If you like to go for a haircut with more variation than a buzz cut, then you’ll be well aware of how a stylishly tapered trim can upgrade your groomed appearance.
A beard fade follows the same principle, meaning that different parts of your facial hair are cut or styled with varying guards.
This is one of the fundamentals of beard trimming and any good barber will know exactly how to shape and fade your beard to perfection.
Of course, you may want to get your beard looking its best without a time-consuming trip to the barber; that’s where a high-quality trimmer comes in handy. We’ll show you how to expertly fade a beard and exactly what tools you’ll need at your disposal.
Taming your facial hair with a skilful beard trim starts with choosing the right grade and length that’s going to work for your face.
Once you’ve mastered your ideal style, you’ll know that sideburns and neck hair often grow at different rates; this is why you should try to blend into your hairstyle or your cleanly shaven beard-free area.
This is where the beard fade comes in. As you reach the areas that your trimming routine stops at, to avoid a hard line you can fade a smoother gradient between your beard and hairstyle or clean-shaven spots.
This technique is more complex than simply trimming all over with one guard and you may want to visit a barber to see how it should look when done expertly. Practice makes perfect and with a few tries fading your beard can become second nature to you.
Wondering why stylish individuals such as Zayn Malik are such big fans of a faded beard? This styling technique will make your beard look intentional and well-groomed with just a few steps.
You may well already use a precision trimmer to clean away stray hairs high on your cheeks or outside the shape of your beard.
The much-loved beard fade follows the same principle of making it clear to the eye where the beard ends and your hairstyle begins.
Getting your facial fuzz ready for a stylishly blended gradient starts with your regular beard trimming routine. First, choose your preferred guard – with Braun’s EasyClick attachment you simply snap on whichever beard length you’d like from 1-7mm.
With the right guard in place, trimming with your beard trimmer is simply a matter of taming any overgrown areas.
We suggest starting with a higher guard than your desired final length as you’re still free to have another pass with a lower length if you decide it’s still too bushy for you.
Braun shavers are handily equipped with Autosense technology that reads the thickness of hair and adjusts power accordingly to help you glide through any tricky areas.
For a more striking contrast with your fade, you should leave more length to work down from. Alternatively, if you’re going for a more business casual approach you’ll want a subtle beard fade starting from a tidy lower length.
Once you’ve trimmed any excess growth on your face, it’s time to perfect your faded beard style with the following steps.
Fade haircut styles are fully on-trend for modern men so you may wonder how to incorporate your beard fade with this kind of look.
To avoid a stark contrast between your beard and hairstyle, you should aim for a graded look between your sideburns and beard. Using whichever guard lengths you desire, gradually work down and blend this connecting area to make your fade look as natural as possible.
Once you’ve trimmed and styled your faded beard, it’s time to apply some essential products that will keep this hair looking lustrous and healthy.
Beard oils are designed to keep this hair growing without skin irritation. This is particularly important as this hair starts to grow as ingrown hairs and a scratchy sensation are common.
After achieving a stylishly trimmed look, you don’t want to waste all your hard work. The best way to do this is through regular maintenance.
Remember the guards used on each part of your beard and as soon as it starts to look messy give those areas another pass with your beard trimmer and the graded style of your beard fade will keep its defined look.
As with most beard styles, there’s a variety of ways you can wear this look. As the fade doesn’t require the kind of twirling and trimming that some moustache styles might, types of facial hair fade can be distinguished by length.