How to Trim a Short Beard
When it comes to trimming a short beard, the best option is to use electric clippers. Longer beards ofter require a bit of grooming using scissors, but for short beards, clippers are the way to go. If you don’t already own a pair, you can pick some up on Amazon or any major retail store that offers grooming products.
So Fresh and So Clean
Now, before you push up your sleeves and get down to the business of trimming, you need to prep your beard. Just as shaving cream helps with razor glide, so does a clean beard help with electric clippers.
First off, use a beard shampoo to wash your beard. The skin on your face is different from your scalp. To paraphrase beard saint Ron Swanson, if you’re going to bother with beard trimming, it’s worth doing it right.
Next, add some conditioner to help make it soft, pliant, and easy to cut. Afterward, hit that bad boy with some beard oil and comb it out.
After your beard is clean and softened, you’re ready for the trimming portion.
Trim That Bad Boy
Pro tip: Use a clipper guard that meets the desired length for your beard. Most electric clipper sets come with a few reusable options that can be easily snapped on to trim and snapped off for easy cleaning. Alternatively, you can use a comb as a length guide and barrier to prevent accidentally gapping your way into a patchy beard.
Use the clipper guard or comb to even up the rest of the beard to get it all the same level. This helps prepare the beard for edging and allows you to account for any natural or accidental patchiness.
When figuring out the best general shape for your face, follow the jawline with your clippers to line the edge of your beard in a way that looks natural and clean.
Lastly, just pat on some aftershave for close trims, clean your electric clippers, and bask in the majesty of your fresh new beard!