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4 BEARD NO GOES EVERY BEARDED MAN SHOULD AVOID


by Fran O'Reilly August 23, 2016

Beards. We sure do love them. Our family too often loves them. Our friends often envy them. And our partners usually love them in many ways as well. When we start out growing a beard we don't have to sit an exam or do a whole lot of studying so it is inevitable that mistakes are going to be made along the way to finding the beard you've longed for since you were a kid. So today I bring to you 4 Beard No Goes Every Bearded Man Should Avoid...

DON'T BE IN A HURRY TO PICK UP THE SCISSORS FOR A TRIM!

I've stressed this simple pointer numerous times throughout my beard blog posts in the past, but it's a very easy mistake that seems to happen all too often. You start out your beardy journey and during the adjustment period feel your beard or 'tash could use a little trim. So you reach for the scissors or even worse the dreaded razor and make the unforgiving mistake of trimming your facial gruff too early, which often leads to a total unbalanced disaster which may then see you clean shave off all your hard work so far to start over from scratch. My advice that I always give is to keep away for as long as you can before going in for that first trim. And if you're at all unconfident going it alone then leave it to a professional beard barber who will happily grant you with the desired look you are after.

SHAVING YOUR NECKLINE TOO HIGH IS A BIG NO NO!

I'm not entirely sure how, or better still WHY some folks choose to do this, but trimming your neckline too high nearing the chin can give you a rather unusual look, one of which can be heightened even more if you are of a bigger build. This of course differs depending on the style of beard you are going for, but if you re going for the 'lumberjack' look trimming your neck isn't really a necessity at all. If a shorter beard/stubble look is what you are in search of my only advice would be to trim carefully, as once a grooming mistake has been made it can take sometime to rectify it.

TRIMMING YOUR MOUSTACHE BADLY IS NEVER FUN!

When it comes to beards there are many variations of moustaches that you can grow along side with. Some like the big bushy approach, whereas others may decide to keep that lip line closely trimmed keeping things neat and tidy. Me? I have a rather full 'tash' and like to keep it thick although I do keep my lip line free from hairs which means a little D.I.Y trimming is required every week or so. If you too are a 'beardy 'D.I.Y'er' make sure firstly you have a solid pair of sharp barber scissors that will cut your hair without any snagging or pulling. Believe it or not I've heard horror stories of men using kitchen scissors or worse still wallpaper decorating scissors to trim back such areas! Once you've got the right tools, comb/brush down the moustache and make a mental note with how much you're wanting to trim, then tread with a little extra care and attention, snipping just a little at a time until your trimming needs have been met. Or better still, visit your trusty barber who probably knows best!

NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT BEGS, NOT MATTER HOW MUCH IT CRIES, NEVER TRIM YOUR BEARD WHEN IT IS WET!

Another mistake that is really easy to make is trimming your beard when it is wet. It may look like an easy task ahead after stepping out of your nice hot shower, as your beard looks so sharp and in real good shape. But what seems like a smart idea will soon become possibly the worst as when the beard begins to dry you'll quickly notice it becomes a whole lot shorter. This is because when you first wash your beard and rinse through with warm water your beard hairs straighten out giving you a truly epic look to your facial forest. Then as the beard begins to dry the hairs become much less straight and begin to find their natural waves once again, which in turn makes the beard appear to be a little shorter. So in short (see what I did there?) never take scissors, or any other trimming tools to a wet beard. Instead make sure things are clean and dry for better results!

Well, that wraps up another beard blog for today folks. Thanks for taking the time to read! As always let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

And until next time, Beard on Brothers, Beard on...



Fran O'Reilly
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