One of the important aspects of growing a beard is being able to properly trim it. If you think you can forgo the razors and trimmers and look like you feel off the cover of the latest GQ magazine cover, you are going to be in for a rude awakening.
Trimming the beard correctly not only increases its appeal, it allows you to grow to new lengths without looking like a wild-man.
Get this wrong and you look like a hobo who is panhandling for change, get it right and you instantly become the focal point of every conversation and a magnet for the opposite sex.
To get a better understanding how to blend your facial hair with the rest of your hair, we have to blend your growing beard with your particular hairstyle very carefully.
This takes some time at first, but once you master the beard fade, you will be able to trim up these areas with as much effort as you do trimming the rest of you beard.
The following is a step-by-step breakdown of the perfect procedure for mastering the beard fade:
Step 1: Trimming Your Beard
Before we can even get to the beard fade, we have to get the rest of your beard in order. Determine the length you want the beard, then break out those trimmers and set them to the desired length and get working.
It is important to get the entire beard trimmed first and leave the fade for last so it effectively blends right into your hair.
Step 2: Begin at the Bottom
Start trimming your beard at the bottom, or the neck line. Set your trimmer to either 3 or 2, and start cleaning up the facial hair from down below the Adam’s apple all the way to where your neck meets the jaw line.
Once you have trimmed all that area of the beard, switch the trimmer length setting to 2 or 1, and finish off the rest of the beard. Be sure to razor clean anything below the Adam’s apple to maintain those crisp and clean lines.
Step 3: Cleaning Up Your Cheeks
Now that you have successfully trimmed the rest of your beard and shaved clean below the Adam’s apple, you have to get those cheeks tidied up. There are two ways that you can go here. Since the area around the cheeks is more visible, decide if you want crisp lines or a natural fade.
if you are going for the chin strap look, then you can razor a tight edge between beard and cheeks from ear to ear. To go for a more natural look, use the trimmer with the guard off, and eradicate any stragglers that are keeping that region clean.
Don’t worry about maintaining a tight line, just cut down the sprouts too far away from the rest of the herd.
Step 4: Trimming Your Mustache
Take your trimmer and cut away any mustache hair that is growing over your lips. Try to keep the mustache the same length as the beard above the jaw line, so keep trimmer on either 2 or 1 like you used in the earlier steps.
Again, if you went with the chin strap, you want your mustache lines to be neat and tight. If you went for the more natural look, then take off the guard and spot check any mustache hairs tat seem to be out of place.
Fading the Beard with the Rest of Your Hair
Now that you have gone through the steps to make certain your beard is all evened-out, it is time to beard fade the facial hair with the rest of the hair on your head.
1. Pick a location where your beard is the longest near the jaw line, set the trimmer to one shorter setting, then trim an area one inch up.
2. Move up another inch, shorten the trimmer again, clean that area and do not go below that line.
3. Move up another inch, shorten the trimmers, and continue fading the beard as you move up.
4. Depending how low you started, keep lowering the trimmer setting and moving up in one inch increments until you read your hair.
5. Repeat this exact same process on the other side of your head until you go from beard to hair. Don’t get discouraged if it seems like a lot of work now. Over time this process will get much easier and definitely faster.
At this point, the hair on your head will gradually blend into the facial hair without taking away any focus from the beard. Once you get this right the first time, the rest will be easy.
Just remember to start at the longest trimmer settings and work your way up to the top of the head as you drop the settings shorter and shorter as you go. After a few weeks, all your hair will eventually be growing uniformly, so you have a guide in place to maintain the look more easily.
The beard fade allows you to keep your manly beard even in the most strict working environments, and it also shows those around you that you have what it takes to go the distance when it comes to personal grooming habits.
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