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How Do You Maintain A 5 O' Clock Shadow?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I have always been of the opinion that men look cooler with some sort of stubble or a full on beard - but usually the wife/girlfriend doesn't like it, so the men shave daily.

With the popularity of stubble in fashion, film and television - I wanted to know how to maintain stubble or what is called the 5 o' clock shadow.

You can't shave it off every couple of days, you literally have to have the stubble all the time like Crockett on Miami Vice or Hugh Laurie on House.

So how do you maintain the stubble at the same length from week to week. I have seen that razor/trimmer attachments usually don't go short enough, as they are designed to trim a beard or goatee. But take the combs off and you shave it off.

Does anyone know of a beard or hair trimmer (link?) that does cut short enough to maintain constant stubble? Or know of another procedure to achieve the same result?

Thanks
post #2 of 16
I think that what will or will not work for you is going to depend a lot on the idiosyncracies of your own beard - thickness, rate of growth, etc.
post #3 of 16
Hey Man, I use a Braun electric shaver. It has a beard trimmer that pops up. When I'm in a hurry, I use that. The whole shave takes less than 2 minutes and it gives me a 5 o'clock shadow at...7:30 AM. http://www.amazon.com/Braun-7526-Sys...?ie=UTF8&s=hpc
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
DarkNWorn,

My beard isn't that thick, but it grows very fast. There are just so many shavers, hair trimmers and other such products on the market. There has to be one that cuts very close to the skin, but obviously not all the way to actually shave it all off.

I did read somewhere to use a hair trimmer, but I have never tried it. The idea being that it has a feature to allow shaving close to the scalp but not all the way and that same feature can be used on the face.
post #5 of 16
Actually, a professional hair trimmer (the one for trimming the edges) does that very well. A good one costs around 80-100, but it lasts much longer and shaves much better. Ask your local hairstylist to procure one for you. My old one offered to buy one on my behalf, but considering my beard isn't very thick I declined her offer.
post #6 of 16
Most beard trimmers are adjustable, and the lower settings are basically "scruff" settings. That's how I do it.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
For me, I have found that the lower settings are not low enough and don't really do a good job. They hack at the stubble and don't actually trim a nice even stubble line on the face.
post #8 of 16
Shave the night before, before you go to bed. Instant 5 o'clock shadow the next day.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Sam,

It doesn't grow that fast. If you look at Sonny Crockett (Miami Vice) or the doctor from House - they clearly have a 2 day stubble thing going constantly. In the 80's, it was called designer stubble.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Hey Man
Sam,

It doesn't grow that fast. If you look at Sonny Crockett (Miami Vice) or the doctor from House - they clearly have a 2 day stubble thing going constantly. In the 80's, it was called designer stubble.

i always thought don johnson's 5:00 had some help from the make-up department.
post #11 of 16
I remember a little beauty called the "Miami Device" that was designed for keeping a constant Crockett-level stubble.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Hey Man
Sam,

It doesn't grow that fast. If you look at Sonny Crockett (Miami Vice) or the doctor from House - they clearly have a 2 day stubble thing going constantly. In the 80's, it was called designer stubble.
I think overnight and 2 day stubble look equally good.
post #13 of 16


TF seems to be the expert.
post #14 of 16
any update on this guys?
post #15 of 16


If the lowest setting with the head isnt low enough, i take the head off, you can still trim very safely without it.
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