First Beard, Combing/Trim Advice/Barber in Anchorage

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    MBrashares

    Beard looks great! You have a similar growth pattern as me. Once you get a few more months length on it, you will notice the weight of the beard will even things out and you won’t notice the growth patterns as much.

    Regarding the trim, I would wait a few more months, maybe at the five month mark unless it starts to really look unruly. I work in an office as well so I like to keep my beard looking sharp and clean.

    Once you are ready for the trim I suggest save a few photos of Carlos in different angles to show to your barber. I do this every time I get a trim.

    One thing you didn’t mention is beard care. What are you doing there?

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    Josh Lawson

    You can check to see if we know of any barbers near you by checking out beardbrand.com/pages/our-retailers

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    Vinay Sharma

    Josh, I checked and there are no retailers in my area. I have had no luck finding any information online about who does a good job with beards in Anchorage. The best I've found is others asking the question and being greeted with something like "man enough to grow a beard, but not man enough to trim it yourself?", which is why I'm asking here. Some places are much more welcoming than others. It was a long shot.

     

    Brashares, thank you very much. Glad to know my growth pattern is similar to yours - you have an awesome beard! I'm not sure if I will be able to hold off for quite that long, but I wasn't planning on having a trim until after the 3 month mark. I will definitely hold off as long as I can. As far as beard care - beard oil mostly, with balm on days it's getting away from me. I was washing every other day, but changed that up to co-washing daily, and I'll use a wash once a week.

    As far as for the trim, I've got a few photos of Carlos at a couple angles, along with some others with similar beards. Yours looks pretty close to what I was hoping to do, though I think I'd go a little less wide at the chin for me. I guess my biggest question there is whether or not I'll be able to pull it off with the shape of my face and how much beard grows...

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    Josh Lawson

    Sorry about that Vinay, I wish we had more barbers and retailers around the world.

    Brashares is right, just go into the barbershop with some photos of Carlos, preferably from different types of angles, and try to describe the trim you're looking for as best you. 

    Ignore all that "a real man" bullshit. You're doing your best, and getting answers the questions you have. That's all we can ask of you. Beard on! We'll support you at every step of the way.

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    MBrashares

    Sounds like you have a plan and are doing great with the beard care. If you plan to trim yourself, check out the Beardbrand channel on YouTube. They have some great content for trimming. Greg has some great video's on self trimming. I would also recommend watching several of the barbershop videos with guys that have similar length to yours. Finally, once you are ready to trim, take it slow, a little bit at a time. 

    From looking at your photos again, it looks like your lower beard/neck area is growing the quickest. This will probably be the area you will want to trim back, again watch as many barbershop videos to give you a good idea on how to trim that area. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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    Vinay Sharma

    Thank you both for the advice and the support! I have some more time before I get my first trim, so I'll keep searching around.

    Josh, if I do find a good barber, I'll point them to the wholesale e-mail address for Beardbrand and maybe you'll gain a barber.

    Brashares, I have been watching the Youtube videos that you mentioned for a while now. I just am leery of doing it myself because I know myself. I've often shaved off my circle beards because I messed up a trim, and did the same thing again with the cheek lines. If I hadn't decided I was going to give it at least 3 months before I started growing it, I probably would have shaved it off again when I messed those up. I'll keep watching, and once I have a good shape try to do tiny trims myself, that way I get experience but if I mess up I can go back to the barber and have them fix it.

    Thanks again!

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