So you’ve grown your beard out to a state of awesomeness and you’re feeling pretty great about it, but there’s only one little problem – those hairs are going to keep on growing. This means that you will need to develop some decent beard maintenance chops if you want to keep your facial hair looking neat and civil.
Trimming your beard with scissors is one of the easiest ways to go about it, but if you feel a little intimidated by that prospect, don’t despair. Keep in mind that there have been plenty of men throughout history who were able to keep their beards looking great without the help of electric trimmers or anything of the sort. That means that you – yes, you can trim your beard with scissors without it turning into a facial hair massacre. Just follow the simple guide outlined below, and you will breeze through your beard trimming session with flying colors.
10 Step Process: Trimming Beard With Scissors
The first order of business is to thoroughly wash your beard and then make sure that it is completely dry. A common mistake that many men make is trying to trim their beard while it is still wet, which can often produce an uneven cut. Remember, your beard hairs can appear deceptively long when wet, but then when they’re totally dry, they shrink up a little bit more. If you trim your beard while it’s wet, you will run the risk of cutting off too much hair, which will leave it looking too short when it dries. Use a hair dryer instead of a towel to ensure that you get it completely dry before starting to trim.
Yes, it can be tempting to just use the everyday household scissors that are in your kitchen junk drawer for the sake of saving money, but trust me on this one; using professional barber scissors will save you a lot of frustration in the long run. Have these two tools at the ready when you’re standing in front of the mirror.
Comb your beard hairs down in the direction that they normally grow. Do this for every section of your beard, so that it looks nice, tame and perfectly groomed. This is necessary preparation for the next step.
Now, in an almost completely contradictory move, comb your beard upwards, in the opposite direction of its natural growth pattern, so that it has a fluffy or puffed-out look. You want to have a good picture of which hairs are standing out a little too much so that you can trim them, and this is the best way to do it.
Starting from one side of your face (you can choose whether you want to start on the right or left side), slowly and gently comb through a section of your beard at a slight angle, and then pull the comb to where there’s a little bit of hair protruding out through the teeth of the comb. Trim the protruding hair with the scissors. Make sure to pay close attention to how long this protruding hair is, because that will determine how much length you will be cutting off from your entire beard. It’s better to just cut off the very ends of the hair instead of trying to go too far too fast; remember, you can always trim more, but you can’t put the hair back on once it’s been trimmed.
Repeat this same process for the entire side of your face. Once you have completed one side, comb through your beard in the direction of your natural hair growth, and see if you like the length. If you’re satisfied with how it looks, just repeat the process for the other side of your face. If not, you can trim it a little shorter, or shape up any areas that may look slightly uneven. Remember to take off very small amounts of hair at first, so that you don’t do something that you’ll later regret.
Trimming your chin hairs will take a little more “finesse”, but the process is the same. Just remember to take your time, comb in an upward direction, and do as you have done for the sides of your face.
When you have finished all of your trimming, thoroughly comb your beard once more and see if you notice any oddball hairs sticking out. If you catch any, just nip them off with the scissors as well.
Wash your beard out once more, very thoroughly, so that all loose hairs will be removed from your beard. You can apply some beard oil as well to soften your beard and shape it into the desired form.
You’re done! Now grab a bite to eat and celebrate your conquest.