Stubble Length Guide

Stubble Length Guide 3mm-10mm

Do you want the perfect designer stubble length look?

I understand that shaving every day can be a chore and can play havoc with your sensitive skin.

We will help you out with this ultimate designer stubble length guide to help you start getting better skin, saving you wasted time shaving everyday and getting the right growth length for your face.

We will give you a full guide to the stubble lengths that will help you to get the look that is best for your stubble beard.

Stubble length guide for men in men's grooming

What is Designer Stubble?

Men’s face stubble is simply the small bristles that grow and grow if you decide not to shave your face. Stubble can be a light stubble or a heavy stubble beard depending on your type of hair colour and skin tone.
Our Stubble Length Guide (3mm – 10mm) will explain all you need to know about Designer Stubble and more.

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How to Grow Stubble?

Once you stop shaving, your beard stubble will grow naturally and it’s up to you at what length you want to grow your stubble to.
Once you have your desired length (3 mm, 5 mm and 10 mm are the most popular lengths). Heavy stubble is also known as the 10-day beard.

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Best Beard Stubble Trimmers Under £80

Below are some of the most popular brands of men’s trimmers for your stubble length beard. I have researched the best performances and prices to try to give you an honest and fair list.
The prices do vary and again, I have given a lower budget price as well as some more higher priced Beard Trimmers. You can also check them out on Amazon
The links are for Amazon and Meso Men will receive a small affiliate commission if you do complete a transaction on Amazon.

BaByliss Precision Beard Trimmer for Men – Black

Wahl Colour Stubble and Beard Trimmer

Phillips Beard and Stubble Trimmer

What is the best stubble length?

This really does depend on the individual and the desired look that they are after. However, many say that the 5 O’Clock shadow look is the best with about 1/8 of an inch or 3 mm in length.
This is around 3 to 4 days of not shaving to grow this stubble length and to get the best stubble length.

How to Grow a Stubble Beard using our Stubble Length Guide

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Designer Stubble Length -Change your look

The best thing about growing a designer stubble length beard, is that you can change your look and style easily and quickly.

Within a few days you can have a new look and that is easy to maintain as part of your men’s grooming routine. And all you have to do is not shave for a few days, easy!

So why grow a stubble beard?

Helps prevent sensitive skin

If like me, you hate shaving, this can be a great way to get out of the whole shaving routine which was the main part of trying to look good that I hated the most.
Also, shaving can have a bad effect on men with sensitive skin and can cause flare ups and rashes which are definitely not the look you will be after.

Man with designer stubble

Mix It Up A Bit!

If you do like the clean look but suffer with sensitive skin, why don’t you mix it up a bit.

You can shave through the week and then on the Friday morning let it grow over the weekend. This way you can have designer beard stubble for the weekend, and the clean shaven look on Monday for work.

This will give you the rugged look at the weekend, give your skin some time to recover and then you can shave again on the Monday, ready for work.

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Stubble Length Guide- Saves time and energy

Time in the morning is also a factor for me. I don’t know about you, but I like to get up, get ready and get out the door. I leave my alarm clock to as late as I can some I can have that extra bit of beauty sleep, not that it’s worked for me!

The unshaven look years ago was frowned upon as being a way to look scruffy and unkempt. However, now it’s in fashion and you can’t help but see men everywhere with some bum fluff or stubble on their face.

Women love stubble!

I don’t mean they like their own stubble, that would be weird and not a good look for attracting men.

However, a survey by Northumbria University found that women preferred men with stubble against men with full beards and clean shaven.

Tests have also shown that a 3 day growth or stubble beard can increase the size of a man’s jawline, which is what women see as masculine and attractive.

This is because women loved the manly, masculine and rougher look and chose stubbly men as their ideal partner.

If this doesn’t motivate you to read on then nothing will!

Finally, remember that a full beard on a balding man can make your head look out of balance with your face, but a bit of designer stubble will keep your face and head in shape.

Read our latest article on how to make yourself look better with top tips on male grooming.

Men with beard stubble lengths of 10mm

So how fast does designer stubble grow?

Well, it’s actually at the same rate as your hair which is about 1.25 cm per month which is approximately 0.27mm per day.

The most popular stubble lengths are 3 mm, 5 mm and 10 mm.

