A Step By Step Guide To Trimming And Shaping Your Beard

BEARD SCIENCE: HOW TO TRIM A BEARD

Growing & Maintaining Your Beard To Keep It In Style

There was a time when growing a proper beard required only one thing – not shaving. Times have certainly evolved (or regressed depending how you view it) and beard maintenance now takes some actual effort and products (like beard oils, beard washes, beard lotions and more) to ensure said beard reflects one’s personality and facial-hair related goals. Here are some tips to creating and sustaining a great looking beard.


GROWING IT: THE CROCKETT PHASE

Obviously, the first step in growing any beard is to stop shaving. This can present an awkward few weeks (or months depending on your "sprouting level") where co-workers and friends aren't sure if you're lazy, hungover or vying for a spot on Miami Vice III. Keep doubters on their toes by avoiding extreme cases of "neck beard" (hair between lines b. and c. on illustration below) and be certain to use a beard wash and conditioner even at this early stage for max comfort.. Keep beards tame with a trimmer, scissors or fresh blade.

MAINTAIN IT: GET IT SOFT

The main reason men prematurely pull the plug on beard growth is averseness to itching. Facial hair needs to be cared for to ensure it doesn't get wiry, dry and offensive looking (unless that's the goal). There's a degree of this that'll always be there, but softening and pampering immature whiskers with a beard wash, beard oil and beard conditioner can help a beard mature easier throughout its lifespan. Work out the kinks and curls via regular facial exfoliation and a beard comb and/or beard brush.

HOLD THE LINE: OUTLINE A PERIMETER

Unless going for the 100% bohemian look, setting beard boundaries on your cheeks and neck is essential from the start to get the desired beard style. Make lines too tight and you look like a tight-wad or gang member, let them sprout too long and you're in Haight-Ashbury territory. For the neck area, we recommend an inch or so below the actual jaw line (line b. on illustration) and for the cheeks, follow "smile lines" (Line d. on illustration) up toward sideburns. Knowing where the beard ends is only half the battle. From there, one needs to effectively carve things out. Make sure to grab a precision detailing razor or targeted facial scissors to make the maintenance of mustaches, beards and hard-to-reach areas easy.



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THE BEARD MAINTENANCE KIT

Our top-selling Kit includes all the essentials necessary for a scruff-growing fella to keep that budding beard looking its best. We're talking high-quality beard washes, beard conditioners, beard balms and lotions, beard oils and beard brushes and combs.

BEST BEARD PRODUCTS AND TOOLS:

  • Bluebeards Original Beard Wash - 4 oz.
      Bluebeards Original Beard Wash - 4 oz.

    Gets yesterday's dinner out of a messy beard without drying the skin underneath. Available in Peppermint, Unscented and Extra Conditioning versions too.

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  • Kent 81T Moustache and Beard Comb
      Kent 81T Moustache and Beard Comb

    Handmade comb gently runs through facial hair to groom even the thickest of mustaches, beards or soul patches.

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  • Tweezerman Moustache Scissors & Comb
      Tweezerman Moustache Scissors & Comb

    Two-in-one package of comb and scissors make complex styles of beard or 'stache maintenance a breeze.

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  • Merkur 907 Detailing Beard & Mustache Razor
      Merkur 907 Detailing Beard & Mustache Razor

    Precision detailing razor makes maintenance of mustaches, beards and hard-to-reach areas easy.

    Add a pack of 908A Detailing Blades and get to work.

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  • Grooming Lounge Whisker Sauce Beard Conditioner
      Grooming Lounge Whisker Sauce Beard Conditioner

    Daily facial hair and skin conditioner keeps itchy beards at bay while softening whiskers and moisturizing the often-ignored skin beneath. Offers light styling control and features a refreshing lime scent. It's awesome. It's Whisker Sauce.

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  • The Ultimate Beard Maintenance Kit
      The Ultimate Beard Maintenance Kit

    The best beard products for proper facial hair growth and maintenance unite in a do-it-all beard kit.

    Kit option breakdown below.

  • Philips Norelco Beard & Stubble Trimmer Series 3000
      Philips Norelco Beard & Stubble Trimmer Series 3000

    Ultra-precise and easy-to-use cordless trimmer easily shapes up beards, sideburns and unwanted body hair at home.

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