2 month beard trim [Photo guides and expert tips]

There is no doubt that a two month beard is a significant milestone for a lot of people. At two months of growth you would expect to see approximately 1 inch of length. A two-month beard will start to look continuous across your face but may have a small amount of fuzziness around the edges. I genuinely believe, and it is my experience, that a good-looking beard is about 80% trimming and 10% products and 10% good luck down to environmental variables.

Trim your 2 month beard by choosing a great style, using a trimmer with a guard to even out the length, fade into weaker parts of your beard, shaving the neckline and the cheek line so that there is a defined line between skin and beard, and uses on the bottom lip line of your moustache.

By following these simple steps at the two month mark, I am certain that your beard will look professional, sharp, and allow you to lay the perfect foundation and confidence for growing out your beard a little bit longer – if that’s what you choose.

How long does a beard grow in 2 months?

If you want to know more about how long have beard grows in two months check out my other article – is two months enough to grow a beard? Styles, tips, and more… – Click here to be taken to article.

In two months the average person can grow approximately 1 inch (23 mm) of beard hair.

Though your beard hair may look relatively patchy at this stage, there are some things that you can do to make sure that you draw attention to the best aspects of your two-month old beard with a perfect 2 month beard trim.

If you are lucky, and you are in the upper end of growth rate you will be able to start to see the potential of your beard as in two months you will start to see the foundations of a continuous beard.

At the two-month stage you would have almost certainly push through any of the uncomfortableness and itchiness caused by hairs emerging from your skin and getting just long enough to curl around and irritate areas where the end of the hair touches the skin.

Here are the stages you need to go through to trim a two-month old beard accurately.

How do you trim a 2 month old beard?

After approximately two months this may be the first time you have ever trimmed your beard. The most important thing is that you have some idea going into the trim about what you want your beard to look like.

You may want to look at celebrities which have a short beard and compare those beards to the growth patterns that you have on your face. If a celebrity has a similar growth pattern to you it would be a fair assumption that you could achieve something similar.

Trimming up a beard will take a little bit of practice.

You will need to learn how to hold the trimmers and how to pass it over your face so that each hair is cut evenly. This is different for each person as each person’s growth pattern and hair direction is different.

Getting to know your beard by running your fingers over the hair and taking a note of the growth direction will allow you to use the trimmers confidently.

Choose a great style

A two-month beard trim starts with defining what sort of beard you want to end up with after your trim.

You will be limited by the amount of hair you can take off because you only have 1 inch to work with (at this point). That means that you should look for beard styles that represent the length of your beard rather than looking to the future for inspiration.

For a full rundown and comprehensive list of all of the different types of beard styles you should know about check out my other article – beard styles [a comprehensive list of foundational beard styles] – click here to be taken to article.

Here are my favourite beard styles for a two month old beard:

You’ll notice that each beard style, although short, has some options that you need to consider.

  • Cheek depth – if you are struggling to grow beard hairs on your cheeks you can choose a beard cheek line which is lower than usual. There is no need to have it particularly high with a short beard.
  • Trim length – you have the option of trimming up your two-month old beard so that it is the same length all over. This tends to be the style which is preferred by men sporting 1 inch beards because it is easier to maintain.
  • Connection to hair – when you connect your two-month old beard to your hair you can choose to have it flow continuously from the sideburn into the hair all you can use some form of fading effect. If you are not used to fading your hair this will take a little bit of practice and I recommend you speak to a barber to show you how to do it properly.

Also, it’s important that you choose a style that you like and sometimes the clean cut style just isn’t you. In one of the examples, above, you will notice that there is a small amount of shagginess to the beard and if that’s what you like – go for it.

Here are all of the steps that you need to go through when trimming your beard.

Trim all over – longest length

The first thing a lot of people do for their 2 month beard trim is make sure that they are starting with a beard that is the same length all over. This is as easy as taking a good pair of trimmers and using the guard which gives you approximately 1 inch of length.

