Part of the frustration that comes with growing a beard is not knowing what length and progress to expect at specific points during the journey. You’re about to learn everything you need to know about the 1-week beard.
Let’s get to it.
What Does 1-Week Beard Growth Look Like?
This is what the average 1-week beard will look like:
Notice how I said average. It’s important to understand that people vary widely in terms of their rate of facial hair growth.
After 1 week, a certain proportion of people would have grown a slightly longer beard than this, while another proportion would have grown a slightly shorter one.
But the picture above should give you a good indication of what the average person would expect. Don’t get discouraged if yours falls a little shorter than this, however.
Just give it a bit more time.
As you can see, the 1-week beard really does amount to medium stubble. Some may not even choose to call it a true “beard”, but many would disagree.
What’s great about the 1-week beard is that it defines the contours of the face. That’s the beauty of a stubble-length beard.
How Long Does A Beard Grow In 1 Week?
After 1 week you can expect a beard to have grown 3 to 4mm on average.
It’s long enough to be noticeable, but not long enough for patchiness to really become obvious.
It’s also short enough that you really don’t have to do anything to maintain it if you don’t want to.
No trimming, brushing, combing, or oiling. Just let it be.
Assuming you’re looking to grow it out even longer, it’s at a stage where you really don’t have to do anything to it at all to maintain it.
This is especially true if you’re following the “4-week rule”. This states that you shouldn’t be trimming your beard at all for 4 weeks.
After 1 week, you really don’t have to do anything to it other than let it grow to your desired length.
How To Prevent The 1-Week Beard Itch
There are certain steps you can take to prevent the 1-week beard itch – most of these focus on looking after the underlying skin as opposed to the beard itself.
A benefit of the 1-week beard is that it isn’t usually long enough for a very uncomfortable itch to really set it.
However, people often do get some level of itchiness – they tend to notice it more when they aren’t really used to having facial hair.
Short and medium stubble can be itchy as short hairs have sharp edges.
Here are some tips for reducing the itch that can set in after a week of growth:
- Wash the face regularly
- Keep the face nicely moisturized
- Try to avoid touching your beard
- Consider beard oil after a few days
Let’s go through those tips individually.
Washing the face regularly may seem obvious but it’s surprisingly beneficial when trying to reduce a stubble beard’s itch.
Keeping the face clear of impurities should reduce itching of the underlying skin and using a gentle cleanser is worth considering as well.
Moisturizing the face is important as well, as dry skin is likely to exaggerate any itchiness a 1-week beard is causing.
Touching a 1-week beard can be tempting, as it’s likely to be a new and novel feeling so early on the beard growth journey.
But it’s a bad idea for a couple of reasons. One is that touching your face unnecessarily is just going to introduce dirt and impurities.
Another is that it often triggers itching by bringing the sharp edges of a 1-week beard into contact with the facial skin.
Finally, consider beard oil once your beard reaches that heavy stubble length.
With a 1 week beard, it’s hard to justify using beard oil. It’s simply too short.
However, after around 10 to 12 days the beard should reach a point where it could be considered “heavy stubble” and may, in fact, benefit from beard oil.
Beard oil should moisturize the beard hair itself and make it less likely to itch. Read this if you want to learn more about using beard oil on stubble.
How To Grow, Trim, And Shave A 1 Week Beard (If You Want To)
This section is for those of you that want to maintain a 1-week beard instead of growing it out even longer.
It’s for people that want to grow it out to a 1-week length and then keep it at that medium stubble length.
If you’re looking to do this, you’ll want to make sure it’s well-trimmed and maintained. The 4-week rule of beardedness doesn’t apply.
Here are some tips for growing, trimming, and shaving a 1-week beard.
1. Trim Every 2 To 3 Days
While it may seem simple enough, maintaining a 1-week beard does take some work. The main risk is that you look like you’ve grown an accidental beard as opposed to an intentional one.
The way to minimize this risk is by ensuring the beard appears well-maintained at all times.
The best first step would be to allow the beard to grow for 9 or 10 days. That way most people would have passed the average 1-week beard length of 3-4mm.
At this point, you can now trim down to 3 or 4 mm using a stubble trimmer. If you don’t have one, I like the Philips Norelco Oneblade (Amazon Link).
Do this every 2 to 3 days if you want to maintain a permanent 1-week beard stubble.
Doing so will keep the stubble hairs looking even and neat. This is the main thing that keeps a 1-week beard looking intentional.
2. Define The Borders
The borders are your neckline and your cheekline.
The neckline is the border where your neck hair transitions to your neck skin. The dreaded “neckbeard” occurs when there’s no distinct neckline and the neck stubble simply crawls toward your chest.
Avoid this at all costs. Trim the outline of your neckline with the lone blade of your trimmer first (i.e with no length guard attached), as well as all of the hair beneath it.
It should lie approximately two finger-widths above your Adam’s apple and roughly follow the angle of your jawline on either side.
Here’s a tutorial on trimming a stubble neckline if you want more details on this.
The cheeklines are the borders at the top of your 1-week beard.
It’s where the cheek hair meets your cheek skin. Maintaining the cheek lines isn’t as important as maintaining the neckline, as it’s generally considered more acceptable to leave it au naturale.
However, if you did want defined cheeklines, consider cleaning them up with your trimmer too.
3. Shave Neck Stubble
Even after trimming beneath your neckline with the lone blade of your trimmer, you’re still likely to have very short stubble visible beneath it.
While this isn’t as bad as having longer beard hairs on your neck, it’s still noticeable and isn’t usually the most desirable look.
Consider using a manual razor (cartridge, safety, or straight) or an electric shaver to remove all neck stubble (beneath your neckline) to get the cleanest and sharpest appearance.
Tips To Help A Patchy 1-Week Beard
To reduce the appearance of a patchy 1-week beard, consider the following tips:
- Leave it alone for a full 4 weeks as a lot of patchiness does fill itself in during this period.
- If you’re looking to maintain a 1-week beard without growing it, consider varying the length. Trim the thicker areas of your beard a millimeter or two shorter than the patchy areas. Overall, this often gives the illusion of a fuller beard.
- Consider a different style. For example, if you’ve got patchy cheek hair, remove the need for cheek hair altogether by trimming a goatee.
There you have it. Hopefully, everything you need to know about the 1-week beard. What it looks like, how long you can expect it to have grown, and more.