If you’re growing your beard out for the first time, then it might be slightly confusing at what point you should shave your neck. Or, whether you should even shave your neck at all and let it grow out. This is especially crucial when you’re just beginning to grow your beard out, as with a shorter beard and stubble, your neck is more visible. This is likely one of the first questions that you’ll have your when you’re growing your beard out to gigantic lengths.
The reality is that it’s a good idea to leave your neck alone for at least the first week. But after anywhere between 2-4 weeks, you should continue to shave your neck or at least keep it trimmed down. After your beard is many months of growth and covers your neck from being visible, you can then stop shaving your neck if you would like to.
Whilst this isn’t the definitive guide for shaving your neck, it’s definitely a good rough guide for starting to know when to shave your neck. Of course, all people are different and you’re going to notice some differences if you’re particularly hairy. This is also the case if you’re not hairy, and you might be able to give it a few weeks before you have to shave your neck.
The Full Timeline to Shaving Your Neck
When you’re growing out your beard, you’ll need to shave your neck at certain stages – but not immediately. Here’s a step by step guide of how you should shave when you’re letting your beard grow out.
Week 1 – Let it Grow
In the first week, you should let your entire beard grow out as well as the neck. This will give you the general ‘stubble’ look, or a dark shadow. If you have a particularly fast growing beard, then it might be the case that you’ll need to shave your neck sooner.
Week 2 to 4 – Trim the Neck
When your neck beard is growing out significantly, you undoubtedly now want to start to take care of it. If you don’t, it’s definitely going to start to look unsightly and you’ll appear unkempt. It’s really up to you whether you want to use a wet razor or an electric shaver to shave your neck properly. For me, I prefer to use an electric shaver for my neck most of the time, but you can also use a razor too.
Month 1 to 3 – See how it goes
At this point, it’s really difficult to know when the point is that you can stop shaving your neck. Usually, it’s after a few months but for fast growers, then it can actually be around a month for you to have a thick and long beard.
Month 4 to 6 – Who cares
After 4+ months, your beard should now be long enough that it easily covers your neck. At this point, you can stop shaving your neck as you’ve now become a fully fledged lumberjack.
Should you use a razor or an electric shaver?
Your neck is a much more sensitive area than the rest of your face. It’s more sensitive, which means it’s super prone to razor burn and ingrown hairs. Because of this, you’ll undoubtedly need to take more care with your neck that you would with other areas of your body.
If you deal with ingrown hairs often, then it can pay to get a close shaving electric shaver to shave your face as opposed to using a razor. Whilst you might not get the skin close shave that some people desire, an electric shaver can be better for your skin if you’re prone to razor bumps.
Another issue that you’ll common find with neck hairs that you won’t really have with other areas of hair is that neck hairs lie on the skin in a flat position, as opposed to sticking. They’re also more likely to grow in opposite directions, which makes it even harder to shave your hair without irritating it.
If you do decide to use a razor, then you definitely need to find a good shaving cream that’s suitable for particularly sensitive skin.
If you decide to use an electric razor, then it’s important that you get the right one for you – it’s entirely personal. For me, I hate using foil razors because they just tend to cause irritation in my skin. I’m fine using a rotary shaver however, so this is my preferred method.
Things you need to avoid when shaving
When you’re shaving your neck and beard, there are a few things that you need to ensure that you don’t do to make sure you don’t look like an idiot.
- Shaving your neckline too high – This is the most common thing that you’ll see when someone is shaving their neck. If they make the line too high, then you’re going to look stupid and you’re going to make yourself appear fatter. This is because if you shave it to high, it will show your double chin – and even if you don’t have one, it can make it look like you do.
- No mustache or too trimmed – Unless you’re Amish, there’s very few men that can pull off the no mustache look. You should generally avoid it, unless you’re going to take extra care of your cheek line. The only guy that I’ve seen pull this off is Lebron, and even then that’s because he really takes care of his beard and keeps a little groomed mustache.
- Keep it clean – No matter the length of your beard, you’ll need to keep it clean. To do this, you ultimately need to get something that you can keep your beard clean with. Different things work well for different people – some people opt for a beard wash, but I prefer to use a good shampoo. This is because I often deal with dandruff in my beard, and it helps to keep it completely flake free.
Overall, the general consensus is that you can leave your beard for a week and you’ll get away with the stubble look. After this, you’ll have to take a bit more care of your beard and neck to make sure that you’re still keeping up appearances.