How to Trim Your Beard at Home Step By Step + Accessories to Use

Safe to say, quarantine is going to last for quite some time. And because of the lack of daily structure, you could be having some lazy, sloppy days. But hey, that’s okay. We get those days sometimes. There’s something so tempting about staying in bed all day while binge-watching a series on Netflix.

But this is a wake up call, my friend. What the hell is going on with that beard? It looks like it needs some trimming.

Okay, okay. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. Maybe your favorite barber shop is currently closed. There is a pandemic going on anyway. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it on your own. As intimidating as that sounds, it’s actually not that hard once you get the hang of it. We’re here to help you through that process. We got your back!

Before we get into the steps on how to trim your beard, here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Scissors

  • Electric trimmer

  • Razor


1. Start with a dry beard

First and foremost, DO NOT wet your beard before trimming your beard. Wetting your beard will cause it to look longer than it actually is. You will want an accurate length of reference for this trimming, that is why keeping it dry will be more helpful in achieving the length you want.

2. Comb

This is a very obvious step, but should never be overlooked. Be sure to comb through your beard (especially on the back) to straighten it out. You wouldn't want to find your beard in a weird shape after you do the deed.

3. Check your angles

You can use the front camera of your phone or another person for reference. Envision how you want the end result to look like. How short and how much should you trim? What shape do you want? What look do you want to sport?

After you’ve prepped your beard, get your tools ready ‘cuz we’re about to show you steps on how to trim that beard at home. Let’s get to trimming!

1. Minimize volume to the beard

Notice how your beard is starting to cover your neck? Whip out that electric trimmer and start to move it in an upward direction, just to give yourself more control on how you cut. This way, you’ll be able to get rid of stray hairs. Be sure to stop from time to time to check your progress. If you aren’t comfortable free-handing it yet, you can also use a guard.

2. Shave the cheek-line

Using a razor blade, clean the stray hairs growing on your cheek. The height and style of the cheek line is up to you. An efficient way of doing this is by using “markers”. You could imagine an invisible straight line from the corner of your mouth to the top of your ear and cut using those markers as a guide, for example.

3. Shaving the jaw/neck-line:

Speaking of markers, you can use your adam’s apple as a mark for where your beard should end. With that as a guide, simply shave to make that area more symmetrical and clean. Stop to take a look once in a while to review your progress. DO NOT shave your beard off until you reach the jaw line. It will make anyone’s beard look thinner and unnatural.

4.Shave the ear-line:

The ear-line is probably the most neglected part, even when it starts to make the ear itch. Just because it’s a place you can barely see doesn’t mean others can’t. Stand in front of a mirror. With your hand, hold and pull your cheek away from your ear. By doing this, you have a better view of it. Afterwards, estimate how much you want to take away and what shape you want to make it. Repeat on the other side.

Now that you’ve read these steps, you can now trim your beard on your own (at least just until barber shops open again). However, this guide is not a substitute for professional advice. But it sure feels good to look good, even when you’re mostly just at home.

Let us know how it worked! For other questions or concerns, feel free to reach us.

And as always, may the growth be with you!

For other tips, you might want to read:

- How to grow a long beard: Genetics, Tips & Care

- The Phases of Beard Growth: How Long Does It Take For Facial Hair To Grow?

Everything you need to start a daily beard routine