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How to Give Yourself a Chinstrap With a Razor

by Chance Henson, studioD

Men have been inventing and reinventing new ways to wear their beards ever since a long-forgotten caveman gave himself the first shave with a piece of flint. The chinstrap, which looks just like the name implies, is among the most popular beard styles today. It's often seen on the faces of celebrities such as Mickey Rourke and Chris Daughtry -- and, making a comeback in pop culture, Abraham Lincoln. This simple facial-hair style can be achieved and maintained with minimal effort, and in only a few minutes it gives you the sleek, stylish look you want.

Wash your face and hands with hot, soapy water to remove dirt, open your pores and soften the facial hair.

Inspect your face in a mirror carefully to get an idea of how you would like to position the chinstrap facial hair. Run your fingers from the base of your chin, along the outline of your jawbone and up to your ear -- this is your ideal outline for the chinstrap.

Apply a golf-ball-sized amount of shaving cream to your face and neck. Use circular motions to work the cream under the hair and close to the skin.

User your index finger to clear the shaving cream from your jawline. Give yourself a little extra space -- approximately 1 1/2 inches -- to work with when you trim it down and to avoid uneven edges.

Shave the facial hair surrounding the chinstrap with the razor.

Rinse your face with warm water to remove the loose hairs and residual shaving cream. Adjust the beard trimmer to 3 to 5 mm and run it over the length of the chinstrap to shorten the hairs.

Use an electric precision trimmer to straighten the edges and adjust the width of the chinstrap.

Wash your face with warm water to rinse off the remaining loose hairs; then rinse with cold water to close your pores. Pat your face dry with a clean towel -- wiping motions may irritate the freshly grazed skin after shaving.

Items you will need
  •  Shaving cream
  •  Razor
  •  Beard trimmer
  •  Precision trimmer
  •  Aftershave balm


  • Apply aftershave lotion or balm to the shaved portions of your face to keep the skin soft and help prevent razor burn.

About the Author

Chance Henson earned a B.A. in English literature and a writing minor from Lamar University. While interning at the "University Press" newspaper and "UP Beat" magazine he received an award for news feature writing from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association. Henson went on to serve as content editor for "CUSH Magazine," eventually leaving to pursue the development of an online secular humanist educational publication.

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