How To Shape Your Neckline?
Just because YOU can’t see it, doesn’t mean others don’t see it either. Your neckline defines the look of your beard and can make a huge difference in your overall look. A tad longer and you may start looking more bulky than you’d want, and a shorter neckline can make your face look smaller and out of proportion against the rest of your body. So, as soon as your beard goes beyond that 3mm mark, it should work as an alarm to shape your neckline, or you might lose the sharpness in your appearance.
Here’s your guide to help you get that perfectly shaped neckline.
What To Expect Ahead
Understand the Shape of Your Jaw
How to Trim your neckline
Care and Maintenance
Things to Avoid
Understand The Shape Of Your Jaw
Some guys are blessed with an almost 90-degree sharp and clean neckline naturally, while others may have a curvy growth. Even the length of the beard growing on your neck may vary – some have a naturally short length but in some cases the beard looks like it’s aiming to hug the hair of the chest. Whatever the case, the important thing to keep in mind is that it’s the shape of your jaw that decides how your neckline should be marked. Here's a simple tip to shape your neckline as per your jawline.
Rounded Jawline: Guys with a round face have less definition around their jawline, making it easier to pass off as chubby. So, we recommend you let your neckline grow a little and create a sharp flat angle at the bottom in order to make your face look squarish with the illusion of a well-defined jawline.
Square Jawline: If you already have a well defined face, your neckline can help you further accentuate it. So mark the neckline slightly higher up, so that the sides of your jaw are covered but well contoured.
How to Trim your Neckline?
Shaping the neckline is pretty simple if you know the rule. And once you understand how it’s done, you’ll never have to run to a salon every 10 days. Here’s how you do it right:
First, Find Your Neckline
For starters, you need to know the start, centre, and end point of your neckline. Here’s how you find them. Slightly tilt up your head and find your Adam’s apple. It is the reference to find your neckline. Once you locate it comfortably with your hand, place two fingers horizontally above it. The spot where your fingers end is the spot where your beard should end. This is the perfect mark for your neckline.
The next step is to get your hands on a trimmer. Don’t attach a comb or guard on it. Make a straight line from your reference points while keeping your head tilted upwards. Once that is done, trim everything that’s below the line, still without the attachment combs. Simple!
Care and Maintenance Part
Care: After your trimming session, brush your beard in downward motion. Up next is the use of Beard Oil to keep your beard soft and healthy. These lightweight oils help balance the moisture in your beard hair and soften your beard.
Maintenance: On a weekly interval keep trimming your neck hair with your beard trimmer as soon as the hair grows to 2mm-3mm or more.
Things to Avoid
It's important to know what to do, but it's equally important to understand what not to do when shaping your beard neckline.
Ignoring Your Face Shape
Not sticking to shaping your neckline as per your face shape, or rather the face of your jawline can make you look unbalanced. When your mom said, my son is one in a billion, she was not wrong, you ARE and so is your face. Follow what suits your face shape to achieve the perfect proportion, and make neckline adjustments accordingly.
Going below the Adam’s Apple
Going below the Adam's apple can make your beard look more unnatural and out of shape. The ideal neckline is right above Adam's apple.
No Maintenance Routine
With time the hair around your neck will grow back and your neckline will lose its shape. So, once or twice every week, trim the hair around your neckline to keep it sharp and well-defined.
No After Care
After your session with your beard trimmer, it's equally important to use the right beard products like beard oil or a beard balm. Not only do they nourish your beard and add moisture but they also enhance the overall look and feel of your beard.
THAT’S A WRAP
See, if you’re new to this, theoretically it may sound daunting but it's not. All you need is practice, and a good understanding of your face structure to shape your beard around the neckline accordingly. Just keep following everything given above and in no time you will be the owner of that sharp, neat, and well-shaped beard.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How to maintain that symmetrical neckline?
A. Use your earlobes for the vertical shaping and the Adam’s apple for the horizontal shaping of your beard. Based on your face shape you can go for a square-shaped or a curved neckline. Shape your beard with a Shaving Razor once every week to keep your neckline in shape.
Q. Do I need to shape the neckline of my very long beard differently than a short beard?
A. Yes, as longer beards need more detailed and attentive shaping to maintain that balanced and natural look. The same principles are applicable for the longer beard, but it requires more frequent trimming and shaping.