Van Dyke Beard Grooming Tips

Van Dyke BeardMen grow a beard for different reasons. Whatever reason you have, the most common thing about facial hair is that you need to groom it to keep looking good.

Facial hair grows, you can’t stop it. Your face can look like a bird’s nest if you don’t groom or trim it. So here are beard grooming and cleaning tips to help you maintain that great and clean look.

Beard trimming

When using scissors

Some men prefer to leave this job to the professionals. But if you’re going do it yourself, make sure to use the right tools, either a pair of barber’s scissors or a beard trimmer. When using comb and scissors, it is advisable to comb through the beard first and then cut the hair on the outside of the comb. For longer beard styles, you must comb it straight down first before trimming your mustache or beard,

When using a beard trimmer

If you opt to use a beard trimmer, the good choice is a rechargeable cordless model. This beard trimming tool usually comes with an adjustable and removable trimming guide which allows you to control your beard length. It’s a good idea to adjust the guide for a longer beard length setting at first. Always refer to the instructions supplied with your trimmer if it’s you’re using it for the first time.

After you’ve trimmed your beard and mustache, carefully shave the lower portion of your neck to maintain the neck line of your beard or carefully remove the adjustable trimming guide and then carefully define the neckline of the beard.

Stray hairs should be trimmed with a razor and not by plucking. It is also important to keep in mind not to trim a wet beard or mustache as wet hair tends to be longer. You might find that you’ve trimmed more than what you desired if you trim it while your beard or mustache is wet.

Other essential tools

Whether you have a Short boxed, Balbo or Van Dyke beard, if you choose to maintain your beard yourself you need to invest in a good-sized wall mirror, good wide-toothed comb and fine-toothed mustache comb.

Beard cleaning

Facial hair should also be washed and shampooed regularly. If you wish to use a conditioner, make sure to rinse it thoroughly with clean water. There is no need to blow dry your beard as you can just pat and wipe it with a clean and dry towel. 

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