Basics About Trimming the Beard
No matter what look a man is going for, trimming the beard is essential for a clean, neat appearance. Keeping a beard in check with clippers is not only easy but also much less expensive than using a barber. Here are the basics of trimming a beard with clippers.
To start, make sure to have the right tools. Clippers come with a variety of guard sizes, or length settings, and the higher the number on the guard the longer the hair will be. Start with a larger guard size to remove larger chunks of hair, and gradually work down to a smaller guard size for a closer trim. In addition to clippers, a good pair of scissors will come in handy for working around the edges and perfecting the look.
When trimming, make sure to prep the beard first by washing, combing, and/or brushing it out so it’s all one length. To trim the sides and cheeks, begin by angling the clippers upward from the jawline and start in the front, halfway between the chin and the sideburn, making sure that the guard settings are the same as the ones used on the cheeks. To finish off the sides and cheeks, move back to the chin and make sure to keep things symmetrical.
The next step is to work on the neckline. Determine where the neckline should be by making an imaginary line from the bottom of the ear down to the center of the Adam’s Apple. To trim, angle the clipper downward and start with a higher guard setting to get rid of most of the hair, then move to a smaller guard size to complete the look. Finally, make sure to line up on both sides to keep everything even.
Finally, the mustache area is usually the trickiest part for trimming. A good rule of thumb is to focus on the corners of the mouth since the hair will naturally lie above them when the mustache is laid down. Once the corners are where the man desires, then make sure the sides get trimmed up to the same level.
Products & Supplies for Beard Trimming
In order to have the best trimming experience, it’s important to arm oneself with the right products and supplies. Start with a good quality pair of clippers, preferably with a lot of guard settings, and find a pair of scissors with a sharp edge. Other supplies include some type of beard balm to keep the hair moisturized and a high potency beard oil to give the beard a nice, natural shine.
In terms of products, a good facial soap that won’t cause irritation and a facial moisturizer are key. Beard trimmers also come with a variety of sponges and brushes that help keep the face hydrated, which is very important in order to keep the beard looking neat and healthy. Additionally, some trimmers come with beard wax, a great product to provide a holding agent so that the beard stays in place. All these products can be bought separately or all in one kit.
Tips for Maintenance & Growth
Once a man has achieved the look, he will have to maintain it. Invest in good quality supplies and wash your beard regularly with a facial soap. After washing, make sure to use a light conditioner to keep the hair from becoming brittle, followed with a brush and comb to keep the hair detangled. Additionally, never trim a wet beard, as damp hair will make it appear shorter than it is in its dry form.
To promote optimal beard growth keep a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and use style products that are specific to beards, such as moustache wax, conditioners, and serums. Additionally, getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, and managing stress levels are beneficial factors during the growth phase.
Tools & Accessories
There are a variety of tools and accessories out on the market that will make trimming the beard a piece of cake. For instance, an adjustable guard with numbers on the side to indicates settings and a trimmer that can be used for fading and blending for a professional look. There are also combs in different sizes and shapes, curved or straight razors, and facial scrubbers specifically designed for facial skin. Another great tool is a beard guide to help keep the lines straight and even when trimming.
Keeping the accessories up to date and in top condition also goes a long way. Make sure to keep any knives, trimmers and scissors sharp and oiled and don’t forget to disinfect the tools between uses.
Safety & Sanitation
Safety and sanitation should always be a priority. Make sure the clipper blades and other tools are always in good condition and replace them as needed. Additionally, never share grooming tools with anyone else, as this can easily spread a variety of skin diseases. Furthermore, make sure to clean the face, hands and tools before trimming and use a good beard balm to help keep the skin clean and free of bacteria.
It is also important to know the basics of beard maintenance. When in doubt, pause to evaluate, or ask for help. Trimming a beard can be tricky and if it is done wrong, it may take some time to correct it. If the man does not trust himself, he can always ask a professional for help.
The Benefits of Trimming at Home
For men who don’t have a lot of money, trimming the beard at home can be much more cost effective. Not only that, but this is also a great way to gain a better understanding of facial hair grooming, as well as learning of grooming techniques that can help enhance a man’s look. Furthermore, it can also be a fantastic way to bond with other members of the family, as it can be done together with friends or family.
Trimming the beard at home is also much more convenient. Instead of having to make an appointment at the barber, one can simply set aside the time to trim the beard in the comfort of home. Plus, with the right tools and the knowledge gained through practice, one can achieve professional results.
Investing in Quality Clippers
Investing in quality clippers is key to having a good trimming experience. A good pair of clippers will be durable and come with good quality blades. Plus, they should also have a variety of guard settings so that the man can work on several lengths. Lastly, they should also be easy to use, as this will make the trimming part much simpler and less stressful.
When looking for a good pair of clippers, there are several factors to consider. First off, the man should consider his own needs and preferences, as well as the type of trim that he wants to achieve. Other factors to consider are the size of the blades, the comfort of the handle, and the motor’s power. It is always best to buy a pair of clippers from a trusted brand as this is often a guarantee of quality.
Shopping for Accessories & Products
Once the man has the right clippers, it’s time to shop for accessories and products. Before shopping, it’s important to first determine which products are the most essential for the trimming session. After that, the man can start shopping for products like facial soaps, moisturizers, sponges, brushes, and wax. One should also keep in mind the type of beard being trimmed as this will determine what products are needed.
In terms of accessories, the man will need a pair of scissors, a comb, and some type of guide tool, such as a lineworker. Additionally, some other helpful accessories include a facial scrubber, a straight razor, and some type of beard oil. One should also keep in mind the size and shape of accessories, as this may determine the level of control one has while trimming the beard.
Making Use of Trimming Guides & Tutorials
One of the most helpful tools for trimming the beard is using trimming guides and tutorials. This is a great way to gain knowledge on the basics of trimming as well as the different methods used to achieve different looks. For example, one can learn how to deal with uneven growth, or how to create a neat uniform line. Additionally, tutorial videos are a great way to see a real-life example of how the process should work.
When using tutorials, it is important to remember to focus on the basics first and then move on to perfecting the details. Additionally, one should always use the same guard settings on both sides of the face, take small trims at first, and avoid cutting too short as this can be hard to reverse.
Practice & Patience
Trimming the beard with clippers is a learning process, and practice is the key to mastering it. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and take it slow. With the right tools, products, and techniques, anyone can learn to become a master trimmer, with patience and dedication.
It’s important to remain consistent in order to keep the same look, but at the same time, some trial and error can help one find the best look for them. Once a man is confident with the trimming process, it’s important to keep up on regularly grooming the beard. A good rule of thumb is to trim it each week.