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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.
It’s that time again, Movember is upon us and the hairier men folk among us are perhaps considering growing a moustache to raise money for men’s health charities. Visit the Movember homepage to find out more about the charities and how you can get involved.
If you’re considering joining the moustache mafia this year, then you might want to read on, as we break down a full-proof skincare and shave routine.
We won’t advise you to eat some strange food that’s supposed to improve hair growth or to rub plant food into your pores. As you can’t really make your hair grow any more than it does, you have to put effort into making sure you are clean shaven everywhere but your moustache, as this will emphasise your mo as much as possible. Stick to this four-step routine and you’ll have baby-soft skin to contrast against your manly moustache.
Step 1 – Clean
Before you can shave, you need to ensure that your skin is clean, so splash a bit of lukewarm water on your face and use a gentle facial cleanser, as soap will dry your face out too much. Rinse away the cleanser and dry it with a towel.
Step 2 – Exfoliate
Only do this step every few days, as its purpose is to remove dead skin cells that build up on your skin. If you do it every day, then you’ll end up rubbing your face raw. Get a special facial exfoliator product with fine grains. Do not use a body exfoliator, as it will be too rough.
Step 3 – Shave
Use steam to open the pores on your face, as this will allow you to get a deeper, smoother shave. Shaving during or after a shower is advised because it’s usually already pretty steamy. Use a shave gel/cream/oil/etc that works for you — there’s a range of these on the King of Shaves site, who are dedicated men’s grooming experts. However, ensure that it your gel or cream is applied thinly enough so that you can see exactly what you’re doing.
Make sure that your razor is sharp, as a blunt blade can cause irritation by pulling at hairs. Getting a close shave is important, but not damaging your skin is also important, so you should always shave with the direction of growth.
Step 4 – Moisturise your skin
Gently apply a light layer of facial moisturiser, as body moisturisers can be too heavy. Post-shave balms are also great as they are designed specifically for this job.
Good luck with your mo this Movember. We hope you grow a glorious soup strainer and make a lot of money for charity along the way.
Even though clothes can “make the man”, grooming is an important part of the total look. You can have the most updated, expensive wardrobe, but if your grooming products are not of good quality and you don’t put equal weight on your hair and face, then you are not looking as good as you can. At Uppercut Deluxe Shop, you will find a range of natural hair care, shaving, and styling products to keep you in tip-top shape.
Since cleansing and conditioning is the first step to great looking hair and skin, Uppercut has an Essentials Wash Kit that contains a set of natural shampoo and conditioner, combined with a bar of goat’s milk soap and of course, a black pocket comb for $36.64.
The next step in a good looking face is shaving, unless you have opted for the bearded look and even then you need to neaten it up around the edges. At Uppercut Delux they have an all natural shaving cream for $15 with menthol and coconut oil, to be followed by the “Aftershave Moisturizer” that will keep skin smooth, soft, and shrink up the pores. Just make sure that you invest in a good razor to get the “barbershop-like” results.
Lastly, in order to complete the look, hair styling is key. At www.uppercutdeluxeshop.com, they have a selection of hair styling products, whether you need a little taming of “not going anywhere” hair. This chart will help you determine which product is right for you and the prices range from $12-$18. One celebrity who could use the “Monster Hold” styling paste, if he doesn’t already, is Bruno Mars. His high piled style would stay up where he needs it and is sweat resistant for performing in any venue.
‘New Year, new you’ is a phrase that rears its ugly head but once a year. Admittedly it would be a great time to start a fresh but all your good New Year intentions should ‘start as you mean to go on’ – the same goes for your skin. All the late nights drinking what’s left of the Christmas beer stash and indulging in only the most festive of foods until post-party season your hair and body is screaming for a detox! We take a look at the top 5 grooming products to banish any signs of the good nights that have gone and will bring your hair and body into the New Year with a fresh start. You can find these great products at Brummells of London as well as other online stores.
For Your Face
Every shave is important; we trust you’ll already have found the razor of your dreams that works harmoniously with your skin. Now you’ve got that under wraps it’s time to consider other care. Your skin is more prone to breakouts, razor burn and itching after an eventful month of food and alcohol.
The natural balance of your skin may be a little off the scale – for this we of course recommend man’s best friend – water. Keeping hydrated can help maintain a healthy glow and give your skin that revival it may need. In the long run a hydrated body is a happy body, one that can repair and rejuvenate skin whilst it sleeps.
We recommend two grooming products that will change your shaving experience forever:
Pre-shave – Jack Black Face Buff Energising Scrub
Perfect your blank canvas with this energising scrub from Jack Black. The gentle and effective scrub grains will lift away dead skin cells leaving skin feeling smoother and clearer. Ultimately this will result in a closer, fresher shave.
Post-shave – MenScience Post Shave Repair
This product provides a gentle but effective formulation that helps to heal, repair and improve skin condition after shaving.This is an alcohol and oil free formula and so its great for all skin types – including sensitive or stressed skin. Using this product as a toner will provide relief from razor burn, unblock pores and calm, soften and refresh. (more…)
Braun, which is a company that has been making personal grooming devices for years, has come up with a new collection of shavers and trimmers called the Cruzer, which is a system for the grooming needs of a man who takes hair very, very seriously. Again, their target man requires more versatility from his shaver to accentuate the definition of his modern hairstyles and facial hair. We had the chance to try out the Face version on a dude seeking a manly yet nuanced beard.
When the weather turns cooler, the beginning of fall is signaled. This also means that it is time to do away with the clean-shaven looks of summer, and embrace a few of the latest trends in facial hair styling. This fall season, a variety of styles are in that will suit any man’s personality and personal style. However, it is important to remember that the cooler, drier air of fall also means that it is time to step up the shaving regimen to include techniques that will help to keep skin in top condition well into the colder seasons. For any man who is looking to add some flair to his shaving routine, the following tips are offered to help create a unique look while keeping skin soft and moisturized.