How to Best Use a Beard Trimmer

Published: 20th March 2012
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Getting to that day when he has to shave for the first time is a major goal of young males everywhere. After all, facial hair makes you look cool and grown up. But as all adult men know, once that day comes shaving becomes a daily drudgery for the next 70-80 years.

Face it, no pun intended, shaving every day can be annoying, especially if you want to keep that baby smooth face.

Fortunately for the guys, facial hair has become more acceptable and even trendy in recent years. Many men, particularly the young or young at heart are finding it preferable to keep some facial hair, whether it's a 5 o'clock shadow or a full beard. But unless you're ZZ Top or Moses, keeping your beard properly trimmed should be an important part of your daily grooming routine.

For the clean shaven face, the traditional razor will work just fine. But if you want to keep some facial hair and not look like you're auditioning for the Caveman commercials, a beard trimmer is a necessary investment.

Beard trimmers work on the same principle as electric razors. But the guards keep the internal blades from cutting too closely. The guards work to trim the hair to the length of that particular guard while shielding your face from the cutting edges. That's important because nobody wants to walk out the door with a face full of toilet paper splotches.

There are many models to choose from and there's plenty of research available on the web. Consider these things when purchasing.

- What are the features and accessories that come with the model, such as a carrying case?

- Do you have to plug it in or is it cordless? Cordless models are typically the most expensive, but there's a lot to be said for the added convenience.

- Is it battery operated or rechargeable?

- How much does it cost? Just keep in mind that, as with anything, more money doesn't always translate to more quality.

Once you have made your purchase and have that trusty little appliance in hand, you'll want to consider these useful tips.

If you want to keep a simple, clean 5 o'clock shadow, simply remove the guard from your trimmer and shave from the ear down. This will leave a short, even shadow around your chin. But you'll need to do daily maintenance to clean up that chin strap.

For a longer beard, keeping it even is the key to keeping it neat. There are adjustable settings or guards on your trimmer that will keep your beard trimmed to just your preferred length.

On a side note, to keep your beard softer and easier to shave, use shampoo and conditioner on a regular basis. There are cordless models available for wet trimming that you can actually use in the shower, but keep in mind that presents the added challenge of using a mirror in the shower.

When using the beard trimmer, hold it at a consistent angle to your skin, then use long, smooth strokes. Start at the edge of your beard, just below the ear and work across your face.

Don't be a pig, even if you live alone. Have a wastebasket or a towel handy to catch the trimmings.

Shave any areas where you don't want hair and clean along your neckline with a traditional razor. That will help to better define the areas you need to trim.

Keep your beard trimmer in good working order by oiling it regularly and brushing the hair out of the tips.

Using your beard trimmer when it's not fully charged can cause discomfort and irritate your skin. So take care to follow the instructions when caring for your trimmer and your face.


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Lawrence Reaves wrties about safety and helpful advice for many large companies, including Hamilton Beach, providing appliance for your home such as kitchen blenders and slow cookers.

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