Heavy Stubble Beard Style aka 5mm Beard Guide: How To Grow, Trim & More

Having a full beard takes a lot of time and serious effort, and even then you may find that it isn’t for you. Instead, you should try the halfway point – heavy stubble. It is almost like having a beard without the intensity of it.

Heavy Stubble Beard Style aka 5mm Beard Guide: How To Grow, Trim & More

Heavy stubble can suit some people more than a full beard would, so why not try it out and see for yourself if the way forward for your facial hair is with some heavy stubble!

There are many different styles when it comes to heavy stubble which varies in thickness, density, and shape so you are sure to find a style that you love.

In this article, we will tell you all there is to know about growing and grooming a heavy stubble beard, and all of the different styles you can try out.

Heavy Stubble Beard: What Is It?

If you haven’t heard of a heavy stubble beard, you may know it as the ‘10 Days Beard’ or even simply the 5mm beard. The heavy stubble beard style is a way of styling facial hair with hair that is within the range of 4mm to 5mm.

It is also known as the 10 Days Beard because it takes the average person around 10 days to reach the desired length for this style.

The heavy stubble beard can seem very similar to other styles of beard, such as medium stubble. The difference between them both is the length that the facial hair is.

Medium stubble style bears will only take about 3 to 5 days to grow and are only 1mm to 2.5mm in length. Light stubble takes even less time to grow and can be achieved within 2 days.

The length for this style of beard is 0.5mm to 1mm. As we mentioned earlier, the heavy stubble beard takes about 10 days to grow to the correct length (4mm to 5mm)

Essentially, all a heavy stubble beard is, is a short beard. It just requires less time, effort, and shaving tools! 

What Face-Shape Suits The Heavy Stubble Beard Best?

Honestly, the heavy stubble beard style suits everybody! Specifically, though, it looks best on those with an oval or square face shape. This is because it helps to complement these shapes in particular.

An oval face shape means when the face is longer than it is wide, whereas a square face shape is when the face is angular.

This style of beard suits these face shapes because it can add width to an oval shape face, and help to soften and balance the strong and masculine features of a square-shaped face.

If you have a rather round face shape then you should try growing out a long beard. Longbeards will help to elongate the face and find balance within the length and width.

Beards are super important when it comes to equalizing face shapes. 

Best Heavy Stubble Beard Styles With Examples

As we have mentioned above, the heavy stubble beard suits everyone – but certain heavy stubble beard styles suit specific face shapes.

There are many different styles, shapes, and ways that you can style your heavy stubble and we are here to give you some inspiration.

Some are more trendy than others, and sometimes it helps just to find the right style to complement the shape of your face. So, let’s get into it with some different heavy stubble beard styles with examples!

Classic Heavy Stubble Beard

Classic Heavy Stubble Beard

The most simple and easy way to style your stubble is this classic way. With very little maintenance, keeping this style is made very easy to keep and groom.

If you are lazy and don’t want to spend too much time caring for your facial hair, then this is the perfect style for you. This style consists of a 4mm to 5mm length beard that has been left with no maintenance.

It will take most people roughly 10 days to achieve this beard, and requires no grooming except for trimming to keep it at the correct length.

This is the perfect style for people with all different kinds of face shapes. It is recommended as an easy go-to beard style for the average face shape and for those who don’t want to spend a lot of time caring for their facial hair.

This is also the basis you should begin with when experimenting with many other beard styles, so it is a great place to start. 

Heavy Stubble Beard With A Mustache

Heavy Stubble Beard With A Mustache

The next style we want to mention is a twist on the classic heavy stubble beard. This is a variation of the classic heavy stubble but with the addition of a mustache. A mustache is longer and thicker hairs above your top lip.

It should be left to grow longer than any other part of your beard. This is the perfect style for those of you with oval, square, or round face shapes because it helps to balance the proportions of the face. 

