Trimming Stubble: The Ultimate Guide To A Groomed Stubble

Beard trimming
Sander van de BaardmanVon Sander - The Beardmen
Updated on 14 Sep 2023

Trimming stubble is less challenging than trimming a full beard, but it is 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 what you need to trim your stubble, how to trim it to the perfect length step by step and, finally, he has some valuable tips.

Why you want to trim stubble

A healthy man’s stubble grows about 0.3-0.5 millimetres 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 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, moustache and stubble. The most important thing – which The Beard Man likes to stress – is that you have enough time. Especially when you want to style your stubble and apply clean lines. Haste is not going to help here….

Stubble trimming tools: what do you need?

Beard trimmer

A beard trimmer is essential for trimming your stubble.

Soft brush

Removes the shaved hair after shaving.

Razor blade

A razor blade is handy for a clean shave or when you want to apply nice clean lines.

Beard oil or serum

After trimming your 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 foam

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

Beard grooming products are available in UK online stores and your nearby supermarket. If you dig around, you can find good quality ones and value purchases.

Determine the length and style of your stubble

It is 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

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

  • Take your time: you want the best result? Take your time, think carefully beforehand about what you want and that 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 sufficient 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 start: 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 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.
  2. First, trim your facial hair to the right length. Proceed carefully and trim in the direction of beard growth.
  3. Next, shave the hair on your face. It is best to use a razor or a beard trimmer on the lowest setting. 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 between uses.

    Tip: keep the hair on your neck and cheeks shorter for the best groomed look.
  4. Wash your cheeks, face and neck afterwards and condition with a natural beard oil. This will soften the beard hairs, condition the skin and help get rid of the tight 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?

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

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