The dreaded neckbeard...one thing almost all men want to avoid when growing a beard, and unfortunately something many of us can't...
If you don't know what a neckbeard is, I'll break it down for you. And if you happen to grow more hair on your neck than on your cheeks or chin, and want an impressive beard style you are proud of, stay tuned and I'll show you how.
What is a Neckbeard?
Just so I get this out of the way early, I'm not referring to Neckbeard in a negative way at all. Let's face it, all of our beards grow differently, and many guys experience faster and fuller growth on their neck than their cheeks or chin.
This is a pretty normal thing that many guys experience, and if you let your beard grow out without trimming the result can, in fact, be a neckbeard. A beard that has much more growth on the neck than really anywhere else.
People on the internet (because they know everything and are often a**holes) associate neckbeards with being socially inept and physically unappealing. This is all complete BS so we don't need to get into that.
So for the purpose of this article and video, I'm going to show you how you can turn a neckbeard into an impressive beard with just a little patience, a couple of trims, and some proper beard care.
How to Trim a Neckbeard Into an Impressive Beard
The beginning stages of beard growth can be brutal for a number of reasons. Nearly every beard looks to be patchy at first, and it's only later when the hairs grow long do they fully cover up your face to look nice and full. So yours may look thin at first, but give it time and it'll fill out.
As your beard grows out, especially if your neck hairs grow faster and fuller than the rest, you'll really need to trim those neck hairs down more frequently to balance out the growth of your beard.
This area if left untrimmed, will grow longer and fuller than the rest making the neckbeard more apparent. What you want to do is trim the neck hairs down shorter to allow time for the cheeks and chin to grow longer.
Many guys don't like the idea of trimming because they feel it will take them longer to achieve the beard style they want, and this is true. By trimming your neck hairs down, it will, in fact, take longer to achieve a longer beard style, but it will avoid having a neckbeard during the early stages, which is definitely worth it.
If you are just starting the growth process, you'll want to define your beard lines to establish where your beard will grow. You'll also want to define these lines before you actually trim any length off your neck hairs.
These lines are often trimmed in wrong, and they'll make a huge impact on how your beard looks so follow these guidelines:
Where to trim a beard neckline
Your neckline is one of the most important lines to define, and if you grow more on your neck than cheeks, you'll want to make sure to get this right.
This line should NOT be lined up on your jawline, that is much too high. You want to trim this line in where your head connects to your neck so you get a little extra base to your beard. The hairs from your neck will add to the fullness as you grow it out. Trim this line straight across in an even line usually just about a finger above your Adams apple.
If you are going for wizard beard status, I recommend letting it grow all-natural and keep all the hairs you can as you'll need them to really give you fullness at longer lengths. However, if you're just going for a solid looking beard, you really want to trim in your neckline.
Where to trim a beard cheek line
When it comes to your cheek line, you want to keep it as high as naturally possible. Now, if you grow a little patchy here just try to connect a line from your sideburn to your mustache where the bulk of your beard grows. Be careful not to take this line too low, you want to keep these cheek hairs.
Where to trim a beard back line
The back line might be the hardest line to get right. The idea is to take a line straight down from the back of your sideburn to the bottom of your beard. When you get to the corner you can either square it off or round it depending on the beard style you prefer. I've foud a second mirror to really be helpful here.
Time to Trim the Neck Hairs
When it comes time to trim the neck hairs to avoid the neckbeard, what you want to do is grab your electric beard trimmers and work from both the front angle and your side profile. I recommend using a second mirror if you are doing this yourself to see what hairs are sticking down past the shape of your beard.
You really just want to trim any hairs growing ahead of your cheek and chin hairs. For most guys, you'll see the growth pretty clearly, and if you cary any additional weight in your face it'll be even more apparent.
The idea is to blend these hairs down so they are closer to the length and fullness of the rest of your beard.
How often should you trim?
Every beard grows at different rates so this will vary. With my brother Justin, his beard grows fastest on the neck by quite a bit, so by checking in every couple weeks to trim the neck hairs back, it allows for the rest to catch up and a couple of months later he has an impressive beard!
The end result
It's amazing what your beard can grow into if you have a little patience and trim and style it properly. With my brother Justin, his beard truly transformed into a seriously impressive beard after a couple of months growth and trimming the neck hairs down.
With the help of some awesome beard products, he's rocking a killer look, and you can too!
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