A tutorial to getting this garibaldi beard style:
1. First, you will need to start with a clean shave.
I suggest using an electric razor so you don’t have any cuts or scrapes on your face.
If you want to use a straight edge razor for the cleanest look, make sure it’s not dull and fresh out of its package!
It takes some skill and experience with shaving with regular blades before trying straights.
2. Next, you will need to grow out the chin hair.
Most guys stop growing after their teen years and never really have to do this. But I grew mine out and tapered it with an electric razor. It actually took me a couple months to get the full length necessary.
You can shave it off at any point if you want, but once you start there is no going back (unless you want a reverse garibaldi which is longer on the sides).
You can tease your friends by starting part way and letting them think you’re doing a normal beard or just not shaving off enough until they are convinced that is what your face will look like and then say “Nope”.
3. After the chin hair is long enough, start growing the other facial hair.
This takes longer than the chin hair but is even easier since you don’t have to avoid a line of demarcation on your face. I used my electric razor to keep it tamed until it was long enough.
4. Now, shape and trim your beard!
This is easier said than done! But if you have patience, it’s worth it!
For me, this was the hardest part because I kept wanting to trim away some of the ‘fringe’ on my cheeks and sides to match my jawline and give more definition but that’s what makes this awesome beard look unique.
But don’t do this till the middle of your beard growth!
5. As your beard grows, trim away any unevenness and shape it to your liking!
You can always go back and do this after you have your full length beard! I will try and post pictures for each stage as I go up to more length and also some before pictures so that you can see the changes.
6. Finally, you can try adding your hair color to the beard!
This is an optional step. I tried it a while back and it seemed alright but I wasn’t super impressed with the results. If you want to do this, make sure to use a permanent freeform dye that won’t damage your hair! Some of these are highly flammable! Other options are:
Use a non-permanent bleach and ask your stylist to hand wash the hair. This will “bleach” out your beard for about one week.
Depending on your experience, it can be a bit messy! Try to get someone else in there while doing this, you don’t want them touching you or all over the bathroom afterwards!
You can also bleach out a pair of boxer briefs in the sink or shower and put them in a plastic bag to wash with.
You can also keep using them after a few washes. (I am not completely sure this will work as well.)
Cover your hair with a beanie or swim cap to try and avoid getting it all over your head. I suggest doing this in front of a shower or bathtub so you have easy access to keep on rinsing.
Use a hair color in this next step!
Cover any areas not wanting to be dyed with Vaseline or other similar products. You can also wear gloves if you want but it is not recommended because you will rub the dye off onto your face. (Don’t let it touch your lips or eyes!) You can also do this outside so that you don’t ruin your bathroom and towels.
Your clothes may turn color so keep them away from your body and face!
Apply the hair dye to your beard and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Make sure to cover all of the hairs you want to dye!
Rinse out with lukewarm water when done. If you want to rinse with cold water, do not freeze! You can also use a hair dryer on low to speed up the drying time.
7. Finally, style your beard!
I recommend using a hairspray that is safe for your hair and skin (such as Orly’s Hard Out Spray) because it won’t damage your beard or cut into your skin. This will hold the style until you wash it out.
I don’t know of any that are made for beards but your regular one should be safe. After you wash out the spray, use an anti-frizz cream and/or oil for shine and softness or use a hairspray again!
(The following part is optional.) You can add a mustache to your beard too! It will take a while to get it to fill out but it’s awesome once it does!
It seems like the perfect time to dye your mustache as well but I have not tried this yet myself.