Have you got a big beard that needs trimming? If you’re like a lot of men, you probably think that you need to spend some money on expensive equipment or even on hiring someone to do it for you, but you don’t. The reality is, scissors are good enough to do a great job for you and your beard. You just have to know what you’re doing. Thankfully, if you want to know what you’re doing, then you’re in the right place. In this article, we’re going to look at how to trim your beard with scissors so that you can save money and get the results you’ve wanted with relative ease. It might take a bit of practice and a couple of cheap purchases (the right kit is important), but trimming a beard with scissors is relatively straightforward. Follow these tips to find out how:
How to trim a beard with scissors
One of the benefits of trimming with scissors is that you get a lot more freedom to your cut. If you like keeping your beard long but still want to tidy it up, sometimes scissors are the only option. They’ll let you cut so that you leave more than an inch, with some other bits of equipment simply can’t do.
But how do you do it? Let’s have a look:
1. Shower and wash your beard first
Showering, or at least washing your beard is important before you start going at it with scissors. This will help clean your beard and make it softer, as well as getting rid of any pollutants that might get in the way. You’ll want to wash out beard balm as this could get in the way of the cutting process.
You might want to consider some specific beard shampoo to get the job done even better. Rinse it out normally and you’ll be ready for your beard cut.
2. Get the right equipment
While trimming with scissors should be the cheaper and more versatile option, you’ll still need the right equipment. A pair of kitchen scissors might not be the best for this job. Make sure you shop around for the right scissors and keep them sharp. Blunt scissors are a terrible idea for your beard, you don’t want to be tearing the beard out—but slicing through it cleanly and effectively. This is actually much safer and less painful. But remember, always be careful when using scissors, especially sharp ones, and especially near your face. Don’t rush anything, take your time and do a good job.
have a set of scissors that are only used for your beard. Don’t get them mixed up with the ones you use to cut meat or paper.
You might want to consider shorter scissors to start with as they will be easier to handle for someone new to beard trimming. You might have seen people trim beards with longer shears but this is generally only for people who know what they’re doing. Remember, it’s also easier to cut someone else’s beard than your own, so you will want to prioritise handling and ease of use when you’re just starting out. As you get more experienced, you can get some new equipment, but this might not really be necessary. These scissors should not cost you too much, either.
3. Get a feel for your beard
Before you start chopping into it, comb your beard up and down to get a feel for what’s going to be required. Your growth will probably not be uniform all over so you’ll need to look for areas that are going to need more trimming and areas that aren’t going to need as much. Comb it both up and down to really see what’s going on.
If you’re having a hard time checking this all for yourself, consider asking someone else to have a look for you. They’ll be able to see parts of your neck that you can’t get to and should be able to give you some good rough advice. But it’s also important to have a feel for yourself and get a good idea so you’ll know where you should or shouldn’t be cutting.
4. Start at the bottom
When you’ve had a good look and got your tools all ready, you can start trimming. Remember to always start at the bottom and trim the longest point first. Work upwards. You should have a good idea of the sort of trim you want to achieve with your beard, but try and keep things simple the first few times.
The chin area is always the best place to start, and at the lowest point (or the longest part of the beard). This will help you keep things in check for the rest of your beard trim.
5. Don’t expect too much
Remember, with beard trimming, you might need to come back and make a few changes over the next few days. Don’t expect to do everything straight away. You might spot areas that need more work, and that’s the best thing about having your own equipment to do this quickly and easily. You can make further alterations and changes as your beard grows a bit more. So keep checking every day to see where needs a bit more of a trim and where needs to be left to grow.
The process can take a few days until you get the results you want. Make sure you learn from your mistakes and don’t get too stressed. You’ll get much better at this over the months and years. It might seem daunting to start with, but you really can achieve great results this way. Remember to clean up properly and sharpen your scissors as often as possible. Consider using oils and balms after the cut to help soften the beard. Look after your beard, and it will look after you. Learning how to trim a beard with scissors is a great life skill that could save you money in the long run. Get practicing today.