One way to keep a well-groomed beard is to keep it well-trimmed.
Of course, this depends on how fast your beard grows and your type of beard.
However, you must trim the yeard as often as required to maintain a neat appearance.
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How Often Should You Do It
There is no general rule regarding how often you should trim a beard. Different beard styles require different trimming intervals. For instance, if you are sporting a long beard, the idea is to let it grow as long as your desired length.
However, if you’re wearing a stubble beard, you might need to trim it more often. Different men’s facial hairs also grow at different intervals. While you may need to trim your beard every few days, another man wearing the same beard style might only have to trim their beard once a week.
Quality beard products such as oils and conditioners can help your beard grow faster and fuller. This would mean that you’d need to trim your beard more regularly.
Tools and Products
You must use the best products and beard-shaping tools when trimming your beard.
Here’s a list to guide you on what you need for this critical exercise:
- A beard brush (boar-bristle is an excellent choice)
- A beard comb
- Facial hair scissors
- Styling agent/beard balm/oil/conditioner
Here’s a guide to help you trim your beard depending on your desired style and beard growth rate:
- Short Stubble (0.4 mm) – Once every 1-2 days.
- Medium Stubble (1-3 mm) – Once every 2-4 days.
- Heavy Stubble (4-5 mm) – Once every 6-8 days.
- Short Beard (1-2”) – Once every 2-3 weeks.
- Long Beard (4”+) – Once every 6-8 weeks.
If you want to keep your stubble short, also known as a 5 o’clock shadow or 0.4mm beard, you should trim it once every one to two days, preferably with a dedicated stubble trimmer or a beard trimmer without a guard comb.
This style is most appropriate for men who prefer a corporate beard style and a beard fade. Trim your medium stubble, also known as the designer stubble, once every two to four days with a 1mm length setting or guard comb.
Trim every six to eight days for heavy stubble, also known as the 10-day beard, with a length setting of 3mm (1/8th of an inch).
When it comes to a shorter beard, there’s a little more leeway in optimal trimming frequency because there are so many different styles to choose from, and they all require varying lengths at other parts of the face.
However, sticking to a once-every-two-week grooming frequency works well with a neat and well-styled regular full-face short beard.
Again, it depends on your style and how neat you want your beard to look. If you want a slightly unkempt and rougher appearance, you could go longer than the six to eight-week recommendation for a one-month beard without trimming and be perfectly fine.
A month-long beard is quite long if your facial hairs grow fast. However, if you’re growing a long beard and want it to stay neat and well-groomed, 6-8 weeks is the ideal trimming frequency to avoid the dreaded scraggly beard look.
For a bushy beard and long beard styles, always trim in line with the beard neckline to maintain a well-groomed appearance.
Does trimming a beard help it grow?
Trimming your beard helps it grow and look fuller.
Should I trim my beard regularly?
You should trim your beard regularly to keep it neat and healthy.
How often should you trim stubble?
Depending on how fast your beard grows, trim your stubble anywhere between every 1-8 days. This also depends on the desired look.
While you want to let your beard grow and look full, keep it well-trimmed to maintain a well-groomed appearance. This often means having to trim your beard to keep it in the desired shape and size. Study your beard growth and create a routine for the trimming sessions.