For ease, we would all like to wear a wild beard which we could let them grow freely.
But unfortunately, whether to adopt a specific style or to be always elegant, trimming your beard is essential. If going to the barber remains the most practical solution, it is also possible to learn to do it yourself: with some tips, accessories adapted and respecting specific steps, trimming your beard yourself, in front of the bathroom mirror, is not that complicated. Here is all you need to know.
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The necessary accessories
Before tackling the size of the beard itself, first make sure you are well equipped. For an optimal result and a perfect cut, it is necessary at least to have at its disposal these few accessories.
- A good pair of scissors: We are talking here about a pair designed to cut hair, not a classic pair of scissors, made to cut paper. It is certainly more expensive, but the cut is more suitable.
- A beard trimmer: When it comes to cutting length or thickness a good part of the beard, it is mainly used to save time. It is not essential, it is just faster than scissors. A beard trimmer with some clogs is ideal.
- A comb or cutting guide: It doesn’t only serve to comb the beard when it becomes too wild: it also serves to unravel possible knots while allowing a better impregnation of the beard oil when it is used. For size, it is also used to draw beautiful lines.
- A razor: It does not matter whether it’s a simple disposable razor, a razor with several blades, a razor of safety or even a beautiful razor cut-cabbage, it is simply necessary to define the outlines of the beard, in order to give it sharp edges.
- An additional mirror: Unless you are lucky enough to have a 3-sided mirror at home, having an extra mirror (a small mobile is enough) is useful for getting to see your beard from several angles, including the side. This is what allows to draw the different lines.
5 easy steps to trim a beard?
To trim your beard, just go gradually, and in stages. We start first by the sides, then cut the beard in itself, to create a certain harmony. The first advice is to never cut too much at once: it must begin with small cuts (a few millimeters), wait until the next day, and see at that time if the beard requires another size. It avoids spoiling in a day several weeks of effort.
Step 1: “The line of the legs”
First, we must cut the line of the legs, the one that forms the outer limit of the beard, the level of the ears and to the neck. This line that goes down should not go too far back (towards the neck) but should rather follow the bone of the jaw. To trim your beard, it is sufficient to place your comb on breaded, along the ear, and cut (with scissors, clipper or razor) all the hair that is not covered. A slightly curved comb is also recommended: visually, “a line of legs” too straight would tend to be quite unnatural.
Step 2: the neckline
This is the most difficult line to draw when you prune your beard for the first time, but it becomes easier after it has been drawn. We must first find out how high to stop the beard: the ideal is not to go too high not to lose volume and balance.
It should rather be placed, at first, at the level of Adam’s apple. Then draw a straight line a few centimeters horizontally that cuts the throat, before creating a curve that joins the line of legs previously traced at the jawbone. Moreover, do not hesitate to round the angle between these two lines, and be careful to draw symmetrical lines on both sides of the neck, hence the importance of the mirror.
Step 3: The line of the cheeks
This is the last line to draw to outline the beard, and probably the simplest. Taking the comb again, simply place it between the lower edge of the breaded and the corner where the mustache and the beard meet (usually at the corner of the lip). All hairs above this line must be shaved, so that the beard occupies only the lower third of the face, which is visually more pleasant and gives balance to the face.
Step 4: The maintenance of the mustache
According to the style of beard, there are several types of a mustache: some are attached to the beard, others are independent, and others are even stylized (wax, for example). We speak here more maintenance than the real size. To stay pretty, there is especially a rule for the mustache: it doesn’t cover the upper lip. To cut the hair too long, just comb it down and use the pair of scissors to draw a line from the outside of the lip to the center.
Step 5: the length-length
Cutting the beard length and thickness is the last step to perform. If this is also the most “customizable” step depending on the style of beard worn, there are still some rules to follow. Before cutting in length, you must first take care to cut it in thickness. After picking up the beard hair with the comb, the longer hairs, those that protrude, must be cut in a direction from the beard tail to the chin. And it is once this step that the lengthy length begins: once the beard properly combed and put back in its place, you can cut in length all the hair that exceeds the chin. It is at this point that you have to create the roundness or the tip, according to the desired style.
The purpose of the size of the beard
For men who have doubts about the size of the beard, it is important to remember that, contrary to what one might think, a beautiful beard is a beard maintained. To carve it is not just to shorten it: it is modeling it to highlight its strength and its best aspects while removing hair that doesn’t participate in this objective. This is what allows all men to be almost on an equal footing since a well-made size (that is to say where the hairs are denser or less regular) allows to have a beautiful beard, that genetics was advantageous or not.
We must also think that carving a beard has a social role: it helps to keep a neat appearance. Whether in the context of professional life, especially for young adults starting a career, or in that of the love life, to succeed to remain elegant and attractive, a cut beard is better seen, and more easily appreciated. While it takes patience and dedication to grow a beard worthy of the name, it would be a shame to be perceived as someone lazy and neglected.
Finally, it is important to note that while the advice given here is suitable for all beards in general. It is, however, necessary to adapt to each style: all the beards do not necessarily require cutting in length, for instance. To cut one’s beard is also to be able to express oneself, so one should not hesitate to adapt these tips to one’s own desires.