To get the best look that suits you and your face is to experiment. Set your trimmer to say 5 mm and then just keep reducing the length size until you are happy with the stubble length and look.

Stubble Beard Neckline – How to get a designer stubble neckline right first time

Stubble beard Neckline

Designer beard necklines can either be quite a untrimmed look or a straight line of perfection. I don’t know about you, but I like to keep things simple and as far as my beard neckline is concerned, I simply trim it back without the blade of the trimmers.

I don’t use any ruler type gadgets to get the perfect neckline simply because it sits under my chin and who will really see it? However, there are many that groom to perfection and make an art of it and that’s fine it you have the time and patience to get it right.

Treat your stubble like a beard.

All beards, and that includes stubble, need to be treated with respect even if its only two days old and growing. For longer full grown beards, obviously they need more time and care to keep them looking in great condition.

Goatee Beards are just long Stubble

I have had a Goatee beard, so I know that they are a compromise between a full beard and the clean shaven look. Goatee beards can be in the form of stubble length depending on what length you want to grow the goatee.

I preferred to keep my stubble length fairly short, but its definitely a matter of choice. If you are going to shave, make sure you use a good quality shaving product like Gillette

Check out our guide on Goatee vs Beard

How To Fix A Patchy Beard?

If like me, you are not able to grow a full beard because you end up with a patchy beard, a stubble effect can be a great alternative.

If you grow the stubble to a point were you can start to see the patches, then simply trim it back by 1mm at a time until it reduces the patchiness and it looks ok.

Its worked for me, and although I know the patchiness is there, it is almost hidden by the designer stubble.

There is also products on the market to help thicken your stubble to eliminate the patches. Watch the video for more tips from James Welsh.

How to get designer stubble?

Yes, a good barber can help and advise you on all aspects of hair including facial hair and stubble. Remember, that stubble lengths and beards grow at the same rate as normal hair because they are simply the same.

Most barbers now can offer a beard trim and a neckline trim to get you looking all dapper and ready for whatever your occasion is.

Check out our Best stubble trimmers for men’s grooming which will help you to decide which one is the most suitable for you and your style.

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How to maintain and trim stubble

If you have a stubble trimmer, simply set the desired length to between 3mm and 10mm  and trim your beard on a regular basis to keep and maintain the stubble look.

Above are some top-rated beard and stubble trimmers.

The video at the top of this page gives you some great tips on how to trim your stubble.

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What Is A Scruffy Beard And How To Style It?

What is a scruffy beard, how to style a scruffy beard, and get the most out of it?

If yes, you are in the right place to learn more about this unique beard style! The best part, it’s simple to pull off, and with countless facial hair styles to pick from, none can be as easy to grow as the scruffy beard style.

Nowadays, wearing a full beard like a man is almost a must with beard hairs on many a man’s face. In fact, studies have shown that men who wear beards and more specifically stubble beards are more attractive than clean-shaven men. The perfect stubble look is great for most guys, but for some, the scruffy beard look is another option. So what about scruffy facial hair or a scruffy beard style?

A scruffy beard will make you look more masculine and badass. Some men can wear this style very effectively. Of course, it is not for everyone because many of us can’t grow the perfect beard without fixing it a little bit but millions of men can.

How To Get A Scruffy Stubble Beard Look

A scruffy beard is an untidy and unkempt beard that makes you look more rugged and manly. It doesn’t require much, if any, maintenance.

In fact, a scruffy beard looks like the beard style a man can grow naturally, including a neckbeard and hair high on his cheeks.

However, the modern variations of scruffy beard include trimming, but very little.

Wearing a scruffy beard won’t necessarily create the illusion that you are not taking care of yourself.

You can always wear suits, nice t-shirts, have a great fade haircut and more so that the overall look is amazing but still keep your beard unkempt.

In my opinion, nowadays that men take care of themselves more than ever before, obsessing with their facial hair, trim their necklines and cheek lines and maintain their stubble nearly daily, growing a scruffy beard look is a way to stand out.

Who Is Scruffy Beard For?

As we have previously discussed, wearing a scruffy beard look makes a man look more masculine, more like a bad boy who doesn’t care what others think about him.

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Benefits of a Scruffy Beard?

One of the most important benefits of a scruffy beard is the time you will save by not trimming your beard too often.

Trimming a beard every morning is a real headache, isn’t it?

