Learning how to maintain a growing French cut beard can only come with practice. French cut beards are most noticeable as the style where a guy has a thin mustache, that may or may not lead down too a beard that covers only the chin. Goatees fall under the category of a French cut beard, just to give you an idea of what one looks like. Grooming a French cut beard correctly is a necessity in keeping it looking good. One slip up and you'll have to cut the whole damn thing off and start over. With a little practice and a few simple grooming tools, you'll be shaping and maintaining that growing French cut beard in no time.
What you need:
- shaving cream
- electric clippers
- shaving cream
- after shave balm
- rubbing alcohol
- hot water
- Setting yourself up. First things first, guys. You want to minimize your chances of developing razor bumps later. The first thing you need to do is wash your hands thoroughly. Next, make sure you have a clean razor on hand. Finally, clean the blades of your electric razor with rubbing alcohol to kill all of the germs. Now you're ready to shape that hairy face into a French cut beard.
- The electric clippers. Use the clippers to sculpt the basic shape of the beard. Get rid of as much of the unneeded facial hair as you can without cutting your mustache, goatee or chin hair combo. Now for the fine tuning. You want to trim your mustache above the lip as thin as possible. Take the clippers and cut the scraggly hairs off of your upper lip. Make sure your mustache is evenly lined where it meets your lip. Now, take the clippers and remove any excess hair of the mustache near your nose. Line the upper part of your mustache as well. If you have the hair for it, do the same to the hair that reaches down to your beard. Line it on both sides. Finally, take the clippers and trim your chin hair as much as you want. Get rid of any randomly placed hairs as well. Now on to the "fun" part of maintaining your French cut beard.
- Using the razor. There's no nice way to put this, but, using a razor sucks. They're the reason electric clippers had to be invented in the first place. The problem is, clippers just don't cut as close as razors. And, an inexperienced hand will most certainly butcher a face with a razor. Here are some tips to maintaining your face while maintaining the French cut beard style. Wash your face thoroughly with warm soapy water. Rinse your face with warm water. At this point you need to know which way your hair grows. If it grows down, you cut down. Going against the grain will have you looking like a pimply teenager in a few days. Anyway, grab the shaving cream. Lather it up really nice and spread it evenly on the areas of your face unfortunate enough to have to deal with the razor. Wet the razor with warm water and begin shaving around your beard. Remember to constantly run that razor under the warm water to keep it clean. Do this until you've cut everything that needs to be cut.
- Follow through. Wash your face again. Rinse it well and apply the balm. Be liberal with the balm, man, you'll need it.
- Maintenance. All you have to do at this point is keep the beard and mustache nicely trimmed with the clippers. Unfortunately, you'll need to use the razor to maintain those other areas as well. Have fun.