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…
Skincare

The Power of Exfoliation

We hear this word time and time again. Whether at your girl’s house, stepping into Kiehl’s, or browsing the net. But facial scrub aka exfoliating isn’t just a buzz word to sell products. It actually works and is one of the most critical processes for a better skincare routine.

According to Shear & Shine, “exfoliating sheds hundreds of dead cells on a daily basis, this can clog up pores and lead to bumps/pimples. By exfoliating regularly you clear your skin of any debris, including product build up and allow the new layer of fresh skin to be exposed. If you shave often then you definitely need to exfoliate as this will help to reduce the risk of ingrown hair/razor bumps.”

As a barber, I got onto facial scrubs a couple years back and have been implementing that into my schedule. Think of exfoliating as setting up that Jordan / Curry jump shot. Your foot placement determines your level of elevation thus aiming for nothing but net. So whether you deal with super oily or flaky skin (like me), discoloration, wrinkles, or those horrid razor bumps, make sure to slip a facial scrub into shopping cart. As tempting it may be to simply slab a moisturizer on, the exfoliating scrub is the prerequisite that may be just what you need.

 By scrubbing off dead skin, you not only unclog pores and brighten the complexion, you are also exposing hair follicles, allowing for a closer shave and eliminating ingrown hairs.” – Alex Grogan, Co-founder of ManCave

Power moves of exfoliators: 

  • Removes dirt / grime
  • Ingrown hair / razor bump reducer (apply beforehand)
  • Dry-flakey skin solution
  • Regenerates skin coloration

 

Best times to use: 

  • After a workout
  • Before you start your workday
  • In the shower
  • Early morning / before date night

 

Below I’ve listed some personal recommendations that cut right into what you’re looking for. A handful of available of this options are made available at Birchbox Man.

 

Groom Guy Tip: I usually use my facial scrub while I’m showering. The steam from the shower opens up my pores and perfect launchpad to using the scrub effectively.

Exfoliating be like…

 

 

 

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Funky Grooming Habits to Retire This Spring (Part 1)

We’re moments away from kissing the winter cold goodbye. It’s about that time to dump those wool sweater / jackets into storage and retrieve those windbreakers. But its in the midst of the seasonal wardrobe change, your grooming routine needs the same, if not MORE, love and attention. Remember when you promised yourself you’d do a better job this year? Well, here’s your shot!

But before we welcome all the and exciting products to stock up on, I had to make sure your aware of the foolish habits that have to be recycled this spring. Out with the old…..and just STAY OUT!

Trim down the body hair

It was probably cute in the beginning. You had your date really getting amused twisting your body hair but now its about that time. The more body hair you keep on during this season is a welcome ticket to sweat and body odor especially if you’re juggling an alleged athletic schedule. So be sure to trim in all places (including in your basement). Trust me, she’ll thank you later. The Wahl Hero trimmer is one I keep in my personal arsenal and absolutely love! It’s powerful and takes clean all types of air evenly for a valued price.

Be sure to tidy up that facial hair especially my bearded men. Don’t wait until you’ve got Gandalf’s Lord of the Rings beard for a touch up and simply show it some clipper attention every two weeks.

Wahl Hero Trimmer

 

Fingernail takedown

There’s tons of slack that can be given to the elongated fingernails during the winter. We can’t hid in the dark forever. Tis the season to pull out that nail clipper making sure to cut down at least once a week. If you won’t, that day in the sun will reveal it all….all that dirt packed up in your nails. Don’t be that person getting caught trying to remove the dirt from one nail using the other!

C’mon bruh…

Change your toothbrush

Although we can celebrate your toothbrush has been steady since 2015-16, we can also celebrate the amount of germs that have contaminated on the bristles. American Dental Association explains exactly why and also other helpful tips to extend the life of your toothbrush.

In some circumstances, you should replace your toothbrush even if the bristles are not visibly frayed. When you’ve been sick with a cold or flu, or have had a mouth or throat infection, sore throat, or a mouth sore, you should replace your toothbrush even if it’s new. Doing so will help prevent re-exposing yourself or others in your household to germs that could cause an illness.

Replace socks

I’d be lying if I said hole habit in the sock is tolerable and I haven’t done it….because it’s totally not. We set ourselves up for shame once your significant other takes sight of that. It showcases poor effort & showmanship in oneself. It also allows for possible fungal odors as sweat buildup increasing during the warm spring weather. Your winter socks have been thru an mild, odor war. It’s time to give them a facelift with some new 100% cotton love of fresh socks. Don’t be weary of popping your sock game with some color too. A little goes a long way!

 

Lifestyle, Music, Polish / Men's style

“Pharrelleva Young” – 3 Critical Grooming Lessons We Learned From Pharrell Williams

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.

  1. Readily hydrated
  2. Exfoliation
  3. Red meat reduction

 

Hydration

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.

Exfoliation 

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.

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4 Reasons a Grooming Routine is Important

After spending over a year studying the haircare industry, I still tussle understanding the phrase “grooming routine” means or what entails exactly. We hear that phrase across various mens magazines, articles, and websites but quickly bypass it like a Donald Trump speech. But nonetheless, as I realize I still leave the house forgetting the little things like cleaning behind my ears, putting on just a tad bit more deodorant or simply wearing briefs over boxers (Wedgie, USA). These may seem like obvious responsibilities to you but you’d be surprised to know why its important to maintain a healthy routine..

1. LEARN SOMETHING

Balancing a regimen goes far beyond self reminders to brush your teeth before you go to sleep. There are plenty of us working 20+ hours a week not looking to be reminded to clip our toe nails but its this fundamental education that keeps us on the pathway of cleanliness. When we have the knowledge and basic understanding of our bodily hygiene, we’re able to combat it with the necessary solutions. You may think I’m exaggerating but the education can save a life, your armpits, and your wallet.

2. BETTER $PENDING HABITS

I love Tom Ford and Y’veslaurent like the next man but unfortunately the way my account is set up….clearly doesn’t allow me to restock happily when needed. You can diffuse circus trips to the pharmacy trying new shampoos and hair products if you have an idea of how much you’re willing to spend. A lot of your basic needs for general upkeep and cleanliness should not cost you more then what you know you can spend. If your able to tackle your budget, you’ll be able to get the most out of your experience.

photo by Slick Jackson
photo by Slick Jackson

3. MR. / MRS. RIGHT

I’d be lying if I said we didn’t launch this to make sure you get the girl (or significant other) of your dreams. With the proper routine, you can keep that special someone entertained and ready to drop it like its hot upon request. If we have expectations for our loved ones to have a respectable upkeep, its only right we give that right back to them.

4. PERSONAL PROMOTION

You may have the flyest resume on the planet but still wondering why your career has been falling short or working tirelessly to make your boss notice you. It all boils down to making that statement entrance. Many of us still make immediate judgements off personal appearance. In a matter of seconds, we scan people already making premeditated conclusions. Since we do that, its only right if you give people something to remember. GIVE PEOPLE SOMETHING TO REMEMBER. Your grooming routine can be set at such a high standard that it directly reflects how you want to be treated at your job. Maybe this time that sexy new assistant will notice you…