Yesterday’s post, Beard Season Cometh, was about growing your facial hair during the colder months of the year while still working in a professional setting. Today is about how to do it (or how I do it).
There are a few options. When I was in Charlotte and going to No Grease Barbershop, I would get my beard shaped up by my barber Tim. When I was in Greensboro for college, I would have my barber, Vince Jamael, trim my whiskers. But, as I had some bad experiences with certain barbers, I began to only work on my facial hair myself. I say that to say this: If you have a barber who does an excellent job, take advantage of getting your facial hair groomed by a professional. I was so scarred by some subpar barbers that I’ve kept doing my own facial hair, even though my current barber, Jennifer, at Rock’s Bar & Hair Shop does a phenomenal job with the clippers and the straight razor.
So, how am I able to keep my own facial hair looking sharp throughout the fall and winter? I do a few things. First, I knock it down myself. Though I usually let my beard grow freely for the first month or two, my mustache’s length can get pretty unruly after a week or two so I use clippers to get it at an acceptable length. Until a month ago, I used Wahl clippers but I broke mine and have since switched to a Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100 shaving system that is a bit more versatile. The detail trimmer allows you to place a guard over it with adjustable lengths which keeps my mustache looking dark but still not long.
Secondly, I have a Gillette Fusion Proglide Styler that allows me to trim those hairs that tend to curl over my lip. Not much to say about that. They’re just unsightly.
Lastly, I use my Gillette Fusion razor to give my mustache a sharp line. It allows me the functionality of a straight razor shape up without the time that a straight razor requires. Once my beard gets thick enough, I also use the Fusion to give my beard a more defined cheek line.Whenever I use my Fusion razor, I prep my skin with a hot towel, use shaving gel (or cream when I must), and, afterward, use an astringent such as Sea Breeze to ward off any irritation.
Beards can be fun. But make sure they look professional or else you could be having fun looking for a new job.
Make professional development a priority.