Nobody ever tells you how to grow a beard. It just grows however it’s genetically designed to grow. And for many of us, nobody jumps in to give a beard grooming lesson, either. Sure, dad is there to teach you how to shave, but by the time you need beard trimming advice, you're probably out of the home and on your own. Dad might not have grown a beard for himself because beards are often a generational feature during the last 10-20 years. As a result, you're on your own.
Here are the most crucial beard grooming tips and tricks we've learnt, which should help you keep your beard looking neat and majestic, whether it's a 5-month stallion or a spectacular 5 o'clock shadow.
Trimming Your Beard
If you're going to grow a beard, you'll need to know how to trim it, whether you're keeping it short or tidying it up.
Beard Trimming Tips:
- Start with a taller guard head and work your way down if you're not sure what length you want.
- Coach everything into place, including the mustache, with the beard comb.
- Snip any stray hairs that protrude from the lip.
- Mustache trimming and spot-checking can both be done using facial hair scissors.
- The length of the trimmer guard varies from one device to the next, and is generally dictated by whether the trimmer is for beards or hair. A "1" can indicate "1mm" or "1/4" depending on the context. It's up to you to figure it out, but more importantly, you must recall and commit to memory which guard length you prefer on your device.
- Always trim your beard when it's dry, because this is how it'll seem when you're out in public.
How to Trim the Neckline of Your Beard
You must define the neckline before you fade your beard. This keeps you from growing a neckbeard while also demonstrating that you're serious about beard upkeep. The neckline is relatively simple: Place two fingers in front of your Adam's apple. Imagine a U-shape connecting the backs of each ear and meeting in the middle at the U's base. Shave everything below this line with a real razor or your beard trimmer's bare guard. And there you have it!
How to Maintain a Soft Beard (And Avoid Beard Itch)
You've probably heard the saying "you are what you eat." Your beard is in the same boat. If you don't feed it, it develops into a brittle skeleton that scratches anything it comes into contact with. (This is how you get beard itch.) Regularly applying beard oils and conditioner balms to the whiskers—of any length—is the best approach to avoid this. They soften and moisturize each whisker, preventing them from frizzing and flying away. These treatments also moisturize the skin beneath the beard, reducing dandruff and dryness.
A Beard Brush Is Essential:
A beard brush is necessary for a variety of reasons. First, having a lengthy beard aids in the distribution of oils from the shaft throughout the rest of the beard, whether they're natural oils from your skin or ones you've applied by hand. Second, a beard brush helps exfoliate the skin beneath your beard, ensuring that beard dandruff is never an issue. (As indicated above, pair it with a decent oil or conditioner.)
Now that you know how to grow a beard the right way, know how to combat the challenges that may come with your new facial accessory. Check out How To Get Rid Of Pimples In Your Beard!