Facial hair grooming seems like such a daunting task, one wrong move and you have ruined weeks, months, or years of growing work. It feels overly difficult but wit the proper approach you can mitigate most of those fears, at least enough to keep yourself neat in-between barber trips. These 5 tips will help you brave those shortening shears and come forth triumphant.

1)YOUR FACIAL HAIR SHOULD BE APPROXIMATELY THE SAME LENGTH

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Have you ever heard someone claim they have a patchy beard? Sometimes, sure the facial hair may be a little sparse, but most of the time this is because facial hair grows at different speeds. Keeping hair trimmed to approximately equal lengths will make your beard look, and feel, more full.

2) DON'T BE SCARED TO TRIM SIDEBURNS

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We've all been there, the beard starts getting a bit long and luxurious but the sides flare out at the sideburns. Most men get frustrated and trim their beard all the way back, but you don't have to. Use clippers or scissors to fade those sideburns into the beard to clean up your look and give your beard a proper shape.

3) YOUR MUSTACHE DOESN'T HAVE TO COVER YOUR LIPS

When facial hair practitioners feel that they need a glorious mustache, they tend to just let the entire upper lip grow, but the most important portion to a flared or curled mustache is the ends. By leaving the corner of your mouth long and trimming over your lip, you can achieve that envied stache without making soup a nightmare.

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4) COMB YOUR BEARD

This sound simple but the number of people who simply don't comb their beard is honestly astonishing. They tell me their beard is out of control, but go on to explain how they've tried exactly nothing. Combing your beard will tame strays, detangle, and remove hairs that have decided to shed themselves.

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5) YOUR BEARD SHOULD BE TRIMMED LIKE A BUSH NOT CUT LIKE A SCULPTURE

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With a sculpture each cut is hard and cannot be changed. We often approach beards like this, but they're more like a bush, you can use other areas to fill in. If you have a patch of stray hairs that refuse to lay flat, chop them off the same way you would remove a stubborn branch in a bush. Your beard is a lot more forgiving to small mishaps than you realize, use that to your advantage during your trimming journey.