For us men, there are limited things we can do to change our physical appearance. We can change our hairstyle, lose weight, build muscle, wear trendy apparel and… that’s basically it. Boring.
But one thing that we always kind of overlooked when it comes to improving our looks is styling our facial hair.
“Facial hair? You’ve got to be kidding me” – you say.
But yea, that is true. Your beard and your mustache have an amazing ability to change how people see and perceive you. A clean, shaven look and you project the face of a lad or some dude from the army. While a full beard can make you look like some big boss at a multinational company. Which is why you should never underestimate the power that your facial hair has when it comes to your overall appearance as a man.
Since I was pretty bored with the clean shaven look, I wanted to try (and maintain) the 5 o’clock shadow.
What exactly is a 5 o’clock shadow?
Remember how when you wake up and shave clean in the morning then, 8 hours later, you find small and short stumps of hair grow back on your chin and on your upper lip in the afternoon around 5 PM? That’s exactly what I’m talking about. People call it the 5 o’clock shadow (go figure) but stubble is the precise term for it. And here’s a secret: women find it really attractive on men.
It’s easy to get that 5 o’clock shadow just by allowing your facial hair to grow. But the question is: how do you maintain it?
If you’re genetically-blessed to have hair that grows fast, then just do a clean-shave in the morning and by the end of day, you have the stubble back. But if your genes are the type that takes days before getting that stubble, then you don’t want to keep it neat and clean by shaving it all. The best way to maintain its short length is by using a trimmer.
Last time I was at a supermarket, I stumbled upon a shaver that does exactly that: The Schick’s Quattro Titanium Freestyle shaver.
What I liked about this is that it is a double-edged sword. On one end, it is a full-fledged razor which can help you do a clean shave. On the other end, you have a battery-operated trimmer, which you can use to maintain your beard short but clearly visible.
Pretty cool huh?
You’re probably familiar with the razor so I’ll focus on the trimmer part. Unlike other electronic shavers which you plug in an outlet, this one from Schick is powered by a battery. Open the shaver apart and you’ll be able to insert one triple A battery, which is all you need to power up the device.
To turn on the trimmer, you’ll need to press the power button on the side of the shaver and you’ll find it vibrating.
Now the trimmer actually looks like the hair clipper you find in your regular barbershops. It has an adjustable comb which has three levels of adjustments. Push the comb away from the trimmer and you maintain a longer beard. Pull the comb towards the trimming device and you get to maintain shorter facial hair.
As for me, in order to maintain the 5 O’clock shadow, I removed the comb completely so that the trimming device is in direct contact with my skin. Doing this resulted in the perfect 5 O’Clock shadow that I wanted: short and sweet.
Of course the way your stubble would look and how fast you’d grow them depends on your genes and ethnicity. But a trimmer does help a lot in maintaining that look and making sure that your facial hair is symmetric and tidy all over.
In case you’d like to do the same, you can also buy a trimmer from Philips. However, what I did like about this one from Schick is that it is easy to carry around and it is 2-in-1: a razor and a trimmer in a single device.
What about you? What do you use and how are you maintaining that 5 PM shadow?
Wow interesting. How much is it, Chris?
King, The Schick Trimmer is available at Watsons for 399 Pesos only.
i use the Philips QT4011
That’s nice Aben. How much did you get it?
Last December 2014 when I have decided to buy a shaver/trimmer. What I am using now is the one you posted “Schick Quattro Titanum”. I shave and clean my mustache and beard almost everyday to maintain its length and cleanliness as well. The trimmer is of course useful and convenient adding the Schick Extreme3 for finishing style and Nivea after shave balm to soothe and for fragrance.
Jhun, I use Nivea as shaving foam as well.
I always have a problem whenever I shave my facial hairs…I oftentimes cut myself…maintaining it is another challenge since they grow faster than those of my workmates…another thing its kinda tiring shaving them like every other day
My hair grows fast! And I find it as a curse rather than genetically-blessed. I have to shave everyday and it’s kind of tiring
lol @Chris, I have the exact same shaver. Bought it a little less than a year ago from Watsons, and yup, same price too. Worth it. Only downside about it is the size of the shaver. It will take you more time to finish. It also uses the battery up fast. With regards to the other end, the razor end, well, I rarely use it. I hope sooner or later I’d have the peace of mind (and money to burn) to buy the bang-for-the-buck shavers, you know? The Brauns and/or the Philips shavers. For now, this will do.
Winter – really? so you’re saying not even a clean shave works for you?
Vielissimo – yeah it’s true. It’s a little smaller compared to other trimmers. Btw, I think you can use a rechargeable battery so that you don’t keep buying new ones. 🙂
Btw, long time bro. how’s living on your own going for you?
Refreshing read, as always! I like your articles because they present innovative takes on practical concerns and they pull me away from the tremendous messianic stress imposed by the academe. Keep it up!
can you help me where can i buy this?
PJ – have you tried checking appliance stores like Abenson or Automatic Center? I think they have those electronic shavers.
Glenn – thanks a bunch bro! Glad that you like what I write about. See you around.
@Chris – I’m all good bro, I mean, less hassle, less stress, I am doing many things each day that I couldn’t do when I was still commuting. Thanks!
Anyway, rechargeable batteries are the way to go too… Unfortunately, every time I plan on getting one, I then forget to purchase one, haha. Right now, those Php20+ batteries from the convenience store is doing the job. lol
@Vielissimo – told you, less stress. haha.
Speaking of rechargeable batteries, I bought mine from CDR King. lol!
Thanks Chris – I just decided to try and start doing this as my full beard won’t come in right. I actually had this thing in the bottom drawer in the bathroom, works like a charm! I do like leaving on the comb for a little more length but good to know your method works too – I might have to do that if the wife starts complaining 😉
Ben – hey buddy. you’re welcome. Glad to have helped you. Where are you from? Welcome to the PGG blog!
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Thanks for this post! I’m searching reviews about beard trimming all over the internet and your post is the only one from the Philippines. I hope you can add more on this topic.
Erlan – you’re welcome. Sure, will add more in the future as soon as I can.
What trimmer do you use?