This stubble beard style can make you stand out and look rugged but it is not for everyone. The scruffy look has different lengths of a real manly look.

For example, if you are working for a company, a scruffy is very unlikely to be allowed. The best professional beard style is a very-kempt stubble beard like medium stubble.

You can save money on shaving products which are not cheap these days. Add up the costs of achieving clean shaves such as shaving cream, shave gel, regular razor, fusion5 blade refill, Gillette razors and you can soon see your money disappear at the till.

There are also companies that do not allow beards at all in certain positions, so keep this in mind.

This beard style is perfect for guys that grow patchy beards because the fact that their beards will not be necessarily even and well-groomed will give the impression that they feel good about themselves, don’t care about other people’s opinions also make the most out of their facial hair.

As a parenthesis, if you have patches in your beard keep it short (stubble length) so that the patches are not very visible or grow it very long and try to cover the patches by brushing your beard.

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Top 3 Scruffy Beard Styles

In my opinion, these are the best scruffy beard styles. Other guys try to tell you there are 10 or 15 or even more scruffy styles but the reality is that the main scruffy stubble styles are the short one, the long one, and the goatee.

Plain and simple.

Here are our favorite scruffy beard styles for you to choose from:

1) Scruffy Stubble

The scruffy stubble is simply a stubble beard that need trimming down to 5-6mm every now and then. Creating the neckline and the cheekline is up to you.

As far as your beard doesn’t grow very high on the cheeks close to your eyes just trim the whole beard with guard #4 or #5 and you are good to go.

2) Long Scruffy Beard

The long scruffy beard style will make you look even more masculine. Grow your beard from clean-shaven for 1 month or longer and then keep your beard at the desired length with scissors or with the trimmer over comb technique.

3) Scruffy Goatee

The final style we recommend is the scruffy goatee.

Goatees have stood the test of time and there are millions of men that wear them.

The scruffy goatee requires stubble hair around the traditional and long goatee. It is very much like a goatee with stubble. Let your beard grow and then use a trimmer and not a razor to trim hair outside your goatee. Your cheek and neck hair should be much shorter than your goatee hair.

All 3 scruffy styles are amazing for guys with patchy beards for different reasons.

How To Grow A Scruffy Beard

Growing a scruffy beard obviously depends on which style you will choose.

The only one that needs some effort by your side is the goatee.

You can’t get it wrong with the stubble. Just grab the trimmer and cut down your beard a little bit. Don’t miss out with lines, let it be natural.

The same applies to the long scruffy beard. Let your beard grow for 1 month.

Then, grab scissors and trim it here and there but not too much.

As far as the goatee is concerned, getting a goatee with stubble will be a piece of cake for you if you know how to grow a goatee. Instead of creating sharp goatee lines, let some stubble grow where the traditional goatee would end.

To grow and maintain a scruffy beard all you need to buy is a high-quality trimmer like Philips Norelco Multigroom 7000.

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Famous Men with a Scruffy Beard

Many stars have sported this style including David Beckham, Ryan Gosling, and Tony Stark to name just a few.

If a scruffy look can be pulled off by footballers and A-list movie stars, then surely it’s good enough for us normal guys.

Scruffy Hair

If you also have a scruffy hair look, then this thin stubble beard style could be a good way to complete the scruffy look. With little effort, it’s the easiest way to have a rugged look with this lazy style.

Growing a scruffy stubble beard will boost your confidence, make you look more attractive and save time.

Give it a try today! And remember, if you don’t like it, you can always fix it with a trimmer! So, there is nothing to lose.

People Also Ask?

Is Stubble Unprofessional?

If you trim your stubble and neckline on a regular basis, then your stubble will always look professional when trimmed.

Is Stubble ok for an interview?

If you are going for an interview, then either grow and trim your beard stubble to look professional or go clean shaven.

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We hope this stubble length guide has been helpful to you.

Beard stubble is here to stay and for many men it is now a fashion accessory that they wear with pride. If you are lucky enough to suit the stubble style then you are on to a winner, no move shaving every day.

However, for some men, growing a good quality stubble is not possible and this can be disappointing but unfortunately a fact of life.

Join the debate, do you think men should shave and look clean looking or are you the one who wears his stubble with pride and will never go back to shaving??

Leave your comments below and I will offer help and advice for anyone having problems getting the look they want.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hog4rbOSqQk (James Welsh)


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