The 2mm beard. Wait, can you even call it a beard? I mean, surely it’s just “stubble”? These questions are valid, but not productive.
At the end of the day, it’s a popular facial hair length, and I’m about to teach you everything you need to know about it.
I’ve personally adopted this stubble length very often. It’s extremely easy to manage, easy to shape, and comfortable to wear.
If you’re just looking for an excellent 2mm beard trimmer, I recommend the ConairMAN Super Stubble. It’s precise, comfortable to hold, and has an awesome contouring head. But more on this later.
Hopefully, by the end of this article, you’ll know what it looks like, how long it takes to grow, how to trim it, and more.
What Does A 2mm Beard Look Like?
It’s light stubble. Because it’s so short, many men actually have this facial hair length and don’t even know it. They’ve just forgotten to shave.
But this isn’t the look we’re aiming for. The shabby, unkempt stubble that many “accidental beardsmen” have due to laziness.
What we want is neat, well-groomed, evenly trimmed stubble that looks intentional and not accidental.
This is what a 2mm beard should look like.
As you can see, there are no two ways about it. This is intentional. The man didn’t just wake up with this well-maintained, precise facial hair. There is no nasty neck stubble to ruin the look.
So, if you’re planning on wearing this stubble length, it will need some maintenance. Not a lot, but some.
How Long Does It Take To Grow A 2mm Stubble Beard?
2 to 3 days. Although every man’s rate of facial hair growth is different, that’s a pretty accurate estimate.
As you can see, it doesn’t take long. That’s the beauty of it.
Say, for instance, you made a mistake while shaping your stubble. Perhaps you carved the cheek line too low. Just shave it off, wait 3 days and trim to 2mm again.
But because it doesn’t take very long, it can be easy to take it for granted. It can be easy to neglect it and let it run wild.
If you want to maintain this stubble length, trim down to 2mm every other day. This keeps it evenly and neatly trimmed “permanently”.
Benefits Of The 2mm Beard
By this point, you may be thinking about wearing this stubble length for yourself. You know what? You may already have this length and not even know it.
I want to talk through 3 striking benefits of the 2mm beard length. If you were on the fence, you won’t be for long.
1. It’s very subtle
The stubble length is a great choice for men who don’t like drawing too much attention to themselves. 2mm is long enough to be noticeable – it’s hardly a 5 o’clock shadow. But it’s short enough to be very, very, subtle.
It doesn’t pop out as the most distinguishing feature of a man’s face as longer beard lengths tend to do.
Instead, it enhances existing features without being overbearing. That brings me on to my next point nicely.
2. It contours the face
In my opinion, light stubble the easiest way to add a sense of definition to the face. It shadows the cheekbones and jawline and produces a fantastic contrast between light and dark areas of the face.
A great way of sharpening the appearance of the jawline is by trimming a neat, well-defined stubble neckline.
When the neckline wraps nicely under the jawline it can look very masculine indeed.
I’ve written an entire article on how to trim a stubble beard neckline, but I’ve outlined the process in the trimming tutorial below as well.
3. It’s versatile
This is a common theme among most of my “stubble length benefits” lists. Stubble is versatile, there’s no denying it. Light stubble, in particular, is very versatile.
It’s hard to think of a context in which a 2mm beard wouldn’t be considered appropriate. Job interviews, weddings, workplaces. It just works.
But there’s a caveat to this. A poorly-groomed 2mm stubble beard, or any length of stubble for that matter, doesn’t look good. Again, it looks shabby and unkempt.
An Excellent 2mm Beard Trimmer
This may be all you’re looking for. If so, that’s perfectly fine. I’ve got what you need.
My favorite stubble trimmer is the ConairMAN Super Stubble. It has a flexible, contouring head, an ergonomic grip, and razor-sharp etched-blade technology. Plus it’s waterproof and cordless, with a pretty impressive battery life of 1 hour on a full charge.
It allows you to trim 24 lengths between 0.4mm and 5mm. Yes, that includes the wonderful 2mm stubble length.
It’s on the more expensive end of the spectrum. If you think it’s too much, I’d go for the ConairMAN i-Stubble.
