Beard Shaping Trim Template & Guide

To be honest I wanted to give you not only a guide of how to use a bread trimming template but also a DIY way to cut out your own. Why? Because I wanted the same thing, I thought why buy one of these cheap plastic shaping tools when I can make one out of a block of wood, all I need is a faint excuse to fire up the saw and I'm doing it. Turns out now matter how good of craftsman you are the cheap plastic route is just that much better. So much to my dismay since I would love to see a world of men with a slab of oak against their face while they are training, here is a guide to using a shaping template.

Beard Trimming Guide Tool How To's

1. Comb Out Your Beard

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I like to wet the comb a little to get the hair to cooperate a little more and tame some of those stragglers first. Don't get your beard too wet or you'll run into issues with the clippers getting gunked up. Pick your favorite comb/brush here, I tend to use all of them at once just to prove a point.

2. Decide Your Depth

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I tend to go a little lower than most but everyone is different on this due to the shape of your face. You will see notches in the side of the tool (if it's a good one) that will help you line up both sides evenly every time. I have an oddly large tragus so I use that to line up the dots with and as a side note who knew that weird thing that women sometimes pierce is called a tragus... Make sure you pick a spot on your ear and use it consistently because if you pick a difference spot every time, one morning or a time when you decide to drunk trim, you're going to end up looking like you had a stroke victim with one droopy side.

 

3. Line Up The Tool & Press To Your Face (Trimmer or Blade)side shot of lining up the tool

Don't be afraid to get aggressive with it, now we're not forcing marshmallows into keyholes here but you want to get it firm enough against your face so that you don't cut underneath it. Basically the opposite of the picture that I'm providing you on the right. Now depending on the length of hair on your cheeks your can do one of three things. First, use a trimmer only to give the five o clock shadow look. Second, if you have shorter hair then you can go strait for the razor and get a close shave on those rosy cheeks. Finally, if you want the close shave but have a build up of cheek hair then to a little weed wacking (trimming) first then shave it down.

4. Flip The Tool Upside Down For Neckline

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This is my favorite part because as you can see when you do this correctly you look like a degenerate gambler or strait pirate until you cut the little point off the bottom of your neckline. All you do is flip the tool upside down and trim your neck on both sides by flipping it horizontally. Then trim the remaining piece off your neck unless your want to look like you just spent your kids Christmas gift money at the Golden Nugget.

 

5. Clean Up Your Side Burns

It's best to do this step after you've finished your neckline so you can line it up perfectly. Simply flip the tool back to Step 3 position and trim the backside, the part between your beard and your ear, following it all the way down and lining up with our neckline.

If you've done all this correctly and you didn't start drinking at 3am then you should have a killer looking beard. If you for any reason cut yourself it's not my fault, you have fat hands and you need to go on a diet chumbo.

My Favorite Tool

If you know me, then that's already weird because you found this off the search engines, you know my favorite brand is Zeus. They make killer oils and balms and they just added this tool that has a straight edge to it too so you can make some crazy shapes with your beard. Click the link or picture to check it out

Zeus Edge Up Beard Shaping Template Tool

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Best Bottles For Beard Oil DIY

Whether you're girlfriend who has a great idea to make your man a DIY beard oil or you're someone who want's to scale up their beard product to a manufacturing level and you need the highest quality bottle with the lowest cost and MOQ (minimum order quantity) then this will guide you in the process.

DIY Reusable Bottles/Containers

My top three around the house items are:

1. Contact Lens Bottles

These are easily the best DIY bottles because they are the exact size you need and use the same application principles. Since a few drops will do the trick with beard oil this will make sure they last as long as they should.

2. TSA Travel Bottles

If you've traveled since 2001 then you have these somewhere around your house otherwise you're a gross person to vacation with. These are a good short term option but because they are plastic you run the risk of getting parabens in your oil if they ever get heated.

3. Nail Bottles

Nail polish bottles are good because they are a high quality of glass that will protect your solution better than the TSA bottles but they have a useless nail brush that just feels weird to paint your beard with.

Small Scale Production

If you're starting out in the market place or you just want to make a great party gift for all of your bachelor party buddies then you're going to want to splurge for a dozen 1oz amber glass bottles. This is by far the best way to package your oils because the amber tinted glass protects from damaging the essential oil combination you've concocted far better than any other option. There are also uv black glass bottles available that offer an even higher level of protection if you are really worried about it.

