Beards don’t grow perfectly within their bounds. And you can follow your own rules in terms of shaping your beard. The same way you must mind your own hair on your head for a flattering style, you must also manicure your whiskers. It is imperative to know where to trim your beard neckline, maintain the ideal length, and how to be a little inventive to come up with a style that suits you.
Additionally, you must educate yourself on what will flatter you the most. What works on your best friend will not necessarily be the perfect fit for you.
Keep reading to learn about the best beard styles and trimming tips:
Begin with a Bigger Setting and Move Backwards
Keep in mind that you cannot undo a style that is too short. Thus, you must begin with a longer guard and trim it to large. You can acquaint yourself with the most flattering length after taking one or two trims. Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to easily trim it off until you hit the sweet spot, rather than hastily shearing yourself past it.
Trim the Hair
Trimming the hair as it grows is important since the ends get frayed and scratchy. Also, it helps in coaching the thing into its stylized place.
Know Where to Draw your Beard Boundaries
Sometimes, this comes down to style and preference. But, you can use the trimmer on its lowest setting to trim all the way down to the skin. You can also perform this with a blade; however, the perimeter details will be easier with a trimmer because it enables more precision. In terms of borders, your main concerns are the cheek lines and necklines.
Trimming the cheek lines also comes down to preference and can change according to where your natural lines stop and your beards’ density. If your whiskers are sparse, you can just zap away the strays and embrace your natural lines. If they are bushy, invest in a tool to help teach you the basics.
When trimming the beard neckline, you must draw a “U” from behind the ear, behind the jawbone, and down to a neck point. You can imagine the point by putting your pointer and middle fingers together and laying them above your Adam’s apple. It must land 1 ½ inch above the knob, where the base of the “U” lands.
Find your Beard Style
Knowing how to make your beard look good will take some time. You will choose from a variety of options out there; however, generally, the beard and jaw must at in harmony to achieve an even-graduated oval shape.
- Round. Grow your beard downwards and trim away the fat from the sides to create a round look. This is the best style for those with a goatee.
- Square. This is a good small to a mid-size beard. To achieve this style, grow the beard downwards to give your face a longer shadow.
- Triangle. If your jawline is particularly strong, keep things short with a slightly fuller chin.
- Rectangle. To get this look, grow out the sides of the beard while keeping the chin’s length slightly shorter, giving the mystique of a fuller face.