SHAPE YOUR BEARDS LIKE A WORK OF ART
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Most people struggle to keep their beards looking magnificent at all times. That’s hardly breaking news, but it’s worth emphasizing if, like many men, you prefer to trim and maintain your whiskers yourself.
If you do, this article on how to shape your beard will help you.
We’ll go over everything, from trimming different parts of your face to determining which beard style suits your face shape. We’ve compiled a wealth of information and advice from industry experts and our own knowledge.
Let’s get started!
NECKLINE TRIMMING IN 5 EASY STEPS!
There is no correct or incorrect way to trim your neckline. True, you don’t want to trim it without thought or finesse, but the fine-tuning is entirely up to you.
The height of your neckline is also an important consideration.
What you should keep in mind is that a bad neckline can ruin the overall appearance of a beard you’ve worked so hard to grow.
While some men prefer to leave their neckline alone (lumberjack style), others prefer a neat, tidy neckline that complements their beard’s appearance.
You can shape a beard neckline like a pro while also enhancing the overall appearance of your fine facial follicles with some basic techniques and road rules to follow.
1. BEGINNING: DEFINE THE LINE
The first and most fundamental step in neckline shaping is defining it—determining the height and depth of your neckline. It will depend on your personal preference and the overall appearance of your beard, but here are a few tried-and-true methods for defining a neckline.
- The Two Fingers style – For centuries, men have used the ” Two Fingers ” style to define their neckline. It was even used by cavemen. (Ok, maybe not cavemen, but you get the picture). Simply stack your middle and index fingers above Adam’s apple; your neckline should be just above where your top finger sits. Remember that finger width varies from person to person, so you may only need one finger while others may need two.
- Two Chin Method – Men, don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you strap on the feed bag and pile on the pounds. Create a temporary double chin by tilting your chin downward, resulting in a natural fold where the double chin meets the neck (and runs the length of your jaw). That fold determines the neckline, and everything below it can be trimmed.
2. SHAPE YOUR NECKLINE WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS
A baseball player never takes the field with a fly swatter, and a carpenter never uses a saw when he needs a hammer. The same logic applies to trimming your neckline: you’ll need the right tools, such as a beard trimmer, and clippers, and some men even prefer a razor.
Beard trimmers and clippers are the most commonly used tools for shaping your neckline.
There are several reasons for this, including the fact that most trimmers allow you to cut the hair of varying lengths and it’s simple to create a nice fade, which we’ll discuss shortly.
A beard shaping guide is another useful tool to have in your grooming arsenal. Beard shapers, which are typically made of clear plastic, serve as a template for shaping the neckline and enable you to create a variety of neckline styles. They also assist you in properly aligning your cheek line.
3. PERFORM LIKE A PRO
Again, how high or low you keep your neckline is a personal preference but keep in mind that trimming too high may cause you to lose some of your beard’s mass and perceived volume.
It can also give the impression that your face is too large for your beard style.
After you’ve shaved off the excess hair that grows beneath your defined neckline, even as far down as the chest for some men, shape the neckline with your slippers at an angle and in an upward motion. Trimmers are available in a variety of length settings.
You may prefer to keep the thickness of their neck hair shorter than your beard, even if it means sacrificing two-length settings.
4. HOW TO MAKE A FADE NECKLINE
A fade is a way to go if you want a subtle, natural finish to your beard and neckline. A fade is a gradual change in the thickness of your hairline from the bottom of your neckline up to the thickest part of your beard, which is most likely on your chin and cheeks.
The maximum length of your facial hair should be on your cheeks for the fade style, with shorter hair on your neck.
Set your trimmer’s length setting at least two notches lower than the setting you use for your cheek hair. If necessary, use an even shorter setting on the very bottom section of your neckline, and then increase.
One of the benefits of a fade is that it creates a tapered finish that improves the overall appearance of your beard. To complete the look, shave off any stubble and stray hairs below your neckline.
Men with long beards have less work to do when it comes to creating a fade because the neckline isn’t visible as it is with shorter beards. When you have a long beard, a neckline that is too short stands out for all the wrong reasons.
5. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRIM YOUR NECKLINE?
After you get out of the shower, this is an excellent time to trim your neckline. For one thing, the warm water opens your pores, making shaving easier.
Before you dive in, make sure your trimmer and clippers are suitable for both wet and dry use.
