1. Memorize your “lines” and know your shaving limits.
It’s easy to be constantly guessing where to trim, but using these simple guidelines is a good place to start to achieve the perfect look.
2. Acquire the sharpest tools in the shed to get a clean trim.
Just because you have an amazing beard doesn’t doesn’t mean you should forget how to give yourself a precise shave. For the best results, use a straight razor that’ll give you the most accurate cut. And make sure to use a shaving brush when applying your cream to help raise the hairs up and prevent razor burn.
3. Does your beard match your job?
True, beards are a fantastic form of creative expression, but some employers might have some thoughts concerning the length/style. Check out this chart to see which style (probably) goes best with your occupation.
4. Let shears and nail clippers (yes, nail clippers) be your friend.
Use shears (along with a comb) to really shape your beard, especially if it’s quite long. But for stray hairs you find once in a while, use nail clippers to easily snip them away.
5. Get to know your grain!
Not all hairs are equal. Mapping out your beard grain allows you to understand what direction you should shave while trimming. Get started here.
6. Learn to fade, and have plenty of tools to work with.
It’s a great look to have a beard seamlessly fade on the face or neck. To achieve, look for a trimmer that has plenty of length/fade attachments so you can get the exact look you want.
7. Remember this rule: Schedule your beard and hair washing at the same time.
8. A little dab of beard oil is the trick to a softer beard.
Add a little beard oil after your shower to help condition the hair, moisturize the skin underneath, and give your beard a nice, natural shape.
9. If your mustache requires a bit more of a hold, make sure you’re getting help from a beard wax.
Think of it as styling product for your face. It’s easy to apply in the morning, giving you freedom to shape your mustache (or long beard) however you want with a hold that’ll last all day!
10. And yes, your beard needs to be brushed as well.
11. Itchy beard? Use dandruff shampoo.
Yes, it happens to all of us, and yes, it’s annoying. Try washing your beard with an anti-dandruff shampoo once in a while to remove flakes and that pesky itchy feeling.