The problem is, if you just leave it for a few days, your girlfriend or wife starts to complain that you look unkempt and that your stubbly beard feels like sandpaper on their face when you lean over for a kiss. What’s more, women actually love a guy with a bit of stubble. You just can’t win, can you? That’s why I’m going to share the secret of how to perfect your designer stubble.
Designer stubble is a look loved by both men and women alike. Men, because it gives your jaw a more angular look and gives an older, more rugged appearance, and women love men with designer stubble because, well, just because.
The main thing to realise is that opting for the designer stubble look is not for the lazy man. To achieve a smart, cool look, it will require effort and up-keep on your part to avoid looking scruffy.
Firstly, you’ll need to grow your beard out a bit. A good time to do this is over the weekend or on days when you’re not at work. It needs to be at a stage where you can cut it back. Having a neck beard can look a bit on the wolf-man side, so it’s best to steer away from that if you want a look that’s acceptable for the office too.
Depending on how fast your hair grows, you may need to wait for a few days to get it to the desired length. You’ll then need to get your hands on a beard trimmer that you can set to grade 1. I recommend the Babyliss I Stubble as the best tool for the job. Make out the shape of the required stubble with a razor blade first and tidy up the neck beard part, then gently cut in the shape with the edge of the shaver without a guard.
Once you’ve shaved away the bits you don’t want, you’ll be left with the basic shape. Now take the beard trimmer and set to grade 1, before proceeding to shave all over the beard. This keeps it at a neat and tidy length.
If you work in a smart and professional office, you may want to ensure that the stubble is very precise and neatly trimmed so that it looks like a conscious grooming decision, rather than that you just got up too late to shave.
Keeping it tidy
It’s essential to keep on top of your stubble and the more precise the designer stubble you want, the more up keep is necessary. You can revisit your stubble every couple of days, depending on how quick your hair growth.
It’s important to keep your face cleansed on a regular basis, so ensure you apply a facial scrub daily to keep the skin looking bright and healthy. It’s also vital that your stubble is kept clean and well groomed. You can use the same shampoo on your stubble as you do for your hair – just make sure you rinse it out thoroughly.
Invest in a good conditioner in order to keep your stubble as soft as possible. Your girlfriend may love the look but she certainly won’t appreciate a face that feels like sandpaper on her smooth skin.