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How to Shave a Chin Strap Beard
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Step-by-step guidance on how to shave a chin strap beard
The chin strap beard – yes or no? Best for those with clean, defined jawlines to show off, this unforgivingly bold beard style demands precision and some serious upkeep – but it can reward those willing to put the time in. The chin strap is experiencing a modern resurgence with many men taking on the unique beard style. As the name may imply the chin strap beard involves a clearly defined ‘strap’ around the jawline and no moustache. Read on to find out how to shave a chin strap beard worthy of your strong jaw line.
How to shave a chin strap beard
Start with a clean, dry beard that’s about an inch long. In terms of tools, you definitely need one with a precision attachment: the chin strap beard leaves no room for error. Ready? Let’s begin:
Step 1: Trim your facial hair
Give yourself an even trim with a beard trimmer, using a setting of 3-5mm.
Step 2: Define the shape of your chin strap
Now use a precision beard trimmer to outline an inch-wide strip running from ear to ear along your jaw line. It’s better to start too thick and work your way in if you need to. Start by identifying the center point just below your jawline, and working along your jaw on each side. Nix anything below that point (there’s no room for neck hair here). Then trim down the the hair on your cheeks to create your perfect chin strap beard. If you want, leave a soul patch connecting your chin strap to your lips.
Note: For a more adventurous chin strap beard, you may want to make this line zigzag across the jaw for effect. That’s not an entry-level move, though: master standard chin strap facial hair before attempting it.
Step 3: Clean shave around your chin strap beard
Shave your cheeks and neck clean with an electric rotary shaver, moving in a gentle, circular motion. You’ll want to use the mini foil shaver to carefully shave along the edges of your chin strap beard. You definitely want a clean shaven look for this beard, no stubble, so that your ‘strap’ can be clearly defined.
Step 4: Check symmetry and clean up
That’s essentially it – just check the symmetry and trim again as needed before cleaning up.Don’t forget to admire your chin strap beard. It’s a distinguished look for any man.
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How to maintain a perfect chin strap beard
Don’t forget how to shave a chin strap beard, since you’re going to have to do it often. This beard style requires constant maintenance to keep the chin strap defined, as it’s easily overgrown. Clean shave as often as needed on the bare areas, and use a beard trimmer once a week to keep the actual chin strap at around 5mm.
Take it on the chin
The chin strap beard is a bold choice: it was worn by hip-hop acts like Color Me Badd back in the 90’s but is still sported today by the likes of NBA superstar LeBron James and rapper Stormzy. If you feel like playing around and even creating some zany lines (in the privacy of your own home), this is the beard style to experiment with.
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At least one half of getting a great chin strap beard is closely shaving the rest of your face, so it’s worth learning to do it properly – here’s how to get a great clean shaven look.