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    How to grow a full beard

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    How to get a full beard, the mack-daddy of beards

    Growing and shaping a full beard takes some serious dedication. It consists of a beard, moustache and whiskers, which will grow together to cover your cheeks, chin and neck – making this beard style suitable for any face shape. Impressively masculine, with a minimum of sculpting required, it’s rightly named the king of beards. Ready to commit? Here’s your six-step guide to getting it done. 

    How to grow a thick, full beard 

    1. Give yourself a few weeks of grow time – this mack-daddy beard style is worth the wait. 

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    2. Meanwhile, take some preventative steps to retain a groomed (not grizzled) look. Beards take time, so it’s worth knowing how to maintain a full beard in its nascent stages. Cut back any neck hair, and stray cheek hairs, with regular shaves, using your rotary shaver in a gentle, circular motion. 


    Tip: Don’t shave too close, or the difference between your neck hair and the foliage slowly growing over your face will make your nascent beard look strangely out-of-sync. 

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    3. After several weeks of growth, your beard is probably looking pretty unkempt. When the beard is clean and dry, use your beard trimmer to even out the length and get rid of any stragglers, setting the comb or zoom wheel to the 3rd or 4th level.

    4. Now that your beard has filled out nicely, it’s time to talk about how to shape a full beard. Using a longer setting on your beard comb or zoom wheel, trim the hair on your neck, moving from the middle to the side. Following your natural growth pattern, tidy up your cheekline. The zoom wheel will give you total, reliable control over the length settings..

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    5. Once your neckline and cheekline have been defined, comb your full beard out and begin shaping it, keeping an eye on the symmetry. If you want to create a nice, soft point out of your beard, remember to increase the length settings as you move from your cheeks to your chin. 

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    6. When shaping a full beard, remember to first trim, then shave the extra hairs off your cheeks and neck, plus any areas (like below the mouth) where you want to create definition. Use a rotary shaver in a gentle circular motion on your cheeks and neck; for smaller, tighter spaces, first trim with a precision trimmer then clean up with a mini foil shaver. For more tips, check out our beard trimming guide here.

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    What you need

    Beardtrimmer series 5000 Beard and hair trimmer


    One pass even trim

    The Philips Norelco Beard and Hair Trimmer 5500 is a premium beard and stubble trimmer which also cuts hair. Designed for an even trim from any angle and features 40 adjustable lengths, DualCut steel blades and 90 minutes of litihium-ion run time.

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    How to maintain a full beard

    Now that you’ve defined the shape of your full beard, maintenance is key. Comb or brush it regularly, and trim escapee hairs as needed. Beard oil can be used to keep it soft, while pomade can be used to shape.

    Find out more 

    Not sure you’re pulling off that full beard? Find a better fit with our guide to the best beard styles around. And if you want to keep that sweet new full beard in good shape, our guide to good beard care and maintenance is here to help.

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