How To Trim a Man's Beard

Beards tell a lot about a man’s character and fashion sense. Some men believe that a lot of facial hair contributes to being macho, as Russel Crowe did in Gladiator, while others opt to follow the cleanly-shaven James Bond who never fails to look chic and masculine. Lately, beards of various shapes and sizes have been popularized by pop artists like Justin Timberlake and rappers like Jay-Z and Black Eyed Peas. If you want to have these trendy beards, you should highly consider visiting a men’s salon and have a professional do it for you. However, apart from being a fashion statement, keeping a well-trimmed beard is a means of maintaining good personal hygiene. As such, regular trimming is advised.

  • First of all, wash the beard before you trim it. You may use a regular soap if you are in a rush, or opt for shampoo with conditioner if time permits. The use of a conditioner is highly recommended for someone whose beard quality is coarse. Cleaning up must be an important step in beard trimming because any cut in the skin that results from trimming will most likely be easily infected if the surrounding hairs are unsterile. Pat the face dry after cleaning and before proceeding to the next step.
  • There are two ways to trim a man’s beard. You may use either a pair of scissors or a beard trimmer, depending on the beard style that you wish to sport. Scissors are used only if trimming will be minimal especially for men with heavy and thick beard.
  • To trim using scissors, make sure you have the following ready: sharpened pair of barber scissors, medium length wide-tooth comb, smaller fine-tooth comb and a magnifying mirror.
  • Using a wide-tooth comb, comb along the direction of hair growth in order to straighten out all tangled hair. Start by trimming only on one side to ensure symmetry. Begin below the ears until the chin area. Use the smaller comb to guide you with trimming. Once one side is done, proceed to trim the other side of the face.

If you find trimming with a scissor hard, time-consuming and unsatisfactory, purchase a high quality beard/mustache trimmer. The package usually includes different kinds of blades, which have varying strengths in trimming. Read the user guide very well to know what blade must ideally be used to suit your personal style and the length you want. Once you have picked the right blade for you, attach it to the machine, plug or insert batteries depending on the machine’s requirement. Do not forget to wash your face with soap and water or shampoo and conditioner. Pat the beard dry before you start trimming it. Remove all tangles by combing the beard first. Then, turn on the beard trimmer and begin on one side of the face. Start trimming near the ears going down to the chin. Repeat this on the other side. Look in the mirror and see whether the results are favorable to you. If stray hairs cannot be removed by the trimmer, use the good old scissors to trim further.


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