Day 28-30: Call in the Pros
Day 28: Test the Trimmer
By now you’ve got something legit happening with your facial hair. Some guys will be well on their way to significant length at this point, while others will just be content to call their experiment a success. Either way, it’s time to pull out the heavy guns for some serious trimming. “How often you trim your beard is a personal preference, but to maintain shape and hair quality, you should try and trim it once a week,” Pirrotta says. “Beards grow in stages. Some people will find that their beard gets thicker the longer they leave it. This is because some hair can take a bit more time to grow through. It will start off lighter then eventually get darker. Regular trimming helps even this out.” Don’t worry about shearing too much off. It’s hair. It will grow back.
Day 30: See Your Barber
At the end of the day, a pro knows more than you do about perfecting your beard’s shape. “Many men make the mistake of attempting to do the work that a professional can do for them,” Rivera says. “Especially for a first-time beardsman, it’s one of those things that look easier than it really is. Many novice beardsmen start shaping without a game plan or knowing where they want to end up.” Not sure if your usual guy is up for the task? Ask around. “Putting your beard in the hands of a barber is all about trust,” Bandholz says. “So why not start with someone you know can do a good job?”
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