If you’re keeping up with the latest trends for men, you know that having a bit of stubble is no longer seen as a negative thing. Today, it is viewed as stylish and a way to feature your ultra-masculine side. However, rocking the stubble may seem tricky if you’re used to a strict shaving routine but the great thing is, it can be a piece of cake with just a few simple, easy steps.
Check out our Man’s guide to looking great with stylish stubble:
- Ready, set, prep
- When it comes to keeping the perfect stubble, preparation is key. It’s not a step you can skip because without it, you are sure to end up with the dreaded razor bumps or a nasty nick. To get your skin ready for the perfect trim, you first want to place a hot towel on your skin for a minute or two, or, simply take a hot shower.
- This steam opens up your pores and makes the skin and hair extra soft and smooth which is exactly what you want so the blade can easily move across your face and neck. And, we must stress, always start out with a beard that’s clean, towel-dried, and brushed (if lengthy). If you start trimming right out of the shower or after cleansing your face you can easily clog up your trimming tool.
- The perfect trim
- This next step is just as important as the first. When you’re ready for trimming, check to make sure you have the perfect stubble length. We recommend about 3mm on the moustache and chin and 4.5mm long on the cheek. The reason for this: The cheeks typically have less hair so to achieve a look that’s visually appealing and even-looking it’s ideal to trim the hair with two different lengths. Now, if you’re wondering how to get a clean edge, remove the guard from the trimmer and carefully trim along your neckline to remove the remaining hair on your neck or you can use your jaw as a straight edge.
- Don’t make the mistake of thinking all beard trimming tools are equal. Just two great options for trimmers are the Wahl Super Taper and the cordless Philips Norelco beard trimmer. With an assortment of attachments and super-sharp blades, you really can’t go wrong. However, what’s really special about the Wahl Super Taper is that it only weighs 1 lb yet is heavy-duty enough for cutting, tapering, fades, and blends. What makes the Philips Norelco trimmer stand out is its self-sharpening blades, and it catches virtually all beard hair as you trim with its vacuum suction.
- Keep it sharp
- Once you have finished the trim, it’s time to sharpen the edges of your cheeks with a razor. But first, apply a good shave gel for sensitive skin with a touch of warm water so that it’s even and smooth. Now, you’re ready to carefully define your beard line, and if you choose, shave your neck so it’s perfectly smooth to the touch. Styling your beard with a razor is really key to looking perfectly groomed and polished but with different types available, you may be wondering which one you need.
- Cartridge razors can provide great precision, with a blade on the back side of the cartridge head. If you have sensitive skin, they are perfect but you may want to select one with fewer blades. Safety razors also give you great precision but tend to be better for those with sensitive skin. And then, there are straight razors. Typically a professional barber with use straight razors simply because they are very, very sharp. Unless you have experience with it, it’s probably best to leave them to the experts to avoid any mishaps.
- Soothe your skin
- Lastly, it’s time to give your skin some post-trim love. Ideally, you want to apply a good quality moisturizer without any harsh fragrances, or one with at least an SPF 30 if planning on being in the sun. Using a moisturizer will stave off any razor bumps and keep your skin hydrated for the next trim and shave.
- When selecting a shave cream or a moisturizer, we highly recommend these, but also you can’t go wrong with a dab of Truefitt & Hill Sandalwood Aftershave Balm. It’s formulated with salicylic acid for increased skin cell renewal, and it’s non-greasy. The skin really needs to be soothed after this process, so avoid exfoliating or rubbing it immediately afterward.