The other day, I was browsing around online for beard care products, as I intended to grow my facial hair out quite long. After coming across an article on www.groomingadepts.com, I found that it may just be more efficient for me to keep my light stubble, especially because my work prefers facial hair that isn’t too long.
Unlike beards, stubble works for practically any man and is pretty easy in terms of maintenance. You don’t have to go out of your way to make it appear clean, and it looks good on just about any. Unfortunately, those that don’t have hair that grows in thick enough may have some trouble, but it may be easier to maintain with the tips I’ve picked up along the way.
Imperative Tools in Your Kit
You won’t be able to take care of that stubble and make it look professional if you don’t have the right tools in your kit. There are companies that will make you shave it (if you work for them), if it isn’t taken care of properly and looks sloppy; however, you can avoid that all together by picking up the right beard trimmer kit. You’ll want something waterproof to ensure you can get in and out and go to work when needed.
Attachments are one of the most important aspects, as you can’t trim properly without the right set. When your attachments aren’t catered to the length or thickness of your stubble, and you try to work with it, you may end up shaving it off entirely and wasting your time. You might also want to invest in a nose hair trimmer (one that’s great for ears and nose) to really clean up your entire appearance.
Growing Stubble – Being Patient
I’m the least patience person I know, and because of that, I don’t like to wait enormous amounts of time for something. This is probably why I still haven’t grown a full-on beard in a long time – I end up shaving and or leaving stubble!
Figuring out a perfect length – Instead of waiting for it to grow to a certain length and then shaving all the way down, you’ll want to “work backwards” as GroomingAdepts.com mentions, by starting out with longer stubble and trimming down slightly. Since each face shape is different, and everyone’s features are different, this is a great method for trying to find out which facial hair works for you. Stubble can be grown in as little as 2 days or may take up to 2 weeks. While not set in stone, I highly encourage you to be patient when it comes to facial hair.
To do so, you’ll want to take your beard trimmer and make sure it’s set to a length that’s a little longer, so you can play around with the length of your beard/stubble without trimming of too much.
Techniques for Growing Stubble
Thankfully, you don’t have to shave or buzz, but you can create a softer line below your jaw line by blending easily.
You should avoid the following:
Never make such a clean line at the beginning stages of shaving, and never bring it up higher than you need to. Some people make a huge mistake of bringing it up far too high than they need to, which makes them look unkempt.
Benefits of grooming properly:
- You may look younger and thinner when the right height is reached
- Jawline will look more distinguished
Those who are more intermediate or advanced can work on tapering the hair down to help blend, so it doesn’t create a sharp line. Hairs underneath the jawline and towards the Adam’s apple should get shorter as it goes down, which helps gives that taper effect. Beard trimmers that have guards can aid in being a help with tapering hair.
Keeping Up with Your Stubble
If you don’t want to perform maintenance every day or two days, then you may not be in the market for stubble. Sure, some of us get a bit lazier, or our beard hair may not grow that fast, but it’s important in keeping up regularly, as it’s easier to maintain regularly than it is to try and taper it down all at once.
You should expect to experience a bit of itchiness because of the hair growing in, but you can prevent this by moisturizing and using beard oil. When you don’t use the proper products, you’ll have to try and withstand the itchiness, or you might end up shaving it off entirely – especially if your beard hair doesn’t grow back quick.
At the end of the day, how you maintain your stubble will make you look either professional or like you’ve slept for days without carrying properly for yourself.