How To Trim Sideburns

Some men consider sporting sideburns as a part of their personal style. They can have their sideburns in different cuts like a conservative one or a trendier, groovier one. It depends on individual preference. Sideburns can be a bit of a pain to maintain sometimes, especially if you want a quick fix. But there's no need to go to a barber for you can do it on your own. Just follow these steps.

  • Find a well-lit room with a mirror. Whenever you go about your personal hygiene and grooming rituals, especially one that involves trimming facial hairs, do so in front of a clear mirror in a well-lit environment. It can be in your bathroom or bedroom. You need to have this settled so that you can see every spot of your face clearly as you do what needs to be done.
  • Wash your face. Groom your sideburns by starting off first with a clean face. Use a gentle, deep-cleansing facial wash or conditioner without alcohol in its ingredients. Rub your face in slow circular motions with the use of your fingertips. Massage your face as well and allow the facial wash or conditioner to be absorbed by your skin. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Cleansing before trimming is important because it softens the hair bristles, priming it and making it easier to be trimmed. The same also goes with using warm water since it helps in opening the pores and lifting the hairs up.
  • Comb your sideburns. Sideburns should be combed forward or down in the direction of hair growth. Comb from root to tip. For this task, use a facial hair taming comb. This should help give you a feel of how long you want the trim length to be.
  • Start trimming. Get an electric razor or facial hair trimmer with guard attachment. Make sure your tool is clean and free of buildup before using it. Hold your trimmer or razor vertically, in front of your face. With downward strokes, trim your sideburns and follow the line of your ear. Check that you trim wherever the unevenness begins then trim all the way until you reach the part where the hair meets the sideburn. Be extra careful when trimming this part to ensure that your sideburn blends flawlessly with your hairline. Avoid trimming within the hairline itself.
  • Check your work. Make sure that both sideburns are even and neatly trimmed. To check, look in front of a mirror and put your index fingers at the bottom of the sideburn to check for evenness. Wipe off remaining hair residue with a clean towel.
  • Apply moisturizer. Your face also needs some tender loving care after a trim or shave. Keep your face and sideburns soft by applying a moisturizer with sunscreen instead of an aftershave. Aftershaves usually contain alcohol, which can eventually contribute to dry skin.

If you need to tame your sideburns, you don't have to seek out a barber to get the job done. It may be a hassle sometimes, but trimming sideburns is something you can do yourself. Just make sure to rely on a quality electric razor or facial hair trimmer that's clean. In a few minutes you'll have neat, even sideburns that will enhance your natural good looks and personal style.


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