A beard-grooming enthusiast who writes about beard products, styling and other related facial hair trivia who also sports a beardstache.
Do I Shave My neck When Growing A Beard
If you are wondering whether or not you should i shave my neck when growing a beard? Well, it depends. Firstly, you need to work out how long are you going to grow out your beard.
- Growing out a shorter style beard? Then yes, if you want a polished look.
- Growing out a longer style beard? Then generally no, as most can't see it.
If you’re on the mission to grow out a really long beard (perhaps even a yeard, a year worth of beard growth), then no you don’t really have to tend to the neckbeard as it will be covered with other areas of the beard before anyone can really see it anyway. Not only that, shaving a neckbeard will be one tricky task once your beard gets overly long. So if that's the case you are free to just let everything grow out with the odd bit of trimming here and there as it grows out further and further.
Now if you are in the second camp, which most bearded men are. You are probably going for a more conservative style with your beard, perhaps a short or medium type style then it is recommended to tend to your neckbeard to keep it looking on point. This is because people will have a good overall angle and view of your beard from aside, front on etc. so if you are wanting a well put together beard, you are going to have to spend some time shaving neckbeard.
When Should You Shave Your Neck Beard?
Now, it’s important to not start shaving your beard right away. In fact, if it is your first time growing a beard and you are a little unsure of what to expect, you should leave it a few months (not weeks) before you start doing any real shaving or trimming. This way, you can properly see what you have got to work with.
After this period, it will be looking somewhat messy, so you will want to then start shaping up and styling the beard. If you have grown out the beard many times before and you know what’s coming, then you will want to start tending to the neckbeard at around a month worth of growth.
The more regularly that you carry out the trim, generally the easier it will be to maintain and generally look all round neater too. Remember, this is just one aspect that you have to take care of when maintain the beard. You will be want to learning how to effectively straightening the beard, whether you want to give it the look of a fuller and darker beard too.
How to Shave Your Neck Beard?
When it comes to actually shaving the neck beard. The real trick is just knowing the line that you are working to in order to get the natural look.
One huge mistake that we see a lot of beardsmen take is that they mistake their jaw line for their neckline. You don’t want to be shaving up to your jaw, this gives the strange look of floaty patches of hair that reside on your cheeks.
Your neckline sits just above your Adam’s apple. The video below demonstrates this well but you want to be about two fingers (your index and middle) finger above there. It then contours around parallel to your actual jawline before naturally fitting in.
Ideally, you either have a razor or a beard trimmer to hand. I like to make the mark of the beard neckline with the incision blade of the trimmer, then shave everything below that on my neck. You can use a safety razor or a standard one and even a top quality beard trimmer, but everything below the neckline needs to go.
Make sure that you are using a range of shaving soaps and gels and carrying out the proper shaving process to reduce irritation and making for a nice clean shave. We've gone into more detail here on how to get rid of 5 O'Clock shadow, so follow the same process laid out there but just for the neckbeard.
Remember, that you need to shave all round the neck as well. It's not just the front aspect of the neck but the back of your neck and the sides too. If you want an all round clean, neat and put together, there shouldn't really be many hairs that are connecting from the hair on your head to the hair on your body.
Then give my beard a few splashes of beard oil after shaving or grooming the beard just to rehydrate it, then any excess oil that resides on your hands you can work over your neck that has just been shaven. This is to help moistures your skin, plus it will keep you smelling great as well. Alternatively, you can use a post shave balm or some sort of moisturiser to keep your skin feeling fresh.
Growing Out the Beard Whilst Shaving the Neck
Now this is a continual process that is going to get increasingly trickier as you grow out the beard more and more. However, you will get to a stage where you are happy with the beard length and style, then you can just start to work out the best technique from there.
Shaving from underneath is a great tactic. Although, if you are struggling with any of the trimming and even tapering process where you can fade the neckline into the beard itself, then I recommend heading to a beard barber. Even if it is just a few times to see what it is they actually do, how they go about trimming the beard, what line do they work it too.
Generally just take note of the process before they go ahead and trim the neckbeard. They will generally comb out the beard and brush it before going ahead and trimming it. Then of course, if you are happy with the results, then just imitate what they are doing and you will have a great looking beard.
Beard Shaping Tools
If you want to make sure that you get a perfectly lined up beard, every time. You can invest in a beard shaping tool as well. These became very popular around 2015 and will allow you to shape up the beard so you get it exact every time.
It takes a little bit of getting used to at first, but once you have mastered it, you will get a nice clean cut every time. You can use them for your cheeklines too, so they will match up parallel. Just remember where you need to be shaving up to and away from when you’re actually shaving the beard.
There are a whole range of beard 'products' that you can use to actually get the most out of your beard. You will want to investigate the beard grooming products available to you such as beard oil that will help to prevent a wiry beard as well as how to make the most of it in terms of being straight that you can achieve with a beard straightening comb.
So if you are wondering whether you should shave your neck when growing out a really long bead, then there’s not much point as it will be covered anyway. However, if it is going to be a short one or a medium-length style beard, then you will want to be shaving the neckbeard as it helps to neaten up the overall look.
In practice, I would generally attempt to be shaving my neckbeard on a regular basis just to keep everything looking neat and then as you get to a longer beard scenario you can decide what to do from there.
Of course, if you have any more questions with regards to “should I shave my neck when growing a beard out?”, then by all means, please do get in touch and we will be more than happy to help you with any potential questions you might have.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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