Because your hairs will be curly you may have to go over the beard in a ton of different directions to make sure that you capture every single hair in the trimmers.

If a 1 inch beard guard is too long I recommend that you slowly decrease the length of the tremor guard until you just start hearing the hairs being cut. This is the length that you should use over the rest of your beard.

Shaving the beard to a homogenous and continuous length means that you are starting your beard styling with a great foundation. From there you can decide to fade into weaker parts of your beard to accentuate the good growth and hide the weak growth.

What is a good trimmer for 2 months growth?

For a beard which is only two months old one of the best tools that you should purchase is a good quality beard trimmer.

A good quality beard trimmer, in my opinion, is one that is plugged into the outlet because that ensures full power throughout the entire cut. I’ve played about with battery trimmers in the past and always found them lacking power towards the end of their battery capacity.

Also, you should choose a trimmer which has a variety of guards so that you can do different lengths over your beard. The beard trimmer should also have replaceable blades. Most of the time you can easily replace blades of beard trimmers by simply unscrewing the blades from the body and replacing them with a fresh set.

You should do this every 1 to 2 years to keep your beard trimmer working at its best.

Also, buying a good quality beard oil and lubricating the blades after every use will keep them running smoothly and ensure that corrosion does not damage any internal parts that are rubbing together.

Here is my pick for the best trimmer for two months of growth.

Andis Finishing Combo Trimmer + Shaver

4.6 out of 5 Stars

If you are looking for a trimmer to detail your beard – you really need to consider this combo. Not only do you get the power of a corded T-blade trimmer but you also get the addition of a foil shaver that will keep your neckline and beard shape looking sweet!

This combo comes with great reviews online and you have everything you need to keep your beard looking sharp and maintained. Great for traveling too as it comes with a soft case to keep everything together.

  • Gold Titanium Hypo-Allergenic Foils,
  • Corded Trimmer + Lithium Shaver,
  • Fine-Tooth, Carbon-Steel Blade

Pros

+ Everything you need for detailing

+ Professional quality

+ Corded

Cons

~ A little loud during operation

~ Corded may hinder movement

Choose areas that you want shorter

If you have selected a beard style which has shorter areas you will need to fade into those areas using different guards.

This is applicable to people who do not have even growth over the entire face and can use length as a way to draw attention away from certain aspects of their beard.

For most people this is the cheek area and jaw line in between the sideburn and the chin.

You can use your trimmer to fade the hair length down to those parts if you choose to. Alternatively, if you have struggled to grow hair on your cheeks you can decide to grow your hair longer over the course of a few months to cover up the weaker parts.

Shave the neck line

Shaving the neckline is one of the things that you can get wrong easily.

Because you have a short beard it is important that the neckline is as defined as possible. You want it to be symmetrical, clean, and importantly not too high.

The neckline should follow the line at which your head joins to your neck.

There are two ways to do this.

The first way is to tilt your head forward as far as it will go and push your finger up into the crease. Where the top of the crease it – that’s your neckline!

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Another option is to find your Adam’s apple and, when looking up, place two fingers on your neck with the bottom finger resting on the top edge of your Adam’s apple. Where the top finger rests on your neck that is your neckline:

Notice how when my neck is stretched the middle part of the neckline seems to be higher than the line at the jawbones. This is because the skin stretches and it can lead to a bit of confusion. Remember to cut your neckline in

Once you have found your neckline you want to trim along it so that it is symmetrical and follows around the side of your head. If in doubt, ask an expert to trim yours in for you – then you can maintain that line for yourself.

Shave the cheekline

The cheek line is another really important part of your short beard style. Essentially, you have two options:

  • You can use a low sweeping curve to connect the front edge of your sideburn to the top edge of your moustache. This is perfect for people who have good cheek density.
  • The other option, is to do a low flat cheek line which is best suited for people who are struggling to fill out the cheek areas of their beard.

Exactly where you trim up each cheek line is different for each person and this image below is where I trim my cheek line. You will notice that I have to make a decision about exactly where the cheek line sits based on the density of hairs.

