Style your soul patch and groom that goatee. Beard trimming is the art of maintaining your mandible hair and keeping cheek fuzz in check. Step aside ladies, this is one for the gents.
Salon beard trimming involves a barber balancing out your facial hair using styling scissors and clippers. Depending on the length of your beard, a comb may also be used to make sure the hair being styled is lying in the right direction and being trimmed to a uniform length. Normally a beard trimming session is combined with a regular haircut appointment (during which the stylist may also trim both your ear and nose hair).
You are free to choose whichever style you want, but be sure to clearly explain your expectations to the barber before they get to work and to stop them if you think they are lopping too much off!
If you are breaking in a new beard shape, be sure to let the hair get to a decent length and thickness so that the barber can define your facial topiary as precisely as possible.
Professional beard trimming is best suited to those who are new to growing a beard or wish to switch up their style. It ensures that you do not end up with a lop-sided trim and that you are in safe hands if you feel like experimenting with a look you have never tried out before.
Of course, if you wish to sport a very stylised or outlandish set of mutton chops (or feel that your hand-eye co-ordination is particularly poor), then it may be worth returning to the barbers each time to make sure the design remains consistent.
The record for the longest beard ever grown is held by the late Hans Langseth of Norway. Hans’s chin-warmer was an astounding 5.33 m (17.6 in) long by the time he died in Kensett, Iowa, in 1927. Even weirder is the fact that the beard was then shorn off like a fleece and presented to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, in 1967!