For the man who craves a smooth, freshly shaven appearance, the 5 o’clock shadow is nothing but a nuisance ruining their polished look. However, the trend of facial hair is growing rapidly, with 55% of men globally sporting some form of facial hair.
The days of clean-shaven faces being a necessity are long gone. The tide has firmly shifted and the 5 o’clock shadow has gone from something that was once avoided at all costs, to now being a style to be worn with pride.
Attracting its name from the regrowth of hair that freshly shaved men experience towards the end of a working day, the 5 o’clock shadow is now a facial hair style which has been perfected and curated. In days gone by, a freshly shaved face was imperative for men and the hair creeping back was viewed as unkempt. But now, the stubble oozes style and confidence.
Rocking a 5 o’clock shadow can be a great way to reshape your face, slimming the lower half of your face whilst emphasizing your cheekbones. We love the way this simple beard technique can enhance your features, defining your jawline and giving a more mature look.
Preparation for the 5 o'clock shadow is paramount
The key to the perfect, well styled stubble is to plan. Depending on how quickly your hair grows, let your beard grow out for between 24 and 48 hours.
Before you begin to shave and trim, take a nice hot shower. This will open your pores, decreasing the chance of your skin becoming irritated. Additionally, taking good care of the hair on your head can complement a 5 o’clock shadow. If your head hair is not neat and tidy, the overall look can appear somewhat disheveled.
Shave your neck
The 5 o’clock shadow normally involves you donning facial hair on your upper lip and down towards the chin, but no hair on the neck. By shaving your neck, it will give your rugged look the appearance of being a little more tamed, yet still appearing effortless.
Trim the stubble
Use an electric razor to get your stubble to the desired length. Investing in an electric razor which is specific for beard trimming is an investment you will not regret. They are not expensive and will make the whole process much easier and more straightforward. You will want your 5 o’clock shadow to be more of a ‘barely there’ beard. But still start a little longer and trim incrementally, until your desired look is achieved.
Blend the borders
If you are pushing the boundaries of a 5 o’clock shadow, and leaving your ‘stubble’ a little longer, then you will want to blend the edges to create a more mature look. Put your trimmer on a shorter length and trim around the perimeter of your beard. This graduated method will mean that your neckline is not too defined, and the hair looks much more natural.
Aftercare & maintenance of the 5 o'clock shadow
Taking a little care of your skin can make a huge difference to its overall look. Cleanse your face after you shave, using hot water to easily wash away any stray hairs and excess shaving foam. Splashing cold water on your face after the cleanse will help close your pores, ensuring no dirt will be able to sneak inside and clog up your skin. Repeat the shaving process every 1-2 days to maintain the 5 o'clock shadow.