Trimming Stubble: The Ultimate Guide To A Groomed Stubble

Beard Trimming
Sander van de BaardmanBy Sander - The Beardmen
Updated on 12 Aug 2023

Trimming stubble is less challenging than trimming a full beard, but it’s just as important to get it right. The Beard Man has had stubble himself for years so knows better than anyone how best to trim it. A stubble is masculine and always better than a baby face. Let’s start quickly.

The Beard Man will explain to you exactly what you need to trim your stubble, how to trim it to the perfect length step by step and finally, some valuable tips.

Why you want to trim stubble

A healthy man’s stubble grows about 0.3-0.5 millimeters a day according to Wikipedia. Within one to two weeks, stubble quickly turns into a short beard, especially if you have heavy beard growth.

Trimming your stubble will keep you looking groomed and is necessary for men trying to avoid a beard. Maintaining stubble is also a perfect way to make your facial shape look different. This makes it extra important to think carefully beforehand about the style and ideal length of your stubble.

In preparation for trimming

Good preparation is half the battle: and this is also true with trimming your beard, mustache and stubble. The most important thing – which The Beard Man likes to emphasize – is that you have enough time. Especially when you want to style your stubble and apply clean lines. Hurrying is not going to help with this….

Stubble trimming tools: what do you need?

Beard trimmer

A beard trimmer is, of course, essential for trimming your stubble.

Soft brush

Removes the shaved hair after shaving.


A razor blade is useful for a clean-shaven face or when you want to apply nice clean lines.

Beard oil or serum

After you trim stubble, your skin may be a bit irritated. Take care of it with a good beard oil made from natural ingredients. Beard oil or serum also makes the beard hair softer.

Shaving gel or shaving cream

Never shave around dry skin. Use a shaving gel or foam to prevent skin irritation.

Determine the length and style of your stubble

It’s important to decide what the ideal length is for you. Short lengths require a different beard trimmer cap. 

Length trimming:

  • Sideburns: smaller than 0.1 mm
  • Stubble: 0.1 to 3 mm
  • Short beard: 3 mm to 10 mm
  • Long beard: 10 mm to 40+ mm

Stubble trimming tips

Top, you now know what style and length you want. Before we start trimming, The Beard Man has a few tips for you:

  • Take your time: you want the best result? Take your time, think about what you want in advance and make sure you have the right cap on the beard trimmer.
  • Clean the beard trimmer properly: it is important to keep your face clean: especially after shaving. Clean the trimmer’s cap and/or blades with a little alcohol before you start.
  • Use a razor once or twice maximum: unfortunately, you can’t use a razor too often: they get dirty quickly. Also clean a razor with a little alcohol before you start.
  • Don’t trim too often: trim only when you have enough beard growth to avoid irritating the underlying skin. This tip does not apply to men with heavy beard growth.

Trimming stubble: step by step

Let’s begin: read below step by step how to best take care of your stubble.

  1. First wet your face, neck and stubble a little with warm water and then pat your stubble dry with a towel. The best way is to have your beard hair dry and your skin wet so that the pores open up.
  1. First, trim your facial hair to the right length. Proceed carefully and trim in the direction of beard growth.
  1. Next is the hair on your face. It is best to use a razor or beard trimmer on the lowest setting for this. Make sure you get an equal length on both sides of your face: also known as symmetry.

Remember to rinse the razor blades with cold water in between shaves.

Tip: Keep the hair on your neck and cheeks shorter for the best groomed look.

  1. Wash your cheeks, face and neck afterwards and care for them with natural beard oil. This softens the beard hairs, cares for the skin and helps get rid of the pulling feeling.

Frequently asked questions

You may still have questions after reading this article. Perhaps your question is answered below? If not, read all of The Beard Man’s blogs or send him an email.

How many mm is a stubble?

A stubble is about 0.1 to 3 mm long. It grows very quickly on a daily basis, so within two weeks most men will shave their stubble.

How do you make stubble?

Stubble occurs naturally when you grow your beard hairs. Are you younger than 20? Then you may have to wait a while for your first stubble.

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