Heavy Stubble Goatee

Heavy Stubble Goatee

This way of styling your facial hair is a combination of growing heavy stubble, and also a goatee beard. The combination of the two creates a unique style that compliments most face shapes.

The difference in thickness and length in varied but specific areas of the beard help to balance out the face shape. To achieve this style, you will need to grow your entire beard to be around 7mm to 9mm thick.

This will usually take around three to four weeks. Once you have reached this stage you simply need to trim your beard to 4mm to 5mm, leaving the goatee the original, longer length.

Heavy Stubby Beard With An Extended Goatee

Heavy Stubby Beard With An Extended Goatee

This is a variation of the style we mentioned above. It is basically the same idea but with this style, you leave the goatee to grow even longer.

The goatee should grow further and longer from the chin, extending that region of the face. This extension is why this style of facial hair best suits people with round or oval face shapes.

It helps to balance out the face and gives the chin more definition and style. This is certainly more of an extreme style of beard, but it is also fun and very complimentary to round face shapes.

Heavy Stubble Beard Hollywoodian

Heavy Stubble Beard Hollywoodian

This is more of a high-maintenance style of beard and requires time and patience in order to achieve it. It is chiseled and striking and certainly the point of attention.

To achieve this style you need to trim your cheeks and necks to create the signature Hollywoodian shape. Although it is very high-maintenance it is certainly one of the more impressive styles of beard.

This beard looks great on those who have a round or triangular face shape.

Patchy Heavy Stubble Beard

Patchy Heavy Stubble Beard

This is another great style for those of you who don’t want to spend time and money on maintaining your facial hair. This is perfect for those of you with a patchy beard, simply grow it out to the desired length.

There is nothing else you need to do except let it grow in its natural places, and so this is a perfect style if you have a patchy beard

Heavy Stubble Chinstrap With A Goatee

Heavy Stubble Chinstrap With A Goatee

The last style that we are going to show you is the heavy stubble chin strap with a goatee. This is another relatively complicated and high maintenance style – but all the time and effort that you put into perfecting it will certainly pay off.

This is the perfect combination style for those of you out there who want to add length to your face. Although it is time-consuming to create, it will help to complement certain face shapes.

In order for you to achieve this style of beard, you will need to grow heavy stubble first. Once you have achieved that then you will need to shape your goatee.

Create a straight line from the end of your ears to where your chin starts, this will be your chinstrap and should be 10mm thick. Then all that is left to do is shape the goatee around the chin. 

How You Can Grow Heavy Stubble?

When it comes to growing heavy stubble, it is actually pretty simple and easy to do. All you need to do is leave your facial hair untouched for around 10 days or until it reaches around 4mm to 5mm in length.

Once it has reached this stage, shape the length of your beard and style it however you’d like.

During the 10 days you are waiting for the hair to grow to the correct length, you can trim the necklace and mustache area with scissors or a trimmer to keep it under control.

Trimming And Maintaining A Heavy Stubble Beard

When it comes to maintaining a heavy stubble beard, trimming is one of the most important parts. Without trimming, your beard will become too long and with too much trimming it will be too short to achieve your desired style.

For this reason, you should take care when trimming and grooming your heavy stubble beard. For the classic heavy stubble beard style, you will need to first trim the hair after 10 days of growth to give it shape.

You should use a beard trimmer with a 4mm guard to ensure that the correct length is kept. You will need to start from your neckline and work your way to the chin.

If you want to further smarten up the look of your beard then use an electric shaver or sharp razor to trim the edges.

If you are looking to even out the neckline shape then it is helpful to locate Adam’s apple and extend the line from that point to your ear lobes on either side of your head.

When it comes to evening out the cheek line, you should use your nose as a guide. Start shaving where the tip of your nose meets your cheek.

Heavy Stubble Facial Hair Vs Other Beard Styles

Now that we have shown you all the different styles you can do with heavy stubble, we’re going to compare this style with other beard styles. This is going to help you establish the differences between beard styles and what you are trying to achieve. 

