How to Choose, Trim and Care for Your Facial Hair

Great face in 3 easy steps.

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A beard or creative facial hair can be an easy and inexpensive way to freshen up your look, but it takes proper care and maintenance to keep it looking great. An unkempt beard can make you look a bit sloppy, so we'll teach you how to choose the right facial hair and how to trim and care for your beard.

How to Choose the Right Beard for Your Face Shape

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The first step in growing facial hair is knowing the best type that works for your facial features. Properly trimmed facial hair can enhance desirable facial features and disguise your weaker features. For a round face, you'll want to keep the sideburns tighter and go longer at the chin to add length -- for a long face, you'll do the exact opposite. Proportions are also key -- those with large faces should wear fuller beards, while guys with small faces should keep things trimmed tight. Consult with your barber as you grow your beard for advice on the proper shape beard for your face. For help choosing a beard style, take a look at a few of our style galleries.

How to Grow Your Beard

Why do you need advice on how to grow a beard? The procedure seems pretty obvious -- simply stop shaving. But, it's not as easy as that. To properly grow a beard, you've got to commit to at least a month during the grow-out process. During this time, you may find you look a bit ragged at times and you'll need to trim and shape the beard frequently as it grows out to the desired look. You'll also likely find that you can't stop shaving altogether -- the area under your neck and the cheeks above the beard will still need to be shaved to maintain a neat appearance. You may likely go through a bit of an itchy stage while growing your beard, but a good ​beard oil can help keep the beard neat and reduce itching. 

How to Care for Your Beard

Once you've grown your beard and have it shaped the way you like it, you'll need to maintain it. Of course, this will require that you shave around the beard to maintain its outline. You'll also need to invest in a good beard trimmer so you can keep the length where you want it. Before trimming your beard for the first time, I highly recommend seeking the advice of a professional barber who can show you the right tools and techniques -- if you can't make it to your barber, there are tons of online beard trimming videos that will show you proper technique.

Being Your Bearded Best

Beards, for most men, are fairly easy to grow and, of course, if you don't find it suits you, beards are quite easy to shave off. What have you got to lose?