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    Long beard styles: How to grow a full beard

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    Brown-haired man in suit with a defined jawline, accentuated by a carefully-shaped full beard.

    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 long beard style suitable for any face shape, with very little effort. 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 get a full beard

     Learning how to grow a full beard involved leaving it be and letting it grow, for about four to six weeks at least. There are no mysterious and quick ways to grow a beard; you just have to give it time. So, if you’re looking for fast beard growth tips, here is one: be patient.


    Tip: If you need to know how to grow a full beard without patches, then best is to give yourself time to grow, trimming occasionally so your facial hair does not become unruly. Give the beard time to fill out everywhere while maintaining it at an even length before pressing on to growing a full beard.

    2. Meanwhile, take some preventative steps to retain a groomed (not grizzled) look. Beards take time, so it’s worth knowing how to groom your beard in its early stages. Regularly cut off wild hair on the neck and cheeks. With the Philips OneBlade, with multi-length stubble combs for finding optimal length from 1-5mm, trimming is an effortless and even job.

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

    3. After several weeks of growth, your beard is probably looking a bit unkempt. When the beard is clean and dry, use your beard trimmer to even out the length and get rid of any stragglers, choosing the comb or guard of your required length. 

    Man driving a car in black sunglasses sports a full brown beard and moustache with short haircut.

    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, trim the hair on your neck, moving from the middle to the side. Following your natural growth pattern, tidy up your cheek line.

    5. Once your neckline and cheek line 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.


    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. Head here for five essential beard care tips.

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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.

    This full beard grooming guide should have your face covering facial hair looking as grand as possible. Not sure you’re pulling off that full beard? Find a better fit with our guide to the best beard styles around.

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