Every scientist has a laboratory where history is made, rules get broken, and industries evolve. Mad scientist and hairstylist Kevin Kellett aka OGK has given us a glimpse into his creative world. From the concoction to the mixing and the private labeling, who knew it would take this much work? Well travel the globe like OGK (clients including G-Eazy, YG to name a few), you’ve got the opportunity to do whatever the hell you want. So when he’s not behind a chair in the shop or a tour bus, you can take a guess where you’ll find him nowadays. I already put that order in the for latest Texture by OGK hair pomade. Salute you Kevin for betting on yourself and showcasing that DIY! Check out the full dope video below.
My chair has taken me all over the world. And one thing I’ve noticed no matter who’s in my chair, no matter where the chair may be, is that everyone was looking for a product that didn’t exist.
These are just some of the common tortuous symptoms of skincare agony. We often fall into illusion that if we just scratch more, it’ll miraculously give a give us a dosage of temporary relief. That is, until you’re scalp is suffocating from some unknown oil you got from the first results page of Google Search aimlessly researching “itchy scalp solutions.” Stop it. Bury all of that.
I had these struggles as well only to find out its a very common skin condition within the United State. If you’ve got an ongoing issue with your scalp after shampoo and/or conditioning treatment, chances are, you have a condition, or some form, of psoriasis. The name itself sounds terrifying. But rest assure, its easily treatable and found in 2-3 percent of the total population. So you’re not alone in the recovery process. I recently had the opportunity to chop it up with skincare expert Randy Reed of Osswald Parfumerie Boutique in New York City. Serving NY’s supreme clientele and a licensed esthetician, Randy supplied us with some everyday tips to end the immediate horror sightings of psoriasis.
Groom Guy: What does psoriasis look like?
Randy Reed: So it typically takes shape of a rash. Most of the time, due to the irritation and scratching, it’ll be red patches.
Groom Guy: How many people have this condition?
Randy Reed: It’s very common. Don’t worry.
Groom Guy: What can trigger psoriasis?
Randy Reed: There’s a number of factors included in the inflammation like your diet. Most commonly is the environment or climate that you’re in especially harsh cold winters where you’ll have little sun exposure.
Groom Guy: What’s the best treatment for it?
Randy Reed: A short term treatment is buying a skincare product with SPF (aka Sun Protection Factor) as an immediate solution. Many products that are packed with this measure of protection will keep your scalp and/or face protected. Food plays a role in your psoriasis as well. For example, one’s sensitivity levels to gluten (typically found in breads) may aggravate an itchy scalp. So pay attention to what you food you intake and stock up on inflammation fight-foods.
Groom Guy: When we transition into new seasons, what should we be doing?
Randy Reed: Stay Moisturized! Using a facial moisturizer will you give you a thicker layer and protect you from outside infestations. I use a serum which is a pre-moisturizer and locks in moisturizer.
Groom Guy: Any other home made solutions?
Randy Reed: You’ll want to invest a humidifier. This device is designed specifically to put moisture into the air. By traveling, working out, you lose moisture throughout your work day. At night, your skin is supposed to repair itself. With the humidifier preventing the air from being dry, that also means it stop your scalp and face too.
Groom Guy: Should your local barber know how to treat this?
Randy Reed: No. A professional should be mindful of this during the consultation and then recommend the client seek a specialist aka dermatologist.
Groom Guy: Is there anything a client can do before/after a haircut?
Randy Reed: He/She should tell the barber immediately before the cutting hair process. The barber should shampoo & condition the client before haircutting to reduce the inflammation during the cut.
Note: A visit to your local dermatologist will be available to give your special case a full evaluation with easy treatment. Many patients get equipped with an ointment or prescription that’ll show immediate results.
By now, the winter season has had you buried in your house with little to no, muscle movement. I understand its dropping to the single digits with no sign of outdoor heat in sight. Nonetheless, that does not mean we can neglect all those drunk grooming promises you made NYE that evening (Polish’d Promise). As I handle clients day to day and observe my cold surroundings, I witness a pattern of behavior that we’re going to have to change to keep this winter season going strong. Don’t let your grooming habits fall apart this winter and lets bring the heat wherever we go with these quick reminders!
