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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kVoaQukud8

“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.’”

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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.

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Stay Polish'd 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. 

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Can't Knock The Hussle: How Nipsey's New Beard is New Business

On February 16th, 2018, Los Angeles luminary Nipsey Hussle released his long awaited debut album, Victory Lap. Though Nipsey has long been a prominent figure in the west coast hip-hop scene, he’s still very much a new face to casual listeners. For the uninitiated there are a few things that stick out when watching the video for Nipsey’s lead single, “Rap N*ggas”. His charisma hops off the screen and his hometown of South Central Los Angeles is ever present. There is however one new addition to Nipsey’s visual profile: his beard.

During Nipsey’s musical career he’s generally maintained a consistent look. You can usually find him laced in Crenshaw apparel to represent his home turf along with his trademark braids tucked into a fitted hat. His Eritrean roots have made his free flowing hair a trademark of his, and the beard is now a part of that image.

As a noted hustler with a constant business plan in motion it’s easy to dismiss Nipsey’s new found facial hair as a sign of his busy schedule. Nipsey, however, is a master marketer who makes every move a calculated one. The beard is simply a part of that process. Nipsey’s beard is full, immaculately groomed and consistently looks healthy. It’s clear he puts time and effort into his beard, which makes him look a bit wiser and adds even more authority behind his words. His beard is now a trademark look of his and new fans likely can’t imagine him without it.

If you’re a hustler who cares about his grooming just as much as his paper Nipsey is an excellent act to follow. The first step to bearded greatness is creating a consistent routine. This includes scheduled barbershop appointments as well as an understanding of the look you want to achieve. Not sure if your beard grows in full? Give it at least 2 months and see how it looks. Beards typically look patchy during the initial few weeks, something even Nipsey has been victim too.

Once you give your beard time to fill in you’ll find it can become dry at times, which is where beard oil comes into play. Nobody likes dry, brittle hair (especially not your significant other). Beard oil solves this issue by moisturizing the skin underneath your beard while also adding shine to the hair itself. There are many different beard oils on the market with the difference usually coming in their scent. Much like choosing a cologne you’ll have to find the scent that works for you, though many companies also offer unscented options if you want to keep it simple.

Now that you’ve got your beard tight like Nipsey’s, hop in the whip and let Victory Lap be the soundtrack to your success. From one hustler to another. Visit brands like Babe of Brooklyn for a trusted, premium line of  facial hair products that'll leave your growth experience refreshing & easy.

Listen to the newest album in its entirety on Groom Guy Radio.


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...

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...


7 Essential Grooming Tools with Justin Lamarr

We can all use a helping hand when it comes to grooming. Whether it’s picking up tips from friends or consulting with professionals, men’s grooming is a team effort. With this in mind, Groom Guy's Justin Lamarr shares a helpful list of everyday go-to'sWhether its gearing up for work, hitting up downtown Los Angeles or joining the homies at a house party, below is some gems that'll even assist you on your next trip to the market, local Target, or the barbershop.

 

1. Raw Shea Butter

I don’t quite remember who put me on to raw shea butter but I definitely owe them. I’m a pretty minimalist guy so when I finally began using shea butter I instantly fell in love. I use it as a lotion, lip balm, skin moisturizer and even on my tattoos when I want them to look a little more vibrant. Raw shea butter can be a little off putting for those not use to its gritty texture, but once you warm it up a bit in your hands, it melts down and becomes a perfect all around moisturizer.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been a lifesaver for me. Growing up I used all kinds of greases and pomades on my hair to get the waves I wanted. Those products always left my hair sticky and harder to manage than before. Natural coconut oil is perfect for conditioning your hair without leaving a mess. Whether I’m keeping a fresh fade or growing out the curls, coconut oil always keeps my hair well moisturized and conditioned.

3. Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap

As you can tell from my first two essentials I’m pretty big on natural, organic products. My hygienic routine is no different. Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap is a certified fair trade product made with organic oils and no GMO’s. Because there’s little dilution in the soap, it can be extremely strong. Some dilute their soap with water before using, though personally I enjoy the strength of its cleansing properties when used raw, along with the fresh scent.

4. Beard Oil

I consider my facial hair to be a huge part of my personal style. I’m always rocking a beard, though the length tends to vary at times. Whether I’m going with the 5 o’clock shadow look or the Rick Ross beard I always make sure to apply beard oil. Beard oil is essential to keeping your facial hair conditioned while also moisturizing the skin beneath it. One of the coolest things about beard oil is the ability to mix and match scents. My personal favorite right now is “Opium Den” by The Bearded Bastard. It’s a manly scent with a hint of sweetness, perfect for a night out at a fair price of $30.00.

