Are you the kind of man who looks lost when you peer into the mirror each morning? Maybe it’s your questionable grooming habits.
The following tips from Rob Casey, manager of Fellow Barber’s Seaport location (18 Fulton Street), will demystify your daily routine and make you feel more sure-footed in all kinds of self-reflection:
On trimming your neckline
-Prep the beard with a wide-tooth comb to detangle any knots or waves that have occurred naturally.
-When cleaning up the bottom neckline, start in the middle, around the Adam’s apple, and work your way left, then right. This will help create the most symmetrical line possible.
-Line placement is up to you. The higher the line, the more defined the jawline. A low neckline will produce a more natural look with minimal maintenance.
On trimming those eyebrows
-Always go for a more natural look. With a fine-tooth comb, comb the eyebrows up. With a small scissor, trim the hairs that are too long. Comb the eyebrows down and refine anything that looks too long. Simple.
Product or no product?
-The more disheveled look still uses product, but with slightly less hold.
-Sea salt sprays for some volume and texture in the hair.
-Styling cream gives you that second-day dirty look, gives the hair some weight, has no hold and is great for all styles of hair — short medium and long.
On shampoos and conditioners
-You should not shampoo your hair everyday.
-Two to three times a week is a good amount.
-Rinse it everyday.
On beard oils
-Beard oil is more of a skin care product. It helps soften the hair and skin when maintaining the beard.
-Beard balm is more of a styling product. It will help shape the beard as is grows out and hold down any stray hairs.
On cleaning up the back of the neck at home
-Casey would not recommend this, ever! Instead, just get a cleanup every two weeks at the barbershop.
Recs from the expert
-A beard trimmer worth trying: Andis Slimline Pro Li T-blade Trimmer.
-Beard balm worth palming: Northern Fir.