How to Properly Shape Your Beard

One of the most important things about having a beard is understanding how to trim your beard into the proper shape for your face.

The difficulty in trying to learn how to shape well is that everyone has a unique facial structure and everyone’s facial hair grows differently. For example, I have a long face with a low profile chin, and my facial hair grows in curly.

Comparing my face with a beard and without. It’s pretty clear why I don’t shave.

Over the years, I learned that my beard looked best when I grow the hair on my chin out and kept my sides tight to my face. This transforms my face and makes it look like have a powerful chin and a long, slender facial structure, which suits me better than looking like I just graduated grade 10.

An important part of shaping is allowing your beard to grow out so that you have hair to work with. Trying to trim while your facial hair is too short will prolong the amount of time you are uncomfortable with your beard’s appearance and will hinder your ability to find the beard shape that is right for you.

Understanding the research behind what will make your facial hair attractive is also crucial. Women rate men with full beards as the second most attractive behind heavy stubble. They rate men with full beards as healthier and better parental figures than those with shorter facial hair. It is also proven that the longer your facial hair gets, the more masculine you appear to people.

If you are trying to keep your beard clean and sophisticated, you will want to let it grow until it is long enough so that it is falling down your face. After that, try trimming so that it doesn’t look shaggy, but so you do not lose thickness. A general rule that I follow is to keep the sides of your beard tighter to your face, and the bottom of your beard long. The only time that this rule does not apply is if you have a more rectangular facial structure. In that case, you may want to keep your sides longer and keep your chin tighter.


15 thoughts

  1. I really think it would be beneficial for the readers to see you go all the way through the beard growing process… you know? From clean shaven and all the way back to your luxurious beard.

    1. That would be a cool way to see the entire process and get a better understanding. Unfortunately, if I cut my beard off I lose all my powers.

  2. Wow, Graeme! I had no idea that there was such a process that goes into maintaining facial fuzz. It seems to me that keeping a luxurious beard is not only a science but also an art. I’m glad that I have been able to gain some insight and understanding from reading your blog posts. I now have a greater appreciation for people with facial hair.

    1. Couldn’t have said it better myself Tandi! Speaking of beards as art, recent studies show Van Gogh was 60 percent better at painting after he grew his beard.

    1. I haven’t fully shaved my beard off in almost two and a half years now. I trim a lot so my beard isn’t consistent growth but to get to my length would probably take five to six months. Everybody grows hair differently so it varies for each person of course.

  3. I concur with Tandi’s thoughts! Also I always thought that men with beard were messy…guess I was wrong. Graeme, looks like your blog is breaking the mold!

  4. Honestly, I would not expect that anyone is so interested in ‘beard’. For me, it is just something masculine. However, I was surprised when I read your detailed explanations. Your topic made me realize how hard it is to have healthy and good looking beard. If I was a man, I would definitely apply your suggestions 🙂

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