We know that the first step in growing an epic beard and mustache is the easiest; Putting down the razor and letting it all grow. But it can be easy to forget sometimes that the journey of growth isn’t just an endless road; there comes a time when we all have to look in the mirror and accept that it’s time to clean things up and do some trimming. Is it intimidating and a little stressful? Yeah, of course. Beard shaping and chopping down the epic we’ve been cultivating for months – or maybe years – on end is a hell of an undertaking. But gentlemen, we’re here to help. So today we’re discussing beard grooming, and how to properly go about shaping and trimming your beard and mustache to ensure that you end up looking dapper, sharp, and better than ever.
Take Your Time
It can be easy to get over anxious and want to dive right in to felling your follicular forest.
Relax, hombre. Take a second.
Before you start cutting anything, give your beard a good once over and decide how much you want to take off, and what kind of shape you’re going for. The idea is to have a feel for what you’re going to do before you do it.
Once you’re ready, the key is to start small – starting with minor and very slight trimming will ensure that you don’t go overboard and accidentally hack off too much. Small cuts allow you to slowly progress through your trim, then reevaluate between snips to determine if you need to keep going, or if you’re ready to call it a day.
Tools Of The Trade
You can always have your barber trim your beard while you’re in the chair (which is a whole separate topic for another article), or you can take matters into your own hands and do the job yourself. Trimming at home, however, takes a few important tools; a mirror, a comb, good pair of trimming scissors, and patience.
When it comes to scissors, it’s worth investing in a professional pair that are specifically built for haircare. The reason? The scissors you find at your local pharmacy might get the job done, but a professionally made pair of trimming scissors are designed to be far more precise and comfortable.
You really don’t want a cheaply made pair of scissors sticking as you cut, rusting, and pulling at your beard hair instead of cleanly cutting.
Don’t Trash The Stache
Now we come to the mustache. It’s a beast all its own and you need to pay special attention to it. What you’re aiming to do is take out some of the messy bulk and give it some shape. Comb your mustache down toward your lip, and pinpoint the wiry stray hairs and split ends. Using your scissors, slowly cut in a triangle shape, with the point of the triangle being the middle of your upper lip. Here is a great mustache hack – The “frown” shape you cut will ensure your mustache is versatile – you can leave it as a natural mustache without using any kind of wax or styling product, and it will still be full, neat, and shapely. You can also go another route and grab some mustache wax to style it into a handlebar, and you’ll see it feather and spread nice and evenly. A trim done right will guarantee your mustache can be rocked a few different ways, and look good no matter how you choose to sport it.
Show It Some Love
After a trim, your beard and mustache are going to need some pampering. After a good wash with some natural shampoo and conditioner, it’s time to moisturize.
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