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How to Trim a Beard Neckline: Perfect Shape in 11 Steps

If you are new to growing a beard, you probably haven’t given your neckline much thought. But your neckline is something that you will have to pay attention to as your beard grows.

Because growing a beard with a misshapen or bushy neckline makes you look oddly untamed.

So, to trim or not to trim? The preference is yours. But if you want to rock a tailored and classic look, you’ll definitely want a trimmed neckline.

In the eleven simple steps below, we will show you how to trim your neckline perfectly.

Beard Trimmer

How to Trim a Beard Neckline

Trimming your beard neckline does more to benefit your body than just refining your look. Sure, it will make you look more professional and edgy looking, but it will also make you feel more comfortable, with less itching and sweating.

Trimming your beard neckline doesn’t have to be stressful.  Simply keep the following 11 points in mind:

1. Remember the Beard-Neckline Inverse Proportion

There aren’t any definite rules for trimming your beard neckline. You only need to make a judgment based on your beard length. Michael Kontos, the Artistic Director of the London School of Barbering, gives these reminders for doing your neckline:

  • Shorter beard, higher neckline
  • Longer beard, lower neckline

2. Locate Your Neckline

Where exactly should your beard neckline be? Tilt your head back a little and place your index and middle finger horizontally above your Adam’s apple. The line above your fingers makes the imaginary line of your beard neckline. Shave off everything below that imaginary line. You can taper everything above it for a subtler look.

Aside from the “two-finger method,” you can also do the “double chin method” by lowering your chin down to your neck. The fold below that double chin is the place where you need to trim.

3. Decide On the Right Cut

According to Michael Kontos, your beard neckline should match your hairstyle as well. If you have long and messy hair, you can do the fading and create an uneven lower neckline.

For a more formal and sleek appearance, a sharp and straight neckline will look best. You can also use your jawline to help create symmetry between your neckline and your head. Look at the mirror and assess the shape of your face to balance your look.

4. Get the Right Tool

What are the tools for trimming your beard neckline? You will need a beard trimmer, a razor, and a beard shaper. Keep shears and a comb handy for lighter clippings.

Beard trimmers are the best clippers for varying beard lengths. They have different length adjustments that are useful for tapering.

On the other hand, beard shapers are like trimming templates. They will definitely ease your burden while you are learning to shape your neckline.

Beard Shaper

5. Get Ready To Start

The best way to start is to wash, dry, and trim the length of your beard.  Don’t try to trim your beard while it is still wet, as water can weigh it down and make it harder to manage.

Once your beard is dry, start clipping it from the longest part, using the beard trimmer set at your preferred length setting.

Keep trimming until you get your desired length for the beard.

For more tips on trimming your beard, check out our article How to Shape Your Beard Into Magnificence – As Advised by a Proper Barber.

6. Shape Your Beard Neckline

The next step is to shape your beard neckline. From the imaginary beard line, start trimming down from your Adam’s apple. Use your beard shaper to mark the neckline if you have one.

Work your way outward toward the jaw until you get the perfect shape. Keep your trimmer parallel to the curve of your chin. Work to create that symmetrical look on both sides of your face.

Short Boxed Beard

7. Shave

If you want a straight-line look and a crispier edge, follow your beard trimmer with the razor. When shaving, always work your razor blade with the grain. Shaving against it will result in irritation due to ingrown hairs. Shaving will help to define your beard line, but you can skip this step if you want a more tapered look.

8. Fade Your Neckline

Fading your neckline will create a subtle finish to your look. To fade it, set your trimmer’s guide about two settings lower than it was for your beard, and neatly trim the hair below the neckline. Adjust the clippers again at one to two settings lower and clip the hair neckline by your Adam’s apple.

By using the shorter setting to trim the bottom half of your neck, you will get that alluring fading look.

9. Shave with the Beard Shaping Tool

In Step 4 above, we talked about using a beard shaper for your neckline. You can also use a beard trimmer for your cheek line.  If you are happy with how your cheek line looks, you can skip this process. But if you want an edgier look, grab the beard shaper that matches the contours of your face.

Beard Shaper for Cheek Line

 

10. Aftercare

Once you are satisfied with your look, don’t forget to give your beard the aftercare that it deserves. Aftercare products make your beard look fuller and healthier. Use alcohol-free aftershaves to prevent your skin from drying out.

Be sure to apply beard oil and beard balm that match your skin to keep it hydrated. These products help to prevent irritation and to keep your beard moisturized.

Unkempt beard hair looks messy and uncared for. So for a more urban or corporate look, you will need to learn how to use the various products available to soften and improve your beard hair and your facial skin.

11. Remedying Shaving Mistakes

Sometimes, a mistake happens. But keep in mind, if you have made a shaving mistake, you can always trim things back to make your beard look ok, and try again next time. It’s just hair: it will grow back in just fine.

Besides, men’s hair grows faster than women’s. You may endure a week or two of a weird-looking beard. But then, any mistakes will hopefully guide you to be more skillful the next time around.

Wrapping It Up

Knowing how to trim a beard neckline will save you from the hassle of going to a barber every time you need a trim. So, make a skill out of it, and you will have that perfectly shaped beard and neckline in no time.

In the market for a good beard trimmer?  Check out our article: Braun Beard Trimmer Guide — Which Model is Right For You.

And for more beard care tips, head on over to our article Best Beard Care Products — How to Get the Best Beard of Your Life.

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