GQ: Besides washing, what do you do to keep your facial hair looking fresh?
Stalley: I have a great barber named Sherman in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. He uses Andis clippers and a straight razor. He’s been cutting my hair for about 13 years now.
GQ: Any other products you use? Oils, etc.?
Stalley: No other products but pure confidence and a handsome face.
GQ: Lastly, what advice do you have for someone who’s looking to make a long-term beard-growth commitment?
Stalley: It’s pretty simple advice – just patience and let it grow.
Fast forward into 2017, the Blue Collar Gang CEO gives us a audio glimpse of his forthcoming album, New Wave, with the newest single below. You’ll want to make sure you’re pressing the gas with the windows down on this one.
In the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and the resulting unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Shaun “Lucky” Corbett wanted to do his part to ease tensions his own community. A barber in Charlotte, Shaun reached out to his local police department to explore how he could help encourage and build stronger bonds between officers and the city. Shaun teamed up with Officer Rob Dance to start a mentoring program to encourage cooperation and understanding. And, so far, the program has been successful in opening up a productive and important dialogue between the police force and the community. Watch the full video below to get a glimpse into the program & its long term impact on the youth.
The programs include:
– Cadet training
– Transparency programs
NBA’s LeBron James & Draymond Green are the lasts two we’d expect to be in the same room sharing a laugh…but ESPN made it happen courtesy of the barbershop. They share thoughts on NBA, Olympics, music & more at the gentlemen’s sanctuary aka barbershop. In the video, we also discover why LeBron’s Mom didn’t want him to go back to Cleveland. Other guests included 2Chainz, Steve Stoute and more.
I’m sure LeBron James dismisses these video after watching his rival team take a sweeping win as the new Champions. Either way, it’s got some light hearted moments we don’t when they’re on the court.
Watch as Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. discusses how the African-American community uses Twitter to discuss social issues and finds out why that communication is unique to black culture in this hilarious new segment.
Shout out to the set direction in picking a barbershop and recognizing it as a cultural landmark. Whether you’re black, white, yellow, this video is a must watch!
Nasir Sobhani aka ‘The Streets Barber’, is a true Nomad, not just of the world, but also of the mind. Growing up in Japan, attending University in Canada, volunteering his time for Youth Work in the Vanuatu and then Australia to start up his own initiative helping the homeless, Nasir has certainly lived a fruitful life. It wasn’t all smooth sailing though, with a crippling drug addiction along the way, Nasir thanks his Baha’i faith and barbering for his new found sobriety. Working six days a week cutting hair, Nasir spends his one day off hitting the streets to give free haircuts to the homeless. He calls it, ‘Clean Cut Clean Start’. [via PLGRM]
Nasir Sobhani was recently selected & featured for Kenneth Cole’s The Courageous Class campaign this past 2016. We salute you and your effort to push the barber industry forward shedding light on social issues and changing lives one day at a time.
It’s no surprise one of the most versatile artists of our generation is Pharrell Williams. From celebrated producer, film composer, philanthropist just to name a few, it continues to amaze us to see his inability to age…at least show it. Over the years, you’ll fail to point any type of wrinkle or grey hair on his head? How? Why?
We were able to finally compile three solid reasons why after a couple research interviews.
Red meat reduction
He explains in a couple archived interviews that a lot of his daily intake is good ol’ H2O. “You know, I guess, its lots of water” says Pharrell. We can hardly imagine anything less then water would suffice considering this man probably travels to Dubai and London while on a “lunch break.” We can also assume that from the late studio nights to early music compositions with Hans Zimmer, he’s not touching any Deer Park or Poland Spring bottles. An creative of his stature likes to load up on Core Water.
It’s probably one of the most overused words you hear your girlfriend saying but its about time you understand it. The term “exfoliate” simply means the act of removing, in this case, dead skin cells. So we’re sure in between his private studio sessions & hosting gigs, Pharrell adds this routine to his schedule. Keep the skin refreshed & clean with a weekly regimen of exfoliation 2-3 times a week.
Red Meat Reduction
Although there is no proven facts surfacing that red meat indeed affects ones overall health including skin & aging, Pharrell remind us to enjoy in moderation. He’s not only a proud Southerner (Virginia native) but he also shares that he treats his stomach to classic BBQ….and so can you. I can add that you do lower your chances of any type of reaction to red meat when slimming your intake. Producers of red meat, like your local super market, does have a reputation for having extremely questionable methods of chemically-enhanced farming. The less chemicals the better!
