While this style may look badass, it’s also one of the most challenging to maintain, due to the need for regular upkeep. Expect twice a week trimming sessions and regular visits to your barber to help clean up the lines. “Men who wear this style tend to be into guy things, like cars and lifting weights,” says O’Malley. “But it’s also a sign that they are responsible and can follow a schedule, because otherwise the look won’t work.”
Chinstraps look best on men with angular or wide faces. As a rule, the broader your face, the wider you should make the strap. The strap should fall directly along your jawbone, with equal amounts of hair above and below. Sculpting it is easiest if you begin with a full beard. Using a trimmer with the guard setting on 3 or 4, trim down the beard. Then, using a precision trimmer, work your way from ear to ear, outlining an inch-thick band along the jawline. Use your razor to remove all hair from your cheeks and neckline to leave a long, crisp strip behind.