Unleash your inner barber and master the art of the perfect beard fade at home if you don’t want to grow your beard on your cheeks.
I know what you’re thinking. “I’m not a barber! I can’t blend my beard into a fade.” But trust me; it’s not as challenging as you think.
With a bit of practice, you can learn how to fade a beard at home with clippers and a few other tools. No more expensive trips to the barber, no more waiting for appointments. You can avoid an itchy beard and keep your beard flat.
This guide is your ticket to a seamlessly blended, tapered beard that speaks style.
Beard Fade Before And After: Benefits + Photo
There are many benefits of blending a beard into a fade. It adds structure to your face, accentuating features and creating the illusion of a sharper jawline.
Also, learning to fade a beard yourself saves you time and money. It also lets you experiment with different beard fade styles. And beard fading becomes a valuable skill, making maintenance effortless over time.
How to Fade a Beard at Home & Perfectly Do It Yourself
I’ll start by talking about the tools and materials you’ll need. Then, I’ll walk you through the steps on how to blend your beard into a fade. And finally, I’ll share some tips for getting the perfect faded beard.
Let’s dive into the step-by-step guide on how to blend a beard.
1/ Prepare tools & materials.
You will need a set of clippers with different guard lengths, a trimmer, a comb, and a mirror. You may also want to use a beard oil or balm for to help keep your beard hydrated and prevent it from getting dry and itchy.
- Get the NEW Philips Trimmer Series 9000 with different guards.
- Sandalwood beard comb for men.
- Beard balm and beard oil by Crafted Beards.
2/ Trim your beard & mustache to the desired length.
After you’re ready, establish the beard fade line and trim your long beard accordingly.
- Comb your beard downwards to tame any stray hairs.
- Identify a line above the Adam’s apple by placing a finger horizontally.
- Start trimming a narrow strip below this line, expanding outwards beneath your jawline.
- Repeat the same process on the other side.
For this delicate task, I recommend using a high-precision tool such as the Philips Shaver Series 9000. If you have a long beard, you may want to start by trimming it with a pair of scissors to get it to a manageable length.
Here’s how to use a beard trimmer correctly.
- Decide on the Type of beard trimmer.
- Consider the brand, quality & your beard length.
- Oil the blades & assemble the guard.
- Time to trim that long beard!
- Use a beard trimmer for stubble or chinstrap.
3/ Use Clippers to Create the Fade
First off, get this Andis 74000 Professional T-Outliner for precisely defining your neckline, sideburns and mustache. Here’s how to fade a beard with clippers.
- Start fading at the bottom of your beard.
- Set your clippers to a longer guard length for the upper part of your beard.
- Remember that the higher the guard number, the longer the cut.
- Start trimming at your cheekbone level, moving the clippers downward.
- Decrease the guard length as you move down your beard to create a seamless fade.
For example, if you start with a #4 guard at the top, switch to a #3 at mid-beard, and end with a #2 or #1 at the bottom. For a more dramatic beard fade, use two or three guard lengths only.
Remember, this is your beard! Feel free to adjust the guard lengths to suit your preference. The key is to ensure to blend your beard into a fade evenly so that there are no harsh lines.
4/ Fade beard sideburns and mustache.
Once you’ve faded the bottom of your beard, start trimming the sideburns and mustache to match.
- Use the same guard length you used for the bottom of your beard.
- Start trimming at the outer corner of each sideburn and move towards your ear.
- Trim the mustache by angling your clippers upward, moving from nose to lip.
5/ Clean up any stray hairs.
Now is the time to finish off with a comb & trimmer. Use a comb to brush your beard in the direction of growth. Then, use a trimmer to trim any stray hairs that are outside of the fade. And that’s just it! See easy it was!
6/ Apply beard oil or balm on your tapered beard.
This step is not a must to fade a beard at home, of course. But to keep your beard moiturized and stop it from getting itchy, go for this combination of beard oil and balm. Learn how to apply a beard oil or balm.
Quick Recap of Tips on Fading Your Beard Yourself
I have given many tips while sharing the process of blending your beard into a fade. So let me quickly give you a recap of those tips.
- Start with the Longest Setting: Before you begin fading, set your trimmer to the longest length that is slightly shorter than your overall beard length. This provides a starting point for the gradual fade.
