Product Review 101: Scotch Porter Collection (Part 1)

Is a new weekly series that spotlights grooming products in our personal arsenal that we use regularly. From barbers to clients, its real products tested in real time. Please note: We are not personally endorsed by brands. 100% authentic evaluations & testing.

Looking for a product line that covers all bases from beard hydration to a skin care regimen is hard especially one that is formulated for ethnic skin and hair type. I’ve heard so much about scotch porter and how great the product was but only problem was it good for me after spending hundreds of dollars with trial and error I was reluctant of trying something new, but I did!

I first stated with the Scotch Porter charcoal and licorice exfoliating face scrub and being one who has struggled with mild break outs as a teen, I have come to appreciate my adult skin and take it very seriously. I used a dime size amount of the face scrub and started with small circles cleansing my face the sent was very light and calming and the exfoliant beads were not hard or course at all. After rinsing my face and patting it dry it felt clean but not dry and with a small amount of moisturizer left from the wash on my face.

On to the moisturizing, beard wash was very light send again the small 1oz bottle was not squeezable like the face wash bottle was so taking off the cap and shaking in it in my hand was what was needed to extract the product. When I applied it to my beard I worked it in from skin to tip, it didn’t lather heavy at all, but I could see the product wash out into the sink very easily. Groom Guy Tip: Use about a quarter size amount on a thick and long beard.

Photo by: Kwame Thomas

After the beard wash I moved on to the beard serum and immediately I got a whiff of nostalgia the serum smelled like Duke hair pomade I could be wrong but it smelled great.I applied 2 drops into my hand and worked it in from skin to tip, used a wooden comb to work the product through, and it felt soft and had a mild shine to it. With products I’ve used in the past I had to add heat to achieve the uncoiling of my beard but with this I didn’t at all.

Photo by: Kwame Thomas


Groom Guy Premieres "In The Cut" (Episode 1) [WATCH]

It's been a couple years in the making but its finally here. We're continuing 2019 giving you guys the most authentic and original material possible. A barbershop series has been a personal passion project of mine with two years in the making. The goal of the series is simple: tell your truth and leave it all in the chair.

I had the opportunity to travel out to Washington DC and step into the creative "dojo" of renaissance man and artistic entrepreneur Amir Browder of Homme DC. His studio stands as a communal ground that visually showcasing independent and emerging artists. From collection releases from designers, DJs, video screenings to even dinner parties, Homme DC is a platform with limited creative boundaries and has strings of creative works that fortify a strong community base.

Watch below the first half of this two-part debut as Amir describes why he built this place, what it means, and how developing a grooming routine is integrated in his as a stylist, business owner, son and more.



Be sure to check out more of Homme DC in the latest Washingtonian article here.


Groom Guy Releases "Product Reviews" Series & Premieres Daily Styling Cream

Is a new weekly series that spotlights grooming products in our personal arsenal that we use regularly. From barbers to clients, its real products tested in real time. Please note: We are not personally endorsed or paid.

On tough hair days, most of the time we’re looking for some sort of moisture (other than water) that’ll wake up our hair & get us out the house. We desperately scan thru for something easy and that does the job. Groom Guy debuts the first product line sent to us in our collection since our initial launch a year or so back: Frederick Benjamin Daily Hydrator. I’ve managed to see this 4.2 ounce bottle live longer than any plant I keep in my apartment. With a small dosage, this hair cream has some maximum power of hydration and leaves my hair feeling silky smooth, keeps my curls tight and defined & loose strains hydrated. It’s a super lightweight cream that easily dissolves into the hands so a little goes a long way. It’s grease free and packed with ingredients that penetrate the scalp effectively (activating blood flow). It’s truly a “daily” tool providing that essential amount of moisture for my hair regardless of any weather condition.

The Fredrick Benjamin Styling cream is top notch. It’s light has a “great scent” styles your hair the way you need and leaves your hair feeling product free and weightless. I personally don’t like feeling like I have a ton of product in my hair and neither do my clients. 
Two thumbs up for a five star product. 
Valjean Guerra, Cathedra NYC (@cathedranyc)

If you’re looking for a styling tool with super tight, staying power, this will NOT be for you. That's the only hiccup with a typical cream. You’ll want to search something that’s stronger and has more possible control.

Type: Lightweight Cream
How to use:  A nickel size goes a long way easily dissolving into the hands. Be generous with your hands and run your fingers thru the mid shaft to the tips of hair.
Great for: Typical work day. Date Night.
Best Hair Types: Curls, Afro/texture hair, mid or wavy
Helpful tools: Curl Sponge (use this after applying), durag for waves prep.


Throwback: Bobby Brown's 'Every Little Step' Hair Was a Mistake [WATCH]

With our Throwback Thursday officially kicking off, there are some haircuts over the last couple decades that stand the test of time. From classic slick backs to styles mirroring icons like James Dean, the late 80s also brought its creative wave of fashion & culture with the emergence of music genres specifically New Jack Swing led by R&B superstars like Bobby Brown. With over seven million copies sold worldwide, Bobby Brown was on top and to keep that momentum he was setting up the visuals for his lead single "Every Little Step I Take" when it happened...

BET Networks retells the funny story Bobby Brown & his rise to fame in the latest miniseries. Whoever his barber was at this time, I guess you can say you got lucky especially since Bobby chose to debut this iconic style to the American viewers in the music video below:

The haircut was a hit and was duplicated throughout barbershops across the nation and within the hip hop realm specifically in 1980s and onward.


Terrible Winter Habits to Retire (Immediately)

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.

When you leave the house naked of facial product. #SKELETORSTYLE

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.


Top 3 Hilariously Polish'd Moments with Ric Flair [VIDEO]

A new series spotlighting real life conversations in the barbershop.

If there was a Hall of Fame for grooming legends, you'd have to throw the jet-flying wrestling pioneer Ric Flair. His constant "drip" was a testament to his electrifying energy. He was a topic of discussion today at the barbershop as we reminiscent on some of his most hilarious, flashy, and somewhat comedic promos through out his career. He would shine so hard, from head to toe ($600 lizard shoes) you'd need Ray Charles' glasses to protect your own eyes.

His charisma is unmatchable and his techniques in the ring are classic. In the ring he may play dirty but outside he was Oh-so Mr. Clean! Peep our favorite moments in Flairnation history where he reminds you his name shall not be denied.

Shop Question: Is Ric Flair in your list of greatest wrestlers of all time?

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If I'm down and out, I'll get up and take care of myself. - Ric Flair

1. (Apparently this was completely off script)


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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkQBlAG7Ehc


YOUR HAIRCUTS NEED "TLC" EVERY 2 WEEKS. HERE'S WHY...

Originally posted Ruggedly Groomed

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.

Anthony James remaining polish'd.

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.

Follow more of Anthony James here.


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.

Cut 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.

Be sure to email us: info@groomguy.com  for brand & store recommendations. 


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!