After the lengthy wait and patience, you finally have your beard all long and thin as you always wanted. You can now proudly walk into your office feeling a ‘man enough’. However, it doesn’t end there; you need to keep your beard neat and attractive. Naturally, beards can grow uncontrollably and out of bounds, going out of shape and style. Untamed beard may overturn the beauty of your facial hair making it the center of unwanted attention. For this reason, you need to know the when, where and how to trim a beard and moustache to maintain the right length and shape. It could even get trickier if you have a moustache.
Beard and moustache trimming and shaping should not be done just for the sake. You need the right tools and skills to avoid messing up with your attractive hair. However, if you have already messed up with your moustache or beard, there is no need to worry as the hairs will grow back with time. There are a variety of tools you can use for the task, but to achieve the best results, you need to acquire the basic techniques of maintaining a neat and a balanced beard and moustache.
Using the Right Tools
To trim your beard and moustache like a professional groomer, it is important to equip yourself with quality professional trimming tools. The most basic beard grooming tools include:
- A beard comb or brush – To straighten the hair strands making the actual length of beard visible as well as detangling the strands for accurate trimming.
- Professional clippers – To enable an even length trimming. Professional clippers come with guiding comb attachment allowing you to set your length of choice.
- Pair of Scissors – After trimming with clippers, use the scissors for detailing – to remove stray hairs.
- Quality Moisturizer – You can use a beard oil to keep the skin moist and give the beard a glow after a trim. The moisturizer also keeps the hairs health and prevents itching.
Professional Beard and Moustache Trimming
Depending on the shape of your beard and moustache, there are mainly three areas of focus to achieve a flawless look:
Though men prefer different styles of beard, it is important to understand the technique of trimming the neckline to avoiding ruining the whole beard. Ideally, the neckline lies a little beneath the chin and approximately about 1.5” above Adam’s apple. It marks the point where the head joins the neck and goes like half an inch below the jaw all the way to beneath the ear.
Once you have clearly identified the line, use your trimmer or shaver to close shave all the hair strands below the neckline.
If it is hard to identify your neckline, it is advisable to go to the barber for the first trim and master the line.
Some beard style such as Van Dyke, Circle and Goatees usually highlight the mouth, clearly defining the lips and the chin. It is equally important to maintain the right lip-line when trimming.
The best way is to start by combing or brushing your moustache or beard so that you can see the strands which have overgrown your desired beard shape. Use a detailed blade to remove the outgrown hairs on the lower lip with a lot of care to prevent damaging the shape or hurting.
Use the bottom edge of the trimmer blade to perfect the shape of the moustache starting from the center moving outwards paying attention to the natural moustache curves. A guide comb attachment should help you cut the longer hair ends evenly to maintain your preferred length. A pro-trimmed moustache is ideally half an inch or less above the lip line.
Determining the length and Shape
Once you have defined the neck and lip outline, it is now time to perfect the beard shape. First, comb your beard to see the actual length. Depending on how short you want to trim, choose the appropriate guide comb attachment.
It is always advisable to start with a larger guide comb and work downward until you attain the best length for your beard.
Start trimming from the chin moving towards the ear in the direction of your hair growth, with frequent assessment of the progress to avoid making mistakes that you cannot recover from.
Additional Beard and Moustache Trimming Tips
- It makes economic sense to invest in quality professional clippers – It not only makes your work easier but also lasts longer.
- Always trim the beard when dry – To know the actual size of the hair strands.
- It is important to start on a higher setting and work downwards until you get the best size for you.
- Always shave in front of a well-lighted mirror to ensure that you have a clear view when trimming.