When a man decides to grow a beard, a lot of attention is paid to its length and style. An important part of the beard often gets overlooked: the neckline. You get to decide the right beard for you, but the right neckline is decided by the shape of your face and sometimes by body type.
Shaved or Buzzed?
Before we get into necklines, it’s crucial to pick the right tools. While hipsters have brought back the straight razor for beard upkeep, the fast-n-furious electric shaver is still a popular item. Plain old hand-held safety razors have never gone out of style either, so you can have your pick. An electric shaver saves you time in the morning and gives you a more precise buzzed neckline. A razor may not be as precise, but it lends a more rugged look to your neckline without sliding into messiness. Whether you shave or buzz, we’re here to make sure you get your neckline right.
Which Neckline for You?
Whether you’re going for a full mountain man beard or you’d just like to rock a hint of manly facial hair, it’s important to shave or buzz your neck. This is important for several reasons, regardless of your body type.
If you have low body fat, shaving or buzzing your neckline accents the hard work you’ve put in at the gym. A neatly trimmed neckline can highlight a chiseled jawline and show off your lean face. Combined with precising trimming along the top of the beardline, this look sends a professional and well-groomed message about your style. With your razor or shaver, buzz the hair up to your jawline–this is the line that runs along the underside of your jawbone.
If you’re on the heavier side, you may be better off letting your neckline run farther down your neck. This hides the fat below your chin and allows you to sport the full-bearded look that’s so vogue right now. That doesn’t mean you should let your neckbeard run wild–it’s still important to buzz a tight line along the Adam’s apple. The difference here is that rather than following the jawbone, you’re creating a line that runs from earlobe to earlobe. This rounds out the shape of your face and makes you look classy without highlighting the “wattle” under your chin.
Whichever beard neckline you choose, what happens below that line is equally important. It’s almost universally agreed upon that from your collar to your Adam’s apple should be hair-free. Grab a razor or shaver and get rid of the scattered hairs that pop up along your lower neck. Not only is this more visually appealing, it also appears to elongate your neck and make you look taller and more well-kept.
Rock the Beard
Regardless of your facial shape or body type, you’ve done well in choosing to join the brotherhood of the beard. Cold weather can’t touch you, and babyfaces envy you.