Videos

LeBron James & Drake break all the rules with latest “The Shop” episode [WATCH]

 

The barbershop carries the reputation as a cultural institution but it also has the power of confession box. Future Hall of Famer LeBron James reignites his HBO speciality show The Shop and breaks new ground with the OVO leader. The balloon pops as Drake has a no holds barred conversation on his haircuts as a child to his response to rapper Pusha T. They’re accompanied by Ben Simmons, Victor Oladipo, Elena Delle Donne, and Mo Bamba.

Watch at the conversations heats up they discuss ones’ legacy, airing out Kanye West, Drake’s status as a father, and what’s in store as they transition in their careers.

“I rather fail being who I am than fail being someone they want me to be.”

– LeBron James

Did I also mention this show was shot at the shop I work at (Barber of Hell’s Bottom)? Be sure to tune in & watch the full episode HERE

Beard Chronicles, Beardcare, Featured

Beard Chronicles EP. 3 with @Mike__mvk

Bodycare, Polish / Men's style

Boost your “Under Armor” with these quick tips

Its that season again. It’s about that time to rummage thru that drawer of yours and dump those underwear. From little holes to the torn waist band straps, you should no longer subject yourself to that “undergarment torment.” It’s a Groom Guy principle that we work on ourselves from the inside out… so yes that does include the inside of your attire. Gone are those days of those same tired [often plaid color] boxers you’ve been sporting since high school & college years. After coping with this unforgiving heat and the daily sweat that builds up underneath, its time to put those undergarments into overdrive. Don’t count the holes in your collection to finally dump them. Elevate your game and experience the transformational power of premium underwear.

This year, I’ve taken a very detailed approach to buying  the most comfortable underwear on the planet. Don’t believe the hype (sorry, not sorry, Calvin Klein) and get ready to load up on 100% comfort. Below is some of the most important gems when purchasing your first premium set of underwear that’ll have you never wanting to take them off (literally).

Waist band control

This is the “crown” of under garment wear. There is absolutely no excuse you should wear loose ones that don’t hug onto the waist. It’s not a waist trainer so make sure it doesn’t suffocate your waist. At the gym, the waistband comfortably collects  any sweat build up from racing down to the leg. You’ll want to ensure your waistband is wide and has a soft logo placement (doesn’t leave any marks). The stretch factor is important too especially…after those steak dinners.

Hit the “sack”

Your day can easily determined by this simple observation: Nicely & neatly tucked jewels. Believe it or not, but this is the bread and butter of underwear comfort. Nobody wants to blue balls (or red, purple or any other color for that matter). This should be a painless process fitting and shouldn’t require much maneuvering. Your jewels can sit comfortably with underwear that includes a contoured pinch for that ideal fit.

Cutt the [cotton] Crap

Too many times I’ve purchase underwear only have to deal with the ongoing stress: rising up. This is one of the most annoying imperfections of the major brands (yes, Calvin Klein). They’ll counter by noting its “100% pure cotton” failing to tell you that the fabric is thin cotton and barely layers onto your waist with ease. You’ll feel like a sumo wrestler wearing a Fundoshi at the end of the day and wedgies as deep as the Grand Canyon.

Certain colors are recommended to be avoided (cough, white). They don’t rinse well no matter how many times and leave gross permanent stains that make it highly questionable to wear again. My recent safest and sexy recommendations include: navy, grey, maroon, olive green. Trust me, your significant other won’t be disappointed.

An active lifestyle calls for a superior fabric that’s conducive to daily movement: performance boxer briefs. These are the major key to comfort. Many of these underwear types are packed with a premium standard of flat lock stitching, a flexible stretch, flying opening for versatility and incredibly lightweight. Did I mention they’re extremely affordable! Don’t fall for the major brand marketing smoke and jump onboard to keep those jewels of yours in a case that always keeps it fresh, clean and even shining.

Groom Guy: Be sure to email us directly for brand & store recommendations. 

Lifestyle, Videos

Pusha T releases some helpful routined gems [WATCH]

It’s been quite an exciting year for rapper Pusha T. He took the internet by storm with his lyrically-lethal diss track that nearly sent Drake’s career into cardiac arrest (for the first time). After some CPR from his fellow OVO cohorts, we’re told the feud has since ceased. Pusha has awaken the doubters and solidified himself as a top tier contender to superstar Drake. But throughout his career and rigorous work days of constant travel, revealing hidden children from rappers, touring and more, Pusha lets us in on some helpful tips that keeps him polish’d. He shares with GQ some critical essentials he can’t do with out while on constantly on the move.

