Wondering how to make your friendly mutton chops look hot? Check out these tips.
One of the hottest looks in beards right now is the friendly mutton chops. If you’ve decided this is the beard for you, you’ve made a great choice. As you probably already know, the friendly mutton chops beard differs from regular mutton chops in that the ends of the mutton chops connect to either end of a full mustache.
This is a beard that looks good no matter what shape of face you have, or how thick or thin your beard hair grows. But there’s a right way to wear it and a not-so-right way.
I know, because I’ve been wearing the friendly mutton chops beard for about 4 years now. For the first 3 years, no matter what I tried, I just couldn’t seem to get it to look the way I wanted. Finally, after lots of trial and error, I got it nailed down. So, I thought I’d put together this list of tips to help you get the look you want for your own friendly mutton chops beard.
9 Secret Tips For Amazing Friendly Mutton Chops
1. Decide on the friendly mutton chops style you want.
There are a number of different ways you can wear your friendly mutton chops beard. But which style is right for you? The first thing you should do is look over some pictures of different styles until you find one that appeals to you. Once you’ve decided on the look you’re after, it’s time to make it happen.
2. Let your beard grow out for at least a month.
For the perfect friendly mutton chops beard you need to start out with hair that is the same length throughout your entire beard. If you’re sporting a beard style now, like, say, a ducktail beard, It’s going to be difficult to trim it down so it looks just right as a friendly mutton chop beard.
My advice if you’re already sporting a beard is to shave it off and start from scratch. I’ve tried trimming and shaping a beard down from one style to another and it never looks as good as when I start from scratch. Simply shave off your existing beard and let a new one take its place. When the new beard is about a four to six weeks old, you’re ready to move on to the next step.
3. Carefully shave your chin and neck.
You want to eliminate all hair on your chin and neck. Shave the hair on your chin by drawing an imaginary vertical line down from each corner of your mouth.
Be sure not to touch your mustache and cheek hair/sideburns. You want to leave them growing so they will meet. Allow the sideburns to grow to the edges of your mouth, with the mustache growing down to meet them on each side.
Make sure that the bottom edge of the sideburns is trimmed from your neck up to your jaw line. The idea is to have the bottom edge of each side of the mutton chops stop right at your jaw.
Now carefully shape the areas around your mouth, just above and below the line where the sideburns and mustache meet. This will create the basic shape of your new look. (2)
Here’s a great YouTube video of a guy trimming down his full beard into friendly mutton chops.
4. Trim the top edge of the mutton chops.
With a beard trimmer (more on a good trimmer later), trim a line that slopes from the top edge of your sideburns diagonally down towards the lower corners of your mouth. A good place to start is just under the cheekbones. This will leave about a 1.5 inch strip of hair across both sides of your cheeks.
Be sure to do this trimming step very carefully, since the top edge is the most visible part of your beard. Your goal is to have a nice, clean, natural looking line curving down the side of your face towards your chin.
5. Trim your beard and mustache hair to the same length.
Be sure to trim all the hair in your friendly mutton chops beard to the same length to give your beard a tighter look. The best way to ensure an even cut is to use a beard trimmer set at one setting throughout the entire trimming process.
Having the sideburns and mustache the same length enhances the look of this style of beard. Just use care not to go overboard with the length.
6. Now let it grow.
The beauty of this beard is that you have a lot of leeway as to how long you can make it. The friendly mutton chops beard looks good at most short to moderate lengths.
I don’t recommend you go too long. Hairy, overgrown mutton chops will start to obscure the look of the beard. This is a beard that has a unique design, so the last thing you want to do is obscure the look you’re going for.
You can go quite short with the hair, all the way down to a stubble. For maximum length, I would not go longer than about one to one and a half inches of hair.
7. Use the right grooming equipment.
How you wear your friendly mutton chops beard is completely your call. But like any stylized beard, this one requires a fair amount of upkeep. You should plan on trimming it up about once a week, or more if you think it needs it.
Don’t let it get too long or ragged looking or you risk ruining the appearance. Here’s what you’ll need to properly clean, trim and style your new beard:
A good beard brush like this one is a helpful tool in the shaving and trimming process. When you have a friendly mutton chops beard you will need to brush it out before you trim so the hairs will lay down flat in one direction. This will allow for a much easier and more accurate shave and trim.
A good beard trimmer is essential. This one has a vacuum feature that helps keep your bathroom sink free of clippings. You will need to use a trimmer to ensure that the hair is cut to a uniform length over the entire beard. As mentioned above, a uniform length for this beard is important for it to look its best.
You will need to use a good safety razor to get a super close shave on your neck and chin, after using the trimmer. I also prefer a safety razor over a cartridge or disposable because I feel I get a closer shave, Not to mention they are much more economical. Blade refills are far cheaper than cartridge refills or disposables. A good safety razor will run you about $30, but because the blades are so cheap the razor pays for itself in a few months.
Here’s a good beard shampoo designed specifically so it doesn’t strip away essential oils from your beard. Don’t even think about washing your beard with soap and water unless you want a dried out mess on your hands. Even shampoos for scalp hair are designed to clean a different texture and type of hair than beard hair.
After you’ve washed your beard, you’ll want to apply a top beard oil like this one to keep it looking healthy and happy. This oil supplies each hair with essential nutrients to keep your beard from drying out. Using a beard oil will also keep the skin under your beard moist and soft.
For more product selections check out this Men’s Health article, The Best Beard Products for Men.
8. Make proper use of grooming products.
Trimmer. You’ll want to use the trimmer initially to trim the hair down to the skin on your neck and chin. Then, trim the top of the muttonchops from just below the cheekbone down to the bottom of the mouth, where it meets your mustache.
After making these trims, it’s time to trim the hair length of your overall beard to the length you prefer. Simply adjust the setting on your trimmer to the desired length and trim away. This will give your beard a great look by providing a uniform overall length.
Razor. Use the safety razor to get a close, tight shave on your chin and neck. You can also use it after you’ve used the trimmer to trim down the hair along the top edge of your mutton chops.
Beard shampoo. I prefer to shampoo my beard both before and after I trim it, but that might be a bit of overkill. For sure, though, you should be shampooing your beard after you’ve trimmed it. Simply soak it in warm water, then apply the shampoo and wash it thoroughly. Finish by rinsing the shampoo from your beard and toweling dry.
Beard oil. After you’ve shampooed and dried your beard, splash a small amount of beard oil into your palms and massage through your beard. This will give your beard a healthy, lustrous look.
Here are more Beard Grooming Tips to help you properly care for your beard.
9. Now wear it with pride – it’s all about your attitude.
The friendly mutton chops beard is unique and somewhat stylized, so it must be worn with élan and confidence or not at all. The beard demands it be worn by a man who is not afraid to look a little different. If you have the right attitude, the beard will do the rest.
Wearing this beard will define what your face will look like. Meaning it will have a huge impact on first impressions and what other people end up thinking about you. For that reason it’s not only okay, but imperative that you are fussy about your beard and how you look wearing it. Hopefully some of these tips will help you to pull it off.
And that’s how to get a great looking friendly mutton chops beard, and how to wear it with pride. I hope you have enjoyed this post and now have a better idea of how to grow and care for this classic beard.
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