READ TIME: 2 MINUTES. Ah, the ever-growing beard! It’s your pride and joy, and if you're reading this, you likely cherish your beard just as much as I do. And while the temptation to visit a professional is always there, some people don’t trust barbers to give their beards the tender, loving care they deserve. That’s okay because you can trim your beard at home and achieve barbershop-quality results with the proper guidance. Here are five practical tips (plus a bonus!) to help you trim your beard like a pro, all from the comfort of your home.
How To Trim Your Beard At Home
1. Gather Your Tools
Before we dive deep, ensure you have the right tools:
- A good quality beard trimmer with adjustable settings.
- A pair of sharp barber’s scissors for precision.
- A beard comb.
- A mirror (preferably a magnifying one).
2. Start with a Clean Slate
Wash and dry your beard thoroughly. It's easier to trim your beard when the hairs are clean and free from any oils or grooming products. This will give you a clear picture of its natural length and shape. Once cleaned, brush or comb it to untangle any knots.
3. If You Plan To Trim Your Full Beard, Set Your Trimmer’s Length
If you use a beard trimmer, choose a higher setting initially. Remember, starting longer is always best, as you can always trim more if needed, but you can’t undo a too-short trim. Go over your entire beard with the trimmer to ensure an even length.
4. If You Are Shaping, Define Your Beard’s Boundaries
Use your trimmer (without any guard) or scissors to outline the shape of your beard. This includes the neckline and the cheekline. A good rule of thumb for the neckline is to trim it to where your neck meets your jaw. This gives a natural but well-maintained look.
5. Trim the Underside of the Top Lip
One of bearded men's common grievances, chewing on the moustache while eating. To avoid this, gently comb your moustache downward and in the direction it would normally sit. Then, slowly and accurately trim the hair that hangs over your lip. This way, you maintain the density of the moustache but avoid any unwanted munching during meals.
6. Fine-tuning with Scissors
Now, use the scissors for detailing. Comb through your beard and trim the stray hairs that stick out. This is especially useful for areas that look uneven or need more attention than the trimmer can provide. The idea is to ensure all hairs are uniformly trimmed and in line with the beard’s overall shape.
Mastering the art of a beard trim is empowering. The more you practice, the better you get. With these tips, you’re well on your way to perfecting the at-home beard trim. The next time someone compliments your well-maintained beard, you can smile knowing you did it yourself.
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