How to trim a beard

For any men with a beard, you might find it hard to get your beard trimmed accordingly. When you wish to learn how to trim a beard, you need to first make sure that you get used to working with a razor guard. If you are usually going in with only the scissors or a guard-less pair of clippers, you will know why you have so many problems. So, what is the best way to go about learning how to trim a beard? What can you do if you wish to keep a consistent length?

First off, soften it up

Before you choose to trim your beard, we would recommend that you go about trimming it first and foremost. A trimmed beard looks and feels better, and it’s going to be easier to work with long-term. Before trimming it, get some form of beard shampoo or beard wash. You can then use this to work it through your beard, helping to soften it up prior to the trimming process. Always start with this process to ensure your beard is clean and fresh before trimming.

Give it a good brush

Before you go any further, start giving it a good comb and a brush. Go through every part of your beard to get rid of excess skin build-up. Combing is useful as it will help get rid of any tangles or knots. Try and brush your beard so the hairs go outwards, this will help you to see the true length of your beard before it is smoothed down and give you a better idea of how much length you would like to take off.

Get the clippers and a guard

It’s now time to go about trimming your beard. To know how to trim a beard properly, you are going to need a guard. We always recommend starting with a guard that is 1 grade higher than what you really want. This means you can run over it with the larger guard, and then go over it again with the smaller guard. That should help you to get a much more consistent run than just doing it once and leaving at that.

Consider levels

Another thing to do is use a guard for different levels of the beard. For example, the hair around your goatee area should be a bit longer than the rest. So, use a 4 or 5 guard on that. Once you do that, go around the sides of your beard and work on getting those bits tidied up as much as you can. Use a smaller guard here, and it’ll make your beard more natural instead of all being the one length.

Trim every 2-3 days

If you want to build a beard that is strong and very much capable of keeping its density, then trim every 2-3 days. If you get into the habit of trimming every 2-3 days using the same guards, your hairs are more naturally going to stick to that shape. This helps you to create more hairs that are the same length, making your beard generally feel so much more robust. If your beard has differing lengths of hair, it’s nowhere near as strong. 

Keep these ideas in mind, and you just find that learning how to trim a beard saves you plenty of trips to the barber! 


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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