From the standpoint of comfort and Beard Confidence, there is nothing worse than not loving what you see every time you look in the mirror. We’ve been there before, and having a beard that you think is unsightly is no fun. 

For the love of good grooming, please put the shaving cream down! If you can’t get to the barber, you have more choices than shaving or looking like a sasquatch. You can trim your beard at home, and you can do a good job at it! 

Let us show you have to take your beard trimming skills to the next level. If you already know what you’re doing but you want to know how to do it better, you’re in the right place. (We can also help you here if you still need to know the basics.)


Trim Downwards

Remember that your goal is a trim, not a chop. With a trim, you’re looking to clean or refine lines and make the beard neater. This is why it is crucial to trim from the top down. 

Guide your clipper down the length of your beard, just as if you were brushing the beard. This helps to smooth the remaining hair as you cut, and it will trim down the girth of the beard rather than hacking away at your length. 


Brush As You Go

Don’t save brushing until the end of your trim. Just like momma always said about cooking, you’ve got to clean as you go. There’s nothing worse than finishing a style only to find your beard looking just as rough in a few days. 

To keep things looking smooth, put the clippers down and brush a little during the process. This serves two purposes. First, you get a better idea of what the finished product will look like. Second, you can make the finished product better by coaxing out any leftover tangles or fly aways.

Next, use the clippers in the same spot one more time to make sure you get everything cleaned up. Depending on how big your beard is and how much of a trim you’re going for, you may need to repeat the process several times. 


Don’t Forget Flair

You can find hundreds of talking heads on the Internet telling you about the best tools, the best styles, and the best techniques. While taking good advice is never bad, remember that you are the one in control of your own Beard Confidence. 

The best tool for you is the one that you are comfortable using. You’ll need practice to improve at any skill, but using a tool that is cumbersome or unfamiliar to you can lead to accidentally cutting way more than you meant to. 

There are theories out there about which lines look right, which parts of the beard should be thin, and which should be thick. This is what looks good on the average guy, but you have a unique face shape and unique tastes. Rules are there to guide, but it’s ok to break the rules a little too. It is your face after all!

We believe in you. You can do this!

By Smoky Mountain Beards Co.


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