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Beard styles have come a long way. We love to see handlebars and beard braids as much as the next guy, but we know that some of the Smoky Mountain Beards family isn’t ready for that yet.
If you’re tired of beard tutorials that require heat tools, beard wax, and five different razors, you’re in the right place. We believe in Beard Confidence, and we want every man to feel like he is in control of his mane.
That’s why we have curated five timeless beard styles that anyone can do with just a razor and a trimmer.
For a circle beard, you leave hair on your chin, your mustache, and the hair in between the two. The hair between will connect your beard to your mustache forming a not-so-round circle. Use an electric trimmer to cut away the bulk of your hair on your neck, chin, and sideburns.
Be sure to leave the hair on your mustache, chin, and between the two untouched. Next, use shaving gel and a razor to completely clear away all of the hair left behind by the trimmer. Finally, define the lines of your circle beard. A razor or a smaller trimmer should do the trick.
The jawline is the southern border for the balbo beard. Form a straight line just under the chin at the jawline, and extend that line to the back of the jawline just under each ear. All hair that falls under that straight line gets shaved away. Next, cut a straight line just above the jawline, extending from the sides of the chin to just under the ears, on each side of the face. This will form a thick patch of hair, and everything above the upper line gets shaved away.
The line should be thinnest at the corners of the jawline and thickest at the center of the chin. Carefully shave away any hair that connects the mustache to the beard, but leave the mustache intact. Depending on the look you’re going for, you may want to trim away some of the bulk of the beard that is left over, and it never hurts to use a razor to make all of the lines extra crisp.
For a chinstrap beard, you want to get rid of all of the hair that is not on the chin. That means you remove everything from your cheeks, neck, and mustache. If you’re looking for something easy to execute, this is your style.
Chinstrap beards are versatile. You can have a really bushy chin strap or a super close-shaved one. It is has become trendy to wear pencil-thin chin strap beards, but thicker ones are still a tried and true style. Make this easy style your own!
Mutton Chops Beard
A mutton chop is essentially a variation of the chin strap beard. Keep your sideburns. Keep your mustache, and the hair that connects it to your beard. Next, shave the part of the chin that runs parallel to your mustache just under your mouth completely away. Shave down the sideburns to make them thinner, and trim down the jawlines to about the width of your average chinstrap beard. There you have it! You’ve got a debonair style!
If you’re going to take the time to trim your beard into the perfect style, maintain it well so that the style will last. After the irritation of a shave, beard balm is very soothing. Beard balm also has holding properties that can help keep the hair leftover going in the right direction. Which one do you want to try?