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Men’s grooming is a tricky topic. It may not be about trying out a gazillion different products by spending hours at the bathroom, but more on the lines of maintaining a daily routine for a presentable appearance. So, how do men go about their daily grooming routine? Take a look at the following pointers to get a better perspective about the same.
Choose a good salon
When it comes to grooming 101, the very first tip would be to choose a good salon.
To begin with, you need to find a salon with expert hairdressers who know their job well. They should have an excellent track record of suggesting the best hairstyles depending on their clients’ personality and styling along with having a knowhow of the latest trends. Although knowing this can be a bit difficult, you can always do your research about the best salons in your vicinity and then take your pick.
A good hairdresser will have expertise in handling all sorts of hair types and styles right from a curly hair to poker straight ones. With years of experience, they will be able to suggest you the styles you have never heard of, but are bound to look great on your person.
When you keep visiting the same salon over a period of time, you will become more comfortable with the ways of the hairdresser and be confident about trying out different hairstyles. And of course, this will foster a trusting relationship between you both, which is essential in grooming.
Visit the salon regularly
Don’t be lazy when it comes to booking your appointment at the salon. Usually, men wait for their hair and facial hair to grow for more than a month or more before deciding to pay a visit to their hairdressers. Ideally, you need to get your hair trimmed and in shape every 3-4 weeks along with other basics. So, schedule an appointment every month at the salon without fail to get your grooming done.
Here are some of the things that you need to get done when you visit the salon.
- Keep your beard and mustache in shape. Get them trimmed along the edges on a regular basis or else they will end up curling up, looking all squiggly and making you look unkempt. Also, you can try out seasonal trends in facial hair and get the same done at the salon to look stylish. The same also holds true for a stubble; you need regular upkeep of the same to appear well-groomed and not shabby.
- Shape up your eyebrows. If you ever thought that maintaining or keeping eyebrows in check is a ‘girl thing’, it is time to get rid of that notion. Eyebrows are one of the most important features on your face and they highlight your expressions. So, when you pay a visit to the salon, ensure that you get your eyebrows nicely shaped and defined and you will end up looking a dapper!
- Go for a facial. If you are not habituated with using a facewash on a regular basis or even a face scrub for that matter, make it a point to opt for a facial at the salon. It will remove dead skin cells and make your face appear brighter. Talk to an expert about what kind of facial will suit your skin and go for it. Trust me, the results will astonish you!
Educate yourself about the best products
Gone are the days when grooming products for men used to be few and far between. Today, there are endless products for men, which are available for grooming. You just need to know about the best products that will suit your skin and hair type. For instance, if you have a thin crop of hair, you will need something that doesn’t weigh your hair down and gives it more bounce. Alternately, if you have a thick crop of hair, then you need to settle for styling products such as waxes, which will tame it down for you. In fact, there are also products for receding hairlines such as – Hair For Sure, a product by Athena Life Sciences, which helps you regrow your hair. In essence, it is all about selecting the right products.
Wear branded fragrance
“You are never fully dressed without perfume!” ― C. JoyBell C.
This quote holds true for women as well as for men. But this doesn’t mean dabbing on too much of a scent and stepping out in panache. You can select a perfume, aftershave or a cologne of a renowned brand that suits your personality and taste and step out in style by wearing it. If you are not sure about which scent will suit you, you can always comb the internet for suggestions. It is not necessary that you stick to only one particular type of scent throughout. Just invest in a couple or more of classic scents that you find suitable for you and wear them according to the season. Remember, the same scent that you liked on your friend or colleague may smell completely different when you apply. Therefore, make it a point to try it beforehand and then make a purchase. Wearing an expensive, classy perfume will definitely add to your personality and help you make a long lasting impression on everyone.
Change your wardrobe
If you are really serious about this entire grooming business, then you must go for a change in your attire as well. Right from the clothes you wear to the shoes, you need to make sure that they add to your personality and style. If you don’t have the time or the budget to change your entire wardrobe, you can at least include some staples, which will work equally well.
Now that you are aware of these essential grooming tips for men, do give them a try but not without assessing your personal style first. What do you think of these grooming tips? Have something else to add to these tips? Let us know via your comments.
