News flash – growing a beard is not for the faint of heart! If you’re new to the beard game, you might be shocked at how much work goes into grooming and styling your beloved facial hair. That’s right! That polished and beautiful look that all the ladies love doesn’t just happen overnight. Grooming makes the difference between sophisticated and scruffy. And one of the best ways to turn your facial hair from a wild tangle of hair into a gentleman’s appendix is the beard fade. Here are all the tips you need on how to fade your beard, the products you will use, and how to maintain this gorgeous style.
What Is a Beard Fade?
It’s all too possible that you haven’t heard of a beard fade before. Especially if you’ve never grown out your facial hair, and you’re new at this. However, we’re pretty sure you’ve seen at least one so far. It’s a super popular style that a lot of men have embraced in the past few years.
The idea is most popular among men that have faded or short hairstyles. A beard fade is one where the facial hair tapers or fades slowly, as the name suggests, from thick hair to being more thinly shaved.
A beard fade does not have a special size. You can choose what size you want your beard or the fade to be. Therefore, the facial hair fade can apply to any type of beard you want. Of course, depending on your choice of beard, the design will look slightly different. However, if you are skilled enough or if you find a good barber that can do it right, the beard fade will always look sophisticated and elegant.
How to Get a Beard Fade
If you’re a beginner, we strongly recommend you see a barber who can do this for you. However, if you are skilled at grooming your own facial hair or if you want to save some money, here are the steps you need to follow to get a beard fade.
#1. Trim your beard
The first thing you need to do way before you get to the actual beard fade is to work on your facial hair a little. This means getting it in order, neat and straight.
Decide which length you would like your beard to be. That’s the most important thing of all! Once you do, you can take your trimmer, set it to that exact length, and start working!
Don’t skip this step and go straight to the fade. If your beard is not trimmed, it will simply look straggly and like a wild mane of hair. Once you’re done, you can move on to the actual fade, which will blend seamlessly into your hair.
#2. Always start at the bottom
When you are trimming your beard, you should always start at the bottom, right where your neckline is. The reason why we feel the need to mention this is a super simple one. There are a lot of men or young boys out there who don’t know this! They watch movies where the actors pretend to shave or trim their beards. When they do, they always put the razor or trimmer right to the middle of the cheek. However, you need to understand that this is purely for the camera. The correct way to do it is by starting at the bottom!
Your trimmer should be set at two or three for this stage. Begin below your Adam’s apple and clean all the hair on your neck. Don’t stop until you reach the point where the neck merges into your jawline.
Try to trim this part as close as possible. If you want, you can actually shave it off. There are a lot of men who do because the current, modern trend is against the so-called ‘neckbeard.’ It is seen as a symbol of negligence and inelegance. However, it is merely a choice. Even so, if you don’t actually shave it off, you should still trim it as close to the skin as possible.
Trimming your jawline
When you are done trimming the area around your Adam’s apple to your liking, you can move on to the jawline. Switch the setting on your trimmer to a one or a two, depending on what you had before. Finish the rest of your facial hair.
Here’s a tip. If you want to define your jawline and give the appearance of a square jaw, you can achieve that by cleaning everything below it and above your Adam’s apple. Use a razor to do that. In this way, your beard fade will finish right below your jaw, enhancing its sharp lines and making it seem like you have a strong, masculine jaw.
#3. Work on the cheeks
When it comes to tidying up the cheeks, there are two options. You can go for a super crisp line or for a more natural fade. Whichever one you choose, be very careful when doing it. Your cheeks are the most exposed part of your face. This is what everyone will see when they look at you!
If you want the crisp and clean look, you will need a razor. Pass it on your face tightly between the beard and your cheeks from one ear to the other. Continue doing so until you get the desired result.
If you’re going for a natural look, continue using the trimmer but take off the guard. Move it all along your cheeks so that it can clean off any stray hairs that might make you look unkempt.
#4. Don’t forget about the mustache!
All you need to do here is use the trimmer to cut any hairs that are hanging uncomfortably over your lips. You should use the same length as the one you used for the hair above your jaw line, which would be a one or two, for consistency reasons.
