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Friday, May 26, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM


Unshaved look is hot (again)

The Indianapolis Star

Stubble, dirt, scruff and "the shadow."

Those are just a few of the names for the hottest look in men's facial follicular follies, otherwise known as that "just rolled out of bed and didn't have time to shave" look.

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, television's Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) and countless models in men's fashion ads sport the look, which seems to get more popular by the day.

Barber Phyllis Kegeris of Indianapolis, still calls facial stubble "the Don Johnson look," from his "Miami Vice" television series days.

Kegeris says trimming sideburns to match shorter facial hair is a challenge.

"We'll just blend the hair so that it's all one length," she says.

But the real question is, how do so many men look like they constantly have a growth that's about 48 to 72 hours old?

It's easy, at first: Just quit shaving, and it'll look great for a couple of days. But, what about the third day, the fourth day and so on? You don't want to end up looking like Charles Darwin by the time you're ready to shave again.

• The easiest way to have a growth that always looks two or three days old is to use a beard trimmer with the attachment or guard on its closest setting. These are available from Norelco, Remington, Wahl and others, starting at about $30.

This definitely will leave stubble, and your skin will be untouched by stainless steel blades. Shave down — or with the grain — for a slightly longer-growth look.

• Many electric shavers have a pop-up or pop-out mustache trimmer that will work fine.

Just shave your facial hair all over with the trimmer, never with the actual shaving head. Again, shave down, with the grain.

Amazingly, you can get the "just rolled out of bed" look with a lather and blade, too.

Lather up and then lay the razor against your skin, using little or no pressure, and almost let it slide by itself down your face and along your neck. Again, shave with the grain, not against it. This technique requires practice and will leave more variation in hair length, but isn't that the goal in the first place?

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