How to Trim and Cut Beard or Mustache with Scissors ?

Learn how to trim your beard and mustache with scissors with our tutorial!


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That's it: you are equipped with your scissors specially designed for beards and mustaches, but you don't know yet how to trim your hair ? You've come to the right place!
In this guide, you will learn how to trim your beard and mustache with scissors, but also the steps to thinning a too dense beard with thinning scissors.

I have prepared a tutorial for you to follow and you even have the right to watch videos!

Man trimming his beard with scissors

Shears designed to trim beards and mustaches

Sharp, comfortable and of excellent quality, beard and moustache scissors are a must-have for a neat cut. Say goodbye to those stray hairs that don't want to settle down, that give your goatee that "unkempt" look.

Generally smaller than hairdressing scissors, they offer improved ease of cutting thanks to their versatility and different blades and tips.

Types of scissors for beard and mustache

As for many accessories, you will find different ones on the market:

  • Pointed scissors: to trim stubborn hairs with precision
  • Round-tipped scissors: useful for cutting close to the skin without hurting yourself
  • Tapering scissors : useful for thinning your hair and aerating your beard
Small scissors for beard and mustache trimming

How to trim your beard with scissors?

This tutorial applies to all types of beards:

  • Long and short
  • Smooth and curly
  • Thin, thin and thick

1. Wash your beard and pat it dry

Start by washing your beard with a shampoo adapted to your hair.
Then, dry your beard well with a beard dryer until it is completely dry. Trimming your beard while it's wet will give you inaccurate results (shorter than expected). This is because water "weighs down" the hair, making it appear longer than it really is.

2. Comb your beard down and out

  1. Comb your beard down first, this is the way it usually grows. This way you can see the shape you start with.
  2. Then comb your beard upward and outward in the opposite direction of hair growth. If your beard looks puffy and curly, you're doing it right!

This step will loosen the beard hairs and make any stray hairs that grow in quickly more noticeable. You will also see which areas are fuller, allowing you to even out the hair if necessary.

3. First do one side (one cheek), then the other

Choose one side to start. You can use a comb or a beard stencil as a guide to size.

Run the comb through the hairs of your beard at an angle then cut all the hairs that stick out of the comb.

Don't overdo it - just trim the tips at first. You can always shave more later. Try to mimic the way a barber cuts your hair: light, quick cuts.

For an even cut, make sure that the same amount of hair comes out of the comb teeth each time you cut.

Once one side is finished, repeat the process on the other side.

4. Move to the neck area

Use your Adam's apple as a reference point and remove all the hair below it.

Note: For a natural transition, use a electric beard trimmer to blend the area from your beard to your neck. Use the scissors for the finishing touches.

The neck area must be carefully defined:

  • If it is too high, your beard will look more like a chinstrap
  • If it is too low, it may look sloppy and unkempt.

5. Size control

Once you're done, comb your beard and check for stray hairs, unevenness or holes.

6. Wash your beard again

Rinse your beard after trimming to remove any cut hairs and prevent them from getting everywhere.
If you have a hair dryerNow is the time to use it to blow out the remaining hairs.

7. Moisturize and nourish your hair (and your skin!)

Keep your newly shorn beard healthy by rehydrating it.
Finish with a few drops beard oil for after shave, by rubbing it evenly into your beard with a comb or beard brush.
Beard oil will also prevent skin irritation, especially if your beard is still in its early months of growth.

I advise you to use :

Here is a video tutorial to help you:

Shaving with clippers is much less precise than with scissors. So, if you want to do "rough work", it is better to use a clipper. For finishing and details, I recommend scissors which are much more suitable.

The scissors will be used to cut and trim the hair, but will not "shave" it. Indeed, thanks to the latter, you can cut them short, but the result will not be the same as with a razor, a trimmer or a clipper.

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Small scissors for beard and mustache trimming

How to trim your mustache with scissors?

1. Prepare your mustache to the trim

  1. Before you pick up your scissors, you need to have all the right tools at your disposal:
  • Your beard comb,
  • Scissors,
  • A lawnmower (according to your preference)
  • A mirror
  1. Make sure you are in a well-lit area. You don't want to get holes in your mustache or hurt yourself!
  2. I recommend that you always wash your mustache before trimming it.
    This will help you get rid of any dirt. Plus, washing your mustache will help soften the hair follicles, making them easier to trim.

