For a rugged, masculine look, many guys embrace a five o’clock shadow. But keep in mind that there’s more to stylish stubble than simply tossing your razor. Here are six tips for achieving a fashionable and well-groomed five o’clock shadow.
- Grow out your beard. Not everyone can successfully grow an even beard, so the first step is to make sure you don’t have uneven growth patterns or patches with no beard growth. This will also enable you to observe your natural beard shape, so you can trim it properly!
- Learn how often to trim. During this “observation” period, learn the rate of your beard growth so you know how often you need to trim tomaintain your preferred length. For most guys, it’s every two or three days, but if your beard is fast-growing, it may be daily.
- Exfoliate before shaving. Use a facial scrub to cleanse your skin and beard and remove dead skin cells and debris. This will help the trimmer glide more easily along your face, and prevent ingrown hairs.
- Invest in the right tool. A beard trimmer with multiple attachments will give you all the options you need for maintaining a five o’clock shadow and a flawless face. Right now, the new Magnum Clipper and Trimmeris building buzz. Not only does it come with a medium guard attachment for the perfect stubble, and a long guard for hard-to-shape sideburns, it provides maximum power with just a single AAA battery. This cordless aspect (you never have to plug it in or charge it) makes it ideal for travel, the gym and anytime a guy is on the go. (Hint: Just in case you’re wondering what to ask Santa to bring you this year…!)
- Go against the grain. Using a medium guard, trim your beard against the direction of the hair growth for even results. Flick your wrist up slightly when you reach the sideburns to gradually “fade” the hair.
- Fine-tune above and below. After you’ve trimmed your beard, remove the guard and clip off any stray hair growing above your beard line on your cheeks. Create a defined line for a more intentional, polished look. Place the trimmer straight up and move it upward to etch in the line. Create another clean line around your moustache. Then move to your neck and remove the hair under your jawbone for a nice sharp edge. As a guideline, the neckline should start an inch to an inch-and-a-half above the Adam’s apple, and extend up and back to the ears on each side.