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These two options need to be executed by shaving close to the skin with a single blade safety razor so that you can define the line as accurately and as cleanly as possible.

Cut mustache hairs

At about 1 inch of length your moustache hairs may start to tickle your top lip. This is where you need to use a good sharp pair of scissors to remove any of the hairs that are uncomfortable or causing you to notice your moustache regularly.

For me, this is when the top hairs tickle either my top lip or my bottom lip and it is most obvious in the corners of my mouth.

All you need to do is simply remove the hairs with a pair of scissors and make sure that there are no extra longhairs.

Because your beard is particularly short you are able to get away with a very thin moustache if that is your choice. I find that as my beard grows longer I need a thicker and fuller moustache to completely balance out the amount of weight which is coming off the end of my chin.

Connect to head hair

Lastly, you need to focus on the part of the beard which connects to the head hair. If, you are like most bearded men, and you are thinning on top you may wish to fade your sideburn is down to match your shaved head. I like to do this gradually by slowly using different length guards to fade from one length to the other. This is how I do it:

You can also choose to have a defined age if you want – that is completely up to what you think looks good for your beard.

How to care for your 2 month old beard

Looking after your two month old beard is much simpler than looking after a longer beard because you don’t have to worry about conditioning the beard to often.

With a short beard the natural oils of your face are able to keep your hair soft and supple. But, here are a couple of steps that you may want to go through if you want to give your hair extra boost.

Look after the skin

Look after the skin underneath your beard. After about two months of growth you will still be able to see some areas of your skin under the beard.

Looking after the skin can include using:

  • a cleanser – using a cleanser removes the dirt and grime from your face and will prevent you from developing breakouts.
  • Exfoliate – pick a gentle scrub to put into your routine to remove any dead skin cells that accumulated at the roots of your short beard.
  • Moisturise – choose a beard boil or a skin moisturiser which is readily absorbed into the skin. A good moisturiser will contain vitamins and nutrients to add a shine to your skin and will also create a barrier to protect you from what the world has for you that day.

Looking at your skin whilst you still have a 1 inch beard will also mean that you are less likely to suffer from beard problems such as beard dandruff and irritation.

Trial a range of beard shampoos

After about two months of beard growth you should start trialling beard shampoos instead of using soap or hair shampoo on your beard. Head shampoo is particularly aggressive when it comes to removing the oils generated by your face.

Using a beard shampoo that has been specially formulated for your face is much better. If you want to know some of the best shampoos for beards check out my YouTube video, here:

Beard oil

After about 1 inch of growth you should consider using a beard oil to keep your beard soft and nourished.

Beard oil is a staple for the majority of bearded men.

You should consider getting a beard oil that has a lot of jojoba oil in it. The jojoba oil is readily absorbed by the skin – rather than the hair – which means that your short hair and skin is looked after. Make sure that the beard oil has some essential oils in it too – not just for smell but also for the small amount of therapeutic properties which can be imparted by essential oils.

If you’re not sure about what beard oil to buy in this early stage I recommend trialling a range of different manufacturers and suppliers so that you can choose the best one for you.

Beard brush

A good quality beard brush with natural bristles will mean that you are able to spread the beard oil evenly throughout your beard whilst also brushing it into shape. Your beard is probably too short to control with heat and so you will be relying on using beard oils and softeners in combination with your beard brush to keep it in control.

Summary

In this article, we have gone through everything you need to know about your two month beard trim. Exactly where you need to trim it and how to maintain it afterwards.

You could decide that your beard is now ready to grow even longer or you can halt it at this length to enjoy maintaining and owning a beard.

The Author


Andy Stapleton

Andy is a writer and YouTuber with a PhD in science. He has written and/or produced videos for Science Alert, COSMOS magazine, and Australia's Science Channel among others. He is an avid beard grower and after many years of growing and trialing different beard styles, he started this blog to share the tips, tricks, and science that he has learned along the way!