While many men don’t consider trimming a necessary part of beard ownership, it’s very important in maintaining the health and prosperity of your beard. Not only does it keep your beard looking fine, it also helps keep your beard hairs healthier for longer. Today we're going to discuss this and take a look at why trimming is so important and how often you should do it.
Trimming Makes Your Beard Look Cleaner
When you trim your beard up, you don’t necessarily have to take length off. Overall your beard can remain about the same length and still completely transform its look by getting a quick shape up. After a proper beard trim you’ll have cleaned up your neck and cheek lines, cut away stragglers and hairs that don’t belong and given your beard an overall more intentional and uniform look. A well-trimmed beard boosts your style and keeps you from adopting that bum look that people tend to associate with beards.
Trimming Keeps Your Hair Healthier
As your hair starts to grow out, it can fall victim to dryness, lack of care, and damage. Damaged hairs can get split ends, which means that the end of the hair literally splits in two. These splits make their way all the way up the strand until you’re left with a hair that’s split completely in half and is now dying. These hairs eventually just die and fall out, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could prevent this from happening in the first place? The good news is you can! If you cut the split end off before it makes its way down the shaft of the hair, it will stop it dead in its tracks and prevent it from causing further damage to the hair. With regular trimming, these split ends become few and far between and your hairs stay healthier, longer.
How to Trim Your Beard
There are two types of men in this world when it comes to trimming. Some men only trust their barber to touch their beard, even more than they trust themselves. On the other hand you have the DIY type who have perfected their trim and know exactly how to get it the way they like it themselves, and don’t trust anyone else to be able to figure it out.
Whichever type you are, this quick guide will help you.
Trimming at Home
Unless you’re experienced, I don’t recommend that you run out and do a major beard transformation at home. To me, an at-home beard trim is meant to maintain the health and appearance of your beard, and if you want to get a transformation trim you should go to a professional. This just keeps things simple and saves you the heartache of a slip-up.
To trim your beard at home grab a pair of decent hair cutting shears or electric hair clippers. Wash and dry your beard completely and comb it into the shape you normally style it in. Don’t use product to hold it in place as this may affect the end result of your trim. Then simply turn your head to different angles in the mirror and trim away any hairs that stick out or don’t seem to go with the look of your beard. Follow up with a razor trim of the cheek lines and neck lines and you’ll be in good shape. If you do plan on taking off length, I recommend you following the shape from your last professional trim and trying to maintain that shape.
Getting a Professional Trim
A professional trim is nice because you don’t have to worry that you’ll be the demise of your hard-earned beard that day. We do have a few tips for getting the perfect trim at the barbershop, though. First, you’ll want to make sure your barber knows what they’re doing. They should respect the beard and understand how much time goes into growing one, and treat it as such.
Contrary to what many believe, don’t be afraid to have a female trim your beard. I can’t believe that I even have to say that, but I’ve heard many say that they would only get a man to trim their beard. My barber and the best beard trimmer I’ve ever had is a woman. Secondly, bring in a photo if you have an idea of how you want it trimmed, or if you’re growing it out still, how you want it to end up looking. Make sure to tell your barber that you are growing it out if you don’t want them to take length off. Be very specific to get exactly what you need.
So, How Often Should You Trim?
The answer to this question comes in two parts. First you need to decide what your growing goals are. Are you planning to grow your beard longer than it is now, or do you just want to maintain it where it is.
If you want to grow it out, I’d recommend trimming every 6-8 weeks with the intention of keeping the length it has. This is long enough that you can keep the hairs healthy and still let it grow longer with each trim. If your goal is maintenance, you’ll want to cut it every 3-4 weeks.
While many bearded men view the shears as enemies, they can truly be your beard’s best friend. Keep your beard health and growth goals in mind and find a trimming schedule that works for you. There’s no such thing as too much trimming, and if you want to stretch it a bit longer than our recommended 6-8 week wait period, feel free to do that as well as long as your beard still looks and feels healthy.
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