Watch him respond to questions on his mastering of agelessness with the Breakfast Club. You can see catch him gracing your newsstands on the cover this month’s Esquire Magazine.
If you weren’t able to watch this past year’s Olympics or simply sleep to the sport of fencing, chances are you’ve never heard of Michael-Chamley Watson. Standing tall at 6″4, Michael remains one of the most prolific athletes in the sport of fencing. Proclaimed as the “bad boy” of the 100+ year sport, he continues to work tirelessly to add more medals & championships to his collection as well as his crusade for the commericialization of the sport.
Take a look at the latest video above where we get a closer look into the superstar’s life:
Amuse and The Art of Shaving peer into the habits and routines that groom US Olympic fencer Miles Chamley-Watson for success. These daily rituals unfold a larger story about identity, hopes and dreams. – VICE
As a member of the female human species, I must admit, I am a bit jealous of men’s ability to travel light. Sure, some guys carry handbags and backpacks but menswear gives ample storage space (see: pockets) to put all of your belongings. You dudes have options! But enough with my rant; let’s talk about the things you should be stuffing in your pockets/handbags/backpacks. A huge part of a groomed lifestyle is maintenance. In order to sustain peak flyosity all day, be sure to have the below essentials on your person.
Hand Cream: Everyone loves a smooth handshake. Keep your hands moisturized throughout the day with the help of a travel-sized hand cream. You don’t have to get anything fancy, any kind of hand lotion or butter will do.
Breath Refresher: Never leave the house without a breath mint, a pack of gum, or a tiny bottle of listerine. Everyone’s breath can get a bit tart throughout the day and it can get really bad after eating certain foods. So load up on your mints and feel free to have that delicious, stinky, garlicky lunch before your meeting.
Comb: We can all use a little midday touch-up, especially on those long, busy days. A small comb or brush will keep your hair/beard looking sharp from AM to PM.
Small Cologne: So many folks overlook the importance of carrying a little bottle of smell-good with them on the go. Some fragrances wear off and sometimes outside elements, like smoke, stick to your clothes. Carrying a small container of cologne or perfume oil will save you every time.
Lip Balm: Harsh weather climates, whether hot or cold, can discolor and irritate your lips. Keep your lips healthy and hydrated year-round by applying a little balm throughout the day. Extra point for you if your lip protectant contains SPF.
All of these items come in travel sizes and you can find them at your local drugstore or online. You’ll be amazed at how a little bit can go a long way.
Kadia Blagrove is an NYC writer on all things life and culture. Catch her tweets at @KazzleDazz and her work on KadiaB.com.
Pursuing your dream while you live in comfort can be one of the most challenging circumstances to go thru. Before 2015, my career was sailing high with a career in the music business. I traveled the world, met some of my favorite artists, and didn’t have to pay for a concert ticket for an entire year (true story). I thought I had reached the level of career fulfillment and this was the path that was going to lead to that 401K.
Fast forward into the summer of 2015, it wasn’t until one of my best friends pick up a pair of shears and clippers at 12AM as he cuts his clients hair and we chat over some Modelo beers that it hit me….I want to be a [Master] Barber. It took all the energy in me to defuse my excitement and anxiety the following day….especially since I was gearing to tell me boss that I’m quitting my job after fours years in the music business.
“Quitting while your ahead is not the same as quitting.” – Chinese Proverb
My love for barbering, hair, and client relations grew stronger. I knew I wanted to honestly contribute something to society and if I were able to properly do that through self esteem building, then a pair of shears was truly MY way out. I started to grow passionate about men’s grooming and the education of general hygiene upkeep. If my friend was able to score that date because of that cologne suggestion or get that job because of his haircut, those were the moments that I wanted to create & replicate. There many men out there battling insecurity, anxiety, depression and various forms of fear living in the shadows.
Our mission isn’t to commercialize “looks” or upkeep with trends, Groom Guy is an editorial platform of “manliness” information that is simply designed to make YOU feel better by looking better. Well, I’m happy to present Groom Guy to you…for us. If we look good, we feel good.