11 Reasons Why You Should Grow Stubble & How To Achieve That PERFECT Look

This Article May Contain Affiliate Links
Latest Updates

Let’s face it men, women LOVE stubble.

From our recent study, we found that women love stubble more than ANY OTHER BEARD TYPE.

Let that sink in for a second…

Basically if you are doing the clean shaven look or going for the yeard, perhaps it might be time to re-evaluate?

Now now, we aren’t knocking any men out there with full beards or who shave daily.

We love all facial hair types…

However, we just wanted to take a minute to fully acknowledge that classic stubble look and how you can achieve it with near perfection…




But if you aren’t convinced yet on whether or not to dive deep first in to a stubble/rugged look, check, out these 11 reasons why you may want to reconsider:

why you should grow stubble

1. Here’s Why You Should Grow Stubble

Stubble is great for several reasons:

First off, it’s an extremely comfortable look that you can get away with in several different settings.

Whether you go to the office on a daily basis or take classes at your local college a classic and well-maintained stubble won’t look an ounce out of place.

While stubble is becoming more of the norm in the board room, it’s also perfect for men who tend to have more sensitive skin.

If cycling through endless shaving creams, oils, and razors only to still find you still have irritated skin long after you shave, stubble could be your answer to all your unnecessary suffering.

2. Unkempt Beards Are Unsightly And Time Consuming


I like the yeard as much as the next guy, but if you don’t take the additional 10 minutes in the morning to make your beard look on point, its gonna look like shit.

You can go from a dapper man to Ted Kaczynski in very fast minute if you don’t take the time to maintain that prized chin curtain.

A longer beard requires additional products such as beard washes, beard combs or brushes, and generally can get messy as the day wears on.

If you can attain that perfect beard look throughout the day – more power to you!

However, if you are like 99% of men who just simply can’t find additional time in their day to allocate towards keeping every last whisker in check, then a stubble is a relatively low-maintenance style that takes no more than a minute or two in the morning to look your best.

3. Stubble Works To Hide Blemishes

Whether you currently experience regular acne today or have scarring from yesteryear, a stubble can be a great way to cover any blemishes.

But it doesn’t end with just acne.

Even men who get dark spots or any discoloration on their face and don’t feel like investing in a quality dark-spot corrector, a few days of stubble will discretely hide these imperfections without looking like you are trying too hard.

On the whole, most men do agree (although there are exceptions) that growing out stubble will help to reduce the rate of acne occurring due to the stubble drawing oil away from the surface of your skin to the whiskers themselves.

stubble for old and young men

4. Stubble Is The Great Balancer Of Age

Take a guy that is 17 years old and give him stubble…

…he instantly looks older…

…well maybe not old enough to buy beer legally…

But what about on the opposite end of the spectrum?

Take a guy that is 67 years old and give him stubble…

…he instantly looks younger (wait what?!)!

Seriously, next time you are out and about, take notice of other men’s stubble (please, not in a creepy weird sort of way).  If you see a guy with flowing gray hair (or bald), a dash of stubble will help to shed years off of his appearance.

He instantly looks a bit more hip, playful, and that he has it together (remember – it must be maintained).

The same goes for younger men as well.

That’s why we like to tell men that if you can just grow a little bit of stubble, you will instantly start to skew either a bit younger/older.

Note: As for the men in your 30s or 40s reading this, you will look like you are a bit more in tune with current trends without looking like you are trying too hard.

women love stubble

5. Women LOVE Stubble

While we found that women found stubble in our own study as written here, but even another study found that stubble is what women find most attractive.

It’s worth noting that in the same study, women found men with full beards to be the most masculine, aggressive, and socially mature.

So, interpret that how you want.

However, if you are looking to get in the sack with your spouse or perhaps try to garner attention to your Tinder profile, test out your look with a stubble and see if you get lucky.

Another note:

Generally with psychology studies we have come across, women tend to find men attractive when the trait is rare.  For example – if all men have beards, they will find a man who shaves daily as more attractive (and the opposite rings true as well – if all men shave, then beards are attractive).

This theory was also confirmed in this 2014 article on CBS as well.

Tips To Attaining The Perfect Stubble Look

applying a face moisturizer daily

1. Face Cream Lays The Bedrock To A Well Moisturized Face

Face cream plays an important role in any man’s grooming regimen.

Quality creams are packed with emollients that will deliver a rich splash of moisture to your skin.

Regular application will help to not only brighten up your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, but it will also make your stubble shine.

Any length of facial hair is going to suck moisture from your skin, therefore it’s best to make sure that your skin has plenty of hydration before your beard stubble grows in.

