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Ask Men's Fitness: How Do I Get the Perfect Amount of Scruff?

Got a date on Friday night? Here's what point in the week you should set down the razor.

I have a date on Friday and want to grow the perfect amount of shadowy scruff. On what day do I stop shaving? —Matthew T., Miami FL

If you have a good, full shadow by the end of a typical day, then be sure to stop shaving exactly 48 hours prior to your date, advises Brendan Murdock, the founder and owner of the eponymous grooming salon in London. If you're not imbued with Wookiee DNA, he says, give it at least one more day or half-day. "Keep in mind that most are not particularly fond of short, prickly stubble," Murdock says. So, if your beard is really slow, don't shave after Wednesday morning. 

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