Guys with good beards don’t have dry or irritated skin either. Their partners don’t suffer from beard burn, and the men themselves aren’t scratching at an itch all day. Their necklines are shaped just right—and yes, their facial hair looks styled in the best way possible, too.
Achieving this on your own comes down to three main things: minding the edges, trimming as needed, and nourishing both your skin and hair.
Your Beard Neckline Should Resemble a “U”
If you don't carve your neckline the right way, don't worry. It's tough to know exactly what you're supposed to do, and it's easy to get it wrong. You see necklines that creep into the cheeks, or on the underside of the chin. Meanwhile, other guys grow a neckbeard. But there is one correct way to do this, no questions asked. Take your index and middle finger, and place them together above the Adam’s apple to determine the baseline for the bottom of the beard. It’s helpful to set a line from this point straight across the neck with your trimmer or razor first, then trim the hairs below. Next, from this point above the Adam’s apple, shave a “U” shape from the back of both ears, behind the jawline. This is your neckline, and should be every guy’s neckline
Relax Your Face While Trimming the Mustache
It’s just a small strip of hair, but the mustache deserves more attention than you’re giving it—namely when it comes to trimming. One key to a successful trim is to maintain a normal ‘resting’ face when trimming, to assure your mustache is even with all expressions. Mustache scissors are imperative instead of electric clippers, because they allow you a more natural result.
Remember That “Beard Maintenance” Also Means "Skincare"
Here’s some neckline-shearing insight that will remind you of your clean-shaven days: Most guys treat shaving as a chore and not a process. Some guys might think “I need to remove this hair” instead of “I need to keep my skin healthy.” If this sounds like you, then you might be a prime candidate for irritation, infection, and razor burn on and around your neckline. Avoid this by taking your time shaving around the beard, just as you would have a full regimen for shaving your face. A proper shave takes time, especially when it comes to pre- and post-shave care. Even if you’re just maintaining facial hair and shaving around certain patterns, be sure your skin is clean. You need to make sure the pores are open beforehand and properly sealed after to avoid irritation. That’s why you should start the shave with a hot shower, and end it with a cold splash of water before applying a nourishing beard balm barrier.
You get familiar with the benefits of both. Beard oil acts as a moisturizing and conditioning agent that can help stimulate growth and treat your beard as well as the skin underneath. Beard balm is a styling agent that can help add volume and shape to your beard. It can also deodorize and assist with locking in moisture. So, while both can nourish the hairs, oil is for softening the bristles and hydrating the skin, and balm is for styling and protecting the hairs from environmental wear and dehydration.