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.
Natural Neck, Trimmed Cheeks
"You can really see the square jaw line on Gerard Butler’s face with this beard style," says Jeff Master Barber at Truman's Gentlemen's Groomers. The natural neck line balances the beard, keeping it from looking too primped. "The trimmed cheek hairs gives the beard and face angles and shape," he says.
The trick with this look is to follow the bottom of the cheek bone, mowing off anything above and keeping what's below. Giving yourself a once-a-week trim is a general guideline but changes depending on rate of growth. "The real question here is if you have full enough facial hair to give yourself a strong cheek line," says Yabut who notes that a cheek border may look strange on guys with extra light growth or patchy beards. And even though the neck looks natural, as a rule, anything below the adam's apple should always be trimmed.
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