Trim beard dry or wet?

“Should I trim my beard dry or wet?”

We heard this specific question often enough that it warranted an explanation.

The answer is simple.

You should trim your beard when it’s dry.


Read the full guide to trimming your beard.


Trim beard dry or wet?

Trim your beard when it is dry because the wetness will add more weight to your beard. This weight can affect the beard’s appearance.

The wet beard will look different. When you trim, the temporary weight will distort the beard’s shape and can cause you to shape your beard in unintended ways.

If your beard is dry you can be certain that what you’re seeing when you trim is what your beard actually looks like. With a dry beard, what you see is what you get.

Combing your beard against the grain is the best way to start. Flare out the hair so it stands out at a 90-degree angle from your face.

Now that you look like a crazy man, inspect your beard for unequal lengths and use barber scissors to even it out.


Check out our top recommended barber scissors

Use beard oil after you trim

After you trim your dry beard you should take a shower. This rinse will remove any stray beard hairs and ultimately clean up your look.

Then, once you finish the shower apply beard oil or beard balm.

The best time to apply beard oil is when your beard is slightly damp, but not dripping. Consequently, this is also the best time to comb your beard.

The best way to dry a beard after showering is simply to dab the beard with a towel.

Try not to agitate the beard with a towel rubbing back and forth. You may create static electricity in your beard. Some men report that their beard is frizzy after a shower. Dab your beard, don’t rub it with a towel, to reduce the frizz.

Use beard oil after your shower to complete the trim.

Now, look in the mirror.

You look awesome.

Do you agree? Should you trim beard dry or wet? Let us know in the comments.

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