How to Use a Beard Trimmer
I know what you may be thinking. Why do I need to learn how to use a beard trimmer? It’s pretty much idiot proof isn’t it? After all, you just need to turn on and put it near your face for it to get to work. While using a beard trimmer may seem like an easy thing to do, there is a difference between using it like an amateur and using it as a pro to give you the best results. You’ve invested a chunk of money on a good beard trimmer, don’t you want to know the best way to use it so you’ll maximize its value?
Here’s the problem: Most user guides and instruction manuals that come packaged with your beard trimmer do not give you precise instructions on how to best use your beard trimmer. From what I’ve seen so far, most of them seem to only offer basic safety instructions and a few cursory tips on using the guards and attachments.
This is where my guide on how to use a beard trimmer plans to fill the gap. Let’s start right at the beginning, before you even turn on the beard trimmer. The first thing you should do is to wash your beard with shampoo and then let it dry completely. This helps to soften your beard hair and makes it easier to trim. It’s best if you use a hot shower since the steam tends to loosen out your beard as well. After your beard is dry, use a comb and comb your beard in the direction that it grows so that the hairs are all stretched out till its maximum length and are facing in one direction.
After that, you should decide how much hair you want to cut. This really depends on the beard style you are going after. After deciding how much length to cut, you should then pick the right selector piece and insert it into the beard trimmer. A word of caution here: If you are new to beard trimmers in general, I highly recommend that you choose a longer length attachment in the beginning in order to avoid any possible mistakes.
A beard trimmer can be used in many different ways and here are the steps to follow for each different goal.
I want to trim the length of my beard…
First, put on the appropriate length attachment, then turn the trimmer so that the front is facing away from your face. Then start to trim under your chin by moving along the contour of your jawline and then move upwards towards your ear and upper beard line. Do this slowly around the contours of your face in a ‘U’ shape. It doesn’t matter if you move towards or against the growth of your beard hair.
I want to define my beard line and shape…
You do not need to use an attachment for this. Start by holding the trimmer vertically with the blades facing towards you. Then start at near the very end of your beard line and move the trimmer slowly towards the edge so that your beard begins and ends at the place you want.
I want to thin or taper my beard so its less thick and heavy…
This is easily done. Take a comb and hold the beard hairs in place while you apply the beard trimmer to your face. You do not need to use a length attachment for this. Holsd the trimmer in a horizontal position with the cutting blades facing downwards and away from you. Move the trimmer alongside the height of the comb.
I want to have a short stubble style look…
For stubbles you need to use a trimmer attachment with a length of 1.5mm or 2.5mm. The trimmer should be held horizontally and the blades can face up or down. Trim your beard by moving the trimmer upwards or downwards, you can go against the beard growth or along with it. If you want a very close stubble look, you can simply remove the length attachment and trim in the same way but do not press the trimmer too tightly against your skin.
I want to trim my mustache…
Use a comb or your finger to brush your mustache upwards away from your upper lip. Then use the beard trimmer and trim your hair in an upwards movement. After trimming, use a comb to brush your mustache downwards so that it gets back to its natural position. The most important thing to note when trimming mustaches is to make sure that you do not press the trimmer with force against your skin. Apply very light pressure and proceed with caution. This ensures that you do not remove too much hair at once.
I want to trim my sideburns…
Sideburns are relatively easy to handle. Start by combing them allowing their natural growth direction. Then put on the appropriate length attachment and hold the trimmer in a vertical position with the front of the trimmer facing towards you. Slowly move the trimmer in a downward motion to trim you sideburns.
I want to trim the nape of my neck…
This is preferably done with assistance. Get a friend or loved on to trim for you if possible. If not, you’ll have to use a hand mirror. Do not use a trimmer attachment for this operation. Use a comb or your hands to brush the hair at the base of your head away from your neck. Use your middle or index finger to block the roots of the hair so you don’t trim them by mistake.
Then hold the trimmer in a horizontal position with the blades facing up. Then move the trimmer up and down your neck until the trimmer lightly touches your fingers, which should be covering the hair you don’t want to be trimmed. After this is done, you will need to use a hand mirror to make sure that it is trimmed to your satisfaction. Do not trim while looking at the mirror, it can often be awkward and may cause mishaps.
Now that you know how to use a beard trimmer, I cannot stress how important it is to maintain your beard or hair style by trimming often. Once you’ve gotten familiar with your beard trimmer, feel free to use it as often as you like. Don’t worry about trimming off too much hair. It will be fine as long as you do this slowly and with care. The most important thing to remember is to use the right length selectors and to not apply too much pressure in pushing the trimmer against your skin when not using an attachment, unless you want a really close shave.
Good luck in getting the perfect beard and I hope this article has helped you in some way.
Here’s a video of someone using a beard trimmer for a quick 3 minute trim. He is a little rough with the trimmer but it shows you how much you can really press that beard trimmer up against your skin…. as long as you are using the right trimmer guard to prevent too much hair from being removed. Another reason why beard trimmers rock and are way better than scissors or razors. Nice result at end, not too shabby.