Once upon a time, the stubble beard was thought of as a lazy man’s self-declaration about his laziness, but times have changed.
It is not only an accepted and trendy beard style now, but it is also something that suits men of all ages.
The stubble beard gives an instant makeover from clean-shaven to manly.
It makes you look more mature and masculine which is something that women love.
In this article, we will discuss everything about light stubble, how it can be used to add to your fashion, its length, how to grow and maintain it, the best styles, we will answer your most common questions and more!
Let’s get started!
What Is Light Stubble: Light Stubble Length
A beard that is less than 2mm in length can be called the light stubble beard. The light stubble is usually facial hair that is two to three days old, counting from the time you last shaved.
Once your facial hair exceeds the length of 2mm, it will fall in the territory of a medium stubble beard.
Between 4-5 mm, it is called heavy stubble and it requires around 10 days to grow if you are clean-shaven.
Anything longer than 5mm will fall into the category of a short beard.
Read Also: Stubble vs Clean-Shaven
How To Get The Light Stubble Beard Style
The best way to get the light stubble beard style is to try it out yourself.
As they say, the experience is the best teacher, and for the nitty-gritty of sculpting the best stubble that you can possibly get, we are there to help you out.
So, let us guide you through the steps to get the perfect light stubble.
Steps to follow before starting the routine:
1) Clean and exfoliate
Just as you need a clean canvas before starting a great work of art, your face too needs some groundwork before you start growing your light stubble.
You need to get rid of the excess oil and dirt on your face, and this can be made possible by using a cleansing cream that will keep the moisture on your face intact and also wash away the dirt and excess oil on your face.
Choose a high-quality stubble trimmer
Trimmers come in all shapes, sizes, and costs. We suggest that you get a stubble trimmer instead of a regular beard trimmer.
As the name suggests, a high-quality stubble trimmer is tailored for facial hair lengths that are shorter than regular beard lengths.
So once you have done the basics, we can now get down to the exact steps.
Let Your Hair Grow Initially
You might find this odd, but the fact is that you need to grow your beard first to reach your goal of a short stubble beard.
Let your facial hair grow for 4-5 days. This is enough time to grow your hair to the length of 3mm. Let the hair grow uninterrupted on your chin, mustache area, and cheeks.
Now, it’s time to put your stubble trimmer into action.
The goal is to trim the stubble to a length of around 2mm. If then you want it shorter you can trim it down to 1,5mm or even 1mm.
Decide on the length of the hair
Decide on the length you want and trim it accordingly. Here you can use the trimmer guard in its lowest of settings or also use a naked trimmer.
This is crucial. This is why I told you to get a high-quality stubble trimmer. It will allow you to trim more precisely. Choose to trim your stubble to 2mm or guard two.
If you find it hard, just read the package leaflet and you will be just fine.
The stubble trimmer will help you maintain your desired length but we will get back to it in detail later.
Define the Borders
One of the key things to keep in mind is the borders of your stubble.
It is absolutely essential to keep the neckline and cheeks clean.
Since it is a light stubble that you’re growing, you need to make it clear to people that your stubble is deliberate. The best way to do this is to keep a clear distinction between the clean-shaven parts of your skin and stubble.
The point at which the neck hair meets the neck skin right above Adam’s apple is the light stubble border.
To get the perfect neckline to imagine a line that runs from ear to ear. The line is curved, and the middle of the line meets at Adam’s apple.
Remember, a too high neckline will lead to a double-chin appearance, while too low a neckline could mean an untidy layer of hair dotting your entire neck.
It is not uncommon to find stray hairs that extend below the defined hairline and neckline.
Also, many men use a manual blade outside their beards’ lines to make it look sharper and emphasize the antithesis between the clean area and the stubble area.
On the other hand, there are also men that prefer not to create a neckline whatsoever and that’s fine if you like it.
Moisturize & Nourish
One of the dangers of creating a short stubble is that your skin can be on the receiving end of sores, rashes, and irritation.
The continuous friction of blades rubbing against the skin can lead to all the ailments mentioned above.
