There’s an art to keeping your beard in good shape. But while the growing assortment of oils, balms, and sprays will help you tame your look, your trimmer is still your most important tool. Regular use will keep your facial hair from growing wild and unruly, making you look less like your ideal self and more like a crazed prospector from a 1940s spaghetti western (unless that’s the ultimate goal). Much like any other machine, though, your trimmer needs regular care and maintenance to work properly.
“A quality trimmer should last for years,” explains Justin Virgil of Brooklyn’s Persons of Interest Barbershop. “But it has to be maintained properly.” Tossing it in the drawer after a quick morning buzz seems is easy, but from cleaning and oiling to properly charging, these simple tips will keep your most important grooming tool running at its peak, and keep you well-styled for as long as you have your beard.