When it comes to our grooming needs, salons and barbers were something we used to take for granted pre-lockdown but can’t do so anymore. As a result, grooming appliances have become our new best friends. For shaving, versatile trimmers have proved highly useful for those who know how to make the most of them. However, in case you’re not familiar with how to use one, here’s an easy guide on how to use a trimmer.

Before you start

Picking your first trimmer depends on the results you want. Check for the length settings that the trimmer offers, as well as the options to switch between different lengths. In addition to that, you also need to pick between wired and wireless operation. The latter is more useful if you intend to travel with your trimmer. That being said, let’s get started with the actual process.

Step 1: Wash & dry

Before anything else, wash and dry your beard. Once it is dry, comb it downwards. Remember that you will trim against the grain, so you’ll keep the flat face of the trimmer comb on your face and move upwards.

Step 2: Start long

Start the trimmer with the longest length setting and go over your entire beard to trim the stray length down to something presentable.

Step 3: Switch to shorter trim

Switch the length setting down and repeat step 2 until you’re satisfied with the length of the trim.

Step 4: Define the lines

Switch to one of the lowest settings and trim from your Adam’s apple to just under the jawline uniformly. This defines your neckline. The same line when defined behind your cheek creates your cheek-line. The lower your cheek-line is, the longer your face will look.

Step 5: Shape your moustache

You can match the hair length on your moustache with your beard or keep it longer for more visible effect. Smile with your lips closed to get a uniform line right above your upper lip for trimming.

Step 6: Shave off strays

Switch to a regular shaving razor and clean up any strays from your face for a well-groomed finish.

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