Some beardy lovers go regular to have this done professionally, but if you’re like Captain Beard you won’t let anyone go near your soup catcher!
So if you are going to trim your beard with your own two hands then you need to be prepared, depending on the size of your man bush you will either need scissors
or simply just a beard trimmer
as well as a wide toothed comb. A beard trimmer
can be expensive option but make sure you go for a rechargeable cordless one as you don’t want get your beard tangles in the wires!
you can get the exact look your after, like a well trimmed garden hedge, although we wouldn’t recommend trimming your beard into an animal shape. That's just silly. If your using scissors
don’t just grab a pair out the toolbox make sure you get some proper barber scissors
that you can pick up from any decent drug store or hair salon.
Before you start make sure you comb out any knots with the wide toothed comb (or fine tooth for moustache) this will make surer to straggler hairs come loose afterwards and mess up your hard grooming work. Also make sure you have washed your face with a Dermalogica scrub
to ensure that your beard is free of all unwanted clingons that may get in the way of your trim. However it is important to make sure your beard is nice and dry, as it will tend to shrink when wet and look completely different once it has dried. So once dried and combed your ready to begin your beard trimming adventure.
The final important element before you start is a large mirror or 3 way mirror, don't just hack away freehand or you may end up with a beard-fail!
Start trimming away, but don’t get carried away, it’s easy to trim too much off.. and you can’t glue it back on afterwards. Make sure each side is evenly trimmed and if it is an exceptionally bushy beard stop now and again to give it another comb to catch those stragglers. Some like to comb and cut at the edge of the comb as a barber would your hair, but this can often lead to cutting to much off by accident. Maintain that even cut either side of your face throughout, keep checking the mirror to make sure you don’t have more one side than you do the other. If this is the case then take it steady.. don't keep hacking away at that beard either side until there’s nothing left.
With the scissors
method you can perfect the fine art of beard trimming and get that satisfactory feeling afterwards that you have a man made bush dangling from your chin.
Alternatively if you decide to go with an electric beard trimmer
then these also usually come with a guide. By changing the position of the guide you can control how close it trims to your face, similar to the guide on a lawnmower. It is always best practice to adjust it to trim for a long beard first, as again you don’t want to trim too much off now do you
With the moustache part you can comb this down and trim accordingly to match.
Now once you have finished it is recommended to use a Dermalogica balm or lotion
to soften the skin and allow those new hairs to grow out, also to make sure your beard keeps that silk smooth look and all your soup is washed clean out.