As more guys start returning to work, a great many are having to trim back their quarantine beards and up their personal grooming regiments after several months indoors. But a couple of months' growth is nothing. In a recent video on the Beardbrand YouTube channel, barber Bob Miranda gave a haircut to Mario, from Eagle Pass, Texas, who had previously not shaved his beard in two whole years.
"I've cut it and grown it a few times already," says Mario. "Like, completely off. This is probably the third time I've grown it out... It takes patience."
Bob starts by giving Mario a "Viking" look up top, shaving down the sides of his head but keeping the length of his hair on top, and they jokingly compare clipping through Mario's mane as akin to sheep-shearing.
"I like to see what your neckline looks like, see what the shape of your head starts to reveal, see how tight I want to go on things," explains Bob, "because I want it to grow out nicely so that you have an easy time with it. If it's like something that looks really good walking out, that's awesome, but then it's garbage to deal with later."
When it comes to clipping Mario's beard, Bob aims for a length of around 3 1/1 inches, but allows a little extra length when first trimming it, as hair can bounce up and look shorter once some of the weight is taken out of it. "That's amazing; the ends of your hair have been on your face, and part of your body, for two years," he says as he starts trimming. "That's wild."
Bob then uses the heel of the clipper to create a baseline for shaping the beard on Mario's face. As the beard is so thick, once he has taken out the length he uses a hot towel to soften up Mario's facial hair and open it up to moisture.
"I feel great, lighter," says Mario. "A lot lighter. Fresh. I came in here with somewhat of an open mind, at least to try and do something different than what I normally do, and I'm very happy with what came out."
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