How to Shape Your Beard Without a Barber
Shaping for Style
Tools of the TradeKeep your beard oiled up before going in. We'll be using some tools of the shavers, and if you're not a trained stylist there's no need for an ivory handled roaring 20s razor. All you're going to do is mangle your face, while the spirit of your much manlier great grandfather rolls in his cosmic grave. These tools will take care of your neckline and cheek grooming needs. Start by using a clipper with a guard. It's pretty self-explanatory once you've got it in your hands. A clipper can help to take off the bulk of a beard if you're going for a shorter style. Start with the longest option if this is the route you want to go. Then start cutting!.
- For minor shaping, your scissors over comb will be the best technique for precision shaping.
- Take your comb and comb out your hair.
- The hairs which fall through the comb should be all equally cut to the same desired length.
- (Optional) Use the trimmer over the comb if you want a brisker cut.
Unruly Growth Elimination
A major problem you'll run into is runaway hairs on the sides (cheek/sideburn areas) of your beard. What happens a lot of times it that the beard gets tangled and these drapes of hair swoop down. They begin to look unruly and thin. The best course of action here is to cut these and even them out with sheers. First, begin by combing out the hair and only cutting off a minimal amount. Then you can get to shaping by taking less than a quarter inch each time. It will take a while, but you'll thank yourself for it later. This begins to even out the hair and gets rid of any split ends. Yes, those are a thing with beards. Your beard won't feel as dry, and the root of your beard will continue to grow out a fresh facial sprout. If you're adept with your clippers or comb, look to create a nice taper from the sides. It's a great way to blend the hair and easy to do with your trimmer. Start with just taking a little bit of hair between your hairline and beard. Over time you'll develop the knack for cutting down and blending for the perfect length.
Stay VigilantBy adding this into your routine once a week, you'll eliminate any beard trimming mishaps. Under no circumstances should you restart a beard because of a runaway razor or stray cut. If you do mess up beyond belief, then try to salvage your beard and go for a shorter look if necessary. To recap, the key ingredients to shaping a beard are:
- Being careful
- Having the right tools
- Knowing what areas need trimming or shaping.