Beards are great for rubbing when deep in thought; they block the sun from burning your face; they hide neck flab; and they suggest a life free from razor burn. But while facial hair may be a product of natural processes, beards won't take a healthy shape without a little help.
Trimming, shaping, fading, cleaning, combing, and conditioning is all part of the game and changes depending on what style you want and type of facial hair you were born with. There's no one correct way to have a beard, so we asked barbers from across the country to weigh on what guys should be doing to grow, maintain, and care for the most popular styles of facial hair.
The chin strap is one of the most grossly misguided beard styles out there. It requires hard and precise lines that need constant upkeep, they do not grow out well and chin straps are unforgiving to mistakes and awkward characteristics. "The chin strap works best when it matches the line of the jaw, particularly on a strong featured guy," says Mike Sposito, Head Barber at FELLOW barber.
As a general rule, the wider and rounder the face, the thicker the strap should be, like Melky Cabrera; the leaner and more angular the face, the thinner you can take the strap (but don't necessarily have to – the style is a little dated). Expect to carve up those tight lines at least twice a week and keep the hair trim to the face – long chin straps veer dangerously close to the inimitable Abe Lincoln.
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