Knowing how to grow and maintain a beard is an art.
Knowing how to trim and shape your facial hair is the icing on the cake. However, it’s not as easy as it sounds.
A slight mistake will wipe out all the progress you’ve made. And if it’s irredeemable, you may end up on the drawing board again.
To save you the trouble, I have prepared the ultimate guide on shaping beard hair at home with just a few tools.
In summary, here is what I shall cover:
- A list of the essential tools you’ll need
- How to choose a shape
- The different types of facial hairs and how to shape them
- Lastly, I will answer a few frequently asked questions about beard shaping
If you are ready, let’s get down to business.
Tool Needed For Beard Trimming and Shaping
Here is what you will need:
- A mirror
- Beard trimmer
- Beard brush and comb
- Beard shaping tool (optional)
If so, here’s how you use each of these tools.
How to Trim and Shape a Beard
To make it easy, I am going to cover the different parts of the facial hair; namely:
- The Neckline
- Cheek Line (Sideburns)
Quick Tips on How to Shape the Neckline
The neckline is an imaginary line running from the bottom of one ear to the other through a man’s Adam’s apple.
In other words, it’s the boundary marking the end of your hair or beard on the skin.
The best thing about the neckline is that it is uniform for all face shapes and styles, unlike the cheek line.
It’s also easy to trace and shape.
There are two parts of the neckline. The part below the chin and the part behind the jaws just below the earlobes.
Necklines are hard to spot from the front, especially, if the wearer has a long beard.
How is it done? Find out below…
How to Mark and Shape Your Beard Neckline
The best starting point is the middle of your neckline, slightly above Adam’s apple.
- Tilt your head up and touch your Adam’s apple.
- Place two fingers (index and middle) on top of Adam’s apple horizontally and mark the upper end of your index finger. This is about 1 to 1.5 inches from the tip of Adam’s apple.
- Connect this point to the back of the jaw on both sides.
- Extend the line to the lower part of the earlobe.
- Trim everything that is below the line that you just made using a razor or trimmer.
If you’re doing this for the first time, start lower than the line you marked and gradually raise it, observing how it looks, especially at the back.
When trimming, go with the grain to avoid irritation. And, remember, the smaller the beard, the higher the neckline will be.
How To Shape Beard Cheek Lines
Cheek Lines are the horizontal edges of your sideburns.
Side whiskers or sideburns are hairs that grow in front of the ears; connecting scalp hair to the beards.
Shaping the sideburn will involve trimming both edges (upper and lower), depending on your preferred shape.
The sharpness of the edges will depend on the style you want and beard length. The longer the beard, the rougher the edges.
The shape of the line between the sideburn and the mustache can either be a step cut or a curved cut.
To make it easier, you can buy a beard shaping tool that helps you mark where you should trim.
How to Shape the Mustache
Also referred to as stache, the mustache is the hair that grows above the upper lip.
Whether you have a full-grown beard or just the stash, trimming and shaping it is essential.
When it comes to shaping, it depends on the style that you want to wear. For those who only have a mustache, some styles to try include the parted pencil, the handlebar, chevron, and the lampshade.
Anyway, here’s how it’s done:
- Start by combing the mustache downward.
- Using the upper lip as the limit, cut the mustache using scissors or a trimmer.
- If you want to adjust the length, use a clipper and cut downwards.
- Comb the mustache again to see if there are strands going past your upper lip and if the length is uniform and do adjustments as needed.
- Style it accordingly using oil, balm, or wax.
Don’t trim the mustache when it’s wet because it may appear shorter when it dries up.
When you know how to shape a beard, you can choose a style that will accentuate or offset your facial features.
And while it can be challenging at first, it becomes easier with time, as you practice.
The secret is going step by step and making sure you have identified the best style for your face shape and beard size.
Because that’s the only way you can take full advantage of your facial hair to spruce up your looks.
If you have a question or want to contribute, feel free to do so in the comment section below.
Frequently Asked Questions About Beard Shaping
The best time to cut and shape your facial hair is when it’s dry or slightly damp.
Start by taking a shower and towel drying the beard so that it’s hydrated and easier to trim. The issue with cutting a wet beard is that it gets shorter and uneven after drying up.
Also, don’t forget to comb it to remove tangles and knots.
The best time to start shaping your beard is anywhere after four weeks. This will let you see how the beard grows and it’s potential. In short, wait for as long as you can.
Yes, they are. When coupled with a beard trimmer, a shaping tool makes it easier to cut precise and neat lines. This allows you to easily experiment with different styles, even for a beginner. You can use one tool to shape your jawline, cheek line, neckline, goatee, sideburns, and mustache.