We are always fans of going to the barber for a trim, and of course, electric clippers can be great for certain types of trimming, it’s always good to know how to shape your beard with scissors. Not only is it just a great skill to have in case you find yourself clipper-less or without a trusty barber nearby, but scissor trimming can make your beard look fantastic, especially once you’re good at it.
Here’s how to do it.
What you need:
- A dependable comb, like our natural buffalo horn comb or our stainless steel beard shaping comb.
- A sharp pair of scissors—barber scissors or hair cutting shears are the best, but any pair that’s sufficiently sharp should work.
What you do:
- Wash your beard and dry it.
Hit up your Beardilizer beard wash to cleanse, and then pat your beard dry or let it air dry. You don’t want to trim a wet beard, because being wet allows your hair to (temporarily) stretch. If you trim it while wet, it’ll shorten when dry, and it might not look how you expect.
- Comb your beard.
First, give your beard its normal comb—usually down and to the center. This will give you an idea of how much you need to take off. Then, comb it out and to the sides—so you can more easily focus on different sections for trimming.
- Trim the sides and front.
Trim small sections at a time, using the comb to hold the section out. Don’t trim too much at once, and feel free to stop and re-comb to see how it looks so far. You can do one side entirely and then the other, or you can work on sections symmetrically—it’s up to you.
- ‘Stache time
Give your mustache a trim, too, while you’re at it! The comb can be a great scissor-guard and keep your lines straight.
- Check for strays
Re-comb again. You’ll be able to see any stray hairs that escaped the scissors in the process.
Get those loose hairs and trimmings out with another beard shampooing!
Finally, your beard’s been through a lot today with dual washings—it’s time to replenish its moisture with a good conditioner, like our signature beard balm!