Remember that all the lines of your mustache need to look as straight and as tight as possible. Otherwise, this won’t count as a beard fade. If you feel that the trimmer is not doing a good enough job, seeing as this is a very small area, you can always pick at the hairs over your lip with a razor or even with a pair of special scissors. It will give you the precision you need to get your mustache to the right length and shape. Don’t be afraid to use all the tools you need to get the look that will have all the girls swooning!
#5. Getting the beard fade into the rest of the hair
We have now come to the big moment. After all that trimming and cutting, it’s finally time for the beard fade! Since all your facial hair has been evened out, it should be a piece of cake to fade it into your hairline. Provided you did a good job, of course! Here’s how you do it.
- Find a location close to your jawline where your beard is at its longest. Set your trimmer to a setting shorter than that. Trim that whole area going one inch up.
- When you’re done, you can move up one more inch. As you do so, you will have to shorten your trimmer once more. Clean up the whole area and remember to stay within the line.
- It’s time to move up one more inch and set the trimmer to one more inch shorter than previously.
- Continue this process and move up toward your ear creating the fade. Each time you will have to lower the setting on your trimmer, depending on the number you started on. This is what makes the beard fade.
- Move on to the next side and continue with the beard fade until it blends into your hairline.
At first, this might seem like a lot of work and definitely time consuming simply because it’s so meticulous. Don’t worry! The more you do it, the better you will get at it, and the less time you will spend working on your beard fade!
After a few tries, your hair will start to grow at the same rate everywhere. Therefore, you will have a sort of guide making it a lot easier to continue doing the fade.
The Best Products for a Beard Fade
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that your beard fade needs a wealth of good products if you want to keep it in fantastic shape. Of course, what exactly these products will be, depends on your skin type because you mustn’t forget about that! Men often seem not to remember that they also have their skin under all that beard to look after, but they do!
Therefore, here are a few tips for you. If you have dry or sensitive skin, never go for foam. Because it generally has alcohol in it, shaving foam will dehydrate your skin even more and cause you to break out in rashes. You will be happier with a shaving gel or some cream that can nourish your skin.
If you notice that you have the tendency to break out every time you shave, go for a face wash. Most likely you have a lot of dead skin that needs to be cleaned off the surface of your face which is causing the inflammation. A gentle face wash with aloe vera will calm your face and prepare it for the shave.
Moisturizer and oil for your beard fade
Every man, independently of his skin type should wear moisturizer, preferably one that also has a high SPF factor. It will protect you against harmful sunrays and keep your skin healthy and happy. You should also treat your beard fade to a good dose of beard oil every chance you get.
Opt for one that has primarily natural ingredients. Beard oil will keep your facial hair silky smooth and make it a lot easier to manage and trim at home. Apart from that, it will give it a nice smell, which is super important. If you’ve ever worn a beard, you know how easily it picks up the smell of food you eat or cigarette smoke. Beard oil can help with that!
You can also invest in a high quality shampoo that’s especially made for your beard. It will clean both your hair and the skin beneath, ridding you of dead skin, buildup, lint, and all the little bits and pieces that get trapped in there. But, most importantly, it will get rid of the smell and keep your beard healthy as it grows!
Best Tips for a Beard Fade
- If you’re doing a beard fade at home for the first time, try a simple style. As time goes by, you can progress to more complex designs.
- If you want a precise beard fade or a complex one, you should visit your barber. He or she will be able to give you the look you want.
- Independently of what styles you might like, you should always choose the beard fade that flatters your face the most. For example, angular styles work best on round faces while soft style are perfect for sharp or rectangular faces.
- If you decide to take matters into your own hands, quite literally, and do your own beard fade at home, be aware that you will also have to maintain it. And that will be a non-stop job. Depending on how fast your facial hair grows, you might have to step in with your trimmer, once every few days.
- Always go for high quality hair care and styling products. Remember that they all go on your face, so this is not a place where you want to be cheap!
What about you?
The beard fade is a modern trend that combines a fully grown beard with a sleek and elegant taper. It sends the message of a well-groomed and elegant man that is ready to do whatever it takes to look his best. Are you this type of man?