Beard Grooming – The Chin Strap Beard
The chin strap beard is a beard with no moustache that circles the chin. It’s believed to have been widely popularised for the first time by Abraham Lincoln, who had a distinctive chin strap beard during his time as US President. With the All Purpose Gillette STYLER, you can achieve this look for yourself.
How to Grow a Chin Strap Beard
There are countless facial hair styles, but this doesn’t mean that trimming this beard will be complicated. Here’s a simple set of steps to get you on your way to the popular chin strap beard style:
Step 1: Select a Fixed-Length Comb for Trimming
To perfect this look, you’ll need to choose an all-purpose beard styler that can trim evenly, shave closely and edge precisely. The All Purpose Gillette STYLER comes with three comb attachments (2mm, 4mm, 6mm) and a precision edging blade for you to choose from.
Step 2: Trim Down Your Facial Hair
Even if you plan on shaving off particular sections of hair completely, trimming down your facial hair first is an important step. Trimming hairs before shaving can help reduce tug and pull while shaving, and it can help prevent clogged blades.
Step 3: Define The Chin Strap Beard Shape
Remove your trimmer’s comb attachment and start defining the Chin Strap beard’s iconic shape. Outline an inch-wide strip running from ear to ear along your jaw line.
Step 4: Check for Symmetry As You Go
Symmetry’s important but be careful not to trim too much off in an effort to make it look even.
Step 5: Prep Your Face
Rinse your face with warm water to help hydrate your hair in preparation for shaving. Then, lather up the parts of your face that you want to shave completely bare—like the cheeks, neck and moustache—with a shave gel. Using a shave gel will help prevent nicks, cuts, and irritation.
Step 6: Shave with Light, Gentle Strokes
Step 7: Rinse Your Blades Regularly
Rinsing the blades often throughout your shave helps to prevent the buildup of hairs and shaving cream on the blade edges and cartridge; this helps keep your razor performing at its best.
Step 8: Edge with the Precision Trimmer
On the back of all Fusion5 razors is a precision blade; use this to help define the shape of your Chin Strap Beard and achieve clean, crisp edges.
Step 9: Rinse, Towel, and Moisturise
Rinse off your face with cool water. Towel off, and then apply a hydrating aftershave lotion or balm to help soothe your skin and prevent post-shave irritation.
You have just mastered the Chin Strap beard style!
With Gillette razors and trimmers, your personal grooming possibilities are endless.
Word of warning though, this beard style requires constant maintenance to keep it well defined, as it’s easily overgrown. So if you’re maintenance-shy when it comes to your facial hair, this may not be the beard style for you.