave balm to all of the shaved areas. You should also wash and comb your beard regularly to make sure that it is clean and smells good at all times. Having learned how to trim a beard properly, you will be much more inclined to persist with growing your beard out to the desired length. It’s a good idea to check out some beard care products to keep your creation in good condition.
If you have any further questions regarding how to trim a beard, check out our advice from master barber Steve Purcell.
Perhaps you’re not ready to take the plunge, why not learn about shaping your beard without actually trimming it?