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Facial stubble.

Stubble is the regrowth of shaven hair, when it is short and has a rough, abrasive texture.


During the 1980s, facial stubble on men became fashionable, partly due to being popularized by the singer George Michael, as well as the popular television show Miami Vice.[1] This was also known as the "designer stubble" and was groomed, shaped, and maintained as a regular beard. Electric clippers can be used to maintain stubble on the face as a men's fashion style. Companies such as Wahl and Philips manufacture trimmers that are designed to maintain facial stubble. Removing the guard from most trimmers will give the user a stubbly look.

The British term five o'clock shadow refers to beard stubble that is visible late in the day, usually around 5 o'clock, on men who have shaved their faces that morning. The term can also refer to a visible stubble of underarm hair regrowth on men or women who shaved their armpits that morning. The term was popularized in the 1930s in the marketing department of the Gem Safety Razor Company. While dreaming up a new advertising campaign, they decided to try and convince previously unsuspecting men that they suffered from 'ugly, afternoon beard growth' and that this could only be countered by the purchase and use of 'Gem Micromatic Blades'. Needing a snappy name for this late-afternoon ailment, which would of course bar sufferers from any genteel 'five o'clock dinner', they chose to call it 'five o'clock shadow'.[2]


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