A man trimming his beard with a Wahl trimmer.

Trimming Your Beard With and Without Guide Combs

When it comes to beards, whether they’re long or short, you still need to groom them to keep them looking fresh. Matt Ranaudo walks you step-by-step through the trimming basics. The key: trim with guide combs and clean up without guide combs. You got this!

What you will need:

  • Wahl trimmer
  • Wahl beard trimmer guide combs: #1, #2 and #3.
  • Wahl beard balm

How to Trim Your Beard Step-by-Step

  • 1

    Before trimming a thick beard, use a styling comb to comb it in the direction it grows so all the hairs are facing the same direction.

  • 2

    Use trimmer guide combs to achieve a desired length.

    Beard trimmer guide combs sizes:

    #1 = 1/16"

    #2 = 1/8"

    #3 = 3/16"

  • 3

    Remember, cutting against the grain cuts more hair. Cutting with the grain cuts less hair. Longer beards should be trimmed in the direction of hair growth. Shorter styles can be trimmed in either direction.

  • 4

    For detailing and cleaning up stray hairs, use your trimmer without a guide comb.

  • 5

    Once your beard is shaped up, finish with Wahl beard balm.

What to use

Need help deciding what you need?

Wahl offers trimmers and grooming kits that let you achieve the look you want and keep it looking great.

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