1oz Black Glass UV Resistant Dropper Bottles

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1oz Amber Glass Bottles

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Manufacturing or Sourcing

Now if your looking for a manufacturing solution then you're at the point where you're ready to scale your business to another level while simultaneously increasing profits because anyone who has ever manufactured anything overseas will tell you the profit margin is on a whole other level. I'm going to give you the exact step by step process on how to source those lovely little glass bottles from China and protect your ass in the process.

Step 1. Find a Manufacturer on Alibaba.com

You're probably saying to yourself "I've heard horror stories about that place" and there are some pretty bad ones out there but If you do what I say then you'll be safe. Side note, if you have a relationship with someone in China by all means use them for your sourcing process but I wanted to give an outline fore anyone to take the steps needed to get this done.

Search for a manufacturer in China that specializes in glass by simply searching for "1oz glass bottles"

Step 2. Submit a Sample Request

You're most likely going to have to front the shipping cost to get a sample to you but trust me it's worth it to get an real life version of their craftsmanship. If the quality is up to your standards then go onto the next step, if not rinse and repeat with another factory.

Step 3. Submit a Buyers Request

There are a couple of specific things you're going to want to include so make sure you pay attention.

1. MOQ

This is the "minimum order quantity" that a factory will accept, it can very anywhere from a 100 all the way up to 100k so make sure you're working with a factory that will fit the current size of your business.

2. Express Shipping

If you want to take the time to get a customs agent and ship it by...ship to save a few bucks then go for it but it's a light enough weight product that using express shipping is fairly cost effective and companies like DSL will act as the customs agent on your behalf.

You're going to want to include these two questions into your buyers request. "What's your MOQ" & "Please include express shipping in the quote". From that point you'll be able to pull the trigger and get your beard oil business off the ground.


Jamaican Black Castor Oil for Hair Growth

Let's get one strait while there are a ton of benefits to Jamaican Black Castor oil, hair growth isn't one of them. There are a TON of benefits of which I'll list below as well as the best protocol to use but I'm amazed by how many people think that products like this alone will make you grow more hair. Don't get me wrong, if you have a chemical imbalance, dry/unhealthy skin or clogged pores then yes you will absolutely see a dramatic difference in the quality and fullness of your hair but that has more to do with an imbalance in your body than the castor oil working magic. Visit our homepage for more facial hair remedies.

Jamaican Black vs Regular

Other than the obvious one color, there are a few major differences that matter. The lighter versions of the oil are said to be "purer" do to the fact that it's cold pressed. JB on the other hand isn't cold pressed, it's actually roasted castor seeds that are ground then boiled. So the real question is who do you trust? Because it's obvious that the pure oil has gone through a better process of extraction but the Jamaican process has such a cult following that people swear by. I'll be honest, in my opinion always go with the better processed product no matter how good the trendy one sounds.

Jamaican black vs regularWhat Are The Benefits

Treats Dry Hair

Due to the high amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids it makes a option for treating dry scalps and moisturizing the hair.

Prevents Hair Loss

Keeps the hair & hair follicles happy and healthy preventing any excessive hair loss which is most often due to unhealthy hair root and growing environments.

Skin Cleansing

Full of vitamin E oil, it reduces inflammation and therefore keeping the amount of clogged pores and blackheads to a minimum.

Antibacterial

It's an anti-fungal which means it's a great natural remedy for any acne that stems from bacterial issues.

My advice is to give it a try but don't expect a dramatic difference, there a ton of more qualified products for hair and beard health.


Castor Oil For Beard Hair Growth

First and foremost you're going to need to clear your schedule for the rest of the day, not because applying castor oil won't grow your beard but you're going to want to take time out of your day to go slap whoever told you this awful myth.

The truth is that there is only one type of product that helps grow facial hair and if you haven't heard of it (I'm sure you have) go visit my Rogaine review to see the exact protocol to follow.

I'm guessing though that you're sitting there with a bottle of it in your hand going... really?

Well I'm glad you took the time to search because there are definitely better alternatives out there. That's the reason I only recommend a certain beard oil to people is because most others are filled with crap and make astronomical claims or they are simply something like castrol oil in a bottle (which is worthless).