Remember to dry it well: we do not cut a wet moustache.

2. Paint your mustache

Use a comb to style your mustache.
For one thing, it straightens out the hair, making it much easier to trim. By combing lengthwise, stray hairs and split ends stay in place.

In short, combing gives you a better view of the length of the hair, so you know better where to cut and where not to cut.

3. Trim the lower part of the moustache

Start by trimming the hair closest to your upper lip:

  1. Start from the outer edges and work your way to the center of your lips to get a good look at what you are doing.
  2. Follow the line of your upper lip, making small cuts along the way until you get the length you want. Don't leave too much space between cuts.

4. Trim the upper part (top) of the moustache

Once you're satisfied with the length of your lower mustache, it's time to move on to the upper part:
Start by trimming the area just below your nose. You don't want your nose hair to get mixed up with your mustache. Nobody likes that, do they?

Note: The shape and style of your mustache depends on your personal preference. If you decide to trim more, we recommend trimming the top of your mustache at a 45-degree angle down towards your lips to give it a fuller look.

5. Thin or thick moustache?

You will have to make a choice: do you prefer to have a Italian pencil mustache (fine) or a thicker moustache like French style ?

If your mustache is too thick, I recommend using a comb and scissors to remove some of the thickness:

  1. Comb your mustache upward so that the hairs are just above the teeth of the comb.
  2. Then trim off excess hair with a pair of scissors or clippers.

Note: Try to trim only a small portion of your moustache when thinning it. Once the hairs are cut, there's no going back!

6. Style your mustache

Although not required, some mustaches need a little help from styling products.
This is especially true if you are trying to give your mustache a particular style like the Handlebar, Dali's mustache, or Nietzsche's mustache.

So, turn to the styling waxes for moustache (and beard) in order to shape it to your liking.

7. Maintain it!

Last but not least: the maintenance of your mustache. To do this, do not hesitate to use oils that will moisturize and nourish it:

Here is a video tutorial to help you:

Some mustache styles you could do:

Scissors are useful to get rid of hairs that stick out or go in all directions. Thanks to the precision of the scissors, you will be able to trim your moustache like a professional for a perfect result!

To properly trim the hair above the lips (bottom of the mustache), you will need to start cutting from the outer edges and work your way to the center. Follow the line of the lip when trimming the desired length.

Small scissors for beard and mustache trimming

How do I thin my beard with scissors?

If you have a curly beard or simply too thick, it is possible to trim it, just like the hairdresser does on your hair. It's not very complicated and all you need is a pair of thinning scissors!

Note: This section is under development, so please unthread your beard carefully so as not to damage it.

Tips before trimming your beard hair:

  • Don't cut too close to the roots, but rather at mid-height, or even towards the tip of your hair.
  • If you want to thin "a little", you can buy a thinning chisel with two rows of teeth. The more teeth, the less the scissors will cut!
  • Don't hesitate to thin every 3 months to keep your beard thinned and healthy.

To trim the beard, you will need to equip yourself with a pair of scissors and :

  1. Wash your beard with a good shampoo and dry it. You can have the hairs a little wet, it is not a concern.

  2. Comb your beard well, and then run your hand through your hair to make sure there are no knots.

  3. Start by thinning the sides of the beard by grabbing strands and using the tapering chisel on the diagonal. Use it on the tips so as not to thin out the base of your beard too much.

  4. Continue with the wick next to it of the one you have roughened. And so on with all the areas that seem too thick for your taste.

Warning: Although the tapering scissors are designed not to damage your hair or create holes, pay close attention to the process and make sure you are not causing damage to your beard.

Having a thick, overly dense beard can be restrictive. In addition, thinning the hair is beneficial for the hair mass (as it is for the hair). Thus, trimming your beard is excellent for the health of your hair.

The easiest way is to use a thinning scissor which, as for the hair, will be used to lighten your beard and thin it out.

You can now cut your mustache and beard hair with scissors!

In this article, you have learned how to use scissors to :

  • Trim your beard
  • Cutting your moustache hair
  • Thinning a dense beard

I highly recommend the Pack of combs and scissors to cut + Japanese Purple Dragon shavers with razor, storage bag which allows you to equip yourself in one go and have everything you need at your fingertips.

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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