Maintaining and grooming your facial hair can be frustrating. Men tend to struggle with stubble, and sometimes, it feels impossible to get rid of. The frequently asked question of everyone who shaves (and maybe grows) their facial hair is, how do we really get rid of that stubborn stubble?
If you want to get all the tips and tricks on getting rid of stubble, you’re reading the right article. Plus, if ever you change your mind and decide to keep your stubble, we’ve got that covered too. Ready to know more? Let’s go.
What is Stubble
Before anything else, let us define was stubble is.
Stubble is the prickly hair that grows back after being shaved. It’s the kind of hair that has been shaved but grew back after a few days – not too much. Just enough to be annoying. It’s not considered a beard yet because it’s very short. What makes it annoying is that stubble feels rough on the face and can itch.
Although it’s bothersome to some, other men like their look with stubble. Most guys only choose between 2 options: they either shave the stubble off completely or grow a beard from it.
How to Get Rid of Stubble
We’ve listed down practical tips on how you’ll get rid of your stubborn stubble, and we hope you’ll get to try them.
Trim it before shaving it.
If your stubble already grew because you didn’t have the time to shave it immediately, we recommend that you trim it first before shaving it off completely. By doing so, you’ll get a better result.
Preparation is the key.
The best thing to do if you’re planning to get rid of stubble is to prepare your face by rinsing with warm water before shaving. This step will make your facial hair soft and, at the same time, open your pores for easy shaving.
Buy the most essential materials and products.
We’re serious when we say that you should consider the best shaving product if you want to remove stubble. Always use shaving cream of high quality, particularly if you have sensitive skin. Glycerine-based shaving creams are the best choice.
Now, take note of this – if you have a specifically tough beard or if your skin is super sensitive, you can use a pre-shave oil. This is to soften the beard and decrease razor drag that can cause excess friction and razor burn.
Also, make sure that you have a good quality sharp razor in your shaving kit. Always check your razor for dullness as it can cause razor burns. It would be best if you’ll also rinse your blade often.
Motion and direction.
When applying shaving cream, apply it in a circular motion. This will help you make a richer lather that raises the hair gently and exfoliates the skin.
After applying shaving cream, stretch the skin gently and glide the razor against the direction of hair growth. Keep the shaver to the skin at the right angle and as much as possible, do not apply pressure to it. The weight of the razor will give all the pressure required.
Rinsing and moisturizing.
If there are two things that you should never forget after getting rid of stubble, it’s rinsing your face and moisturizing your skin.
To close your pores after shaving, rinse your face with cold water. Use a soft towel as you pat your face dry. Remember not to rub your face harshly with a towel. Once you’re done shaving and rinsing your face, we recommend that you moisturize with a gentle moisturizer or an after-shave balm. This will calm and soften your skin.
How to Grow the Perfect Stubble
As we mentioned above, some men love having stubble on their faces. So, if you are one of them, here are 4 helpful tips on how you can grow or maintain a stubble.
- Start by growing your beard out. To let your natural stubble grow to at least 3 cm, you should avoid shaving for several days.
- When you’ve grown your facial hair, it’s time to trim carefully to create a line under your chin. Keep your neck clean and smooth under the line. Trim the region of your beard under your cheekbones, carefully forming an oval shape downwards. Or, from the beginning of your sideburns to the edge of your mustache, draw a straight diagonal line.
- If you’re committed to keeping your stubble groomed, then trimming is your best friend, as you will do a lot of trimming with this one. Once you’re done with the steps above, it’s time to set the stubble trimmer between 1 and 3 cm and evenly trim the rest of your beard.
- Finally, to maintain your stubble, trim and shave regularly. Keep your preferred length by trimming it, and take note to keep the edges of your stubbled beard neat every time.
Growing and maintaining stubble might look like an easy thing to do, but it also takes patience, effort, and time. And if you ever want to change your facial hairstyle, you can always consider growing it to get a scruffy beard.
The Bottom Line
You can always get rid of stubble by shaving it off. On the other hand, you can also maintain it and pull off a manly rugged style without growing a full beard. Whether with or without stubble, we believe that you’ll always look good. Just remember to always take good care of your facial hair and at the same time, your skin.
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