Should I shave my beard?

3Things copyThere comes a time in the life cycle of every beard where it’s owner starts wondering:

Should I shave my beard?

Don’t do it without trying these three things!


It’s true that about 50% of people have a serious facial hair growth deficiency by genetics, but before you do anything crazy, try these three things:

  1. Add a beard care product to your regime, particularly for longer beards. Been using nothing but beard balm? Mix it up by trying an oil before reaching for the clippers. Or change your beard shampoo. In my case, I started using each one of these at different times, and each time it dramatically improved the look of my beard.
  2. Get an expensive haircut. I know it sounds weird, but it’s amazing what a difference a haircut by a professional (preferably a legit old-school barber) can do for your look.
  3. Trim up your beard. Surprisingly, some people don’t realize that even longer beards can require some trimming. You don’t need to have fancy electric clippers, although they are handy. You just need a pair of scissors and a fine-toothed comb. Some barbers will even do this for you.
should i shave my beard?

Brooding stock photo guy paid big money to have his hair casually tussled in just the right way. A shorter “undercut” (nearly bald on the side, and parted to one side on top) looks good too.

For haircuts, don’t be afraid to try something new. The “undercut” is trendy these days, but to be honest, it’s a classic cut that never goes out of style. Growing your hair longer is tough to do if you are working through beard-esteem issues, but a lot of people enjoy either the undercut with longer hair slicked back, or the “Jesus” look, if your job is particularly cool.

Trimming your beard is a skill that will develop over time, so take it easy. Go slow, and don’t be afraid to tackle scaling it back over the course of a few sessions, even on different days. It is, however, critical, for beard care. Make sure to do any trimming before you take a shower. When your facial hair is wet, the water weighs it down and you’ll inevitably cut it shorter than you anticipated.

One final tip: Document the experience! If you do end up shaving your beard, take pictures before, during, and after. This isn’t just for sharing on social media. It’s to remind yourself of the mistake the next time you find yourself with a beautiful hard-earned mane that you’re considering chopping off.


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