From his favorite casual t-shirts to a facial moisturizer he lets TSA willingly take away from the airport (only to buy another one), we scooped some quick gems from the Virginia native that’ll keep us properly strapped for the summer heatwave…because she’s going to hit hard this year. Watch below for the full listing.

Be sure to comment and tell us your personal favorites!

Lifestyle, Videos

Untold Story of Polish’d Legend: Dapper Dan [WATCH]

“Fresh is something that always has to be new,” says Dapper Dan, “and always has to be potent.” He should know. The avatar of hip hop style got his start in Harlem of the 1970s designing custom “knock-ups” (as opposed to knock offs) for a who’s who of big ballers and shot callers, as well as a few rappers. From Eric B & Rakim to Kool G Rap to The Fat Boys—even Mike Tyson—Dapper Dan dressed them all. But then, during the early 1990s certain major fashion brands ran him out of business. “I had to go underground,” says Dan, who has since made a groundbreaking deal with the House of Gucci, opening boutiques in Harlem and more recently in SoHo. “I was built to start all over anyway,” says Dan. “I was NOT going to let this get away from me…. I said ‘They ain’t gonna leave me out of this.’”

photo provided by GQ Style
Uncategorized, Videos

Nipsey Talks Being Comfortable In Own Skin on “Mancave” Series [WATCH]

Newly appointed #BeardGang representative Nipsey Hussle is keeps the cameras rolling with his recent Billboard charting album, Victory Lap. After growing up in the ever changing flow of Los Angeles streets, Nipsey discovered his recent reflection on growth and development as a man. Recently, Nipsey Hussle sat down with BET’s newest show Mancave cast members as he details his perspective as it relates to self confidence.

Do you agree?

“Mancave”episode 105 – Tank, Jeff Johnson, Kosine, Nipsey Hussle, and Slink Johnson. (Photo: Adam Rose/BET)

Polish / Men's style, Uncategorized

Stay Polish’d Collection: Vol. 1 with Sean Mayers

From months to minutes, as we anticipate the end to another winter season that has showed its fair share of punishment on the Eastern coast. As the “Stay Polish’d” mantra continues to show itself strong within the brand’s ethos and infiltrate your bathrooms & closets, we decided to give a visual glimpse of what’re cooking up for the season. The spring season carries cold fronts, brisk winds, and demos of sunshine that’ll call for trips of confrontation to the beach (possibly). Nonetheless, Groom Guys do what we do best: and that’s deliver 100%. Groom Guys continue to keep the principle of putting your best foot forward neglecting the lionization of mainstream publications that showcase rudimentary images of “style” and “fashion.” Groom Guy (s) carry manhood, healthy morals & principles, and critical observation as the very DNA of the brand’s existence.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting up with the dangerously dapper and intelligent Sean Mayers, The Gentlemens Lounge. The New Jersey native has established quite a reputation as a “vintage stylistic architect gathering pieces of heritage, history, class within his portfolio. That was enough for me and camera hit maker Marcus to arrange some time on grey day in Washington D.C. & premiere our collection series. Behind the camera, we had an opportunity to discuss some stylistic details that often overlooked including accessorizing your outfits, introducing fragrances to our repertoire, and Sean educating me on multiple approaches to wearing a scarf and many more (and where Sean obtained that fly hat). Together, we are: The Groomed Gentlemen. 

(Feel free to share, download, repost attributing all photo credit: Marcus

 

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Bodycare

The Manicure Myth: A Guy’s First Experience

Lets admit it, a large portion of men don’t ever step foot into a salon for manicure or pedicure unless we’re dropping off our loved one or asking to you use to the bathroom… Some of us still struggle to pick up the nail clipper. Well the beginning of a new year should activate new practices in your routine. Take a good look at those fingers (deep into those cuticles) and chances are they need some love & affection this season. From cooking to everyday typing, our hands are used on a daily basis carrying various germs and build up.  Sometimes that maintenance is a refreshing start into a work day or any activity. Its the details that matter most for Groom Guy (s) and its time to begin that journey.

Glowing like never before!

