For those unfamiliar with the concept of a ducktail beard, it is characterized by a vertical line that extends from the point of the chin on a downward motion towards the neckline. This beard style is easier to maintain than you might imagine. If you’re looking for a way to stand out without having to conform to stringent grooming standards, adding this style to your look may be just what you need.
Your ducktail beard can be customized to the length you want; it can be styled to have a certain level of thickness. The ducktail beard is arguably the most versatile style there is right now (as long as you don’t get carried away and make your beard grow so long that you end up resembling a caveman). You can give yourself a different look each day of the week, without any noticeable difference in the length of your beard.
Face Wash & Exfoliate
- Make sure your beard is clean and dry. To shape a ducktail beard effectively, you need to start with a clean and dry beard. Wash your beard with either a good quality beard wash or shampoo, and let it air dry.
- Exfoliate the skin underneath your beard to help remove dead skin cells and dirt that may be trapped under there. Exfoliating will also make the hair in your beard softer, which will make it easier to shape later on. You can use an exfoliating brush or scrub to accomplish this task.
Trimming the Cheeks
Once the rest of your beard is trimmed, it’s time to tackle your mustache.
There are several ways to trim a mustache—you can use scissors or a trimmer as described above. It all depends on how long you want to keep your ‘stache and if you style it in any way.
Trimming with a Beard Trimmer:
It’s best to start by trimming the mustache with a beard trimmer. This will allow you to roughly cut away most of the longer hairs in preparation for using scissors.
When using a trimmer, always move against the direction that the hair grows in; this will help you cut away more hair than if you were simply moving along with the hair growth pattern.
Once you have used a trimmer, move onto trimming with scissors in order to achieve a precise look as well as maintain control over how much hair length is being reduced at one time.
Trimming the Neckline
Now that you’ve gotten your beard to a healthy, manageable length, it’s time to start trimming. To begin, you’ll want to start with a clean shave. This will give you the cleanest surface to work with and ensure that you cut away only what needs trimming. Once your neckline is defined and groomed, it should be maintained on a regular basis with a trimmer or shaver in order to keep its shape.
Begin by using a razor or shaving cream and razor towards the bottom of your jawbone (the area above where your jugular would come out of your skin) in order to create an even line for the neckline of your ducktail beard. Then use a trimmer at about ⅛ inch (3 mm) from this new line in order to define the shape and length of the beard itself. If necessary, go back over this new line (and any other patches of unevenness) with just the razor so that it’s totally smooth—this will help maintain the precision of its shape moving forward.
Once you have an even line defining the bottom edge of your ducktail beard all around, grab another trimmer set at 1⁄4 inch (6 mm) and use it just underneath where you defined that bottom edge in order to maintain both its length and shape on all sides—but don’t get too carried away! The less hair removed each time, the more natural-looking your trim will be as it grows out between sessions with this guide.
If there are any stray hairs sticking out anywhere around the edges now that everything has been trimmed down evenly overall, go back over them using just your razor for total precision before putting away all trimming equipment for good!
Trimming the Chin
- Use a trimmer to trim the hair on your chin to a length of about 1 inch (2.5 cm).
- Then, brush the hair on your chin backwards, so it goes towards your neck.
- Next, use scissors to trim any stray hairs that fall outside of the ducktail pattern.
- Finally, use the trimmer to trim the hair on your chin down to whatever length you want it at.
The ducktail beard is an impressive beard style that can be difficult to pull off correctly. If you’re interested in trying this lookout, you’ll need a full beard and at least 4 inches (10 cm) of facial hair growth around your jawline and mouth area before you can start this haircutting process.
Short Ducktail Beard
A short ducktail beard is a great choice for someone who wants to maintain some of the convenience and style of a shorter facial hairstyle while still enjoying the full benefits of facial hair. A short ducktail beard can be worn in many ways and can work with any face shape, though the fade and undercut hairstyle is especially a good look for those with oblong or round face shapes.
Long Ducktail Beard
What we love most about the long ducktail beard is that it looks so damn good. It’s thick, full and perfectly maintained. The guy who sports this style understands the basics of beard maintenance and upkeep; a nice, clean shave in conjunction with regular hair trims is key to getting this kind of look. This beard isn’t for everyone, but if you have the confidence to pull it off then by all means go for it!
Maintain Your Ducktail Beard
Keeping your beard in good shape requires a little more work than just trimming it. Here are some tips for maintaining and caring for your ducktail beard:
- Trim it once every 2-3 weeks to maintain the shape of the ducktail.
- Wash and comb it at least once per week, or whenever you wash your face.
- Use a beard oil on your ducktail beard to keep it soft and healthy-looking. This is especially important if your beard tends to be frizzy or dry.
- Comb out any knots as soon as they appear using a wide-toothed comb or a brush that’s specifically made for beards (like this one).
The ducktail beard requires thorough preparation and proper maintenance. It is not a beard for those who are not willing to deal with an equally complicated grooming routine.
A little bit of patience when shaping your beard will go a long way in achieving top-notch Ducktail Beard results. A great-looking beard takes time to master, and it requires some practice if you want to get it right, but like anything else, once you get the hang of it, you’ll be on your way to a perfect Ducktail Beard!
One thing to keep in mind is that while achieving a good ducktail beard is certainly possible, it’s not particularly easy. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t do it on your first (or second, or third) try. Like anything else in life, practice makes perfect, and eventually, you’ll get there. Once you have the ducktail down, however, the possibilities are endless. The next time you set out to give your beard a makeover, perhaps going for a handlebar mustache might be more to your liking. Either way, I hope this guide has been helpful and enjoyable for you. Your beard will thank you for it.