5. Straight Razor

Since my beard is such a large part of my style it was important for me to learn how to properly groom it myself. Working in the corporate world people notice right away when you’ve gone a while without a line up. Learning how to use a straight razor has been a thrilling and intimidating process, but there’s something unique about doing things the old school way. There aren’t too many things I enjoy more than grabbing my razor, turning on some music and getting my beard tight for the week ahead. (Groom Guy tip: Consult your local barber first for razor recommendations that best fit for your skin)

6. Altoids

So this one isn’t that big of a secret, everybody uses Altoids right? I was actually a pretty big gum person for most of my life until I took a liking to cigars. Smoking cigars is one of my favorite hobbies, though one of the drawbacks is the toll it takes on your breath when you’re done. After doing some research I found that Altoids were the PERFECT solution to cigar mouth. They eliminate the smokey feel and give you a minty taste in no time. I keep a pack of Altoids on me at all times.

7. Dior Sauvage Cologne

I really shouldn’t be giving this one away but hey, each one teach one J. Colognes can be tricky for the simple fact that everyone’s natural chemicals react differently to various scents. What smells great on one guy might smell terrible on another. Thankfully I found my go-to cologne a few years ago and haven’t looked back since. Dior Sauvage is understated yet commanding all at once. I always recommend guys take the time out to find the cologne that’s right for them, maybe Dior Sauvage might be the one for you as well.

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSJFA0-ZjIw


Lifestyle Tips for Transitioning Into a New Season

As featured on Scotch Porter Journal 

With the changing season, it’s a revolving door of certain habits. It’s time to switch up the plays a bit. Out with the old and in with new could mean an introduction to anything from new fashion styles to seasonal drinks that hit just right in the cooler months (apple cider never disappoints). Either way, there’s a process of evaluation that can lead to smart and healthy choices for a seamless and fun season change. Be open to new opportunities and possibilities this time around. You’ll be surprised by the outcome and how much more about yourself that could possibly be revealed. But first, let’s place a few old habits under the microscope; they could use a little love and attention as we approach fall and winter.

Dig & Discover

Before you unfold those same sweaters and caps you’ve been wearing consecutively for the past two fall’s, ask yourself the critical question: Is it time? A fresh clean out of a wardrobe sets the tone of your style. There may be some things in your closet that can use a slight upgrade. Layering is a stylistic approach that requires attention to detail but shouts “fashion expert." From various color palettes to different materials (like cashmere or wool), take a little more style-risk this upcoming season. Just because your morning coffee is predictable doesn’t mean your style has to be. Dive into your closet or clothes drawer and give some extra thought to where you would like to take your style. See this as an opportunity to be a blessing to someone else; donate your unwanted clothes to a center, Goodwill, or local church. Let the wardrobe showdown begin...

Atomic Grooming Bomb

As we kiss goodbye to the super hot weather and welcome some cooler winds our body hair shouldn’t have to suffer. We stress the importance of a grooming routine so be thorough and make a few adjustments each season to keep you looking your best no matter the forecast. Allowing facial hair to grow a couple inches longer is permissible and gives grace to your razor. If you haven’t been doing so already, take the time to retire your toothbrush and restock your toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash. If your current toothpaste isn’t cutting it, don’t be afraid to take a chance on a new one; you’d be surprised to see the options out there.

Sweat is a constant so staying equipped with the proper tools of defense is a necessity. This includes practices like changing your bath towels every couple of days. With a new day also comes a new scent, so research seasonal ones that will complement your daily style. You’ll want to hang up the lightweight, aquatic, summery scents and go for more musky, earthy and especially woodsy ones that will make you irresistible and cool.

Welcome Back Beard

If you threw in the towel on your beard earlier this summer, now is the time to redeem yourself. As the transition approaches, now would be the perfect time to let that stubble shine bright. Proper upkeep during the early stages can lead to full, healthy growth as it gets colder. The beard is more than just a stylistic choice but a lifestyle that demonstrates consistency, effort, and attention to detail. Who’s going to say no thank you to that? The Scotch Porter Beard Collection has everything you need to get your beard where you want it, feeling smooth, and looking full. Give those facial hairs your full attention and watch what it does for your relationships. Laugh out loud!