Instead, press a warm, moist towel against your face for several minutes to achieve the same pore-opening effect as a shower.
SHAPING A SHORT BEARD
There’s a lot to like about short beards, and when properly trimmed and shaped, they can look fantastic on almost anyone. They require less maintenance than longer beards and may be better suited to certain professional work environments.
Here are some tips to keep your short beard looking sharp every day.
DON’T GO TOO FAR WITH YOUR NECKLINE
We’ve gone over the fundamentals of neckline trimming, but one point stands out. That is, avoid having your neckline trimmed too high.
It draws attention to the underside of your neck and highlights any excess fat.
Keep in mind that defining your neckline with one or two fingers will help you avoid trimming too high. You should also keep your neckline symmetrical so that shaving and trimming are easier.
If you’re having trouble getting a symmetrical look, go to your barber; they can show you how to do it correctly.
USING A TRIMMER
Trimmers have guards and length settings to help you style any length of beard. During the early stages of shaping a short beard, use a longer guard to remove less hair.
Then, take a little off each side of your face, switching from side to side, until you have an overall even, symmetrical appearance.
CHEEK LINE TRIMMING
Another important step in shaping a short beard is defining and trimming your cheek line. One method for establishing your cheek line “boundary” is to smile into a mirror and follow the line of your smile up to your sideburns on both sides.
Once you’ve defined your cheek line, use a straight or safety razor to remove the excess hair above your cheek line and create a sharp line.
However, a trimmer can also be used to create a nice cheek line, and you can use your index finger to define exactly where you want the line to be. When you’re not using a razor, this allows you to create a more even line.
CHEEK LINE SHAPING
Maintaining a neat cheek line, like the neckline, is essential for creating a sharp, professional-looking beard. A rough beard around the edges, such as around the cheek line, can make things look unfinished.
While a high neckline can detract from the appearance of your beard, a low cheek line is another grooming faux pas. Let’s take a closer look at how to properly shape a beard cheek line.
- Rather than cutting into the dense portion of your beard, begin by working your way down from the highest point of your cheek line. This may result in an overly sharp straight line that does not appear natural. Remove any stray hairs with a clipper until your beard begins to thicken.
- Trim the stray hairs to bring the cheek line down to a natural transition from your bare cheek to the density of your beard. It also gives your beard a more natural appearance, with the hair growing in organically rather than a harsh, overly-manicured line.
- Another advantage of having a natural, softer cheek line is that it requires less effort to maintain. With such a defined cheek line, any stray hair or stubble stands out far too much. You can usually go a few days without shaving the stubble and stray hair, and it creates a gradual, natural-looking taper. You should not, however, go more than three days without maintaining your cheek lines.
- Most men’s natural beard lines have a gradual, gentle curve, so it’s best to enhance that rather than create a laser-sharp cheek line. In other words, focus on maintaining your natural beard shape rather than worrying about whether or not your cheek line is too straight. You’re attempting to achieve a well-kept version of your beard’s natural lines.
- If nothing else, avoid trimming your cheek line lower than necessary. A cheek line that is too low, like a neckline that is too high, looks out of place.
When trimming and shaping a short beard, following certain steps in a specific order can make things easier. Here’s what we recommend:
- Begin with the stray hairs – Also known as “fly-aways,” stray hairs stand out among the rest, not always in a predictable pattern. Use scissors or trimmers to cut those flyaways down to the length of the rest of your beard. Trimming your beard’s stray hairs will also provide you with a blank canvas on which to do the majority of your shaping.
- Slow down – We’ll go over not rushing while shaping and trimming a lot because it’s a big part of not messing up the job. This ensures that you achieve the fresh, clean look you desire. Allow yourself plenty of time to complete the trimming without feeling rushed.
- Know what you want – It’s best to go into any beard shaping session knowing exactly what you want. Is your neckline lacking definition? Do you need to trim some of your beard’s thickness? Is it necessary to trim the area above the cheek line? This will boost your confidence in tackling the task.
The most important rule for trimming your beard, whether it’s short, long, or somewhere in between, is to avoid removing too much too quickly. Of course, most beard grooming tools fall into this category because you can’t undo what you’ve already cut off. Go easy! Only remove more hair if your beard and its style require it, especially at first.
Comb the whiskers against the grain to make them stand up and easier to trim with scissors. Work your way up the sides of your beard, paying special attention to the symmetry of your beard.
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