Know How (And When) To Trim Your Beard

My face has been less clean-shaven until I missed a job opportunity due to a shoddy appearance. Unfortunately, people will judge you harshly based on your first look without even trying to know you further.

Well, experts say your first impression outlines your personality. I then decided to adopt a regular trimming routine though I initially suffered from constant itchiness. Does that sound familiar? Here is a detailed guideline to help you trim your beards flawlessly.

When to Trim Your Beard

I liked the thick, bushy, and manly beard appearance. Later, I realized that I get a messy look when some beards strands appear longer or more abundant than others. Thus, although you have just begun your beards growth journey, a little trim will help keep the facial hair under control.

First, you need to understand your beard type for some people; you will notice a robust beard within a week while others will have to wait longer. Therefore, you need to take around four weeks, especially if you are new in beard growth, to observe the facial hair shape.

Trimming it earlier may create an unbalanced appearance.

However, if you have fast-growing facial hair, it should never connect with your chest hair! I like to maintain my beard length below my jawline, but if you decide to keep them longer, retain an even range.

For the newbies, the first thirty days when growing beard varies for everyone. Your bush might get thicker, longer, or shorter than you imagined. At this stage, your beard may not require a trim, but it will be best if you trim the neckline to keep your neckbeard territory neat.

Within two to three months, you will notice some full growth with an unformed shape that needs redirection. At this point, a slight trim from time to time might be a good idea.

From three to six months, you will achieve full volume and length, which might give you a wild appearance if not well maintained. Therefore, adopt a regular trimming procedure, and you may need a professional barber to get rid of the split ends.

Getting the Right tool

I realized that one key point to maintaining a healthy beard is by giving it a regular trim to achieve that incredible appearance. However, to make an excellent trim, you need to get the right tools. Here are vital beard trimming gadgets that you require.

1. Beard Brush

You need a natural bristled brush to straighten out your facial hair before trimming and highlight the inconsistent length. It also helps to stimulate natural oil production and distribution through your beards.

2. Beard Comb

When using scissors to trim, you will need a good quality comb to judge the right hair length to cut off. It also helps you apply oil into your beards evenly.

3. Facial Hair Scissors

It will help to clip standalone strands and trim mustache beards.

4. Clippers

Clippers will help you fade the neckline and trim full-grown beards to the desired length.

5. Razor

It helps to trim beards below the neckline and around the cheeks.

6. Styling Agent

A styling agent is vital to help keep your beards moisturized, nourished, and soft after trimming.

How to Trim

To achieve that perfect trim, I always ensure that my beard is clean and soft by using a beard shampoo and conditioner. Once dry, run a brush against the grain so that every hair is upright to make it easier to trim.

You can now start trimming to an even length using clippers and scissors. It would be best if you begin with a more prominent guard around the chin to avoid a short-range, but you can shorten them further on the sides.

While addressing the mustache, you can comb the hairs over your upper lip then use the clippers or scissors to snip away the hairs covering the mouth. If you want it to remain short, use a shorter guard and adjust to your desired taste.

Give extra attention to the neckline since it can ruin the entire look on your beard. You can visualize a line from your sideburns top to the jaw bottom. Use your ear’s outer part to find the path from your side burn that intersects and connect with the other ear to locate your natural neckline.

Once done, do spot checks to snip away any strays then rinse to flush away any clippings. For a healthier look, apply some beard oil then run a comb through to style your facial hair. In case you notice any stray hair, snip them using your scissors.

Why You Need to Trim Your Beards

As my beards grow longer, I realized they needed extra attention since they get very susceptible to itchiness and dryness. By trimming regularly, I now enjoy a fuller and healthy look.

If you love your beards, please cut it periodically and ensure that you have no rogue strands to enjoy the following benefits.

  • It Promotes a Healthier look -Trimming your hair often will help to eliminate the damaged hair and split edges, promoting healthy growth.
  • It Prevents Knotty Messes – When you trim your beards regularly, you will have fewer knots and tangles, keeping your beard in place.
  • It Promotes Beard’s Fullness– Lopping off loose ends makes your beards fuller, thicker, and attractive.
  • It Helps to Remove Spilled ends – Split ends make your hair brittle and unattractive; trimming them will help you reclaim that incredible look.
  • It Helps to cut loose Stray Hairs – Trimming stray strands contribute to your overall beard appearance.
  • It Redefines your Facial Look. – If you have a less pronounced jawline, trimming your beards will give you a more prominent look. If you are slightly plump, it gives you a less defined chin.


Did you know that trimming your facial hair around the mouth is the perfect way to stop food and drinks from clogging in your mustache and beard? The above tips will guide you through the beard trimming process to achieve that outstanding look.

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