Also, regular use of a face cream will ensure that your stubble looks much better than if you were to skip out on this process.

2. Use a Beard Trimmer Instead of An Electric Shaver

If you are using the back size of your electric razor that is meant to be used for sideburns to shave down to a stubble….well then you are really missing out on a lot of potential.

It’s not that its wrong per se, its just that you have very limited control when it comes to length…

…and besides, that mini-clipper is for sideburns only, not your entire beard!

But why is a beard trimmer any better?

First and foremost – length selection.

If you want an extremely close stubble or perhaps one that is a bit more bushier (almost heading towards beard territory), the a decent beard trimmer will work wonders.

Most men tend to go with the Philips Norelco 7200, not only because it’s a great beard trimmer (which it is), but it also features a vacuum built into the body (say goodbye to clippings lining your skin and hearing grief from your wife).

Seriously, with the ability to cut all the way down to .5mm (1/64 inch), it’s about as close you can get to your skin without having to use a razor (again, making it a perfect tool for men with any degree of sensitive skin).

Oh and for extra bells and whistles, the 7200 also has a digital display and can run for 75 minutes straight on a 1 hour charge – making it great for regular travel.

3. Moisturize Your Beard With Beard Oil As Additional Hydration and Sheen

As important as face cream may be for your skin, beard oil is equally as important for your stubble.

Typically concocted of carrier and essential oils, this rich moisturizer is designed for even the closest of stubble really can help to make your stubble look great.

The ingredients (carrier and essential oils) are completely all natural (typically derived from nuts and seeds) and will help to reduce split ends on your stubble while also help to fortify the hair shaft as well.

Secondly, beard oil smells AMAZING.

So, if you are going without a cologne, a beard oil is a great subtle way to demonstrate your sense of style in an effortless manner.

Pro Tip: If you do wear cologne regularly (or have sensitive skin), go with an unscented beard oil like this one by Leven Rose.  Not only will you get all the great benefits described above, but you won’t be having conflicting scents going on.

Double Edge Safety Razor with Shaving Cream

4. You Still Need To Manage That Neck Hair Even If You Have Stubble

While stubble can look great in any occasion, there still is some additional maintenance required (sorry guys – but you MUST do this on a weekly basis).

This additional maintenance has to do with your neck.

To cut right to it:

Unwieldy neck hair can look a bit unsightly.

Therefore, we would recommend once a week to take out your favorite razor and just clear out the area around your adams apple.

If you are uncertain of the lines on your neck, then the next time you head to your barbershop, ask your barber to clean up the neck area.

This will give you some lines to work with down the road if you want to clean it up at home between barbershop visits.

5. Thick or Thin?  Light or Dark?  Evaluate Your Beard First

Look here guys:

Everyone’s beard is different.

Whether it’s in the follicle width, color, or thickness of which your beard grows.

Therefore, its really up to you on how you want your stubble to look.

Generally speaking, men who have thinner or lighter colored beards can get a better stubble by normally growing out their hair for a few more days.

Men on the opposite end of the spectrum, namely those who have thick and full beards, should maintain their stubble on every other day basis.

If you are looking for guidance on what works best for you, its always great to ask a trusted friend or spouse to get their feedback as well – after all, they have to look at you every day 🙂

6. Maintaining The Look Daily

Dovetailing in from the last section, when it comes to wearing a stubble look, you should be doing something to it almost daily (~ 5 days a week).

Whether its applying a face cream, trimming, applying beard oil or shaving your neck.

We like to recommend the following schedule as it’s easy to remember and low maintenance:

  • Sunday – Trim neck (razor)
  • Monday – Trim stubble (beard trimmer) & apply beard oil
  • Tuesday – Off
  • Wednesday – Trim stubble (beard trimmer) & apply beard oil
  • Thursday – Trim neck (razor)
  • Friday – Trim stubble (beard trimmer) & apply beard oil
  • Saturday – Off

*Face cream should be applied daily as it transcends just maintaining a great stubble look.

That’s All For Perfect Stubble

Really, while there is a lot to take in, once you do this for a couple of weeks it will become second nature to your morning routine and you will realize just how low maintenance it is compared to wearing a full beard or shaving daily.

But not only will you save time and money on your grooming budget, but you will also look damn good (according to several studies) while rocking that stubble look!

How useful was this post?

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?

If You Thought This Was Good, Then Join Our Newsletter

When you sign up for our email list, you will receive actionable advice on how make your grooming and style regimen even better.

Invalid email address
Your privacy is guranteed.
About Shawn Burns

Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn's expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.