Heavy Stubble Vs Medium Stubble

The most obvious difference between these two styles of beard is the change in length. As we have already said, a heavy stubble beard is when the facial hair is 4mm to 5mm in length.

Medium stubble beards are only 1mm to 3mm long. Medium stubble is longer than the stubble most men sport, however, it is shorter than heavy stubble. Medium stubble is incredibly easy to maintain using a beard trimmer.

Medium stubble may suit some people better than heavy stubble does – it varies from person to person and beard to beard.

Heavy Stubble Vs Light Stubble

Light stubble is only 0.5mm long, and so the main difference between light stubble and heavy stubble is the difference in length. The length of facial hair for heavy stubble is more than 4x as long as light stubble.

Additionally, it is a lot harder to upkeep light stubble than it is to keep medium or heavy stubble. This is because it requires almost constant attention and trimming on a daily\ basis.

You certainly need a lot of commitment when it comes to keeping your beard light stubble. 

Heavy Stubble Vs Full Beard

Having a full beard is actually a lot easier to groom and maintain than it is to maintain a heavy stubble beard. Heavy stubble beards require much more attention and regular shaping and trims.

If you are looking to achieve a full beard you will first need to grow a heavy stubble beard. For this reason, it is helpful to experiment with a heavy stubble beard before committing to the full beard look.

Again, the main difference between these two types of beards is the length. Beards are much longer and take more time to grow to the desired length.

Also, growing a beard is a big commitment and is the reason why a lot of men decide only to grow stubble. It all depends on what you want your facial hair to look like.

There are also many ways to style a full beard just as there are when it comes to styling heavy stubble. 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Heavy Stubble Beards


  • Clean up the edges of the neckline and cheek line to help them look neater and more uniform.
  • Use moisturizer to keep the skin smooth and healthy after trims. You should also condition the hair and skin with beard oil or balm to keep it healthy.
  • Experiment with different styles of a heavy stubble beard. There are so many ways that you can switch it up and change the style and it can be fun to see which you prefer. There are certainly some styles that will suit you more than others you may try, so try them all and see which you like best.
  • Keep things fun and interesting by letting your facial hair grow from time to time- this way you can easily try a new style once you are bored of growing it again!
  • It is very important to remember that you need to wash your facial hair too. For this, you should use beard shampoo and wash regularly. 


  • Avoid trimming your facial hair too short. Trimming it too short can quickly change your beard from heavy stubble to medium or even light.
  • If your stubble is itchy, try not to shave it off! You’ll get used to it.
  • Never forget that for a healthy beard you need to have a healthy lifestyle! Ensuring that you have a balanced and healthy diet will ensure that your skin is healthy and avoid flaking and dry skin.
  • Don’t overdo it with the beard tools. Keep it simple with a couple of tools such as a beard trimmer or hair clippers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Length Of Heavy Stubble?

Heavy stubble is when your facial hair is between 2mm to 5mm in length, but usually between 4mm and 5mm. Medium stubble is facial hair of the length of 1-3mm and light stubble starts at 0.5mm.

How Do You Maintain Heavy Stubble?

In order to maintain heavy stubble you need to give it regular trims so that it stays at your desired length. To maintain a 4mm to 5mm beard you should trim it every 6 to 8 days.

How Can I Get My Stubble To Lay Flat?

You can smooth down any hairs that stick out by using beard oil or balm.

You can also use wax as well. It is important that you regularly wash your beard when using products to avoid building up which could lead to problems like dry skin.

Final Thoughts

So, that should be all you need to know about growing and maintaining a heavy stubble beard. There are so many ways that you can experiment with different styles to see which you prefer and which suits you personally.

You can choose from a super-low maintenance style to more high-maintenance ones – it all depends on how much time and effort you are willing to put in to achieve your desired result. 

Are you going to try out a heavy stubble beard?

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