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Last Updated: October 22. 2011 1:00AM Douglas Quenqua/ new York Times
New York — In a world where men sport permanent stubble on their faces, the capacity to grow a thick, bristly beard in just 48 hours can be considered an evolutionary advantage. Alas, not one conferred upon Clinton Weber, the smooth-cheeked runway model forced to endure a futile “stubble trim” backstage at the Duckie Brown show during new York’s Fashion Week.
“I just don’t have a beard face,” said Weber, 23, who is otherwise short on flaws. “It could come in, but it takes a while. I have very thin hair.”
Like sideburns and chest hair, stubble is one of those organic male accouterments that perpetually cycles in and out of favor. these days, it seems, everybody wants a little scruff.
Jon Hamm, whose role on “Mad Men” inspired many a clean shave, was among the actors pairing stubble with a tuxedo at the Emmys last month, just as Brad Pitt did at the Toronto Film Festival earlier in September. Lots of male models, for whom facial hair is traditionally verboten, walked the runways unshaven at this year’s Fashion Week. George Clooney always seems to have a shadow on his jaw, and good luck finding a recent picture of a clean-shaven Justin Timberlake or Gerard Butler.
The producers of the Duckie Brown show wanted their models to exhibit some facial growth, too, genetics be damned. so they invited Conair to set up a “stubble station” backstage. Conair, eager to promote its new line of stubble trimmers, was happy to be there.
“Stubble is always in fashion, especially now going into the colder months,” said Garrett Bryant, a senior stylist at Antonio Prieto Salon in Manhattan.
But not patchy, unmanicured stubble.
Trimming the stubble
“It’s just a question of keeping it maintained and not making it look messy,” Bryant said.
Grooming companies like Conair and Philips Norelco are retiring the term “beard trimmer” and calling their new models “stubble trimmers.” these models, which arrived on shelves in 2010, are specially calibrated to deal with facial hair at close range, manufacturers say.
They are not the first. In 1986, Wahl introduced the Miami Device, a trimmer designed to approximate Don Johnson’s sandpaper jaw on “Miami Vice.” Fearing copyright infringement, the company soon changed the name to Stubble Trimmer, but the device proved unpopular and was quickly discontinued.
But “society has become a lot more accepting of guys having stubble,” said Michael Schwartz, a brand manager for Philips Norelco, “so we designed a specific product” to maintain the in-between look. indeed, he added, “our primary focus for the beard and mustache segment now is stubble.”
The main difference between stubble and beard trimmers is slight but cosmetically important: The minimum length that the razor guards on Philip Norelco’s beard trimmers would allow was 1 millimeter; the guards on its stubble trimmers go down to 0.5 millimeter.
Sales for the trimmer category increased 14 percent in 2010 and are up nearly 17 percent so far in 2011, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm. Schwartz said his company had seen a “large spike” in sales for the category, “even with the higher prices.” (Its top-of-the-line stubble trimmer retails for $59.99, about $30 more than its best beard trimmer.)
Whether these trimmers can really keep a man in permanent stubble is another question. Bryant does recommend them for his clients, albeit without the guards.
“Just don’t keep a guard on” and apply the blades directly to your face, he said. “That way you’re getting a clean look, but that keeps it right at a 5 o’clock shadow.”
Hot towels, talcum powder
To prep, Bryant advises applying a hot towel to the face a few minutes before shaving. Giovanni Giuntoli, the stylist working the Stubble Station for Conair, applies talcum powder before shaving. And both advise always shaving against the grain, which can get tricky around the neck and cheeks.
Regardless of how you achieve your scruff, cleaning these areas, as well as the section below your nose, is essential to the modern, clean stubble look.
“Neck scruff is a no-no,” Giuntoli said.
Use a traditional razor to shave those areas clean.
Don’t get carried away, though.
“I don’t like to do that George Michael close-shave thing, where it looks almost feminine,” Giuntoli said. “Fade it in a little bit easier around the neck. Letting it grow a little natural, but clean is definitely a stronger statement this season.”
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Shaving is one of those things that a person just has to do, but that does not mean that an individual has to suffer through the process. by upgrading from an old razor, whether it is an antique electric model or disposable plastic straight razor, to a Philips Norelco Arcitec you can get a better shave every time. Philips Norelco is been manufacturing electric razors for quite a while and their newest Norelco Arcitec models are some of the best available on the market. you can say goodbye to razor burn and uncomfortable shaves thanks to this powerful and compact electric razor.
