Chin Strap Beard Styling Guide & 5 Easy Styles to Try
There’s nothing more classic and charming beard style than a chin strap. Once popular in the late 18th and 19th centuries it’s having a modern-day resurgence, with the likes of entertainment stars including actors Dulquer Salmaan and Jr NTR, who have been sporting variations of chin beard styles off late.
If you are someone who wants to accentuate their jawline, then this chin strap beard style is meant for you. It includes a precisely defined beard only around the jawline with no moustache. This unique beard style works well for everyone, especially for men with oval-shaped faces. It helps in highlighting their facial features and gives you a charming look! The only but important prerequisite of this style is that you should be able to grow hair that covers the entire jawline and chin – on both sides of your face.
The style does require some skill alongside a steady hand but by following the steps listed below carefully we promise it will be worth the effort. So, without further ado, here are the essentials to achieving the Chin Strap - a timeless classic that doesn’t take too much time.
Step 1. Grow your beard to a consistent length
Tip: Grow your beard to around 2 cm and ensure your sideburns and beard are connected
Chin Strap beard styles vary from the thinnest “Jawline chin-strap” beard which can be as narrow as 2 mm in width, right up to the “Thick chin strap” beard, which ranges from 1-2 cm. You don’t want the beard width to be any wider than 2 cm otherwise you’ll lose the cleanly defined edge of the style. We recommend a “Thick chin strap beard” as it gives this great style more prominence. No matter which width you go with, you’ll need between 1-2 cm of hair growth to work from.
Step 2. Trim your beard to your desired length
Chin strap beards look great anywhere between stubble length and 10 mm. So, attach the 1 -10 mm beard comb to your Braun BT5260 Beard Trimmer and select your preferred beard length on the precision wheel. This trimmer comes with 39 length settings in 0.5 mm step sizes. It also has AutoSensing technology that adjusts the power of the trimmer and delivers an effortless trimming experience. It gives you a seamless trim all thanks to its lifetime sharp blades that easily cut through long or thick hair without pulling and tugging. Once you’ve selected the length you want, trim your beard all over for an even length. It helps to shave against the grain when going over your facial hair with the trimmer - just to be thorough.
Step 3. Define the shape of your Chin Strap beard
Tip: Keep the width symmetrical by alternating the sides as you trim gradually
Remove the comb from your beard trimmer and start carefully defining your beard shape, including your moustache area. Focus on shortening all the facial hair outside of the chin beard shape. This will help you out later when you clean shave this area. Then shape your chin beard carefully, with slow, careful strokes away from the hairline - keeping the beard thin and straight. It’s best to start with a thicker line and work your way down – depending on your preference. At this stage it’s important to ensure your beard width is symmetrical, do this by constantly checking your strokes in a clear mirror.
Step 4. Clean shave to sharpen your look
Tip: For an extra-close shave, use the included Gillette razor
Now that you’ve got your shape clearly defined, it’s time to clean-shave your face with the included Gillette razor that comes with the Braun BT5260 Beard Trimmer for that extra smooth finish. When putting on the foam or cream, make sure you avoid covering your newly (and neatly) trimmed beard – you don’t want to risk-taking that masterpiece off! Shave against the direction of your hair growth using single, continuous strokes until the skin outside your beard is smooth and completely hair-free. Like a baby but with a beard.
Step 5. Moisturize and maintain your Chin Strap
As mentioned before, unlike other beard styles this one needs a little more love and care when it comes to overall maintenance. Make sure you keep your new chin beard neat with regular trimming to prevent it from getting out of control. The Chin Strap beard is a very clean, precise beard style so regular upkeep is a must. We’d recommend shaving the beard every 2-3 days - depending how quickly your facial hair grows, just to keep on top of the overall shape of the style. Feel free to try out different lengths, widths and shapes for your beard as it grows.
Why Choose Braun Products?
Braun trimmers understand your grooming needs and bring an array of ergonomic designs that best suit your comfort and style. Starting off with the Braun MGK7331 All-in-one trimmer which showcases high-class performance with its AutoSensing technology. It has a wider trimming surface that captures and cuts more hair in each stroke. It comes with short and long comb attachments that help you achieve any beard length from 0.5 - 21 mm. It’s washable and waterproof which makes it safe to use in the shower too. A quick 5-minute charge is sufficient for one application. On the other hand, Braun XT 5100 Electric Razor & Trimmer comes with 4D blade technology which helps you get the closest shave possible. These blades are made up of stainless steel and last for up to 6 months. It also has a SkinGuard comb that protects the skin from the blade. Lastly, this waterproof shaver comes with a pivoting flex head that adapts to your facial contours.
5 Chin Strap Beard Styles to Try
The Patchy Chin Strap Style: If you love a rugged look a patchy chin strap beard style should be your next pick.
Chin Strap Beard with Goatee: Chin strap goatee brings two classic styles together to create a uber-cool look.
Chin Strap Pencil Style: This is one of the best chin strap beard styles if you have a light beard. It suits all face types.
Puffy Chin Strap Beard Style: This beard style is the perfect combination of a medium beard and a chin strap.
The Subtle Jawline Chin Strap Beard: It serves a suave look and requires very little upkeep.
Finally, feel free to play around with various lengths and widths of your chin strap. The possibilities are endless. Thankfully, the shaving isn’t!
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