How to Make a Chin Strap?

How to Make a Chin Strap?

A chin strap is an attractive beard that follows the outer edges of a man’s jawline and face. You can decide whether or not to include a mustache and/or goatee, depending on your preference.

A chin strap reveals the shape of your face while hiding the shape of your chin as it grows. It can be thick around the chin, a minimalist strap, a patterned strap, thick and curly, or ultra-thin with a thicker mustache. This outstanding beard style defines masculinity, making it a great choice for men with strong facial features.

Now, let’s learn how to make a chin strap.

How to Make a Chin Strap?

What You Need

Beard Trimmer

Also known as an edger or outliner, a beard trimmer has a very fine-cutting head for design work, arching, and outlining. The utility and versatility of a beard trimmer when trimming rounded or difficult parts make it the perfect choice for making a chin strap.

Some great recommendations include All-Purpose Gillet Styler, Andis 04710 T-Outliner Beard Trimmer, and Andis 32400 Slimline Pro T-Blade Trimmer.  

Facial Scrubber for Men

A facial scrubber is a cream-based product that is uniquely formulated to help exfoliate the skin. It encourages regular skin renewal, frees ingrown hairs, and helps prep your facial skin for a clean, close shave.

You can consider buying the following products SELF/ish Men’s Face Wash, Nivea Men Sensitive Face Wash, or Huron Men’s Daily Face Wash.

Shaving Gel

A shaving gel is a product that you can use to prep your beard for shaving. It helps hydrate the facial skin, and retain moisture in your beard during the shave. A shaving gel allows you to have a smooth, close shave with less force.

We recommend the following products: Rocky Mountain Barber Men’s Shave Gel, Tomb 45 Shave Men’s Shave Gel, and Facon Transparent Non-Foaming Shave Gel.  

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1: Grow Your Beard

Grow Your Beard
Grow Your Beard (Source: thetrendspotter.net)

To get this type of beard, you need to have facial hair that runs evenly around your face, from left to right. Allow your beard to grow for a few days until it is around half an inch long.

The defined edges may disappear if you allow your facial hair to grow longer than half an inch.

Step 2: Trim Your Beard

Trim Your Beard
Trim Your Beard (Source: happinesscreativity.com)

Attach the ideal attachment guide to your trimmer to deliver a consistent cut length as well as a balanced shape. We highly recommend a length of ten millimeters or less. This length is suitable for shaving against the grain.

Step 3: Define the Shape of the Chin Strap

Define the Shape of the Chin Strap
Define the Shape of the Chin Strap (Source: usaphilips.com)

You can shape your chin strap in three steps.

  • First, trim your neck but not too high to ensure that your beard extends just below your jawline.
  • Second, trim the upper part of your cheeks and reduce the trimming speed as you get closer to the width you desire.
  • Third, trim the area below and above your lip. Make some minor adjustments to make the chin strap slightly thinner.

Step 4: Prepare Your Facial Skin for a Close Shave

Prepare Your Facial Skin for a Close Shave
Prepare Your Facial Skin for a Close Shave (Source: outandaboutmag.com)

After outlining the chin strap you want, you need to prepare your facial skin for a close shave. First, wash your facial skin with a facial scrub. This product cleans away any dead skin, dirt, and oil that can prevent a smooth, clean shave.

You can also hydrate your facial hair with a hand towel soaked in warm water. Apply a clear shaving gel on your cheeks and neck. A white shave foam makes it harder for you to see the edges and lines of your chin strap beard.

Step 5: Add Definition and Tighten the Edges

Add Definition and Tighten the Edges
Add Definition and Tighten the Edges (Source: groomandstyle.com)

Shave from the lines and edges to add definition to your chin strap. You can shave in the direction of the grain or against it, depending on your preference. Rinse your blade with water after every few strokes.

The next thing you need to do is tighten the edges of your chin strap. Trim a clear line along the bottom of your chin strap. Use short strokes to avoid thinning your beard any further. Trim a clear line along the top of your chin strap and remember to use short strokes.

Step 6: Rinse Your Facial Skin

Rinse Your Facial Skin
Rinse Your Facial Skin (Source: tiege.com)

All you have to do next to complete the chin strap is rinse your face with cold water. This will help moisturize and soothe the skin. You can apply a moisturizing aftershave lotion if you so desire.

How to Maintain a Perfect Chin Strap Beard?

Cleanliness is extremely important for proper chin strap care. Exfoliate your face to remove excess oil and dead skin before trimming.

Trim your chin strap to maintain the proper length of about half an inch. Trim the lines and edges to maintain an attractive chin strap look.

Use cool water to rinse off your face. Dry with a towel and then apply a moisturizer or a hydrating aftershave lotion. 

Face Shapes Suitable for Chin Strap Beard

The most ideal face shapes for a chin strap include diamond, oblong, oval, and round. But it may not be ideal for heart and triangle face shapes. 

Conclusion

Knowing how to make a chin strap is not enough, you need to maintain it consistently.

You need to do a clean, close shave on the areas that don’t have hair and redefine the lines and edges for a fine-looking beard. You can also trim the whole beard every few days to maintain a decent length of about half an inch.

Although a chin strap is a bold, masculine choice that most men would like to wear, you should only choose this beard style if you are ready to maintain it properly. 

Kyler Lowe

I'm Kyler Lowe. I started Malecut.com to make it easier for men to find grooming tools to take care of their hair, beards, mustaches, and bodies.

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