Okay, so you’ve decided to trim and shave your beard neckline. We’re stoked you’re here because, believe it or not, trimming that nest of hair between your chin and your chest requires some prelim know-how in order to make it look awesome.
Whether you’re shaving your neckline to reduce bulk and itch, or you just want to look like a fresh bearded king who has his ish together (even if you don’t), we’ve got just what you need to know to make the cut.
If you’re still on the fence about shaving your neck altogether, check out these pros and cons of shaving your neck beard.
Otherwise, get your trimmers handy and your shaver sharp…
Pretty much every beard out there features some trimmed hair and/or shaven skin somewhere on the neck and throat.
The exceptions would be the longest, thickest, meatiest beards. Even still, not every guy with a long forest enjoys having his neck and chest hairs meeting up. It can get pretty itchy.
As for you, it’s your choice if you want your neckline to be sharply defined or blended/faded.
Grow out all your beard hairs first, at least for a couple of weeks. Don’t be in a rush to carve out the neckline. It’s easier to work and judge when there’s some hair there.
If you have a short beard, your neckline can go higher up - if you want. Some men with stubble length or a little more choose to trim and shave just under the jawline and the chin.
For a medium beard, it’s best to keep the neckline at least as far down as the underside of your jaw and chin bones. Use your finger to feel where the bones end and the squishy flesh begins. We recommend letting it go about an inch lower than that, which takes you near or just above the Adam’s apple. But again, it’s up to you.
For a long beard, somewhere around the Adam’s apple makes a good general neckline cutoff point. From there, you can make a curved line below your jaw corners, kinda like a strap shape.
Trim a tiny amount at a time. You can always trim off a little more to find the look you want - except if you go too high to begin with.
To be safe, avoid getting up into the main beard hairs that sprout from your chin and jaw.
Either use your Adam’s apple as a height guide or tilt your head downwards until you see a crease in the skin below the jaw. That crease could mark the beard neckline you want.
Some regular maintenance is going to be essential. As the hairs grow, your neckline will begin to creep downwards.
When you’ve got the neckline you like, maybe take some pictures to remind you when you trim next time.
Go see your professional barber who specializes in beard trimming. Talk, listen, watch and learn from the expert.
Let’s face it, nobody’s perfect. Let everything below your neckline grow again for at least a week or so before tackling it again with some trimmers.
Otherwise, happy trimming. We know you’re going to cultivate the awesome beard you’ve always wanted - with a dope neckline.
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