A man trimming his beard with a Wahl trimmer.

How to Trim Your Beard with and without Guide Combs

When it comes to beards, you need to groom them to keep them looking fresh. That includes using trimming basics. Whether you have a long or short beard, you should trim them with guide combs and clean them up with out the guide combs. 

How to Trim Your Beard Step-by-Step

  • 1

    Before trimming a thick beard, comb it against 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.

What to use

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