How to Clean Up Your Facial Hair for Spring

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If you want to clean up your facial hair for spring, look no further than the 1990s, says John Flemal of Urban Lift Salon in Chicago.

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For some middle ground between clean-shaven and a lumberjack beard, heed Flemal’s advice. These three styles shape up your facial hair, whether you want to tame an unruly beard, accentuate sideburns, or rock a mustache.

Sideburns sketch
Illustrations by ULI KNÖRZER

1. Strong Sideburns

It’s a great transition for growing out a fade. The farther below the earlobe, the less conservative. The L-shape is trending, too; try this only with dense facial hair.

Beard Sketch
Illustrations by ULI KNÖRZER

2. Beard With Attitude

Long, unruly beards are a cold-weather look. Hack yours into shape, leaving it thick on the sides and under the chin, and cleaning up around your lips.

Mustache Sketch
Illustrations by ULI KNÖRZER

3. ’Stache and Stubble 

If you opt for a mustache, go small and pair it with stubble. Gradually trim a long beard short until you reach desired hairiness.

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