Snap, Crackled, Popped – Some of us are giving pimples & oily skin a free pass with the massive amounts of dry skin build up. We think as long as we don’t look like skeletor before leaving the house “as is” we’re good…Nah! Fuel your skin with that facial moisturizer or grab your loved ones. A great one can easily clear the face of access oils, cleansing agents that reduce pimples, protect skin from the strong winds, and overall gives a visibly pleasing & healthier-looking facial profile. This daily habits also minimizes any chances of skin conditions like dermatitis (eczema), fungal infections like cellulitis or even more severe like type 2 diabetes.
Broken Beard – Don’t try to convince me that the Game of Throne or Viking look is exactly what you’re going for. With their minimal resources back then, the have an excuse. Whether you’re a beard amateur or a veteran struggling on some hard times, don’t allow the cold winter to bury your follice-finesse. Get familiar with a beard brand that works for you and start to apply a shampoo (2x / week) and a daily moisturizer for immediate results. The beard is one of the most exposed parts of the face for direct winds to hit thus allowing for moisture to be quickly stripped. Many enter the barbershop with a dehydrated beard lacking water, products or trimming.
Barber Tip:Beard balms (or creams) have known to be most effective during the winter with lengths over an inch (as opposed to oils).
Reusing Clothes – Before launching Groom Guy, I was that guy taking a second look at those pair of socks I just wore the night before, contemplating I can “James Bond” my way into wearing these again. I mean, who would know my feet would smell like hot dog water if I took them off in public? The simple answer is: Absolutely not. There is nothing sexy nor humorous about wearing the same undergarments twice. For the record, if you want to expose yourself to any bodily fluids or toxins you’ve encountered the day before, I hope you’re ready for the mayhem. So get that laundry day routine underway so always have a fresh pair of undergarments or simply put that order in for a restock.
Skipping Showers – I shouldn’t even be having to write this but unfortunately I have to. Those layers you chose to re wear are packed with sweat and fluids that’ll just remain on your body. Do I even have to say more (stay equipped here)? Shower. Daily.
Now I know the idea of not going to the barbershop every weekend may scare some of you fellas, but listen up first. Like many kids growing up, the barbershop was a weekly routine. Every Saturday at noon I made my way to the shop religiously. I understood it; my mother wanted me to look tight for the up coming school week but was it healthy for my hair? No not really. What a lot of men don’t understand about going to the barbershop weekly is that this can cause a lot of long-term problems for your hair. Best thing you can do is get on a routine with your barber and here are my benefits to placing your haircut on a bi-weekly schedule.
HELPS YOUR HAIR GROWTH AND HAIR RECOVERY
Repeatedly cutting your hair can cause major negative effects on your hair growth over time. You may not see it at first, but the older you get it will have it effects. Your hair needs time to recover and grow. Giving your hair time to recover not only helps hair growth, it also helps hair strength.
SLOWS DOWN THE BALDING PROCESS
Lets face it, balding comes with age. Some men are blessed with a head full of hair their whole life. Some are not so lucky, but fellas lets not help our hair leave us to soon or to fast. Consistently cutting your hair low can stunt hair growth, weaken the hair over time, and it can also cause hair not to grow back. Everyone has sections of their hair that is weaker then others. Just take notice and be careful not to cut, pull or brush that section to the point of no return.
PRESERVING YOUR HAIR LINE
Your Hair Line is running! Your Hair Line is running! The town messenger cried out (don’t mind me, I have to throw in random history references). The common killer of hairlines for men are to many trips to a barbershop and getting touched up. Men want to look fresh all the time; its part of being a person. We as people want to look and feel good all the time and this is something we work hard daily to complete everyday. A reason like this is what really keep men in the barbershop every week. This is not so great for your hairline though. The less the clippers, or the razor, does not touch your hairline the easier it will be to keep it in place. You have to give your hairline time to recover before you touch it up again. This will save your hairline from receding and over time you will notice your hairline compared to others that’s in pretty good shape.
Placing your hair on a bi-weekly schedule would help you cover your bases and will prevent these common problems we see with a lot of men. Lets look at celebrities as a perfect example. They are always under pressure to look their best and this causes them to consistently call upon their barbers. As they age we can see the clear problems within their hair, lost of the hairline and the common bald spot in the back. Give your hair a break, let it breath and give it time to recover. Your hair will thank you in the long run.