With a pivoting head, you no longer need to bend yourself into extreme or comical positions in order to get a close shave. a Philips Norelco Arcitec razor can deliver a close shave so that you can say goodbye the stubble even in hard-to-reach areas. few of us leave enough time to get ready in the morning. Rushing out the door is nothing new to the vast majority of people out there and a Philips Norelco Arcitec razor can cut down shaving time by half thanks to its high-speed razors. a couple of minutes with one of these high-performance machines and you will be looking your best and ready to face the day in no time.
It may be tempting to skimp on quality in order to save some money and buy a cheap razor, but this is a mistake that many men make and just about all come to regret sooner rather than later. a Philips Norelco Arcitec razor is a premium model and may cost more than some of the competition, but it delivers a quality shave every time unlike some of the cheaper models. these units are also built to last and can deliver years of flawless performance rather than having to be replaced on a regular basis.
So, while you can save money and buy a cheaper version, you will be getting an inferior product that does not last and leaves your skin raw, irritated, and with a few unsightly whiskers left over. there are some things that a person should not compromise on and when it comes to purchasing an electric razor you owe it to yourself to get the best. Philips Norelco Arcitec razors also featured some of the best trimmers on the market. Sideburns, mustaches and beard trimming are quick and easy when you use a Philips Norelco Arcitec to get the job done.
Do you use an electric razor or blade?
It’s a question with a surprising answer, as a Consumer Reports poll found 36 percent of men use an electric razor. and while a good, old-fashioned shave can elevate men’s grooming to a whole new level, there are electric razors that can get the job done.
Consumer Reports tested 13 different models — both rotary and foil shavers — ranging from $10 to $240.
“Foil shavers have blades that oscillate behind a perforated screen, while rotary shavers have circular heads, with cutters that spin behind a fine grid,” Gayle Williams, of Consumer Reports, said.
Testers shaved with either the foil or rotary shavers for at least a week. Following the test run, expert sensory panelists compared the feel of the post-shave mugs to various grades of sandpaper to see which shave was closest. Testers also assessed battery life and how easy it is to clean the shavers.
“The $10 shavers we tested didn’t do so well,” Williams said. “Our testers said they wouldn’t buy either one.”
Once all the stubble was washed away, the top-rated shaver was also the most expensive — the $240 Braun Series 7 Shaver. it had both the closest shave and the longest battery life.
The Series 7 — a foil shaver — can be washed under running water and comes with a cleaning station that doubles as a charger. The only downside is that it takes up a little counter space.
Within the rotary shaver category, the $200 Phillips Norelco Senso Touch 3-D won top honors. it has good battery life and can be rinsed under running water.
A more affordable foil option is the Remington Pivot and and Flex shaver, which sells for $55. it wasn’t quite as good as the Braun, but testers said it provided a quality shave at a more reasonable price.
I shave my legs every day basically but they still have stubble sometimes even right after I shave them. It's embarrassing. I use a five blade razor. do you have any ideas or suggestions as to what could help? I'm starting to seriously consider waxing them but it kinda freaks me out!
If you shave your legs with like soap or something and then shave them again but use conditioner it's amazing how smooth your legs will be
try that nail stuff, never tried it but idk what else to say
I just moved on to an electric shaver a few weeks ago. I like it because it's quicker, and because it's rechargeable I can shave anywhere. the only downfall is that with wet shaving I only needed to do it once a day in the mornings. with the electric I have to use it twice a day because the stubble is back by the evening.
i like the electric shavers because the vibrate why you shave (silly me) but wet shaving is good to but electric shaver also avoid shaving bumps or in grown hairs
xD highfive @CakaShiz
Yes, in fact they sell womens versions. They're the same as the men's, just pink, lol.
NO!!!! It's super harsh blades cut the h3ll outta my legs when I used my boyfriend's once out of desperation! maybe if its a really nice one it might be okay, but I wouldn't risk it. I had long lines/cuts all around my legs, they were there for like a week! it was awful!
(However as stated above they do have a lady shaver which I now own lol)
No, because they're not pretty and pink with flowers on them.
Definitely. I use it on my legs, and it works perfectly. And I've never been cut by one either DDD!
Yes. an they work well 2.
Ive tryed it once.
Made my legs feel realli soft!
Yh i suppose so. But i think the mens ones blades might be a bit sharper than ours as they have courser hair. so just be careful not to cut yourself if you do.
if your leg stubble is like a greek guy's neck, yeah…