Let's be honest for a moment. Beards are awesome, but not everyone is born with the means to grow a glorious man mane. Heavy stubble, on the other hand, is something that may come more naturally to most men.
Not only is the heavy stubble look easy to pull off, but many women find it extremely attractive on men -- even more so than full beards. But even stubble has to be taken care of for it to look godly.
What Is Heavy Stubble?
Beards are all the rage right now. Unfortunately, not every man is born with the means to get that magnificent face forest. But that doesn't mean you're going to be stuck with a babyface for the rest of your life.
Heavy stubble is what most people commonly refer to as a five o'clock shadow. It's what happens when you go out for a weekend with the boys. It is also a viral trend amongst celebs and athletes.
When it is well kept and nourished, heavy stubble can enhance your natural features, accentuate your jawline, and give you that rugged, masculine look most men crave. However, you still have to work to maintain it. Otherwise, you'll end up looking quite the opposite of how you probably want.
While it doesn't require quite as much upkeep as a full beard, there are still some tips and tricks you could benefit from to help keep your glorious stubble looking clean. It's not just a matter of not shaving; there is a bit more work involved here.
To put it in easy to understand terms, your scruff is like your lawn. If you do not maintain it, it will become overgrown and unsightly. Trimming it regularly and giving it the nourishment it deserves is essential to have it look and feel wonderous.
What's the difference
Now you most likely have heard the term "five o'clock shadow," but maybe not "heavy stubble." Wondering what the difference is if there is any difference? Don't worry; you're not the only one.
Luckily for you, the answer is simple. Heavy stubble and five o'clock shadow are mostly the same things.
The only difference is the length of heavy stubble. A five o'clock shadow is typically rather short, a dusting if you will, of fuzz on your face. Heavy stubble is that sweet spot where your scruff begins to fill but doesn't typically reach full beard length.
However, your stubble length is mostly up to you and what you prefer.
Why not a full beard?
A recent study from the University of New South Wales by Barnaby Dixson and Robert Brooks took a measure of women's and men's impressions of facial hair. The study involved showing 177 straight men and 351 women 10 smiling pictures of men in different stages of beard growth.
The study came up with some reasonably confusing results. The women prefer heavy stubble over all other variations of beards. Men, on the other hand, prefer full and heavy beards over any stubble.
You take care of the rest of your body, so why not your beard? Beard care, even if it is just heavy stubble, is incredibly essential if you want it to look presentable. It needs to be moisturized, trimmed, and above all, clean.
Learning how to maintain your scruff is not all that difficult either. Yes, you need to learn a lot -- which facial products you like the best, the right trimmer, getting it into your routine, and so on. But once you've done that, the actual maintenance is a breeze.
Because we are talking about scruff, you will need to trim and shave more often than when growing a beard. Stubble needs to stay at a certain length to look clean.
To start, you need something to work with. That means letting your hair grow for a few days. Typically, three to four days will do the trick.
Set your trimmer to around 3 centimeters. That helps you trim your full beard evenly. Starting with a longer length is great because you can always cut it shorter if you like. If you begin too short and end up hating it, you're going to have to wait a bit to try again.
Once you are at the length you like best, you can go ahead and clean up under your chin.
Say no to the neckbeard
Trimming your neck is as important, if not more important than shaving the rest of your beard. An unkempt and messy neckbeard is probably one of the most horrible things you can do to yourself.
To correctly trim your neck, you have first to find your neckline. Like your hairline, your neckline is where you want to cut.
Now there are a few methods to figuring out where your neckline is. The quickest and easiest is your Adam's apple. Place two fingers above that, and right above should be your neckline.
The second method, which is much easier to do with a beard shaping tool, is following the crease in your neck. By tilting your head downward, a crease will form where the underside of your jaw meets the top of your neck. Just place a finger at the crease, straighten your head again, and you've got your neckline.
Remember, everything below your neckline should 100 percent be gone. The rest you can trim to your heart's delight. Just be sure that your neck is not too much shorter than the rest of your beard.
There are a ton of beard products out there for you to use. Each will do something different, so it is important to look at each product and learn what it is meant for.
For heavy stubble, you're going to want to pay special attention to lotions and oils, and trimmers over razors.
Revitalize your face
In terms of grooming products, there are a lot -- and they all have different properties and ingredients. For your heavy stubble, however, you want to look for moisturizers, conditioning oils, and exfoliates.
Stubble, like a beard, will take a lot out of your skin. So using a moisturizer or beard oil is a great way to replenish what you lose during your growth. A facial scrubber is also a good idea. It will help clean out your pores that can be blocked by dirty beard hairs.
Cleaning your face is far easier with stubble than a full beard because there is less preventing the product from reaching the skin. So natural facial lotions and creams will still work wonders here.
Beard oils will also give both your hairs and skin the proper nourishment by implementing excellent natural oils like jojoba and sunflower oils. These bad boys will also make sure your stubble is soft and not coarse or itchy.
Also, it is worth mentioning that natural products are by far better than ones filled with chemicals. After all, this is your face we're talking about. Don't load it up with unnatural junk.
Trimmers to consider
Not all trimmers are created equal. So it is crucial to choose one that you not only feel comfortable using, but that has what you need. Many will have a high price tag, but end up having poor-quality attachments.
One of the absolute best trimmers money can buy the Philips Norelco Multigroom. This guy features 13, high-quality attachments to meet whatever your grooming needs are.
It also has a run-time of 60 minutes, which is more than you will need, but enough that you can take your time on your face. This scruff trimmer also will never need oil, which is one less thing for you to worry about.
Another great stubble trimmer is the Sminiker Professional 5 in 1 trimmer. Not only do customers rave about it, but it's waterproof. That makes your maintenance job all the more convenient. This trimmer is great if you demand perfection every time.
Keep Up That Celeb Worthy Stubble
Heavy stubble can be your new best accessory if you take care of it. As long as you regularly trim it, moisturize every day, and keep that beard hair conditioned, you will be fine. And now, you know exactly what you need to keep that scruffy look everyone knows and loves.
What shaver do you trust to maintain your face? Do you have any tips on maintaining heavy stubble? Sound off in the comments below.