Regardless of whether you’re planning on growing out your beard or keeping it a little bit shorter, at one point or another, you’ll have to give it a trim. For many modern beard enthusiasts, the idea of putting clippers of any kind near your face can seem intimidating, to say the least.
After all, with one errant flip of the wrist all that hard work you’ve put in your beard can be completely undone; so it’s understandable that some people might be afraid to trim their beard. But the benefits of trimming your beard are too great to ignore and, unless your planning on doing a cosplay of Tom Hanks from Castaway, it’s got to get done.
They say knowledge is power; so to empower you to do it yourself, here’s a quick guide on how to trim your own beard in just a few easy steps!
You will need:
- A comb (get one here)
- A pair of scissors (this type work great & they are cheap)
- Clippers (something like this will work great)
- A mirror
- A waste bin for your hair clippings
- A towel to stand on
Below for our “How To Trim Your Beard” tutorial we have our fine, bearded friend, William demonstrating for you. Below is a picture of William’s beard before his beard trimming work.
1) Wash Your Beard
Before you get started, you’ll want your beard to be in the best condition possible. That means you’re going to have to wash your beard to get out all the oils, tangles, and any odd bits of debris that might get stuck in your beard. Preferably you will want to use a shampoo specifically designed for beards, but certain brands of regular shampoo and cleansers, like Artius Man’s face wash and hair conditioner, will work just fine because both will add good oils back to your beard. I simply suggest avoiding things that will strip your beard of its much-needed oils.
Once your beard is nice and clean, grab a fresh towel and pat it dry as you possibly can. Remember, pat the beard dry and be gentle!
2) Comb Your Beard
When trimming your beard, the last thing you want is to have clumps of tangled hair waiting to sabotage you. Get rid of any surprised by thoroughly combing out your beard. Ideally, you’ll want a use a wooden comb, like The HandmadeWooden Beard Comb. The advantage that you get from a wooden comb, as opposed to a plastic comb, is that there is far less static electricity; which can make your beard frizzy. If you don’t want to fork out any extra money on a comb right now just use what you can around the house.
When combing your beard, be sure to comb with the grain. Remember, you’re not styling your beard, you’re preparing it for a cut, so be sure to comb it in a straight direction.
3) Prepare Bin for Hair Clippings
This step isn’t 100 percent mandatory, but if you don’t want to be dealing with little bits of hair for weeks on end, you’ll want to follow it. Get yourself a small trash can or bin where you can dump your hair clippings. You’ll also want a towel that you can stand on while trimming so that you can easily collect your clippings at the end.
Keep it simple. This is all you need as you trim your beard.
4) Select Your Guard
This is perhaps one of the most important steps. What size guard you choose for your clippers will determine how much you cut away and how big your beard will be. Since not all clipper guards are necessarily the same, a good rule of thumb is to start with the largest guard you feel comfortable with and work your way down.
Remember, you can always cut more of your beard off but you cannot uncut it!
5) Start With The Cheeks
With your clippers turned on, gently apply pressure on your face being trimming. Working with the grain, use long and slow strokes, making sure to keep a balance between both sides of your face. It is important not to press down too hard on your face, otherwise, you risk cutting too much. Once you are satisfied with your cheeks move on.
6) Trim the Chin
Next move on to the neck area. Starting directly under the chin and moving out towards the corner of your mouth and ears, use the same long and slow strokes that you used in the previous step. Once again, be sure to only use a moderate amount of pressure and be sure to continuously check yourself in the mirror to maintain balance.
7) Move on to The Mustache
Trimming the mustache can sometimes a little tricky. It’s at this point where you might want to switch to using scissors. The advantage of using scissors is that you have a little more control, and you don’t risk butchering your mustache with one wrong stroke.
To trim your mustache, start by combing your mustache down. Then, using your comb as a guard, start clipping the hairs that fall below your lip line. Trim your mustache as short or keep it as long as you want.
8) Clean It Up
Now that you’ve gotten the bulk of your beard trimmed to size, you’ll want to use your scissors and unguarded clippers to clean everything up. Use your clippers to shape up the border of your beard; taking great care not to veer too far into the neckline. The scissors will be best used to cut any stray hairs still hanging around and any areas that might need added precision.
And with that, you’re done. All you need to do now is clean up. You’ll want to first sweep up any clippings that you might have, followed by a quick rinse off to get any loose hair remaining on your face or body.
Take a look at the before and after of trimming your beard.
Once everything is cleaned up, you are good to go! That wasn’t so hard now was it? This is exactly how to trim your beard without a lot of hassle. Have questions? Do you trim your beard a different way? Let’s discuss below.