Caring for your beard can be almost as (and sometimes more) involved than styling your hair. Trimming, shaping, maintaining — depending on how thick or long your facial hair is, it can be a weekly or even daily endeavor. What many men forget however, is that along with mastering how to trim a beard, you also need to be sure to do so in a way that doesn’t ignore or mistreat the skin beneath it.
Ingrown hairs are just one of many possible side effects that can befall you as you groom. There’s also dryness, razor burn, and general irritation that may crop up, depending on your skin type, how often you trim your beard, and the products you use.
With that in mind, we put together this primer on how to trim a beard to help keep irritation at bay. Read on to learn our trade secrets.
1. Skin First, Beard Second
Before you even pick up a razor or clippers, you’ve got to lay the groundwork. Ingrown hairs are caused by your facial hair either getting trapped below the surface of the skin, or emerging and then curling back into the skin. This usually happens when pores are full of dirt, dead skin cells, and oil. To help avoid the skin under and around your beard from experiencing ingrowns you’ll want to follow a daily regimen that includes using our Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash daily and a thrice-weekly scrubbing with the Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub. By keeping skin clean and softening tough facial hair, you’ll help to keep ingrowns from happening and allow for a closer shave overall.
2. Condition & Brush Your Beard
In order to achieve the most precise trim, you need to be able to see how long the hair is and what’s uneven. One of the easiest ways to do that is to take a comb and brush your beard hair upwards so that it sticks out. That will give you an idea of what areas are too long and how short you can go.
Facial hair tends to be curlier and coarser than the hair on your head, so it’s a good idea to condition your beard before you touch it with the comb — otherwise you may end up pulling and tugging the hair, which will not be pleasant. One to try is our Grooming Solutions Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil. It’s a fragrant, nourishing mix of Sandalwood, Eucalyptus, and Cedarwood Essential Oils.
3. Trim & Shape Your Beard
Now, grab your gear and start grooming. While trimming itself doesn’t pose too much of a risk to your skin, a razor is one of the biggest culprits of skin irritation. Cushion the skin from the scraping pull of a sharp razor by using shaving cream, like the unscented Blue Eagle Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream. Using a shaving cream will help you to get a close shave by allowing the blade to glide over the surface of the skin without tugging or tearing.
4. Hydrate Your Post-Shave Skin
Once you’ve got your beard groomed to your exacting standards, finish the job with a hydrator made specifically for post-shave skin. Alcohol-free is key, since you don’t want to put anything on skin that could sting or irritate your recently de-fuzzed skin. Our Ultimate Razor Burn & Bump Relief is your skin's best friend post-shave. Its an after-shave cream that not only soothes skin with Aloe and Willow Herb, but also reduces feelings of irritation caused by shaving, including the appearance of razor burn and razor bumps.
Remember: There’s more to trimming your beard than just cutting hair. Follow a pre- and post-care routine, and don’t forget that caring for your skin is a daily ritual — not just on beard grooming days.