Easy Steps to Trimming a Beard Neckline
We’re going to follow some simple steps to trimming a beard neckline. Trimming the neckline is a beard shaping technique you must have if you’re growing a beard. Neck hair can sometimes look untamed so in order to make us look well groomed we’re going to figure out where the neckline should start.
A few ways to figure out where the neckline should start
Your neckline should be starting just above the Adam’s apple. Around the point where your neck/jaw is parallel to the floor. The spot where your chin meets your neck.
There are a lot of different ways to determine exactly where this point is.
Use two fingers. This method uses your index finger and middle finger. You place them together and put the bottom finger(doesn’t matter which) on the top of the Adam’s apple. You can start shaving at the top of your fingers.
Make a double chin. Tilt your head down so that your neck makes a double chin. The bottom of the double chin is where you want to start shaving that neckline. Like the other methods, it should be just above the Adam’s apple.
The yawn method. Open your mouth as wide as you can as if you are yawning. Start shaving at the bottom of your jawline.
Each of those little tricks should give you just about the right spot to start shaving. However, it’s recommended that you shave a little lower. See how it looks and if you want to go up a little bit, you can. Just because you can always take more off but, it’s a little more difficult to put the hair back on.
If you’re having trouble getting that perfect neckline you can use a guide. There are a few different kinds but this beard shaping tool works pretty well.
When trimming a beard neckline, where does it end?
We take this line up to the ear. It’s that simple. Just bring the line around the neck up to the back of your ear. The line should be staying just below your jawline. Here’s a simple guide:
Before you get started with shaving!
I just want to emphasize the fact that you should definitely start slow with shaving your neckline. Like I said before it’s difficult to put the hair back on but really easy to take it off. Start off with your neckline a little lower than you would prefer.
You can always come back and fix it or trim it up some later.
As always with shaving, you may need some good tools to get you started and make it easier.
Do you have any tools to with trimming a beard neckline?
A great trimmer is obviously a good idea. If you’re having trouble getting that neckline looking good you can use the beard ninja to help you out. And the beard brush helps prep your beard for trimming.
For some of us, we don’t want a harsh crisp neckline. What you can do then is do a beard fade on the neckline. You’ll need an awesome trimmer to pull off a fade on your beard. One that has multiple guards or settings.
In order to do that you’ll want to take your trimmer and slowly move the setting or guard on it shorter and shorter to create a gradient on your beard. So start with a guard that doesn’t take off much hair and shave the whole beard. Then a little lower use the next guide down to take a little more off and so on until you’ve faded your beard.
Fading your beard, if done right, can give you a more natural look. Like it grew in the perfect spots. Much different from having crisp edges to your beard. It’s a personal preference type of deal.
Fading your beard will require a lot of maintenance to keep it looking fresh. So if you choose to go for that, know you’ll have to keep putting a lot of effort in. In the same vein for a shorter beard, maintaining your neckline will also take a lot of upkeep too.
With a longer beard, the neckline becomes less noticeable and more easy to maintain. It’s easy to just trim the contour of your beard rather than continuously update the shape of your neckline. Once it gets to a certain point you don’t have to put much effort into the neckline.
So choose a beard that works for you!
The neck is more sensitive!
Trimming a beard neckline can be tricky because the neck is even more sensitive than your face. You’ll have to be even more careful with your shaving techniques. Luckily there are a few things we can do to improve this situation when you go to take care of that neckline.
Shave with the grain
Avoid irritated skin by shaving with the grain. Going against the grain is a pathway straight to ingrown hair.
But, whenever I shave with the grain I don’t get a close shave. You can get just as close a shave by shaving with the grain as going against. You just need the right tools.
How do I know which way is with the grain?
The easiest way to determine this is to just run your fingers across your face and/or neck. The path with the most resistance will be against the grain and the smoothest path is with the grain.
Trimming a beard neckline with a single blade razor
When you use a razor with multiple blades, you’re running something sharp along your skin. And those types of blades tend to be not nearly as sharp as a single blade. So not only do you have three or five blades running across your skin but, usually multiple times as well. Because we usually go with the grain first then back again against the grain.
We can avoid irritation with a single blade razor but, we can also get a more precise trim. What does that mean? Well, with a razor that has multiple blades it can be hard to tell exactly where it will start shaving. You have the moisturizing strip and many blades to work with. A single blade razor will be easier to judge for obvious reasons.
There are a few different types of razors you can use to get a close shave. These work because the blades tend to be very sharp and you only need to run the blade across your skin once. The first type is the safety razor.
The safety razor is probably the most common single blade razor available. If you’re used to multi-bladed razors, the safety razor is going to seem a little small. A safety razor is going to be sharper too and that’s why we want it.
It’s really easy to take care of and long-term, it’s pretty cheap. It uses replaceable blades that are very inexpensive. There is a learning curve that comes with a safety razor. You have to get the right angle and if you’re just starting, you’ll probably end up with a few nicks. After you’ve mastered the technique, it’s smooth sailing. Fantastic shave.
What do I do with the disposable razors?
To keep everyone safe you’ll have to dispose of your razors properly. You should put them in some kind of container whether it be a pill container, mint tin, or a disposable blade case. After that just throw the container/case away when it’s full.
The cut-throat razor is going to be the most difficult one to take care of but, it will get you the closest shave. That’s because it doesn’t use disposable razors. You have to sharpen and realign the blades to maintain that sharp edge.
Realigning the blades requires a technique called stropping which you have to do every time you shave. Once in a while, you’ll have to actually sharpen it too. You can sharpen the razor yourself or have someone experienced sharpen it for you for a price.
Once again the technique both for shaving and for stropping and sharpening the blade takes some time to master. But, there’s no doubt that a cut-throat razor will get you the closest shave you can get when it’s sharpened properly.
A shavette looks very similar to a cut-throat razor but, it’s actually more like a safety razor. That’s because it also uses disposable razors. It doesn’t feel anything like a straight/cut-throat razor. It won’t be as sharp.
A shavette is going to have a steeper learning curve than a safety razor will.
Use a quality shaving cream for trimming a beard neckline
For a closer shave, shaving cream becomes even more important. Especially if you decide to go for a single bladed razor. It will make your shaving experience so much better.
And of course, to work up a nice lather you’ll need a bowl and a nice badger brush. The badger hair is going to be very soft, perfect for applying the shaving cream to your face.
How much shaving cream should I be using?
You don’t need much. About a dime-sized amount. Put it in your bowl with just a little bit of water and start whipping it up. It’s better to put too little than too much. You can always add more water later.
The consistency should be just like whipped cream. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to whip it to the perfect texture.
Shave after the shower or with a warm towel
Trimming a beard neckline becomes much easier when your pores are opened. After a warm shower, your pores should be open making your beard softer and easier to shave. If you want to shave without a shower I’d recommend you take a towel with warm water and press it on your face for a minute or two to loosen up your skin. It’s called a warm compress.
On the same note, after you shave you may want to close up those pores with aftershave or cold water. This helps to maintain healthy and clean skin. This aftershave has no alcohol so you won’t feel any burn when applying it.