Boxed beards are neatly trimmed alternatives to Full Beards. They’re a suitable option for those who want a classic beard style but have an aversion to the Full Beard’s excessive volume. Boxed beards are closely cropped, sculpted and groomed with the hair’s natural growth. The result is a neat beard style that complements a variety of haircuts and occasions.
The reasons for choosing a Boxed beard over a Full Beard can vary. Not only are they versatile, but they are suitable for most workplace environments. The neat finish permits the wearer to fit into conservative settings where more extravagant styles can be frowned upon.
Furthermore, Boxed styles use the face’s natural hairlines for contours, heighten the wearer’s angular features without resorting to excessive styling. The low cheek line exposes and elevates the cheekbones, which provides emphasis. A touch of volume strengthens and highlights the jawline. Nevertheless, reduced styling is not synonymous with reduced grooming.
The defined contours and groomed growth require frequent touching up. This may be between three to four times a week. Although the boxed beard complements the natural hairlines by design, grooming it requires a certain if minimal level of skill.
Growing A Boxed Beard
Boxed beards can be achieved with as little as two weeks of beard. However, the best results are achieved after about four weeks to maximise overall hair growth, which is then trimmed down.
Boxed beards require prior knowledge of identifying the cheek and necklines. However, what sets the Boxed Beards apart from their fuller counterparts is that both of these are reduced.
The cheek line comes with two options. The High Boxed cheek line runs down the Sideburns, curves at the base of the ears and meets the corners of the mouth. On the other hand, the Low Boxed cheek line curves below the ears and meets the top of the chin.
The neckline is much higher on Boxed beards than Full Beards. Hair growth is trimmed half an inch inch (1.25 cm) below the jawline and runs parallel to the cheek line. It widens under the chin to 1 to 1.5 to inches (2.5 – 3.5 cm) of growth to avoid the appearance of a double chin.
How Do You Trim a Boxed Beard?
- Using a razor, reduce the height of the cheek lines but leave wide Sideburns. A straight razor will provide the best results with its wide and visible blade length. It is best to remove hair in steps on each side to avoid taking off too much beard.
- Once at the desired height, use a razor blade or trimmer to define sloping contours from the Sideburns to the cheek lines.
- Remove any growth around the Adam’s apple.
- Now for the trickiest part below the jaw. With a razor or trimmer, define an oval contour that neatly follows 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5-3.5 cm) below the jawline.
- Once defined, shave any remaining hair around the neck.
- Neaten the moustache and soul patch area by trimming or shaving down.
If this will be your first time trimming a Boxed beard, don’t expect perfect results. However, your skills will drastically improve with very little practice. Granted, the first trim is no easy task.
If you really struggle, have the first trim done by an expert. The advantage of barber’s touch is that he or she will be able to scrutinise the beard from every angle for an expert finish. As the hair grows back, it becomes far easier to maintain and adjust the beard’s contours.
Will A Boxed Beard Suit My Face Shape?
Being one of the most versatile facial hairstyles, the Boxed beard along with the Full beard, is compatible with any face shape if well groomed. To maximise how well it’s groomed for yours, identify your face shape among the 7 different shapes we’ve catalogued.
Diamond Face Shapes
Diamond faces can either use a low cheek line to highlight their sharp features or a high one to soften them. However, be careful not to go too long with low cheek lines as this will create a gaunt effect.
Heart Face Shapes
Heart face shapes can maximise the potential of either cheek line height to strengthen their weak chin and jawline. Some added growth around the chin can aid this effect.
Oblong Face Shapes
Boxed beards can be exploited by Oblong face shapes to chisel out their features, which widens, squares and shortens the face.
Oval Face Shapes
Oval face shapes have the luxury of few pitfalls with this beard style. It suits them wonderfully but care should be made to keep it balanced.
Round Face Shape
Round face shapes can benefit from angular Boxed beard styles to render their face squarer. The use of a low cheek line and sharp contours can provide extra definition and strengthen their soft features.
Square Face Shapes
Square face shapes fare very well with Boxed beards. Softer contours can blend in the features for a fuzzier finish.
Triangle Face Shapes
Triangle shaped face can try a High Boxed to apply texture and redistribute their jawline up to their cheekbones.