- Work Your Way Down: As you trim, progressively decrease the trimmer setting to shorter and shorter lengths. Glide the trimmer along your face, maintaining the continuity of slightly shorter hair for a seamless fade.
- Focus on Continuity: Whether you have a short or long beard, the key to a layered fade is achieving imperceptible blending as the beard length changes. Aim for a smooth transition throughout the beard.
- Easy Maintenance: Once the initial fade is complete, maintaining the style is straightforward. Regularly trim your beard to the desired length to keep the faded look fresh and clean.
- Moisturize Your Beard: After fading, use beard products like beard oil or beard balm into your routine. These products lock in moisture, promote healthy hair growth, and help maintain the freshly faded beard shape.
- Use Adequate Lighting: Ensure you have sufficient lighting while trimming your beard to accurately assess the fade progress and avoid any uneven spots.
- Trim with Precision: Take your time and trim in small, controlled movements to maintain accuracy and avoid overcutting.
- Check in the Mirror: Periodically step back and assess your work in the mirror from different angles to ensure a balanced and even fade.
- Blend Sideburns and Hairline: Pay attention to blending the sideburns and hairline into the fade for a natural and seamless transition.
- Work in Sections: Divide your beard into sections (e.g., cheeks, chin, jawline) and fade each section individually to maintain consistency.
- Avoid Rushing: Fading a beard requires patience and attention to detail. Avoid rushing the process to achieve the best results.
- Practice on Longer Setting: If you’re new to fading, practice on a longer trimmer setting to get comfortable with the technique before attempting a shorter fade.
- Clean the Trimmer Regularly: Keep your trimmer clean by removing hair clippings after each use to ensure optimal performance and longevity.
- Comb the Beard: Regularly comb your beard in the direction of growth to align the hairs, making the fading process smoother.
- Don’t Forget Neckline: Pay attention to the neckline to create a well-defined and polished beard shape.
- Experiment Gradually: If you’re unsure about the desired fade length, start with a slightly longer setting and work your way shorter incrementally.
- Seek Assistance if Needed: If you’re unsure about fading or need a precise style, consider seeking help from a professional barber.
With these tips, you can confidently master the art of fading your beard at home, achieving a well-blended and tapered look that suits your preferences and grooming routine.
FAQs on How to Blend a Beard at Home
Let me answer some of the frequently asked questions about fading a beard yourself.
1/ How to fade a beard into a bald head?
To seamlessly fade your beard into a bald or shaved head, start by trimming the beard to desired length. Decrease trimmer setting towards jawline and sides. Blend beard into bald or shaved area with gentle, overlapping strokes for a smooth transition.
Check fade from different angles with a mirror for a polished look.
2/ How to fade a long beard into a goatee?
To achieve a smooth transition from beard to goatee, define the desired goatee shape. Trim the beard hair around the goatee area, gradually shortening it towards the goatee. Blend the goatee edges into the surrounding beard for a seamless and stylish fade.
3/ How to properly fade a beard with clippers?
Fade a beard with clippers by using different length settings. Trim the beard to an even length with a longer clipper setting. Decrease the setting gradually towards the jawline and sides of your face. Blend the shorter beard lengths with the surrounding hair for a well-defined and gradual fade using clippers.
4/ How to fade a beard from short to long?
Fade a beard from short to long by trimming longer as you move down. Blend gradually for a seamless transition. And follow the process I have already shared above. And remember that the patience is key!
5/ Should I fade my beard neckline?
Fading the beard neckline creates a polished look. Blend it smoothly for a neat appearance. But if don’t like the look of a faded neckline, you can leave it out. Consider seeking a barber’s help and advice if unsure.
6/ Where to fade a beard?
Fade your beard along the jawline and sides. Use clippers with varying lengths. Take your time and mirror-check for a balanced result. And for a stylish look, define the beard shape and fade the sideburns and hairline.
With these tips, you can easily create your own faded beard at home, saving time and money. And it’s so much fun! So why not give it a try yourself?
7/ Can you fade a patchy beard?
Of course, you can. In fact, fading a patchy beard is a trending beard style as it covers up the missing spots quite effectively. Start by defining the desired beard shape with clippers. Trim and blend the patchy areas for a neat, seamless look. Regularly trim your beard to maintain the faded style for an effortless everyday look.