Depending on your genetics and ancestry, growing a beard can take two days or two months. But regardless of how long it takes for your manly mane to sprout, one thing all facial hair lovers know is that nothing ruins a great beard, goatee or mustache like an uneven chop job. That’s why, when it’s time to trim your beard, you should check out some beard shaping tools.
Beard shaping tools come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are designed to act as a guide when shaving and trimming. The tools can be pressed against the face or the actual beard and provide a straight or curved outline that gets rid of guesswork that you don’t want to be doing when holding scissors or a razor.
Beard shaping tools can often be used for hairlines as well, making them a great option for those who cut their own hair or when you need a small touch-up between visits to the barbershop. (If you’ve ever noticed your barber or hairstylist pressing their combs against your beard or hair, this is exactly what they’re doing.)
Protect your sideburns, ears, lips and of course, your beard by using a beard shaping tool. We promise you won’t regret it once you see that handsome mug in the mirror for the first time.
1. Beard Black Beard Shaping Tool
The Beard Black Beard Shaping Tool is a perfect example of a prototypical beard shaping tool. In one tool, you have two combs and two different beard shape guides. If you’re looking for straighter lines, use the flat line. If you’re looking for a curved beard line, simply use the curved side.
Of course, as will be the case with all beard shaping tools, there will be a little bit of a learning curve to get symmetry on both sides of your face. But the beauty of using a beard shaping tool is that if one side’s line is higher than the other, you can just use the tool again to take a little off the top until the two sides are more visibly symmetrical.
But as far as beard shaping tools go, the Beard Black tool will be simple enough for most dudes just looking for a quick and easy way to get better lines.
Beard Black Beard Shaping Tool
2. Megan Beard Shaping Tool
For a more sophisticated beard shaping tool, we like the Megan Beard Shaping Tool. Though we think most guys will be OK with a more basic tool, the Megan beard shaping tool will be perfect for the guy actually trying to avoid going to the barber.
Instead of one to two lines that only work in limited ways, this beard template is designed to create lines all over your face. There’s a forehead line, curve cut, neck line, mustache line, a goatee line, a straight cut line, a step cut line and a mini comb to boot.
Users did say the beard shaping tool is a little flimsy, but it’s a piece of plastic meant for brief usage on your face, so it’s not like it needs to be made of stainless steel.
And though we’d recommend buying these things on their own, if you’re feeling really cheap or are really open-minded about shaving tools, this beard shaping tool also comes with a pack of double-edge blades, a straight razor and trimming scissors.
Megan Beard Shaping Tool
3. Aberlite FlexShaper Neckline Guide
The Aberlite FlexShaper Neckline Guide has two great things going for it as far as beard shaping tools go. First, the V-shaped tool is designed for perfect neck lines only. While that doesn’t make it very versatile, it does make it excellent for quick neckline touch-ups. Second, it’s hands-free. Just strap the tool around your head and under your neck, adjust it to deliver the lines you want and then shave away. The tool is plastic, a bit flexible and sturdy, so it’s not uncomfortable and will hold up as long as you need it to.
Aberlite FlexShaper Neckline Guide
4. Grow Alpha Beard Beard Shaping Tool Kit
We like the Grow Alpha Beard Beard Shaping Tool Kit because it’s extremely straightforward to use. With two curved cut edges and a step cut edge, it’s incredibly easy to hold the straight edge to line up the curved edges on either side of your face, leaving only a quick drag of the razor between you and perfect lines. Sure, it’s a bit less versatile than other beard shaping tools, but it’s pretty cheap and pretty durable for its price too and we think you’ll appreciate how easy it is to use out of the box. Plus, you can use the included pencil liner if you’re having difficulty following your desired lines and the included comb will ensure your hair is organized before you go trimming.
Grow Alpha Beard Beard Shaping Tool Kit
5. Aberlite ClearShaper
We return back to Aberlite for their great take on the hard plastic beard shaping tool. The Aberlite ClearShaper allows for eight different beard-shaping styles, including a gentle curve cut, a deep curve cut, a curved step cut, a straight step cut, a curved edge and a straight edge for goatees and a curved edge and a straight edge for your neckline. We also appreciate the transparent plastic, which makes visualizing the lines a bit easier.
Sure, there’s definitely a learning curve, but if you play with the tool a bit before shaving, we think you’ll be able to figure it out no problem. When you do, stray edges on your cheeks, beard, neck and mustache won’t stand a chance.
6. Beardoholic Beard Shaping Tool
The Beardoholic Beard Shaping Tool has a lot going for it. Not only can it be used for nine different kinds of lines, it’s transparent for easy line following and comes with a beard stencil and trimming scissors. Plus, in a helpful little feature that should be in all beard shaping tools, there’s a little hanging hole for convenient hanging storage if you have small hooks near your bathroom sink.
Beardoholic Beard Shaping Tool
7. Cut Buddy Plus
While any of these beard shaping tools could theoretically be used for hairlines, it’s better to go with a template that’s designed for beards and hairlines. The Cut Buddy Plus has nice long curves, perfect for cheek lines, neck lines and even your upper hairline where the hair meets the forehead.
We also like the Cut Buddy Plus because it comes from a small Black-owned business that only hit it big after appearing on CNBC’s “Shark Tank.”
Cut Buddy Plus
8. Kuuans Goatee Shaving Beard Shaping Tool Set
For a goatee-specific beard-shaving tool, we love the Kuuans Goatee Shaving Beard Shaping Tool Set. In this set, you get five goatee beard shapers of different sizes, making nailing the goatee size and contours a breeze. Just hold the little handle flush against your face, run a trimmer or razor around the edges and boom, you’ve got a perfect, fresh goatee in minutes.