Beard Trimming

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    David Storm

    HI there....Congratulations on the new growth and the lofty goals!  I personally keep mine trimmed to about three months growth all of the time, which for me is approximately 3" give or take.  I use a clipper on a high setting to keep it that way.  However, I do get wild hairs or crazy ones that grow longer than most, and I do trim them often to just keep it tidy.  Kudos on going to a barber!  I have had one beard trim at a barber (I didn't ask for it, he just did it...and it was "ok").  I think I may not have been totally happy because he just launched into it without asking me what I wanted first, and once he started it was hard or me to yell "STOP!"..lol.  SO I let him trim it the way he wanted.  It turned out alright, but not the look I wanted so be sure to tell your barber or show him or her pictures of the beard styles that you like, and the one year goal style that you are going for!  Good luck and congrats!

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    GFrazier

    I found this Barber in Batavia IL Called Beardsgaard Barbers, Check them out on line, It's a pretty cool looking place,they specialize in old school haircuts and Beard's, It will be my first Visit there in the middle of Feb, I'm pretty nervous about it.I just want a maintenance trim and maybe shape under my neck leading up to my ears. I still want more growth on it that's why I was wondering if I should do a maintenance trim or not, so that I don't look like a homeless person. Like I said I'm about 3.5 months into it now....My beard seems to be getting real bushy at my cheeks with crazy hairs sticking out everywhere at times. I do keep my beard oiled and use balm from Beardbrand, Their Utility Balm is the BALM!!!! (BOMB.LOL)

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    Andy Natanek

    GFrazier - Great find in Beardsgaard.  It's an eclectic place with a great vibe in my opinion.  I've been going there since last fall (3 visits so far).  It's the first (and only) place I ever went for a beard trim since I started my first beard in late 2015.  I've not had any problems and have been very pleased; I think you will be too.  I'll be back there myself on 2/25.  Cheers.

    Andy

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    GFrazier

    Andy,Who's your Barber at the gaard?? Do u agree if growing beard out that I should go get a maintance trim,? I'm a bit Nervous but they seem to know there stuff!!! Glad I found them.

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    Andy Natanek

    Actually I've been to most of them.  Because of my schedule and the fact that I'm about 40 mins or so away (I'm in the Oakbrook area if you're familiar with Chicago's western suburbs), I'm limited to weekends and, as you've probably seen, appointments can be hard to come by.  Most times I've had to go with whomever was available when I was - so I've had Amanda, Scott, and Tyler and they've all done a great job by me.  

    For me, getting a trim was the way to go - so I agree with getting a maintenance trim at the right time.  This is the first time in my 57 years that I've grown a beard and I'm just over a year so I'm still learning.  In my case, I waited until about 6 months in for my first trim.  I wasn't sure exactly what my genes would be capable of so I resisted any trimming until then (I just took care of occasional strays and I did carve a neckline around 13 weeks).  Fortunately, my beard grew fairly neatly and there were no work constraints that I had to deal with.  Since that first trim, I shoot for about every 6 weeks give or take. I was a bit nervous too that first time - I went in with some pictures of styles I liked and then listened to their thoughts and we came up with a plan.  Each barber I've worked with has always asked what I wanted done - shaping, trimming, shortening, etc.  I hope that helps.

     

    Andy

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    GFrazier

    Thank You Andy for the advice, very helpful, I am from the Tinley Park IL area, not too far from you. Good Luck to you and thank you for your response.

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    Gary

    If you're going for the yeard, try not trimming until you hit that milestone then talk to your barber about the way you want to maintain it. It's a lot easier to trim some later than it is to put it back on earlier! You could try some gentle styling with a no tangle brush or wide toothed comb and low heat hair dryer setting to mitigate the bushiness. Also, with time and length the hairs should eventually settle on their own. I find with my beard that I get a very nice, smooth look when I blow dry my beard compared to just oiling/balming/air drying. If you're gentle with it and use low heat you shouldn't damage the beard. Good luck either way though!

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    Larry Donaldson

    If you are already trimming a cheek and neckline, a lot of what the barber could advise you about has already been done, but talk to him about what your goal is, and what he would recommend.  I have found that a discussion before the trim saves a lot of questioning after.

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