It wasn’t until last year I was introduced to manicures and pedicures and its truly a blessing on the body. Like any man in uncharted waters, I was intimated by the flock of females in there. Luckily, I saw a guy (with calluses that could build a temple) and positioned myself alongside him. We chatted about sports and in minutes, I melted into my seat. One hour later, I couldn’t believe it was over only to ask how much additional services costs. The industry professionals (particularly women) will handle these tender parts of your body with some grace. You’ll be intrigued by how they use tools to get parts of the toes & hands you’ve never even touched. Excess skin, dryness, dirt buildup are all common skincare issues they’ll eliminate completely. From  a little massage to  a drink of champagne, its a super-mini vacation of bliss that’ll leave men feeling like polish’d Kings. Did I forget to mention there are tons of SINGLE people that dwell religiously in the salon as well? So if you’re looking to step your game up, you may want to make this a new home.

Groom Guy Tip: For beginners, a regular visit for manicure / pedicure once a month is fitting for the body & the wallet. A good, professional manicure service starts at fifteen dollars to twenty five & pedicure between twenty five to thirty.

Step out feeling like…
Haircare, Videos

A Final Defeat to Baldness? (Watch)

The title may strike some interests but sorry, there’s no victories here (so it seems). Internet favorites Desus & Mero introduce us to their hilarious play by play commentary on current events with this recent episode on baldness and what seems to be called a cure

Many clients today ask me is there a way to combat baldness or restore hair. The answer is still: N-O. But watch below as we’re introduced to this new and bizarre method called scalp micropigmentation. Barbershop visits will never be the same…

Beardcare

Workout Reminders For A Healthy Beard

 

For guys, working out is a time to restore focus and order into our lives. We pump iron with the intent to rebuild our body image. But that same self care effort dedicated to our bodies is required of us with facial hair, in particular bearded men; but many clients seem to forget this. Exercise is a great way to tackle issues like oily skin by flushing out toxins; but let’s make sure we set ourselves up for the complete win.

Your beard and the skin around it is a sensitive area. If proper care isn’t given, it can lead to ingrown hairs, breakage, and facial odor. Below we’ve listed some helpful tips for a quick routine that will ensure your beard survives your next sweat outbreak.

Step 1: Pre-Workout Rinse

Like a splash of water on the face in the morning, the beard could use the same wake up just before your workout. Warm water hydrates the hair and opens up the pores and is a defense wall for incoming sweat resulting from the impending workout. The additional, warm moisture from the water also helps the hair strand maintain its natural direction and healthy growth from its follicles.

Step 2: Comb Out

By the end of a workout, the hair strands have been exposed to various temperatures that can allow it to curl up, break, or become susceptible to split ends. After a rinse, a quick comb out of the beard hairs is necessary to expand and fall in its natural direction. Be sure to comb in the given direction of the hair strands. I’ve also found that separating the thick hair strands out before a workout controls sweat direction (allowing sweat to fall downward onto the ground). The more you comb out the hair the easier it’ll be for the beard wash to reach the root during your post workout shower and wash.

Step 3: Beard Wash

After a full hour of dumbbell lifts and ab work, your beard is packed with brittleness, possible closed pores, and irritated sweat glands. To combat that and restore your beard back to its natural pH, beard wash is critical. Unlike hair shampoo, beard wash is packed with fewer surfactants (surfactants are a gateway to skin and beard irritation). Refrain from using shampoos on your beard because the chemical properties can be too harsh and ultimately harmful for sensitive areas like facial hair. Beard washes from companies like Scotch Porter are packed with the proper nutrients and are chemically balanced to fight against sweat and the additional dirt and grime you pick up while pumping iron.

Step 4: Restore moisture with Beard Conditioner

Once the wash has done its cleansing job, chances are the natural oils on the hair strands have been removed. Conditioning your beard will restore full moisture back into your hair follicles leading to healthy growth. It will also serve as a defense leading into your next workout and the heat and sweat you’ll experience. The conditioner should be applied directly onto the hair strands to effectively do its job.

Master Barber Tip: To maintain healthy and steady growth that can withstand your next workout, equip yourself with some cordless trimmers and restore the shape to your beard by giving yourself a quick trim. After one last rinse (using cool water), you’ll be ready for the rest of your day.

Ready for more? Be sure to check out B with the Beard for a catalog references on everyday beard maintenance. Below he lists top products for those looking to get a kickstart into the beard journey.