Grooming for Guys 101


The days of men not taking care of their appearance has gone down with the brass on the Titanic. If you’ve just arrived at the male grooming station then hop aboard and take a trip with us through the wonderful land of looking fine.

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Skin

Moisturiser. You’ve heard that word before. You’ve pulled your nose up at that word. When your ex told you to put on some cream because your skin’s dry… you just said meh. You did. Giving that you are reading this it means that you’ve put your ‘meh’ in the cupboard and you want to learn how to start taking care of your skin. Let’s start with moisturisers. There are four types of moisturisers: Humectants, Emollients, Ceramides and Occlusives. The number one thing to keep in mind when rushing to the shop to purchase your ointments and creams is to take a look in the mirror and figure out what type of skin you have. It’s either oily or dry. Most men have fairly oily skin so it’s fairly easy to tell. Even if your skin is oily you’d need to moisturise – not as much as those with dry skin. For dry skin you should apply cream at least two times a day.

Hair

First rule: don’t over-wash your locks. Second Rule: make sure your conditioner matches the shampoo. Third rule: skip on the 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner combo unless you want grass instead of hair on your head. When it comes to cutting and styling your hair you need to pair the cut with the shape of your face – which means that not everyone can pull of a bald head. A square face should go with a casual cut and don’t be afraid to grow a bout of hair over the ears as it stops the jawline from being so pronounced. For round faces, a fade up the temple is a great way to create angles that break away from the circle shape. Oblong faces should have the barber cut the hair on the sides so that they barely touch the ear – the best way to go about it is to say short on the sides and longer on top.

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Whiskers

Just like the hair on your head your chin and upper lip buddies need to be taken care of as well. Grabbing a bar of soap you just washed your armpits with and scrubbing your beard with it will do more damage than a razor blade would. What makes or break a hefty bit of mane is a beardline. Most guys just grow their face hair and hope they would look like Ernest Hemingway but end up looking like Zack Galifianakis. There are two lines you need to find and maintain: the cheek and the throat lines. Try to visualise where your ideal cheek line should be. This is easier if you use a trimmer. Visualise the start and end points of your cheek line: A is where it begins, at the bottom of your sideburns, and B is where it meets the side of your moustache. To find the neck line, you place your index and middle finger on top of your Adams apple and where the index finger touches should be the centre point of your neck line. Easy.

Nails

Stop biting your nails. We know it’s hard but you need to stop. Use a nail clipper to keep those suckers tamed – and always make sure not to cut too deep. Cuticle are the thin layers of dead skin at the top of the nail plates. These are  often removed in a manicure. The reason why we mention this is to accentuate the importance of moisturising your hands and nails to prohibit cuticles from going out of control. Another tip would be to invest in a good quality hand wash and hand cream.

Smell

For this one you need to ignore the price tag for a moment. A good cologne is a good investment. Scent triggers memory which means that you will become more memorable to those you meet. Whatever your choice please, for the love all things pure, don’t bathe in the stuff. Good quality perfume is made to last and each little spritz amplifies the last.

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By Shawn Greyling

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