Don’t shave for 3 days and you have a 3-day beard… It’s not quite that simple, but the 3-day beard is clearly one of the easier beards to style. Nevertheless, there are some traps you can fall into. To make sure that doesn’t happen, read through these 5 mistakes that you should avoid at all costs with a 3-day beard.
What is a 3-day beard?
First of all, we should clarify what a 3-day beard actually is. I have already mentioned it: not shaving for 3 days does not result in a 3-day beard. If the hairs are between 0.5 and 4 millimetres long, you can call your facial hair a 3-day beard. Since each person’s hair grows at a different rate, it also takes different amounts of time for different men to reach this length. How long the hair actually has to be (there is a big difference between 0.5 and 4 mm) depends on various factors, which you will learn about below. In general, however, the hair should be so short that it is still ” stubby” and does not lie down yet.
Mistake 1: You Trim Your Beard Too Short
Of course, you have to trim your beard (more on that in a moment) but if you trim it too short, in most cases, you’re not doing yourself any favours. “In most cases” is to be taken literally here because the length, or rather the shortness of the hair, only doesn’t matter if you have extremely dense beard growth and dark, fast-growing beard hairs. For everyone else, the rule is: don’t trim it too short.
Why? Especially men with not so dense beard growth can make their beard look fuller by having longer hair, because the bald spots are covered up a bit this way. The same goes for men with lighter hair – if it’s too short, the beard is hardly visible. You can get around this by trimming it to a slightly longer length. After all, you want your 3-day beard to look like a beard, not a shadow.
Mistake 2: You trim your beard when it’s wet
In itself, there is nothing wrong with getting your beard wet before trimming – but only to wash it, preferably with beard shampoo. This removes dirt that could damage your trimmer. However, it is crucial that you dry your beard before trimming it. Either with a towel (don’t rub too hard, your hair doesn’t like that), with a hairdryer or in the air.