Short Beard : How to trim it properly + Styles & Maintenance

Everything you need to know to properly trim, style and maintain your short beard!


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The short beard is in fashion and it is very chic. As a proof, many celebrities wear it and even our politicians start to wear it... 

But which cut to make? How to cut it? With what accessories and care to maintain it? 
Whether you're a new bearded man or have been wearing it for years, these are questions every man has, and the barber is there to answer them!

Let's start by defining the short beard and see some styles you could adopt right now!


What is a short beard?

The short beard is a small beard with a length of 2 mm to 10 mm (1 cm). It is very fashionable among men of all ages and all backgrounds (white, African, black, Indian ...).

We find it a lot in the professional world where it is very well accepted. This was not the case a few years ago!
In addition, it adapts to a wide range of beard styles (hipster, goatee, spiky...) and moustaches, from face shapes (rounds, squares, ...) or hairstyles (shaved headlong hair, man bun...).
It is very versatile and remains beautiful in all imaginable shades, from the most classic (brown, salt and pepper, white, red, blonde) to the most original (pink, fluorescent yellow ...)

The small beard allows you to grow facial hair quickly and without much maintenance in contrast to a long Viking beard or that a braided beard for example.

Well, I'll tell you right now: you don't have the Santa's white beard.

Photos and examples of short beards

For ideas or just inspiration, I've collected a lot of short beard styles. There is something for everyone: gradient, with a goatee, square, pointed or conical.

We often talk about 3-day beard orone weekwhich remains relatively short, even ultra short.


How to trim a short beard? The tutorial

To make a short beard, even ultra-short is not very complicated. Indeed, you need to:

  • Do not cut too short to avoid unpleasant surprises,
  • Work carefully with lines and contours (neck, Adam's apple, cheeks),
  • Maintain your hair with oils and balms to make them supple, soft and shiny.

I would also advise you to equip yourself with basic bearded accessories if you haven't already done so.

1. Let your hair grow

Although it may seem logical, you're going to have to grow a beard. However short it may be, it will take a few days before you have more than a "shadow" of hair on your face.

Of course, to be able to style it and make a cut, it will be necessary to wait between 2 weeks and 6 weeks in order to have material to cut.
You can also keep the (very) short beard of 3 days until 1 week.

Hair growth varies enormously among men: genetics, lifestyle, diet... Many factors can accelerate or slow down the growth of your beard, even if it is short.

Therefore, I advise you to adopt a healthy lifestyle, to do sports and especially to use oils that help the beard to grow to make it stronger and more dense.

2. Trimming a short beard with clippers

It's time to get to the heart of the matter: trimming your (ultra) short beard with the help of two essential accessories for every bearded man: the scissors and the mower. For a clean result, you can also use a beard stencil to draw lines like a pro.

Here we go:

  1. Set your mower with the desired shoe (usually between 1 mm and 10 mm). If you are not sure of the result, start with a longer length and reduce little by little.
  2. Pass the clippers on your entire beardBe careful not to leave any area untrimmed: it looks very unkempt.
  3. Check that both sides are uniform and that the lines are roughly drawn.

3. Finish with clippers without a shoe or with a razor and scissors

Now, remove your trimmer's shoe or take your razor and draw the lines:

  1. Start with the neckFrom top to bottom, paying attention to your Adam's apple.
  2. Switch to cheeks and start drawing your lines symmetrically.
  3. To help you, it is possible to be equipped with a beard stencilwhich allows you to have clean lines like at the barber's.
  4. Finally, equip yourself with your beard scissors and get rid of protruding hairs and are not aesthetically pleasing.

Hop, you now have a short, stylish, chic and very clean beard! To you glory, women and money.

Depending on the size you want, I advise you to prune 2 to 3 times a week. This way, you can keep your beard clean and well trimmed.

Although I advise you to take a trip to the barber shopYou can do it yourself at home. To do this, Equip yourself well and pay attention to the beard cut you want so as not to spoil your long beard!

Unfortunately, genetics sometimes plays tricks on us and beards are often the victims. An uneven beard is not a problem and can be fixed quite simply: let it grow longer and even it out to a smaller size.


Maintain your short beard with products, care and accessories

Now that you've trimmed your best short beard, it's time to maintain and care for it. take care ! But how, you might ask? Well, it's pretty simple.
In reality, all you need is the right care and accessories and your beard will be sublimated.

Maintenance kits for short beards

In fact, all of the maintenance kits are suitable for both short and long beards. Just choose the kit that suits you with the tools YOU need.

If you don't have any equipment yet, I advise you to look at the Starter Pack" beard kits that contain everything you need to get started!

Here are some boxes for you, short-haired bearded men:

Oil to discipline, moisturize and soften the hair

Oils are the first ally of a beautiful beard in good health. They are so useful that we could call them a magic elixir.
If your beard does not growIt stings and scratches, frieze or has dandruff, oils will surely come to your rescue!

With properties all more amazing than the others, I highly recommend using them on your hair (and your skin) to beautify your beard and make it stronger. In addition, they will soften your short hair and make it silky.

Balm for a neat short cut and protected skin

The balm is excellent applied in the morning, before starting your day, going to work for example. Generally, they smell extremely good, moisturize and protect your skin and hair from the aggressions that await them outside.

I especially recommend them for short beards to add another layer of softness to your hair that can become prickly or dry. It would be a shame to cause irritations on your girlfriend's skin.


