How to shave with facial hair

We're not anti-beards, we're anti-bad-shaving. Whether you’ve got a full beard, a goatee, a fat ‘tache or big ‘burns... every form of facial hair styling is going to need some lining-in with a razor or clippers. 

Before you take a blade to your face, you need to know how much hair you should remove, how to do it comfortably to avoid razor burn and in a way that suits your face as well as our recommended shave prep. This video tells you how to treat your face properly when shaving with facial hair.

How to Shave With Facial Hair Video Transcript

Although we’re called the King of Shaves we’re not actually an anti-beard company – we’re just anti bad shaving.

The number of styles you can have on your beard is limitless, but nearly every form of styling that you’re going to do on your beard – unless you go for a fully natural look and let it grow wherever it wants to grow – is going to need some lining in. But before you get to the lining in you’ve got to understand how much hair you’re going to need to remove. If you’re lining-in on a daily basis, because you want to look sharp every single day, then you need to obviously just use standard wet shave rules.

If you’re lining in less frequently, you’re probably going to need to use a clipper to try and take any of the weight of the beard down, so that what you’re leaving the razor to shave with is something that’s one or two millimetres long, at best. The beauty of using clippers to line-in the edge of the beard before using the wet shaver is that it gives you a nice, defined line to run your razor along.

Choosing where to line-in your beard is as much down to your own personal taste as any rules will tell you. Where you stick your cheek line or where you stick your neckline depends a little bit on the shape of your face. The secret really is to just take away 5mm of beard, take a look, if you want to take a bit more, another 5mm, if that looks like it’s just about right then you’re there – great.

Just make sure that you keep nice lines from your sideburn through to your ‘tache. As you bring your cheek down you want to keep a nice line so that it follows parallel to your jawline. To bring your neckline up evenly on both sides, a nice tip is to trim your beard on one side, place your finger and then you can place the head of your trimmer the other side, so you can just match symmetrically as you go up and down your face.

Try not to take the chin line above the edge of your chin – you’ re going to have a rather strange look. It might be a strange look you like – I don’t know. Make sure that you do with your beard what works for your face, because your face might be not the same as anybody else’s – we’re all a bit unique. Don’t be too led by fashion.

Then you’re ready just to finish your lining-in with a wet razor. We would recommend for this particular task a nice, low-foam product. This allows you to see what you are doing. Can of Mr. Whippy may be great for many things, but it’ s not a great product for lining-in your beard. You want to see what you are doing, so you can follow that crisp, nice line. Always important to consider the skin under your beard as well as the beard itself and keep it in good condition. Consider a post shave product, a moisturiser or a balm on the shaved area.

A beard will wick away the natural moisture that your body generates away from your skin, so actually although you’ve got a beard, underneath your skin might be a bit drier than it would normally be if you shaved every day. If you choose to use an oil to line-in your beard any residual shaving oil that you’ve got you can just massage into your beard, it gives you a little bit of shine and a little bit of conditioning and a little bit of styling too.