How to Use a Beard Trimmer

By | July 20, 2013

You’ll probably guess by the title of our website, we’re big fans of beard trimmers and we’ve created something of a ‘Dummy’s guide’ on how to use a beard trimmer in order to help those of us who might be used to more traditional methods and not used to shaving with a trimmer. Technology is changing all the time and though this is a relatively simple process it is very important to know what you’re doing.

  • What you’re going to need – Trimmer, Mirror, Bin or sink to catch trimmings, possibly a power point.
  • Make sure your trimmer is charged, a lot will come with a Lithium Ion battery nowadays which means a lot of battery life and some have rapid charge features to put juice in them super quick.
  • Work out the length that you want. This can be a tough thing to work out as when you see a beard it rarely comes with a millimeter measuring!
  • Adjust your trimmer to your length. This can be done in different ways depending on what model you have, for instance some will come with a wheel that lets you click into position the length you have selected, others will ask you to replace an attachment to get the desired length. You need to look in your manual to be sure on this one, or if you have lost it you can probably look it up online.
  • Start trimming at the ear and work your way across, be thorough for an even, high quality trim.
  • Clean up the edges on either the lowest setting possible or with a wet shave/electric shaver. There are usually a few straggling hairs that you don’t want to leave to grow out.
  • Hold the trimmer at a consistent angle to the skin, this will keep your trim even.
  • Wash (and dry) your beard beforehand, use conditioner if you can, this helps to keep it untangled and keeps everything at an even length, plus it’s hygienic!
  • When you think you’ve finished your trim, get a good look in the mirror and make sure you haven’t missed any chunks!
  • Styling your beard? Make sure you use either a professional outliner to ensure you have nice even lines where they’re supposed to be, or that you’re extremely careful about where you try and shape your facial hair.

Maintain Your Trimmer

This is another important area that not everybody talks about, maintaining your beard trimmer is a really key aspect of this. Some will come with oil, which helps to keep the blades in good condition and stops it from tugging on your hair (trust me this hurts). You should also make sure you try and get any lose hairs out of the trimmer, and some are even completely waterproof and washable to help you out with this.