Showtime at the Bathroom

Are you an avid cleaner or does your bathroom look like the battlefield remains of World War II? Either way, the season brings upon us the adult responsibility of making sure our bathroom is clean and tidy for a new day ahead. Hear me loud and clear, you should not wait a whole season to clean your bathroom, but if a season change is what it takes to serve as a friendly reminder, so be it. Maintaining a clean bathroom (or entire household), decreases the chances of any fungal and bacterial infections that can be passed onto you. Each full day ends with a return home from various levels of exposure to dirt and grime. Keeping a clean bathroom not only cuts back on germs, but it also gives off positive vibes, a great way to start and end your day. Don’t believe me? Recall how you feel whenever you check into a nice hotel room. Doesn’t the perfectly made bed and spotless bathroom relieve a little tension and leave you feeling a little lighter? Pull out the cleaning products, jam out to your favorite playlist, and get to the scrubbing.

Pumping Iron

No one is calling for you to be the next Arnold Schwarzenegger but it’s that time to get fit. It’s never too late to get your body in check and reevaluate your eating habits. We know that a workout routine lends to full release of toxins, thus promoting radiant, smooth skin. Before you begin applying facial cleansers or layers of cream, give your body a solid foundation to start from. Fight off that acne or skin irritation with a core workout that can increase blood flow and allow the cells in your body to work properly and release any internal waste. Start small and gradually build up to a strong workout regime that can drive maximum results for a healthy start into the season.

Rapper Ace Hood drops photographical motivation on his IG to get you thru your workouts.

Get started incorporating these habits and you’ll not only have a great fall, but a little more balance overall.


The Consultation: Questions You Should Ask Your Barber

There are some experiences in life for men that can be purely nerve wrecking. From visiting the doctor, to tying the knot with your loved one, or worse, sharing that first encounter with a new barber. Apprehension and uncertainty can go hand in hand with that barber visit. A first tinder date and barber visit share some similarities. New residents into a city are like fresh fish waiting to get caught and reeled in by the neighborhood shop. Sometimes it’s the price or the shop presentation that may spark some interest, enticing a guy to enter. Nonetheless, once that new barber has you in that vice grip of barber cords, your in his / her hands. But to help you avoid looking absolutely clueless, here's a quick check list of critical questions and thoughts you should consider before a towel, a clipper, or cap comes anywhere near you.

Clean Presentation

Sanitation is more than half of the work when looking for a quality haircut. A barber who doesn’t keep their station garbage-free demonstrates complete negligence. That should be an immediate red flag. A professioal barber should be very familiar with the various ways to clean their tools. This is a sign of carelessness that may be reflected in your haircut. Nothing's worse then a fresh haircut only to come home seeing razor and various hygienic reactions because he / she failed to properly clean their products.

Note: Be sure to observe if the barber washes and sanitizes their hands before beginning the cut and sanitizes the proper tools.

Credit: La Barberia Barber College

Training Facility and Licensing

The hairstyling industry has a tendency to keep some of its spotlight talent under the radar simply because some are not properly licensed by the state. It may be great that you’re in someone’s chair who can provide the dopest fade but it is lousy and lazy if they didn’t fulfill the proper requirements to be certified by a state to cut hair. Ask a simple question like, “So where did you study;” or “How did you get into the trade?” If the barber can’t answer, you may want to reconsider that next cut. I've personally seen barbershops, from high to low end, shut down because of improper licensing.

Payment Process

It’s 2017 so carrying pieces of plastic as payment for services is becoming more prevalent. It doesn’t hurt to ask if the shop or service accepts cards, or newer payment methods such as apps like Venmo, Paypal, Apple Pay, etc. These can provide for a super easy transaction process without having to run out for change or having to pay that dreaded ATM fee. Local barbers should be open to multiple methods of payment.

No Venmo bruh?

Portfolio Request

Gone are the days of the classic barber charts plastered on the walls. Barbers should be up to date with technology courtesy of Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook & any other visual portfolio. Browsing through a quick catalog of work creates another level of comfort as you take a seat in a new barber’s chair. So don’t be shy about asking to see their work before those clippers are turned on.

Scheduling

I’m sure a walk-in sounds pleasing and accommodating but the ability to schedule an appointment really makes a shop stand out. It speaks to a level of professionalism that ensures both the barber and client take the service seriously. A barber or stylist who is aware of the time will most likely be respectful of you and your time while they have you in the chair. This behavior includes not taking multiple breaks in between cuts, not picking up lunch while you wait, or – a personal favorite – not using the phone. So as a first timer, be sure to ask the shop if they are an appointment-based business. If you do it for a doctor visit, car repair service, or massage, why not hold your barber/stylist to the same level of accountability?