Beards are certainly back in fashion, but only if they are groomed regularly and look more like a finely-sculpted hedge rather than weeds someone has long forgotten about.
If you want to have a beard, you’ll have to do some upkeep, and there’s no easier way to go about it than using a trimmer built specifically for that task.
Beard trimmers are much easier and safer to sue than your traditional pair of scissors and safety razor, and their results tend to look better in the end as well since you can fine tune your grooming with a multitude of different attachments aimed at specific areas of your face.
Before you start using your trimmer, be sure to read through these tips to make the experience as pleasant and painless as possible.
Start off by thoroughly washing and drying your beard. We know, duh, but some men skip this step and have a harder time later. A freshly washed beard will be easier to trim, especially if you comb through it since this will both lift up flat hair and untangle curly or otherwise stuck strands.
Next, move on to the actual grooming. Different people have different preferences, so it’s up to you whether you want to start with the neck area, the sides of your face or with the moustache.
If you’re starting with the neck and like to define a neck line for your beard, you might want to take your trimmer’s guard off and define your beard’s starting point with the blades. Before you take care of your chin, you should always trim the sides first.
Before you start trimming the sides, decide on whether you want to have hair on your cheeks or not. If you do, begin by defining the beard line.
Since this is a tricky area to use a trimmer on and you might not see everything properly, it might be a good idea to do this with a regular safety razor. They’re also better for managing curves, so your beard line will look more precise.
Pay extra attention when grooming your moustache as even slight variations in applied pressure can have a visible effect.
You should comb your moustache vertically first, trimming any hairs that fall below the lip line, and then proceed with a higher guard setting to minimise the chance of making a mistake and to have a better result since the moustache should be a bit darker / longer than the surrounding beard.
Generally speaking, you should shave upwards, against the grain. Depending on the area you are currently working on, be sure to use the right guard comb to achieve an aesthetically pleasing effect. Sideburn hair should be trimmed shorter than the hair on your chin and moustache, so change guards appropriately.
Once the initial grooming is done, keeping your beard in check should be a simple matter of regular maintenance. Be sure to keep your trimmer well oiled and the parts of your face that you don’t want hair on clean-shaven.