Trimmer to keep your beard (very) short and stylish

Do I really need to explain to a bearded man the usefulness of a lawnmower?

Used frequently on your short beard, it will serve to maintain your shaved hair. This way, you won't have an unkempt and unkempt beard!

Scissors to remove excess hair

Perfect for combating protruding hair, the beard scissors are very easy to use and offer superior cutting precision. No more hair on the lips or protruding from the nose: you can now cut it quickly.

Here is a tutorial on how to use beard and mustache scissors.


Razor for a close shave (blank)

As for the clippers, the razor is a must for the bearded man. This is especially true for short to ultra-short beards since they require cheek lines and a well-defined neckline.

Brush to discipline and soften it

Even if you have a small beard, brushing it will exfoliate your skin, discipline your unruly hairs and moreover it feels great! It will also help to combat possible shaggy (bristling) beardsAnd that's a nugget.

How do I brush my short beard? The answer in video:


If your beard is very short (1 mm to 1.5 cm), trying to smooth it out is a bad idea.
Beyond that, I advise you to equip yourself with a short beard straightenerwho will do an excellent job. It helps a lot for prevent your hair from flying off in all directions.

Bouc vs van dyke


Sometimes our natural color is lacking or we have a problem with our the appearance of white hairs doesn't look good to us. Maybe you just want to be fun and dye your beard pink or neon yellow?

In any case, I strongly advise you to look at beard dyes, beard coloring waxes or the beard pencil if your goal is to fill in the holes.

Rings - jewelry

Unfortunately for you, short beards and beard jewelry are rather incompatible. Except if you manage to fix a bead or a ring, I advise you to pass.


Tips and advice for short-haired beards

Here are some tips to keep in mind when you have a short beard:

  • Trim it frequently to keep it clean and looking good
  • Use care products such as oils and balms to take care of them
  • Equip yourself with accessories such as a trimmer, razor or brush to maintain it

The short beard is in fashion, take advantage of it: it's chic and easy to grow!

As we have seen in this complete guide to the small beardit is rather easy to grow, to prune and even to maintain.
In a few days, you can grow a beautiful beard and be inspired by the styles and looks I've posted above to style it.

Remember to bring a razor, clippers, brush and oil, which are the basis of all good hair care for bearded men. Of course, that's not all and you can also use scissors, straighteners and even dyes to improve the appearance of your beard.

Still have questions about the short beard trim?

The short beard fits any face shape. In fact, it is you who will adapt it according to the style of beard chosen. For example, a round face fits well with a Ducktail beard or in the Tony Stark style while an elongated face will prefer a square beard or with sideburns like Wolverine (Hugh Jackman).

The small beard of 3 days and more gives a chic and neat look. Compared to a longer beard, it requires less maintenance and therefore looks cleaner in general. Thus, women may prefer a short beard to a long beard. But be warned: this is not an absolute truth, and many women LOVE a big bushy beard!

To keep your hair in place, I recommend using beard oils and brushing it regularly. If that's not enough, use styling wax to hold it in place !

The easiest way to fight dandruff is to use a shampoo adapted to your beard, oils and to brush it regularly with a boar bristle brush. Guaranteed effect!

Yes, it is possible to straighten a short beard, but it must be at least 1.5 cm long. Below that, you won't be able to catch the hairs and it will be useless.

Why not use both? Each of these products provides benefits to your skin and hair. For example, use the oil at night before going to sleep and the balm in the morning before starting your day!

Honestly, it's up to you to choose the beard style that suits you. The question to ask yourself here is: am I ready to maintain a long beard? Long beards require more attention than short beards, which usually only require regular trimming to keep them looking clean.

Generally, this is simply a matter of your genetics. The curling hair is just a hair follicle that acts differently at the base of the hair. To counteract this, use oils and brush your beard frequently. If that's not enough, use styling wax.

In general, a beard is itchy because of the dead skin that gets in the way of the hair roots. If this is the case, use a boar bristle brush to exfoliate your skin and free your hair follicles. If that's not enough, wash your beard more frequently (with a proper shampoo) and nourish it with oils.

If your short hairs are prickly, it means they're hard as nails. Your girlfriend and loved ones will probably avoid you for the first few days of regrowth. To avoid this, moisturize as much as possible with oils like coconut oil, lawyer or sweet almond. You can also apply beard balm, which excels in softening coarse hair.

An ultra short beard can be as short as 1mm while a beard considered short can be as long as 2cm.

If you want to have a very short beard, use a trimmer shoe between 1 mm and 10 mm. If not, go up to 20 mm and gradually work your way down to a length that suits you.

To soften your hair, use oils and a beard balm that excel in softening your hair. Remember to brush your beard regularly, it helps a lot!

I advise you to use castor oil, of argan, of olive or even of mustard. They are perfect for use on any type of beard.

Even if your beard looks a bit ugly for 3 days, let it grow so you can spot any uneven areas. Then, trim it according to those and finish with scissors for redundant hairs.

The secret to keeping your beard short is to trim it frequently with clippers, razors and scissors. No more overflowing hairs, a trimmed, even beard and a handsome man!

Article written by Brandon

Amateur and passionate about beards since his first hairs (on his face), he is for the intimate and bearded Internet lovers the BarbierDuWeb. Advises and helps men for a healthy beard, through blog articles where you will find tests, his feelings but also comparisons and buying guides.

Sincerely yours, Brandon from BarbierDuWeb.

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