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…
You ever wonder why people grow & maintain these things called dreadlocks? Is their a reason there’s such a vast amount of people around the world who choose this path? And no, its because the musical ghost of Bob Marley led them to do it.
Since the beginning of time until now, dreadlocks have gone thru a string of evolutionary changes and currently represents a strong cultural identity to black people across the world. Film director Aaron Christian gives us a glimpse of the stories told by common dreadlock-stylers in London, UK. From breaking deep rooted stereotypes to infiltrating the fashion industry, these dreadlock-ers share how locking their hair has helped shaped their perspective into who they are & what people perceive them to be. We applaud you Aaron!
“It was the style and confidence that initially drew me in” – Aaron Christian, Film Director
We know the summer time means burying the jackets and slapping on some SPF. Summer brings various levels of freedom but also seasonal challenges and bodily responsibilities. Being a hair stylist is not only about providing quality cuts but also about knowing how to increase the lifetime of my clients’ haircuts. I tell my clients, this means having to do the work when it comes to hair protection in the heat.
It’s simple and easy to justify that the warm season makes everything a bit more care-free but we don’t want to underestimate the power of the heat and the impact it has on our hair. The sun’s heat reigns supreme as one of Earth’s most dominant forces, so I advise having a defense plan for your hair when going up against mother nature.
The sun does 3 critical things when your hair is exposed to its power:
It dehydrates and strips hair of moisture (leading to split ends and breakage).
It hardens hair.
It damages the scalp.
Unprotected overexposure to the sun can cause big problems for your scalp and hair, similar to that of hair conditions like dandruff and eczema; all ultimately leading to dry, brittle, damaged hair. The power of the sun’s rays has the ability to break down the inner molecular structure of your hair, thus making it difficult to grow naturally, causing hair to grow into a barb wire-like pattern. This means your hair and beards will have first class invitations to frizz and complete styling malfunction. It’s important to know your hair’s heat tolerance. Some hair types – coarser, thicker, wavy, or loose curly strands – can handle heat styling better than others, long term.
Thankfully, there’s a handful of products on the market which serve as heat protectants, including sprays, lotions, creams, and conditioners. Scotch Porter’s Conditioner is chemically designed to retain moisture and hydrate your scalp after it’s been shampooed or exposed to heat. You can mend hair damage by applying a conditioner which will restore moisture and serve as a first class flight to hydration. It’s your call, but I suggest, the next time you feel that ultra light beam on your scalp, follow up with the right products.
As part of our new grooming series, we’re talking with some of the best barbers in the business to bring you the tips and tricks to staying handsome, from the boardroom to the bedroom.
Looking sharp isn’t rocket science, but it is something that needs a little attention. For our first installment we caught up with master barberJulien over at the Blind Barber in New York about the best ways to start your manscaping adventures. From scoring the perfect cut to the must-have tools for keeping that mane looking tip-top, ensuring your New Year gets off to a fresh start.
When considering a grooming regiment, what should guys do to affect the health of their hair and skin?
Men are usually simple creatures. We tend to not over do anything and stick to keeping it simple. Sometimes that leads us to forget some key things. One big thing that I’ve seen many men do is leave product in their hair at night. Some think it’ll be one less step they have to do in the morning when they’re getting ready, but they’re not doing themselves any favors. Product you leave in your hair at night gets on your pillow. When you lay your face on your pillow it picks it up leading to clogged pores, pimples, or overall bad skin. You should always rinse your hair out at night to remove any product, even if you aren’t shampooing daily. Clean hair = healthy hair = beautiful face.
When deciding on a new cut for the new year, what are a few things to keep in mind when talking to your barber?
A picture speaks a thousand words. Showing your barber a few photos of something you’d like can help remove a lot of the “guess work”. Pictures give the barber a better understanding of which direction you’re leaning for your hair. But, remember that some hair types appear different in person than they do in a photograph. It’s best to start with a clipper size that leaves your hair a little longer. You can always go shorter, but you can’t magically grow hair mid cut. Most of the popular haircuts you see nowadays have some variation of a fade. So you can say you want a high, medium, or low fade depending on the look and style you’re shooting for. Your barber will know the difference. Tapering your hair is always a go to. “Squaring off” or “rounding out” the neckline will give your hair an unnatural look when it’s growing back out. Asking for a taper is a classic move that will ensure that every cut you get, will leave you looking fresher longer.
