Beard hair is just like the hair on your head but when it needs to be cut it needs special attention. If you are going to trim your own long beard you will want to follow these steps.
Trimming Long Beard
The first step to trimming a long beard is to wash it properly. That means use a good shampoo and conditioner while you are in the shower. You should use a mild variety or ones that are formulated for your hair type.
Towel dry your beard thoroughly. You do not want to clip it when it is damp. Comb through using a wide-tooth comb once it is dry and then get your electric clippers ready. You can also trim a long beard using scissors but clippers can be faster and easier. Have a pair of scissors on hand as well as a large mirror before you start clipping your beard.
Three-way mirrors are ideal because you can see all angles on your beard. When you start trimming make sure you select the right guard for your beard. Check your owner’s manual to see which one will be best for the desired length you want to keep your beard at or trim it at.
Remember not to start using the clippers unless the beard hair is dry. Wet hair looks longer than dry hair. If you trim it wet you might notice that you trimmed it too much when it dries. This is not what you might want to see if you are aiming to keep your beard hair long.
Trim Less Than You Want To
Of course, it will grow back, but remember that when you trim less than you want that is not a problem because you can always go back and trim later. If you trim too much, you need to wait for it to grow back before you can fix it. If you use a comb while trimming only cut the hair outside the edge of the comb. This can take practice to get right but once you learn how to trim your beard this way you can get a more customized shape for it.
Good men beard trimmers are available with rechargeable batteries. These take a few hours to charge and then last for about two hours at a time. This should be more than enough time to trim your beard just the way you want it. If you are using your trimmer for the first time make sure to refer to the manual to use the best beard guard for retaining longer lengths of hair.
Some trimmers have vacuums built in. These will trap the hairs as they are clipped. This is pretty convenient considering the alternative that you have. If you have a clipper that allows the hair to drop away as it is being trimmed be sure to put down a towel or trim it over a small garbage can. Another alternative is to place newspaper down. Once you are done, you just pick up the paper and toss it in the trash.