The one thing I can tell you is that you're going to want to keep your face and beard as healthy as possible. It's not easy to do this when you're a man, not because we all have manly jobs like being a wrench or kicking ass but because we are hard headed and don't want to fall under the category of men who Manscape. Believe me I shy away from this term as much as possible but if you want a killer beard you're going to have to do some cleansing and conditioning.

The biggest piece of advice is spring for some quality products, I've done some reviews of these bigger box stores and you would be surprised at how low quality of products they carry. I mean I would trust this stuff on my dogs rough hair. To give you an example go visit my post on the beard products at Walmart.

 


Patchy Beard Before and After

If you're anything like me then you are bound to the expectation of instant gratification. You don't want a good beard, you want a ridiculous one that grows overnight or whenever you feel like having it but as they say good things come to those who wait.

The the biggest problem men run into is that they can never grow a "full" beard, either it's patchy with dense growth in some spots and barely any in others or it's thin throughout. My post on Minoxidil for beard growth goes into detail on how to fix that and the proper protocol needed but if you're not ready to take that step yet then let me help you with some facts you'll need to know when growing a beard.

Patchy Beard Before & After Results
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Keep It Healthy

I think this is a mistake that a lot of men make, myself included in the beginning. We think that a beard is supposed to feel like barbwire so therefor if we treat it like crap and throw some dirt on it from time to time then it will grow like a weed. The truth is that your facial hair will level look like the stuff on Fabio's head so don't worry about that but you do have to treat it right. Whether that means finding a beard oil and balm with the right essential oils for your skin type or simply by keeping it clean and conditioned. See my posts of eucalyptus and biotin for beard health.

Trim Your Hair

Now before you freak out and say "why the hell would I trim it if I'm trying to grow it", I'm saying trim in the sense of keeping all the split ends under control. Whether you want to admit it or not your bead hair does get split ends and as emasculating as that sounds it's true so you have to keep it under control. A biweekly very mild trim will take care of this and keep your beard growing on track.

Don't Mess With It

There are going to be times when you want to just say the hell with it and shave it all the way off but trust me it will get better. Those awkward stages of grow will pass, you know the point where you look worse than the homeless guy that begs under the underpass. On average you will only have a 3 week window of awkward looks and grimaces from old ladies until your beard starts looking like something you can be proud of. Stay the course my friends, it's well worth it.


Hollywoodian Beard Style

First and foremost you need to know "what the hell are hollywoodian style beards", a simple answer is that it's one of the most clean cut beard styles you can have. It's a full facial beard with disconnected sideburns and a cleaned neckline. The trick of this style is that you have to be precise and understand the shape of your face, one wrong move could make the hard work you put into trimming your beard a complete accident or the fact that your buddies pulled a practical joke on you when you were sleeping.

Leo with Stylish Beard
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For instance take a look at Leo, even with unmaintained beard the fact that it's disconnected gives him the appearance that it's purposeful. The main reason why if you go to a large corporate office you will most likely see this style of beard.

How Do You Trim It?

1. Shave the sideburns from exactly halfway down the ear to the top of the jawline (either razor or trimmer depending on closeness desired).

2. Clean cheek line with a razor while outlining the beard shape.

3. Clean the neckline with razor or trimmer.

It's a very simple process and the key is to make sure you don't shave your sideburns too high or your beard too low.

 


Beard Oil Shoppers Drug Mart

Well Canada you've done it, I thought American drug stores had a horribly inadequate selection of beard grooming products but Shoppers Drug Mart has reached a new low. At least the U.S. stores like CVS & Walmart made an attempt by putting a low quality products on their shelves that wouldn't work if you mixed them all together and painted them on your face like icing. There isn't even a any available on the website, look.

Canadian beard oil products at shoppers mart

I searched for "beard oil" and had to scroll to the bottom of the page to find anything I could even use on my face and I found these lovely little products (being sarcastic, never use these).

Why Is It So Hard To Find Quality Beard Products

To be honest I don't know, I would understand if this trend was fairly new and they were in the process of catching up but the beard market has been booming for a while now and major stores haven't made an attempt. It's not that hard to make a quality product in this niche that will help people so let's just call them lazy.

Where Are The Best Products

Online, that's why I started this site/blog, there are a ton of quality companies out there that make a product that really works. With that being said trust me, I've been at this game a long time and have weeded through the garbage products to find ones that really do make a difference and that aren't loaded with unnecessary fluff. I only stand behind products that have the best ingredients. Here's a little under the hood knowledge, I make money off affiliate sells from this site and there are a ton of companies that would gladly pay me a lot more to refer them people but there products are just worthless so I won't do it.

