There are two type of bearded men on this Earth.
Those who pay a professional to use their tools of the trade to expertly trim their beard…
…and those who stand in front of their bathroom mirror with a pair of scissors and hope for the best.
Either way, the goal here is to shave a few inches off that glorious (but unkempt) beard of yours and free up some body heat for the summer.
Whether you’re the former or the latter, we’ve got a few tips to make sure you’re doing it right, so listen up!
You Wouldn’t Cut a Wet Lawn
One time, I combed out my beard, after a hot shower, and decided to trim it while it was post-shampoo&conditioner-soft. That was a HUGE mistake…
Because my beard doesn’t usually look like that!
So, I had no reference point while deciding how short to go. Before I knew it, I was pulling hair down and out, cutting it in all different lengths and directions. It looked pretty good because it was still wet, but a few hours after it was fully dry, I realized I had about a million different lengths going on.
Unless you’re a pro, I suggest using a set of clippers, and not scissors. Comb it out a bit while dry, and trim your beard from there… DO NOT WET IT FIRST.
Not All Barbers & Hairstylists are Created Equal
There’s a really easy way to find a barber that is great with beards.
Here’s the trick…
HE HAS A F*CKING BEARD.
If you’re going to a barber that double’s as a beard-enthusiast, then you know you’re in good hands. On top of that, you’ll probably get great recommendations on beard oils and different popular styles.
So heed our warning; if your barber was born in 1950, when men could light matches off their jaw-line, you’re probably going to get a botched beard-cut and have to start from scratch.
Beard-Selfies Are Now a Tool
The reality is, if you’re trimming that mane yourself, there are several angles that you’re going to miss…
A great side-angle selfie will tell you exactly how much you need to trim from under your chin. This’ll help you avoid that rounded beard-bottom you sometimes see with really long beards.
To be frank, hard-angled beards are fashionably “in” right now, so it’s best you go to a barber/stylist to get them cut in perfectly. But, if you’re brave enough to take on that responsibility yourself, try your best to get a shot of your beard from every angle.
A picture says a thousand words, but it also shows a thousand loose beard hairs that need to be trimmed!