A worthwhile look for many, stubble can enhance features, giving the illusion of maturity and wisdom, not to mention a more greatly defined jawline. It is also another great excuse not to shave every day. It cannot be stressed enough, but stubble should be approached with care and caution; whilst it can look awesome it can also register untidy if you’re not careful. Below, we recap our top tips for maintaining a perfect 5 o’clock shadow.
Do You Look Good With a 5 O’Clock Shadow?
First things first. Facial hair doesn’t look great on everyone so mindfulness of what suits you best is important. Distinguishing whether your face shape and features would complement surrounding scruff may just entail waiting for your hair to grow out so you can see what you will look like. Experiment with it! Also, be conscious of whether you even have the ability to grow stubble so your face doesn’t look too bare.
How to Maintain a 5 O’Clock Shadow
Whilst we recommend grooming and shaping your stubble, you’ll still want to sustain a natural look. The key is to ensure that your scruff isn’t too short. Utilize a beard trimmer or a good quality pair of scissors to trim your hair generally and around the edges, but keep in mind that you should go for a subtle trim and shape, rather than shaping your stubble with strict straight edges. Additionally, when using a beard trimmer, go for lighter strokes and less force, which will leave a more organic look.
You will also need to establish a routine to maintain your stubble. Know how long your facial hair will get in a specific time frame and adapt your routine accordingly. Groom your stubble every 2-3 days to keep things looking sharp. Remember to exfoliate your skin beforehand and use shaving oils and gels to prep your stubble before a trim. Clip your whiskers to a uniform length and choose a setting that is one step shorter which will blend the edges to create a natural stubble. Don’t forget to use an aftershave to calm the skin from any irritation caused by the trimmer.
How to Grow a 5 O’Clock Shadow
What does it mean to have a 5 o'clock shadow?
A 5 o'clock shadow refers to the light stubble growth that a man gets. It is named this because it is the growth that happens after a day without a shave. It is a look that appears pretty effortless and is attractive on many men and a variety of different face shapes.
Is a 5 o'clock shadow attractive?
Most people would agree that a 5 o'clock shadow is very attractive. The amount of facial hair is just enough to bring attention to your features, especially if you have a more structured jawline. It can create a masculine appearance, but not enough that it would be high-maintenance.
How do you get a 5 o'clock shadow?
A 5 o'clock shadow is one of the most effortless attempts at facial hair because you simply need to let your stubble grow out after shaving. This can be a few hours, or an entire day, depending on your hair growth rate. To maintain this look, you will need a beard trimmer and groom your stubble every two to three days to keep it sharp and short.
How long does it take to grow a 5 o'clock shadow?
Despite the name, a 5 o'clock shadow can be grown for two to three days, which will give your stubble a bit of length. You can then trim it down to the desired length and maintain it.
How do you stop a 5 o'clock shadow?
Some men want a 5 o'clock shadow, and others don't. One way to get rid of a 5 o'clock shadow is by exfoliating, which will remove dead skin cells and bacteria and moisturize the skin. When your skin is healthier, you can get a closer shave, removing any unwanted stubble.
Roger Grinstead is a senior apparel designer for X2U with over 25 years of expertise in the fashion industry. He has expertise in menswear and womenswear trends and product development. When Roger is not designing the latest fashion garments, he enjoys writing about men's fashion, hairstyles, and grooming.
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