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Every man has attempted to grow a beard at some point in their life. It may be to imitate one of their role models, a desire to look older, or just to see if they could do it. Either way, a beard is something that every man considers from time to time. However, not many men actually learn how to grow them properly. It starts off as simple as not shaving for a few days but quickly becomes a bulging mess if not properly maintained. Trimming a beard is not taught in schools and many people wonder how those with immaculate beards get them to look so good.
Getting the proper equipment is the first step in taming the beast that is growing on your chin. There are special combs for facial hair that are great for keeping everything straight. The next tool is a pair of trimming scissors that will help make slight adjustments to unruly hairs. The most important piece of the puzzle is an electric trimmer with numerous guard heads. This is what you'll use for a majority of the trimming process.
It is important to only make adjustments to your beard when your hair is dry. This is how a majority of the world will see it when you are out and about. Start with the highest guard head on your electric trimmer so you can experiment with various lengths. Keep trying different heads every couple of days until you decide on the perfect look. Use the comb after each trim to ensure everything is looking even once you are done. For small adjustments to your mustache and lip hairs, use the scissor and make slight cuts. It is very easy to overdo scissor cuts so go slow to prevent any major mistakes. Keep in mind there is a bit of a learning curve and there may be a few days at first where you might not look your best. Keep at it and the results will speak for themselves.
This classic look may seem tricky at first but can be mastered by any man who follows a few basic steps. Start by buzzing your entire beard with a 3-inch guard. From there, you can use the one-inch guard to buzz the lower neck just below your jaw. Switch to the 2-inch guard and start working the middle section of your hair. The trick is to naturally bridge the gap between the 1 and 3 areas. All that is left is to completely shave all of the extra hairs on the side of your face and neck.
The term neckbeard is a common insult that men receive when they don't properly shave their lower neck. While the process is easy enough to understand, most don't know how much they should shave off to avoid the name-calling. The easiest way to trim the right amount is to place two fingers horizontally above your Adam's apple. This will serve as the middle of the horseshoe that needs to e shaved. The back of your ears represents each side of the U shaped area. Shave everything below this section to ensure that you look nice and clean.
Anyone who has ever shaved before knows just how long it takes to wipe up all the stray hairs that go everywhere. To save tons of time on shave day, go for an electric trimmer that features a built-in vacuum. This sucks up a majority of the hairs for you as you go about trimming. Emptying out the vacuum bag is simple and should be done after each use. Alternatively, you can shave while the water is running in your sink. The flowing water should pick up most of the hairs and flush them down the drain. It's not as effective as a vacuum but it does get the job done in a pinch.
Hairs start to grow coarse over time if they are not fed the proper amount of oils. Not only does this produce an awful itchy feeling, but it doesn't exactly look good either. There are special beard oils that can be applied every few mornings to keep everything looking and feeling smooth. These keep each follicle hydrated and capable of producing the best hair possible. It also prevents dry skin that is common when the epidermis is covered 24/7.
A proper brush is the best way to keep your facial hair looking fresh and clean. The bristles help distribute the oil you should be applying regularly. If not brushed, these oils can begin to concentrate in various patches and lead to dandruff and dryness elsewhere. Brushes are also a great way to remove any hidden food particles or other debris that will inevitably get lodged deep with your growth. There's nothing goofier than seeing someone with yesterday's supper stuck to their face so it is best to brush up each morning to avoid embarrassment.
Everyone's hair grows at different speeds and some men need to seriously consider keeping their stubble at bay as the day progresses. A standard electric shaver is a great way to quickly reduce the amount of shadow forming over a long day. If you are one of the lucky ones with slow hair growth, you can enjoy only having to shave once a morning.
While learning to maintain a beard, many let their regular grooming habits fall by the wayside. It is important to buy high-quality shaving cream and razor blades to ensure your facial hair doesn't revolt. The ingredients in shaving cream vary wildly and can cause some with sensitive skin to feel discomfort. Find products with natural ingredients when possible so that your face will feel great after grooming. Buying disposable blades in bulk is a great way to save money in the long term and an excellent choice for anyone serious about trimming their beard. As long as your cream is excellent, the quality of the blade used won't matter as much. Hydrated skin and a decent blade are all you will need to avoid cutting yourself.