That rugged, 5 o'clock shadow look that is so attractive to women requires more than simply not shaving. The stubble look is great for making a young face look older or to give a slightly rough and even dangerous look. It is not for someone who simply wants to be rid of the bother of shaving; a proper stubble look takes maintenance and daily care.
Before attempting the stubble look, shave frequently for a period of weeks. The more often you shave, the stiffer and fuller the beard hair will be. This step is particularly important for a younger man who has been shaving for a short amount of time. A patchy or soft beard does not create an attractive stubble look. It will take two to three days to grow the stubble out to the proper length to trim.
Stubble should be trimmed to an even length to avoid looking scraggly. Use a beard trimmer or a hair trimmer to trim it evenly. Avoid using a razor or scissors to do the trimming -- it's too difficult to make the hair even all over the face and you're likely to end up with bald patches. Aim for stubble about one millimetre long.
Use a razor to shape the stubble to keep it looking clean and neat. Consider a clean line at the base of the throat or the chin line. For a more natural, rough look, let the stubble grow all over the natural growth areas on the face but still keep it neatly trimmed to an even length.
Dress and Grooming
To pull off the stubble look, pay attention to the rest of your dress and grooming. A person with stubble who dresses in sloppy clothes or has untrimmed hair and nails isn't attractive; they just look as if they don't care. Dress neatly and professionally, with clean hair, skin and nails. This makes the stubble look like a fashion choice, not a lazy choice.
Stubble will have to be shaved off and started again at some point. When the stubble starts to look like a beard, bring out the razor for a restart. As you shave, be aware of ingrown hairs. Use tweezers to remove the hairs that have grown back into the skin and caused a bump. Do not shave these bumps if you want to avoid pain and bleeding.