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Men's Grooming

How to Trim a 5 O'Clock Shadow Beard

The 5 o’clock shadow beard made its mark in the mid-eighties, thanks to people like George Michael and Don Johnson from Miami Vice, among other prominent people from the era. Back then the 5 o’clocks were called “designer stubble” - and like dancing in the movie Footloose - the beard was even banned by some companies for being too edgy. But while big bleached hair and tiny day-glo shorts are a thing of the past, this beard style still remains trendy today.

 

The five o’clock shadow is, by definition, easy to grow, however it is not always easy to maintain. You might need to stop beard-itch when the hairs grow in. You might also struggle in finding the perfect beard neckline. Overall, beard care might be more difficult than you expect. This short beard is more than meets the eye.

 

The 5 o’clock shadow is harder to develop than it seems. It needs the right care; products like oils and attention are important to developing this beard style. 

If you’re planning to develop a healthy 5 o’clock shadow, here are some easy steps to follow. 

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Step 1: Moisturising your beard hair roots

The first step in growing a five o’clock shadow is generally, growing facial hair. This beard style involves a consistent, even hair growth. You can give your beard a good, healthy bed to grow from. Start with moisturising your face and even using some beard oils when you see the hair growing to keep the roots healthy.

Step 2: If you have a patchy beard
Sometimes beards grow in uneven patterns. Finding the perfect stubble isn’t easy! It’s possible that patchy areas might fill themselves in in time, but sometimes they don’t. To make the most of it, first shave to the thickest point in your beard. This means coming down the cheek and stopping at the jawline. This should highlight to you the thickest, strongest part of your beard, even if there are some beard patches.

 

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Perfect your beard with our exclusive laser guidance system. Follow the red line of light to get a sharp, symmetrical trim on both sides of your face. See all benefits

World's 1st Laser Guided Beard Trimmer

Perfect your beard with our exclusive laser guidance system. Follow the red line of light to get a sharp, symmetrical trim on both sides of your face. See all benefits

Suggested retail price: $199.00

World's 1st Laser Guided Beard Trimmer

Perfect your beard with our exclusive laser guidance system. Follow the red line of light to get a sharp, symmetrical trim on both sides of your face. See all benefits

Step 3: Don’t fear cosmetics
Sometimes, men stay away from cosmetics, meanwhile the rest of the world is sculpting their faces to perfection. Eyebrow products that are designed to help you fill in your eyebrows can do the exact same trick on facial hair. Pressed powders and—if you have the skill—some pencils, will help you cover any patches while maintaining a natural look.

Step 4: Dealing with beard itch
Beards can get itchy, especially in the early stages of beard growth. There are some steps you can take to prevent and relieve itchy inflamed skin. Regularly brush your beard hair, use a specialty beard brush to make it easier. Brushing your beard will stimulate hair growth and warm up the facial hair follicles to minimise itchiness. You can also use beard oil and moisturisers to achieve a similar effect.

Shaving is a hot bathroom or during the heat of the day can make razor burn worse. Try shaving in the evening to give irritable skin a chance to recover overnight.
Step 5: Next steps for a 5 o’clock shadow
Eventually, you might want to move on from the five o’clock shadow look. If you have healthy stubble, it can be easy to grow it into a more defined beard style. You could shape it into a handlebar moustache, chinstrap beard, the Fu Manchu, various goatee styles, a soul patch, the Van Dyke beard, or another beard or moustache style you like. Or, you can use beard trimmers and keep your stubble beard just as it is.

Quick Tip: The five o’clock shadow is supposed to look a little rugged and effortless, so don’t overthink this look too much.

 

Growing and trimming a five o’clock shadow is a great way to start manscaping your facial hair. It’s a versatile look that can grow and change with you. (Not to mention it’s low maintenance. Just go in with the beard trimmer often enough and you should be fine.) Remember to keep your facial hair moisturised and nourished for the best-looking beard.

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