Beauty Tips & Secrets
Beards, Goatees and Moustaches: Grooming Tips
Here are some tips for beard, goatee, and
Some recommend only having this done professionally. Others
won't let anyone else get near their beards with scissors
If you're going to trim your beard yourself, you'll need
the right tools. You will have to decide whether to trim
using scissors or a beard trimmer.
If you decide to trim primarily with scissors, consider
purchasing a pair of professional barber's scissors.
When considering beard trimmers, a rechargeable cordless
model might be a good choice.
You should also have a good wide-toothed comb. Optionally,
for the mustache, you might want to have a fine-toothed
comb. Some specialty stores sell small mustache combs.
A good-sized wall mirror is usually indispensable. You
might also benefit from a magnifying mirror and possibly
a three-way mirror.
Do not trim a wet beard or mustache. Wet hair is longer.
When it dries you may find you've trimmed too much.
If you use a comb and scissors: Comb through the beard
and cut the hair on the outside of the comb. It will take
some practice to perfect this technique. It is better to
err on the side of not cutting enough rather than cutting
To help maintain a balance between the two sides of your
face, you may find it useful to start near the ear on one
side and trim down to the chin. Then repeat on the other
Beard trimmers almost always come with an adjustable and
removable trimming guide. By adjusting the position of
the trimming guide, you control how closely it will trim
your beard. Refer to the instructions supplied with your
trimmer for details. Until you've mastered the use of your
trimmer, it is best to adjust the guide for a longer beard
length setting at first.
To trim your mustache, first comb it straight down. Then
use either the beard trimmer or scissors. Start in the
middle and trim first towards one side of the mouth, then
towards the other. Normally, you should not shave or trim
the top of the mustache. It usually looks best if you let
it grow all the way up to your nose.
After you've trimmed your beard and mustache, then you
should maintain the shape of your beard. Use the beard
trimmer with the adjustable trimming guide removed (be
careful) to keep the neck line of your beard well-defined.
Alternatively, you could carefully shave the lower portion
of your neck to maintain the neck line of your beard.
Miscellaneous stray hairs can be removed with a trim razor.
Plucking them is not recommended.
Keeping a beard clean
Just like your hair, wash and shampoo your beard regularly.
A mild shampoo is easier on your skin.
After shampooing, you may use a conditioner. Be sure to
rinse thoroughly. Failure to rinse sufficiently may result
in flaking. Because beard hairs are so coarse, conditioners
will have less effect on the beard than on the hair on
your head. But a conditioner will still help make your
beard feel softer.
Gently pat and wipe your beard dry with a towel. Blow
drying is not really necessary and can be harsh on your
Comb your beard and mustache with a wide-toothed comb
to remove tangles. Optionally, you can finish up by using
To Trim Mustaches
Place a finger on upper lip to extend hair away from skin.
Trim hairs using an upward motion.
After achieving desired length, use a downward motion
to blend mustache hairs.NOTE: Use slow and light pressure.
Too much pressure may trim off more hair than desired.
Turn trimmer OFF.
A goatee is a cross between a miniature beard and a moustache.
It is essentially a circle of facial hair that wraps over
your lip, around your mouth, and across your chin. If you
aren't confident with your shaving skills, grow out your
facial hair to the length that you want your goatee to
be and then go to a hair stylist to get your first goatee.
Ask your stylist to show you the easiest and most effective
way to create the look. The goatee is a great style for
all ages, and it is a classy, smart, and manly look and
it is one of the favorites for women! Every man should
try out a goatee look at least once!
to Make Your Goatee Even
Face it, the ladies aren't clamoring for guys with lopsided
goatees. To keep your goatee properly aligned, always use
a shaving oil or clear gel. Unlike foam, these products
will allow you to see exactly what you are and are not
The moustache has been around as a men's facial hair style
for centuries, but it remains a timeless look with a plethora
of variations. Young men, between the ages of 18 and 35,
generally do not look good with a bushy moustache. A big,
bushy moustache will make you look too stern and gruff
for your age. Instead, go with a neatly groomed moustache
that does not extend any longer than the corners of your
mouth. Make sure that you trim your moustache so that the
hair does not fall over your upper lip. If you are older,
a moustache can help to hide your thinning lips: let the
hair fall just slightly over the top of the upper lip to
create an allusion that your lip is fuller than it is.
While a bushier moustache is more appropriate for older
men than young men, even older gentlemen should avoid too
much bushiness. A good rule to follow when trimming a moustache
is to follow the natural curve of your top lip - every
mouth is different, and you want your moustache to match
your face. If you are seeking a more unique style, you
may want to give yourself a thinner moustache or a moustache
that flares up over the corners of your lips.
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