Ok, so I've never worn a beard, and finally decided to grow a goatee (because I hate how every other dude looks like Tsar Nikolay II or like a tramp). At first, it looked great, and suited me (if I can say so myself), but then it started growing too long, and since I didn't want it to look messed up - I really had no idea how to trim it - I just shaved it off.

So here's what I'm asking: how do I trim a beard without messing it up?

P.S. Please don't give me those "how could you shave a beard?!?!?!" comments, they don't work on me. Thank you.

P.P.S. Attached you can find a pic of me with the goatee just starting to grow.

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Get an electric razor, like the kind a barber would use on the back of your neck. Use a guard that will only trim the hairs once they reach the desired length.

Hmm, not bad!

Any other ideas until I get one, though?

Barring such, the solution would exist as the combination of scissors and comb. The execution of such would be tedious, at best.

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If you let it grow longer, you can trim it with scissors -- lightly -- and unless you give it a big whack, no one cut will make it look bad.  That's what I do.

For that, you just need an electric razor with a guard. Like the thing a barber uses to do the sides. They're about $20. Get clippers (like barbers use for sideburns) to do the edges.

I use electric clippers with no guard, and just freehand it to get a reasonable shape that doesn't look like I've been shipwrecked.

JB

Oookies, gents, I've decided to bring back my goatee (this time I haven't shaved in a while), but my relatives say it looks like it's been glued to my face (they don't like goatees, at all).

Can anyone give me a third opinion, and if it does look glued, how to make it look more natural? I tried trimming it, maybe that's the problem?

Here's a couple of pics (sorry, the light is horrible in this room, and the cam isn't very good)
Yes, I did try to make Elvis-style sideburns, if anyone's wondering.

Haha what a funny thing to say. I can see why they would say that though. Your hair is very thick on your chin (at least judging by that photo), hence very dark. If you shorten it a bit, it should lighten up, looking less like it was "glued on."

I use a beard trimmer every weekend to tighten mine.  Basically I have it set to 1/4 inch.  If I let it go too long I look much older.

I use a double edge safety razor which provides control for trimming.

 It is a combination of letting it be and taking the time to trim it every week or two depending on the look you are maintaining.

thanks for the advice. now i need to get a trimmer, i guess

Yep.  Also be willing to play.  Worst case you shave it off and start over. 

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