In conclusion, you get what you pay for so either listen to me or go do your own research and find an online company that knows how to make beard oil's or balm's and get it shipped to you, it's definitely worth the wait.


How To Grow a Beard If You Can't - Is It Really Possible?

I had to post an article on this because I just got done done reading an article on visihow that was complete crap and provided no help to anyone. It basically stated that it's probably because you're eating a soy based diet and now you're estrogen is too high... I can't wait to knife fight the writer of that horrible article (we bloggers do that from time to time). You want to know how to grow a beard if you can't, the answer is increase Testosterone & take Minoxidil. 

Now I'm not saying you should go to your local drug dealer and see if they've got a fresh batch of steroids in, what I'm saying is that most men suffer from low T and don't know it. One of the biggest notable effects of that is very little body hair growth (facial hair falls into this category). If you don't have the money to go to the doctor, get your blood work done and actually see where your levels are then do the responsible thing and get a natural testosterone booster. These things are filled with extracts that have been proven to increase testosterone thus increasing your body hair to beast mode.

As for the minoxidil, that's just the clinical name for Rogaine. Guys have been using it for years on there head and then somewhere along the way one of them got a bright idea to use it on their face and what the hell do you know it worked! This is something I firmly believe in because it's worked not only on my face but my head too. Nothing worse that having a thinning head of hair and a thick beard in my opinion.


Biotin For Beard Growth Results & Dosage

I haven't decided if I want to call bullshit right away or drag you through this long drawn out post where I end up saying...Bullshit! Oops, there it went. Let's get some things straight, the Internet is full of people eager to sell you anything you are willing to buy and don't get me wrong I obviously want to sell you something but I'm not going to sell you crap. I'm going to educate you on things that work and do my favorite thing, calling out everyone else who just try's to sell you some affiliate crap product.

Biotin Results

There is a thing layer of truth for these marketing scammers to stand on but it's real thin. Biotin has been marketed for years to women because it has been linked to strengthening keratin levels in your body. Keratin by the way is a protein that is the building block for all skin, hair and nails. So the next question is, does it even work at all? The answer is yes it does BUT only if you have a deficiency. Remember people a supplement is just that, it "supplements" in an area you have a deficiency. If your biotin levels are in check then you're not going to notice any change but don't tell that to your girlfriend because she probably swears by it.

Biotin Dosage

This is how much of a crock this supplement is, take a guess what the recommended dosage is, go ahead I'll wait... You guessed it, there isn't one. Now common sense would tell you that if it was that important then it would have a recommended dosage attached to it so it obviously ranks nice and low on the list. You will find a lot of people say that 2.5mg is the best dosage to take for optimal effects but this is really just them shooting in the dark, there is no scientific evidence to support that, it's a case of broad (opposite of bro) science.

Moral of the story, go out there and spend/waste all your money on products that aren't going to work or buy something that has actual social & clinical proof like a rogaine product.

 


Eucalyptus Oil For Beard Growth Review - The Truth!

If you've made it this far then you're probably asking yourself, can I really use eucalyptus oil for beard growth? The short answer is ehhh, No. You're going to find conflicting reports from individuals who say that it has worked wonders for them and others who claim their beard actually looks worse. The best thing you can do is what I did, educate yourself.

What Does Eucalyptus Oil Do?

It has two major benefits to it, the first being that it acts as an anti-fungal and if you know anything about skin and how it works these are great for not only treating any current infections of the skin but also preventing them. The second being that it has anti-inflammatory properties which help relieve skin irritations and flareups that can inhibit hair growth.

How Much Does It Actually Help Hair Growth?

Very minimally, you won't hear a "Truthful" dramatic story about how a guy was a loser with three chin hairs and started using eucalyptus oil and everything changed. For dramatic results you're going to want to use a product like Minoxidil, it's the only thing that will have that much of an impact and take you from average beard status to lumberjack. Don't get me wrong this is a great thing to have in your beard oil or balm but don't think your facial clout will change because of it. It will be a supplement to help overall skin health and keep a good environment for growing.

In conclusion, don't buy the hype because it's just that. It's a great ingredient and that's all it is.