The Basics - Beard Length
This type of beard will suit almost any face shape. The short beard is longer than stubble, and usually measures between 0.5-2cm.
Maintenance is key with this beard length to ensure that the beard looks neat and kempt rather than scruffy.
The key to maintaining a short beard is regular trimming. It is important to trim the beard to the same length regularly to maintain a consistent length, this will allow any weaker or shorter areas to catch up with the rest of the beard and keep it looking as thick and full as possible.
Trim stray long hairs with either scissors or small electric clippers, but be careful. One slight mistake and you could end up with a patch and have to take off the entire beard and start growing again from scratch.
Any hairs that grow below the Adam’s apple need to be taken off with a razor, this will stop any itching underneath the chin. Especially if you regularly wear a shirt with a collar.
When tidying the cheek lines with the clippers make sure you always use the bottom blade as a guide rather that the moving blade.
When cutting in the hairline underneath your chin, be certain that the line you cut is concave rather convex. A rounded line on the neck will make the neck look a lot rounder. A concave line will make the neck appear thinner.
In all cases, if possible leave any beard maintenance to your barber. They will be able to trim your beard much more accurately. Ask for extra time for this when making your appointment.
A medium length beard is usually around 2-5cm in length. This length will suit most face shapes but will especially suit a round or triangle shaped face.
When thinking of growing a beard it is important to have a clear idea of the type of beard you want – a medium length is a really a transitional beard length and can easily develop into something longer or even shorter without too much maintenance from a professional.
With a medium length beard basic maintenance is key, remember to keep trimming the hairs from growing onto your top lip, keep straight,clean lines between your sideburns and moustache and remove the hair under your Adam’s apple to reduce itching.
With the length of beard being longer, you’ll need a good beard brush to keep the shape looking good, not only will regular brushing keep a good shape but will help in removing the dead skin cells underneath the beard, which will in turn remove any flakiness in the beard.
At this length a good quality beard balm with a gentle hold will keep the hairs in your beard neat and ensure it stays in your desired shape.
Once again, in all cases if possible, leave any beard maintenance to your barber. They will be able to trim your beard much more accurately. Ask for extra time for this when making your appointment.
The long beard.
With a length of anywhere from 10cm and longer, the full beard has a very distinct shape, starting at the cheek bone line and letting everything below that line grow down to the desired length.
Not everyone can grow a long and full beard, like the hair on your head, the speed of growth and thickness of the beard are determined by genetics and testosterone levels.
The long beard is generally considered the king of beards. This beard type will suit gents with a diamond, triangle or round face shape, as it will provide width which will offset a round face.
Remember, to grow a full and long beard takes time, and commitment. You will have to go through an uncomfortable stage, but using a beard oil or balm will make the growing stage more bearable by softening the bristles. Again make sure any hairs that grow onto your top lip are taken off,and keep the neck line under the adams apple clear from hair. This will help stop any itchiness during the growing stage.
After 4-6 weeks when the beard starts to take shape it will be important to get your barber to start maintaining the shape of your beard. If you decide to shape your beard yourself make sure that you follow the growth directions rather than against it. Any trimming will be much more accurate if you do.
As a last recommendation, long beards need to be kept clean. A good beard wash every other day should be enough to keep the natural oils in the beard and maintain good beard hygiene.
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