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How-To · August 26, 2015

How to Have a Perfect 5 O'Clock Shadow Every Day

1. Plan Ahead

If youre clean-shaven now, let your stubble grow at least 24-48 hours (maybe longer) in order to get it to a workable length.

2. Ditch the Neck Beard

Once your scruff is adequately commanding, hop in the shower to open up and prepare your pores. Before you trim the stubble, youll want to defineand shave belowyour beard neckline.

3. Trim It Down

First, bust out the electric razor. If you dont have one specifically designed for beard trimming, get onetheyre fairly inexpensive and make this entire operation much easier.

Set the trimmer to between 1/8- and 1/5-in. and get to work. Start with a higher setting until you figure out the length that looks best on you.

4. Blend It In

If your desired length is 1/4 in. or higher (though you're pushing the bounds of a "5-o'clock shadow"), choose the next shorter setting and gently trim the edges of your stubble. This will give the hair a graduated look so that the beard neckline isnt so defined.

5. Maintain the Look

Repeat this every day or two, depending on how fast your facial hair grows.

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Adam Hurly