Should I Trim My Beard While Growing It?

If you are in the process of growing your beard, then you might want to read our guide on how to trim a beard for the first time or in fact our guide on how to grow a beard might come in use. To answer the question, yes you can trim your beard while growing it, however there are a number of considerations you must take, such as what you should be using, when to do it and how much. I hope the following guide helps to offer a little more clarity.

How Soon Do I Start To Trim My Beard?

This all depends on your level of growth, but it might be a lot quicker than you think. Most people assume that as you’re growing it out that you can leave it to grow naturally, but this isn’t the best way. It’s important to take maintenance seriously.

Most people start to trim and control after around 3-5 weeks.

Which Tools Do I Need?

  • Scissors (you can also get moustache scissors if you feel you need them)
  • Beard oil – to help soften and moisturise both the skin underneath and the hair, due to the lack of sebum reaching the hair, potentially creating split ends.
  • Hair clippers (the clippers are for your cheek and neck line, not for the actual beard, for this you use scissors to spot check)
  • A brush and comb to help detangle

How Do I Trim My Beard While Growing It?

  • Comb the beard, moustache, the whole lot. You want to try and make all the hairs go in the same direction, meaning it is easier to spot a hair which is at a different length.
  • Make sure to completely trim the neck line and cheek line. You can decide how high you want the cheek line to go, depending on the look you are aiming for. You may want to practice fading on the next line and cheek line, however be aware this will take a little practice to perfect it.
  • You then want to use scissors to spot check and cut back any hairs growing faster than the rest.
  • Comb your moustache to the side, trim it back to the desired length, then comb over the lip and trim any longer ones, as you don’t want the hairs growing into the mouth (one of my biggest frustrations).
  • The final step is to sooth the area, using beard oil. This can help to prevent itchiness, split ends, dandruff and general dryness.


Important Reminders

  • Most people prefer to trim their beard when wet, such as just out of the shower, however this doesn’t offer a clear image of how your beard will look. Instead, it is often better to trim while dry so you can witness what the end result will look like.
  • The ultimate importance is symmetry, so make sure to double check on a regular basis that it is completely level on each side.
  • There is a particular way you should brush your beard, which we have written further on.
  • The itchy stage is incredibly hard to get through, but once you get to the other side you will be grateful, don’t be tempted to trim it early. Most people don’t make it over the line, just stay strong and use beard oil as this will reduce the itchy feeling by soothing the skin and hair.
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