Looking for a stylish, quick and low-maintenance beard style? You can try the stubble beard style – also known as “the 3-day beard” or “step beard style”. It is a great beard style for anyone, on any occasion, and for any face shape. A stubble beard adds a look of maturity to a youthful face. True, it’s an effortless look, but it is also important to achieve a natural, well-groomed look, rather than appearing like you just forgot to shave.
What is a Stubble?
For the uninitiated, a stubble is facial hair which is a short growth of beard, aimed to project a rugged masculine or deliberately unkempt appearance. A stubble beard style is a great no-fuss way to maintain a beard and strikes a good balance between a clean, tidy face and a beard style.
Stubble vs Beard
One of the biggest and pertinent difference is that maintaining a stubble is better than growing a beard for men who prefer lower maintenance facial hair and are less tolerant of awkward and itchy phases of beard growth. However, beard styling is all about personal preference and for those who like beard, growing and experimentation is easy. You don’t need to commit to a single decision for a long period of time. Here are some basic differences between a beard and a stubble.
Length – The simplest way to distinguish a beard from a stubble is the length of facial hair. Beards are longer and a stubble is extremely short, prickly hair growth.
Maintenance – To be clear both stubble and beards require maintaining it, the difference is how much. A beard takes comparatively much more time and effort than a stubble.
Comfort – A stubble is far more comfortable option than a beard as its shorter and less dense so it doesn’t itch nor pose as a hindrance when you’re eating or drinking as opposed to a longer beard.
For those who want to know how to grow a stubble beard, look no further. With Braun’ styling touch, you can achieve a smart, hassle-free, stubble beard look in minutes. Here’s what you need to know to own it.
How to Grow a Stubble Beard?
Step 1. Choose your Stubble beard length
Tip: Trim the beard down gradually to find the stubble that suits best
First things first, attach the 1-10 mm comb and use the precision wheel on your Braun beard trimmer to choose your stubble length. If you’re unsure of the right length for your face, start on a longer 3 mm setting and trim your beard down gradually. Stepping down in 0.5 mm stages will help make your beard is at a length you like. Pay attention though, as whichever length you choose will need to be consistent through your whole beard area.
Step 2. Trim your beard with the precision trimmer, shaving against the grain
Tip: A smart stubble is normally between 1 mm and 3 mm
Once you’ve selected a length, evening out the beard across your face will achieve that clean-looking stubble beard style. Trim all-over by using your beard trimmer and comb against the grain. You can try Braun BT5260 Beard trimmer. It has a precision dial and multi-comb system that provides you with ultimate control across 39 exact lengths. Moreover, the new AutoSensing Motor seamlessly adapts to your hair, giving you a smooth and even cut. The main beard trimmer head helps to create accurate lines and edges on the neck and cheek. But don’t worry about getting that perfectly pruned outline yet, this stage is all about getting the right length consistent across your face. Also, ensure both sides of the initial beard are even and that there are no patches of facial hair left at a different length.
Step 3. Shape your Stubble beard
Tip: End the hair line between the top and bottom of your Adam’s apple
Now that your stubble beard is even, it’s time to clean your neck area. Firstly, remove the comb from your beard trimmer and gradually trim from the bottom of your neck upwards. Ending the hairline somewhere between the top and bottom of your Adam’s apple normally looks best. Use careful, slow, continuous strokes. Trimming away from the hair line will help prevent you from accidentally shaving into your beard shape and achieves a nice straight clean line, ideal for the below the chin and jawline areas.
Step 4. Clean shave to sharpen your look
Tip: For an extra-close shave, use the included Gillette razor
Next, it’s time to clean-shave around your stubble beard. For a smooth, hassle-free shave and result, you can use the Gillette razor, provided with the Braun BT5260 Beard Trimmer. The trimmer comes with a precision dial, 3 attachments and Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide razor. The precision dial has 39 length settings in 0.5 mm step sizes for an effortless trimming experience. And the Lifetime Sharp Blades provide even beard trimming for a hassle-free beard grooming experience.
Prepare your skin by splashing warm water on it and applying a shaving foam. Shave against the direction of your hair growth using single, continuous strokes until the skin outside your moustache beard area is smooth and completely hair-free. Take care around the edges of your beard, your cheeks and upper lip.
Make sure to double-check the harder to reach areas beneath your chin, where your jaw meets the neck and underneath the bottom lip, ensuring the areas along your stubble line design is entirely hair-free. Your new Stubble beard is now ready to do its thing.
Step 5. Moisturize and maintain your Stubble beard
Tip: Go over it every 3 days or so
Now that you’ve achieved your ideal stubble beard, all you have to do is trim your stubble every two or three days to maintain that tight, designed beard style - it’s called “The 3 Day Beard” for a reason! Also, don’t forget to moisturise afterwards. To avoid your skin drying out after shaving, it helps to use a non-alcohol-based moisturiser.
And there you have it - the easiest way to look sharp without taking too much time away from what you really want to be getting on with.
Tips to grow and maintain a stubble
Not every man has the same hair growth and density, and genetics play a significant role in beard growth. However, there are other factors that play a role in either boosting stubble growth or causing a decline in growth. Stress, bad diet, and physical damage are known to slow down and affect growth negatively. But having a good and healthy lifestyle can help boost your stubble growth. Here are a few tips that can help:
Supplements can provide the nourishment you need to help your beard and stubble grow faster and healthier. It is recommended that you always check with a doctor or dietician before making any major changes in your diet.
It is suggested that a boost in testosterone also helps in growing a heavier stubble. In order to do that, along with exercise, you can also eat foods such as red meat, spinach, nuts, avocados, olives, broccoli, and olive oil. Again, always check with your dietician or doctor before you make any changes in your daily routine.
Using a good quality trimmer with adjustable lengths will help you a long way as it helps in ensuring that your stubble is of the perfect length. Braun’s beard trimmers such as BT5260 and BT3221 are ideal as they come with AutoSensing Technology that adapts to any beard length. It reads your beard 13 times per second and adjusts the power of the trimmer motor to its thickness, providing an effortless trim for any beard type. Check out Braun Beard Trimmer BT3221 here.
Regularly trim your stubble to maintain it.
Use a good face wash daily to stay clean. And use beard oil or stubble softener regularly for soft and itch-free facial hair.
Who is the stubble ideal for?
You may be wondering whether a stubble beard style would look good on you. Well, it’s as simple as, you’ll never know unless you’ve tried! Diamond or triangular face cuts are the most ideal for a stubble bear style. Don’t be afraid to experiment and get the stubble beard look if that’s what you want. If you notice your beard is growing in patchily and looks it’s almost not there, you can always opt for a clean-shaven look.
Don’t be afraid to experiment. A stubble beard style is truly a fantastic way to begin your beard journey! So go ahead and start styling.
Keep it smart. Keep it casual.
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