Do you want to make the most of your facial hair to look as masculine as possible? Designer stubble creates a rugged and masculine look that it is very desirable for trans men who want to pass. Here is a step-by-step guide plus video about how to achieve designer stubble for trans men. Go on, get that movie-star designer-stubble look!
Related post: A Guide to Shaving for Trans Men
The designer stubble look cannot be achieved merely by neglecting to shave for a few days – this will just make you look lazy and messy. I used to think that that cool five o’clock shadow look was just an accident: now I know that men spend a lot of time achieving that look!
The trick to designer stubble includes having a plan, and having a really good razor with adjustable lengths. The recommended razor for designer stubble is a Philips Norelco. It is not cheap, but with razors, you really do get what you pay for. You need a razor like the Philips Norelco, which allows you to adjust the length of the shave by simply turning a lock wheel.
Technique for Achieving Designer Stubble
You start off by growing out all your facial hair for at least a week. Many of us transmen have less vigorous facial hair growth, so it might be more like two weeks. Once you have a decent amount of hair to work with, you are ready to go.
Basically what you do is trim all the hair on a number 3 or number 2 setting, then tidy up your jawline, your soul patch, your cheeks, your mustache, and your sideburns with a razor. You want to end up with clean lines that look precise and planned. A nice clean border of hair along your jawline can create a much more angular, masculine look, giving your face more definition. The video below shows exactly how to achieve designer stubble.
Professional male image consultant Aaron Marino shows you how to grow, trim, and maintain the perfect designer stubble. I found him very instructive, and by following his advice, I finally achieved a look that was halfway decent. It is difficult for me, as my hair growth is not exactly awesome, plus I am blondish.
But as Aaron says, no one has perfect facial hair and most of us are to some degree follicly challenged. It’s reassuring to hear that bio men struggle with this too!
Good luck with achieving your ultra-masculine designer stubble!
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