At Shaving for Men we have previously looked at how the beard is very much back in vogue, and have looked at various types of beard. This blog is going to concentrate on how to perfect that Designer stubble look.
The slightly more rugged look is all the rage, and the designer stubble look can contribute to this, and even help define your face. Let’s face it, it is a cool look. With the trend for facial hair being big at the moment, you can even wear the designer stubble look in a smart office (although make sure it is kept smart.
How to Get it?
Now don’t think that opting for the designer stubble look means an extra ten minutes in bed, as you no longer have to shave. To get a smart cool look will require some effort on your part. And it needs to be maintained, to avoid looking scruffy.
The first stage will be to grow the beard out a bit, you want to get it to a stage where you can then cut it back. You will need to decide how you want to handle the neck beard part, but having a neck beard can look scruffy, so this all depends on how long the stubble look is, and also the colour of your hair. If you, like me, have a light haired beard, then you may want to grow it a little longer, as those with dark beards can look more defined with shorter stubble.
Having grown a few days of stubble, and this will depend on how quick your hair grows, you want to get a beard trimmer, that you can set to grade 1. I first mark out the shape of the stubble with a razor blade first, and tidy up the neck beard part, and then gently cut in the shape with the edge of the shaver without a guard. Give yourself a few millimetres grace in where you define it, as you can tidy up later.
Once you have shaved away and tidied up the bits you don’t want, and you should have the basic shape you want remaining. Then take the trimmer set to Grade 1, and shave all over the beard. This keeps it a uniformed length, and neat and tidy.
If you work in a very smart place, you may want to make sure the stubble is very precise and neatly trimmed, and neck beard part freshly shaved, so it looks like a clear conscious grooming decision, rather than you just got up late. For the more casual environment, and look, you could do this the night before event and probably leave a bit longer.
You need to keep on top of things, and the more precise the designer stubble you want, the more up keep. I revisit the stubble every 2-3 days with a trimmer at grade 1, and tidy up any neck beard growth and the cheeks. Again, this will depend very much on how quick your hair growth, and how trim and tidy you want it to be.
Make sure you keep the face cleansed on a regular basis, and apply a facial scrub to keep the skin looking bright, and the stubble conditioned.
Recommended Beard trimmers:
Remington High Precision PG410 Designer Stubble Rechargeable Beard Trimmer Kit
Remington Professional MB320C Diamond Mains Rechargeable Beard Trimmer
Babyliss For Men I-Trim Stubble – 7850U Beard Trimmer
Philips QT4045 Rechargeable Turbovac Beardtrimmer