That is why it is important to moisturize your skin constantly. It soothes and nourishes your skin.
Use beard oils and moisturizers. They will not only hydrate the skin but also soften your stubble.
How to Maintain Your Light Stubble Beard?
The maintainence of light stubble is not that tough but it does require your attention.
Trim your beard twice a week. Don’t trim it daily, as the constant friction on the skin can damage your skin.
Depending on the type of your skin, use a face wash, or exfoliate your skin before trimming.
Your neckline and your cheeks will also need shaving every 2 days.
Also don’t forget to moisturize your skin after the shave so that skin remains nourished. The use of beard oil is an essential practice for every bearded man.
And that’s it. It is so easy to maintain a short beard with just a trimmer.
Best Light Stubble Beard Styles
The 5 O’Clock Shadow
This is the shortest stubble because it is actually a 1-day stubble beard.
The 5 o’clock shadow is a very short stubble style where the hair is 0.5 mm in length.
The style is named so in accordance with the length of hair one is supposed to grow in one day by the end of the day.
You might come across a lot of literature telling you about the accidental look of the 5’o clock shadow but let us tell you that there is nothing accidental about cultivating a neatly defined 5’o clock shadow beard.
Many others try to pass off even 2mm stubbles as a 5 o’clock shadow but keep in mind that the length of a 5’o clock shadow is very special.
Give this light stubble beard style a try for the most simple and yet gentle non-shaven look on your face.
Classic Light Stubble Look
You don’t want to be clean-shaven, and you don’t want the heaviness identified with a heavy stubble beard. What do you go for?
Welcome to the classic light stubble look.
We use the word ‘classic’ because it is a time-tested look that is effortless and straightforward at the same time.
It’s as simple as – clean, define the borders, trim, and moisturize.
Just try it!
The Stubble Goatee
If you’re experimenting with the goatee for the first time, the stubble goatee is a great way to get started.
It is a no-risk style of stubble beard where the only difference between this and a traditional goatee lies in the length of the hair.
Perfect for men who have patchy beards.
Grow your hair for 5-7 days and then trim it and shape it into a goatee. You’re done.
Read Also: The Beardstache Style (Stubble With Long Mustache)
Celebrities that Wear the Light Stubble
Some celebrities that have successfully worn the stubble beard looks are Ben Affleck, Chris Pattinson, Chris Evans, and John Hamm, David Beckham, The Rock, and many others.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Short Beard The Same As Light stubble?
No, they are not the same.
Short beards are beards that have a length of a maximum of one or two inches.
Read Also: Stubble Vs Beard
Light stubble beards are the faintest of facial hairs with a length not exceeding 2mm.
However, light stubble beards do fall within the category of short beards.
What does the light stubble say about you?
When you wear a stubble, it shows that you’re a man of the times who keeps up with the latest trends.
At the same time, it says that you’re someone who is not completely dependent on looks to carry himself off. You have an air of confidence about you that says that you’re comfortable in your skin.
You respect convention and tradition but are not afraid to experiment and try out new things.
What face shapes look best with light stubble?
Heart-shaped faces and round faces look good with light stubble, but this is not something that is set in stone.
If you’re comfortable carrying off a particular look, there is not much that should be stopping you from wearing that look.
As we have observed above, stubble beards add versatility to your face, are comparatively low-maintenance, and women love this look a lot. (but less than heavy stubble)
Read Also: The 10-day Stubble Beard
This beard style is also great for men with inconsistent hair growth. Keeping a beard relatively short doesn’t reveal your patchy areas.
Also, if you have a patchy beard, make sure you test the goatee. Try this look one of these days, and let us know how it works out for you.
You will very pleased with the way you look. We are sure for that.
And that’s actually it for today’s article. I really hope you found it helpful.
If you have any questions or comment, let us know in the comment section below and we will be more than happy to help.
Until next time,
Tasos Moulios is the founder of Beardlong. He loves trying different beard and hair styles and blogs about them. The tips he shares come from his own experience and love for what he does.