We’ve seen too many fur-trapper style beards pop up over the last few years. Unless you’re Abe Lincoln or Sebastian Cabot, we think the look is one whose departure is long overdue. Celebrities like Leo DiCaprio may have dabbled in the look, and there’s no doubt it does add a certain overwhelming masculinity to the wearer, but it’s a bit much. Need we mention Brad Pitt, Stephen Colbert (looking like he just arrived at the Yukon gold rush), or Jim Carrey?
Some will stand by their beards and eschew the razor come hell or high water, but it seems overly long facial hair has seen its heyday as the Wall Street Journal recently reported. Not so for stubble, though.
While it’s not for all men, the stubble beard look continues to be popular in 2016 just as it was in the 90s when we first saw this trend make the scene. Everyone (well so it seems) from product pitchmen to TV personalities still sport the short facial locks. Unlike the longer beards, stubble brings with it elements of both the casual and sophisticated. Unlike its weightier counterpart, stubble may actually be acceptable in the corporate environment. We say no, but who are we? And the thought of the extra work involved to maintain stubble at the appropriate length seems like a luxury most working stiffs don’t have. This type of maintenance is better suited to the aesthete than Joe Average. Still, if you must…
So how do we maintain the look and prevent ourselves from devolving into a grizzled old prospector? It’s relatively easy.
Barbers recommend using a beard trimmer (electric, of course) at the lowest guard setting. Mow the beard area consistently to make sure the hair length is even in every area. Stray hairs in the mustache may require a clip here an there with scissors. Don’t let your beard grow below the adam’s apple; make a clean “border” using your trimmer without a guard.
Once satisfied, leave the stubble for a couple of days then repeat the process.