What are a few products or tools every guy should own that will keep him looking fresh?
Every man should have some sort of styling product. From a pomade, to a wax or cream, a leave in conditioner, mousse – you name it. We all have bad hair days and every man can appreciate a helping hand in holding over until the next cut. If you don’t already own one, you can borrow a hair dryer from a friend or main squeeze. Blow dry your hair in the desired direction until the style you want is achieved. Hair dryers are life savers especially for those tricky cowlicks. Water based products are best for your hair. They do not damage it by drying it out or causing flakiness. Plus, they wash out easily. These water based products are best to use after the shower when your hair is towel dry. They go in evenly and won’t have you looking like Cameron Diaz in that one movie… Blind Barber’s 90 Proof is perfect if you’re looking for a matte finish with a stronger hold. It’s ideal for men that desire a natural look that lasts all day. For a little more shine, Blind Barber’s 60 Proof has an amazing finish with enough hold to define and enhance your look. Great for bringing out texture and reducing frizz.
Many have flooded my phone (including Mom) asking the main question: Why in the hell did you cut your locs?
I’ve been a proud loc head for 6 years going thru life experiences that have forever left imprints on me. From cultural enlightenment moments to becoming an official hair connoisseur aka barber has gotten me to this point. But as I venture deeper in this industry called “men’s grooming,” I’ve learned certain limitations slow us down. Like visual artists or music producers, our hair is an open canvas into shaping the refined gentleman. Dreadlocks have taught me significant things about character and other helpful values (patience). But in order for me to truly understand hair at its finest and treat some of my prospective clients with solutions, I wanted to be apart of the learning experience and expand my product knowledge. My big chop has taught me an important lesson:
Every man, at some point in his life, has to be willing to accept the challenge of his own evolution. By doing so, he embraces the open doors of opportunity that can immediately begin to flow his way. – Sunny, Groom Guy
Let the chop be a reminder of our value system here at GroomGuy.com in knowing that change is in the palm of your hand. You are the master of your own destiny and don’t allow outside forces to influence your decisions that require YOUR attention. Manhood has a variation of stages and I’m excited to see what lies in store for my next step in life.
In an effort to continue to inspire other big chop prospects, I want to make sure ya’ll have the proper arsenal of products that can lead to an easy, smooth transition into natural regrowth of hair. Below I’ve listed some personal recommendation of products that can instantaneously get regrowth back into a healthy formation for spring & upcoming heat weather.
Frederick Benjamin Haircare Collection
I was able to recently get a full dosage of the New York-based product line and immediately soaked in the suds of Frederick Benjamin. The 3-combo hair collection is a great base to cleanse your hair. The signature chemical agent of spearmint penetrates the scalp allowing that easy tingling sensation that ensures cleanliness. The minty scent is not overbearing either. Conditioner remains a critical procedure in hair cleansing due to its specific job of combating dryness, split ends, and dandruff build up. According to Frederick Benjamin Journal, “hair cells are almost like fish scales, and conditioners not only smooth over the surface of them but they work done to the root to infuse moisture at the source of hair growth and close the hair cuticle.”
Get your hands on FREE.99 sample conditioner here.
J Carter Men Curl Activation
After the full cleansing, I came to realization that I have to start reactivating the curl texture pattern. J Carter is the new solution for achieving those curls and adding the natural oils back into the scalp and hair strands. Since I have softer hair, I jump immediately to the Drench & Curl Krush for that daily dosage. Its a lightweight consistency that doesn’t leave my hair drenched in cream or oils. Thats a turn off for me!
It’s no fluke. The curl sponge actually does wonders. Be sure to apply some scrub action for up to two minutes for full coiled curls. The key to a success curl is maintain the curl direction. So if you curl your hair to left stick to that rotation & vice versa. Be sure not to spend more then $10.00 for this bad boy.
Groom Guy Tip: Grab some household scissors for a little touch if needed. You may catch some hair strands that refuse to fit into the head shape so we know they have to go.