The trimming technology is the same, but its battery life is less (45 minutes) and it comes with 15 length settings between 0.4mm and 5mm as opposed to 24.
Plus, it’s for dry use only. Some men need waterproof trimmers. The i-Stubble isn’t one of them. But it’s still phenomenal value for money.
How To Trim A 2mm Stubble Beard
It isn’t rocket science. This is going to be a straightforward, no-nonsense guide to trimming the perfect 2mm beard.
This is the classic stubble style like the one in the photograph above. It won’t be shaped into anything fancy. There will be hair on the chin, cheeks, and mustache. If you’re able to trim this well, you can’t go wrong.
The key points would be to ensure an even trim, carefully-defined borders, and appropriate aftercare. Namely, moisturizing and potentially beard oil if you want to get fancy with it.
1. Grow it to longer than 2mm
Before you can trim down to 2mm, it needs to be longer than that. I mentioned above that it takes around 2 to 3 days to grow 2mm of facial hair.
To be safe, I’d grow it out for 4 days after shaving to ensure you’ve passed this length. It isn’t that long to wait, and doing so will allow you to properly see the distribution of your stubble growth.
2. Trim down to 2mm
Set your beard trimmer, or ideally stubble trimmer to 2mm and start trimming.
Try and be structured in your approach. Start with the thickest areas of growth – in most men this would be the chin area and the mustache.
By starting here, you have the option of keeping the relatively thin cheek hair longer to keep the stubble looking more even overall.
My main point here is to vary the length if necessary. Although the length we’re going for is 2mm, on average, the best results are usually obtained by trimming the thicker areas more than the thinner areas.
An example would be to trim the chin and mustache areas down to 2mm, but the cheek areas to 2.5mm.
That way, to the outside observer, it looks very even and uniform overall.
While trimming, keep the skin gently taut to minimize tugging and pulling. Also, vary the angle of the trimmer to catch the trickier hairs.
3. Trim the neckline and the cheek line
Just to clarify, the neckline is the border between the neck hair and the neck skin. As I mentioned above, when trimmed properly, it can nicely contour the jawline.
But it’s important to have it at the right level – not too high, and not too low.
A neckline that’s too high can lead to an awkward double-chin appearance, especially when the mouth is open. I wouldn’t recommend it.
Too low, and well, it just looks like poorly-groomed neck stubble.
For a full tutorial on trimming a stubble neckline, click here.
But here’s a quick summary. Visualize a line running from earlobe to earlobe and passing a point two finger-widths above the Adam’s Apple. The curve should slant upwards in both directions, roughly following the angle of the jawline.
Trim this. This is your neckline. But use your intuition – you may feel as though yours should be slightly higher, or slightly lower.
However, this outline works for most people.
With the cheek line, it’s better to keep it simple. Sharpen up your natural cheek line, by simply trimming any stray hair that lies above it.
Don’t do anything fancy. Some men have a curved cheek line, and some a straighter one.
Just accentuate your natural cheek line, and you’ll be fine.
This refers to moisturizing, mainly. When trimming stubble, you’re cutting pretty close to the skin. It does have an increased risk of skin irritation than trimming longer beard lengths for this very reason.
So, moisturize well. Be kind to the skin, as skincare is an essential aspect of beard grooming.
Beard oil – now there’s a controversial suggestion. I actually do recommend using beard oil on stubble. This is mainly because it’s a great way to soften it up.
Short stubble is notoriously rough, almost like sandpaper. The shorter the stubble, the sharper the edges, and the rougher it feels.
I’ve written an article on ways in which you can soften up stubble, and beard oil is a great way of doing it.
Sure, it won’t make it feel like cotton wool, but it does make a difference. Plus, it’s also very moisturizing for the underlying skin, which is a bonus and makes your face feel even softer.
The 2mm stubble beard is simple, stylish, masculine, subtle, and more. It is easy to maintain and doesn’t draw too much attention to itself.
I’ve talked about why I think it’s great, how you can trim it to perfection, and recommended a good trimmer you can use to do it.
Hopefully, right now, you can’t think of a single thing you wanted to know about this beard length that I didn’t cover.
Consider it the complete guide to this glorious facial hair length. Hope you enjoyed it.