Keeping up with facial hair can get, well, hairy. In preparation for no-shave November, the experts at Ohio Valley Beard Supply share their best tips for looking trim.
a) Cheeks: Use the width of your razor (if you are using a safety razor) to dictate the distance between your eye and the top of your beard. Or start below the temple and follow a slanted line downward toward the chin.
b) Neck: Following the shadow of the underside of the jawline is the best way to establish where a beard ends.
c) Trim vs. Shave: Trimming should be judicious; never cut straight across. Small point-cuts create a softer, more natural look. If you are going to shave something, the neck is the place to focus on—it’s difficult to nuzzle a neck-beard.
“Growing and keeping a beard can be an itchy, prickly, and fly away–filled ordeal without the right tools,” says Patrick Brown of Ohio Valley Beard Supply. “Beard oil adds moisture to keep it soft and manageable, and can reduce any itching. To prevent unruly fly-aways, a beard balm (like pomade, but for your beard) can also be used.”
Beard elixir, $20, ohiovalleybeard.com
Beard Balm Photo Courtesy Ohio Valley Beard Supply