Time for another contest and this time we’re giving away two 2.5 ounce unopened bottles of Baldessarini cologne, each retailing at $40!!
Baldessarini is the top of the line Hugo Boss fashion range, named after their former long-standing chairman Werner Baldessarini. The notes of this scent are rather fascinating: Bitter Orange, then Green Mint and Douglas Fir, with finally tobacco of all things.
There’s only one way to enter to win one of these exquisite cologne bottles: Leave a comment on this page with your email address and your answer to this: Tell us about the last time you smelled cologne on someone and how/why it was good, bad, tasteless, haphazard, etc. US and Canada residents only, contest ends Monday the 22nd at 6:00pm EST.
When it comes to men’s grooming products, every man is on the lookout for quality items that will give him the results that he is looking for, whether it is shaving products or body care. One line of grooming products that has been around since 1959 and is sold from Germany, Estonia, and France is Tabac Original. It is a distinctive line of products with a fragrance that combines spicy notes with exotic wood fragrances and an undertone of floral and musk.
The first product is the Tabac Original Eau de Cologne. It takes the original scent and puts it in a spray cologne that will keep you feeling like you just stepped out of the shower all day long and the distinctively masculine scent will draw others close. I love the bottling as well, pretty straight forward compared to a lot of the silly boxy designs out there.
Next, is the Tabac Original Deodorant Stick. It will give you 24 hour protection from wetness and odor, as well as the familiar fragrance that will blend well with any of Tabac’s other grooming products. Note that the smell is really only a hint so no worries about coming off as overcompensating! Everyone needs a great deodorant, so why not make it something special?
Lastly, is the Tabac Original Shaving Soap. Shaving is brought to the next level with a great shaving soap. This particular one will soften your whiskers in preparation for the shave, as well as leaving your skin moisturized and soft with the same original fragrance. It is a fantastic product for every man because even bearded guys will have to shave around their beards to keep things neat. Best part? The soap you don’t use, i.e. the remaining bar, dries fairly quickly after brushing off your daily amount.
These grooming products by Tabac have been loved by men all over the world for the last 55 years, not only for the quality and original scent, but also for the fantastic price.
I have a suspicion that I am like many other men that once we find a fragrance we like we tend to stick with it and buy it continuously until we either receive an alternative as a gift or our scent is discontinued and we have to hunt down our new Eau de Toilette or Eau de Parfum!
This year I have been a huge fan of the Tom Ford for Men Eau de Toilette – I needed something for a wedding and was wandering lost around a department store until a helpful assistant pointed me in the direction of this spicy scent. Tom Ford for Men is a rich and exotic Eau de Toilette and I love the hint of black pepper which makes it a warm fragrance and one that is ideal for these winter months.
A reworking of the previous Hugo Boss cologne, Hugo Boss Night, takes an entirely different direction in fragrance. It is a woody/earthy scent that has a mix of birch leaves, cardamom, louro amarelo wood, lavender, amaretto, African violet, and musk. The spicy combination with a slight floral allure is intended to convey a greater scene of masculinity and, perhaps, more provocativeness.
The men’s fragrance, which is packaged in a sleek dark blue bottle, has a great presentation and is available in an Eau De Toilette spray, shave balm, shower gel, and a deodorant stick or spray. Hugo Boss Night is listed with the other Hugo Boss products for $50-$65 for the spray cologne, though some less konwn purveyors may have some of the other products listed for sale at a lower price.
Lacoste, more commonly known for its sportswear, is a French clothing company that was established in 1933 and it is a brand where you will find high-end clothing, accessories, footwear, watches, eye-wear, and fragrance. This year, with all the excitement of the Summer Olympics, Lacoste released a limited edition to their most popular selling fragrances.
Many people don’t really think about it, but the sense of smell is a huge part of our existence. It plays very important part in the making of memories. Our sense of smell transports us back to pleasant and not so pleasant experiences in our past. Fragrance has a way of also setting a mood or creating an impression. Lacoste’s limited edition fragrance campaign, “Celebrate the Beauty of the Game,” can apply to the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well as to life in general.