How to shape a beard
A well-manicured mane is the epitome of masculinity and style. To help you achieve it, Modern Day Duke has compiled eight easy steps to a perfectly shaped beard, check them out below;
1) Let it grow, let it grow…
Trimming a mane often involves removing some length, so you may need to grow out your beard a little to accommodate this. If you are impatient to get sculpting, then using a product that promotes beard growth, such as Modern Day Duke Superior Beard Growth Oil will help to speed this up.
Growth oil is also a good solution to overcoming stubborn patches that refuse to grow, since no one wants a patchy beard.
2) Wash and dry before shaping.
A freshly cleaned beard is an easily sculpted beard. Regular washing with a specialist beard shampoo, such as Modern Day Duke Luxurious Beard Wash will clean and soften your facial hair making it manageable and ready for the cut.
Hold off trimming whilst your beard is still wet, as wet beards look different from dry ones. Wait until it has dried and returned to its original shape. When you start to shape your beard, you will need it to look as it would on any normal day.
Different face shapes suit different beard styles. Choosing the right one for yours will make both you and your beard look fantastic, by drawing attention towards features you wish to highlight, whilst drawing attention away from those you would rather go unnoticed.
Choosing the wrong one could do the opposite!
You can determine your face shape by measuring your jawline, forehead, cheekbones, and the distance between your crown and chin. The longest measurements will indicate your face shape.
Unless you are aiming for a very dramatic and distinctive style, you should aim for a roughly oval overall shape to your face and beard.
Consider close cropping the hair on your cheeks and sideburns, then gradually leaving it longer as you reach your chin. This will even out the wider than average face shape.
The goal here will be to add volume to the face whilst reducing its apparent length. To do this, consider keeping the hair on your chin short, whilst allowing the hair on your cheeks and sideburns to grow a little longer.
4) Making the cut
Comb your beard to straighten out your beard hair. This will show you exactly how long your beard hairs actually are. This is need-to-know information, as misjudging this could result in you trimming off too much too soon. Remember the beardie saying, ‘You can always remove more, but you cannot add it back.’
For best results, use a high quality beard brush, such as Kent's Handmade and Monster beard brushes, or a high quality beard comb, as found in Modern Day Duke’s Beard Comb with Premium Beard Balm Set.
Now it is time to use your trusty beard trimmer to control how much you remove. Using the grade settings will make it much easier to determine the length than using scissors. Start with a longer grade first. If you then want it shorter, repeat with a closer setting.
If you are looking to tame a truly bushy mane, use upward strokes. If you wish to preserve more of your beard, use downward strokes instead.
Work from the outside in, starting with your cheeks, then move to the moustache and chin region. This is especially important if you are going for a goatee, since you will need to ensure its hairs are longer than those on your cheeks.
5) Sideburn transition.
Are your sideburns an extension of your hair or an extension of your beard? Wherever you stand on this age-old debate, you need to make sure they do not derail your efforts. If your beard and head hair are the same length you can easily let one flow into the other. If one is noticeably longer than the other, try a fading transition instead for a pleasing blended look.
6) Sculpting your neckline
There is a sweet spot where your beard should end and your neck should start. Shaving higher than this can make your beard appear to lack coverage. Shaving too low can result in you being seen as a neckbeard, a Monika no self-respecting beardie wants.
To find this sweet spot, place two fingers across your throat above your Adam’s apple. Everything south of your upper finger should be neatly shaved.
Next, trace an imaginary U-shaped line leading from one ear to the other and remove any remaining hairs neighbouring your Adams apple. When finished, your neck line should match your jawline.
Finally, remove any remaining stubble with a manual razor for a silky-smooth neckline. For best results, and to avoid irritating and unsightly razor burn, use a high quality wet shave kit, including a razor, badger hair shaving brush and shave cream, such as Kent’s Black and Chrome Shaving Set with Luxury Shave Cream Combination.
If you already possess a high quality razor, but need equally high quality shaving cream and shaving brush to use with it, then Modern Day Duke’s Luxury Shaving Cream and Kent Brush Combination Set is your new best friend.
7) The finishing touches
Clean up the line of your cheeks by running your clippers along the upper edge of your beard, then trim any stray beard hairs to an even length using scissors.
Keep your freshly sculptured mane full and healthy by daily use of beard oil, such as Modern Day Duke’s Premium Beard Oil.
And there you have it, the eight easy steps to a perfectly shaped beard.